Watching over us


A man from Lomita, Calif., after escaping a shark attack with minor injuries:
“I’m very thankful God was on my side, protecting me. I truly believe God was my savior.”
It was one of God’s sharks, of course, that attacked the man.
But God has to pass the time somehow until “Sharknado 2.”

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From Poor QT’s Almanack

Declaration of Independcance

On this day in 1776,  the Continental Congress voted for indepe–
Wait. That was July 2.
On this day in 1776, two days after voting for independence, the Continental Congress met for the formal signing of the Decla–
Wait. Only John Hancock, the president of Congress, and Charles Thompson, the secretary, signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4.
The entire Continental Congress didn’t sign it until August 2.
And Thomas McKean of Delaware didn’t sign it until 1781.
Happy Fourth of July!

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A few words for the Fourth of July

Louis L'Amour

News Headline: “Americans worry for future of U.S.”
The headline above was published nearly a half century ago.
Headlines like that go all the way back, in fact.
Or as the late Louis L’Amour, writer of frontier novels, once told QT:
“We Americans love to view things with alarm. But if you look back, you see that life was always hard. It was never easy. And we got through it all, and we’ll get through this, too.”
A few words to remember as we set off the fireworks on the Fourth of July.

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QT Guide to Fourth of July Fireworks (Giving Us All a Chance to Seem Surprisingly Knowledgeable to Our Friends at the Fireworks Show)


Chrysanthemums. Stars that burst from a central core .
Diadems. Ejected strips or disks that flicker brightly as they fall.
Hummers. Small tubes that spin and create a humming or screaming sound.
Turbillons. Ignited shells that spin like a top when they rise.
Strobes. Clusters of flashing, silvery lights that appear to float slowly the ground.
Salutes. The big booms that end most shows.
Now all you have to do is lean over at some point during the show and say:
“Wow. Wasn’t that a hummer?”

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