Daily Almanac for Tuesday, August 8, 2023

By Mona Hatfield

On this date in 1978, Garfield’s sidekick, Odie, made his comic strip debut. Here is Odie, the dog. By Traced from http www.proteus.tudelft.nl, Fair use, https en.wikipedia.org


Odie is a fictional dog who appears in the comic strip Garfield by Jim Davis. He has also made appearances in the animated television series Garfield and Friends and The Garfield Show, two live-action/CGI feature films, and three fully CGI films.


Question of the Day

Can I make my new copper weather vane look like an old one?

If you’re looking for that green-tint effect, an effective method is to bury the vane in a pile of manure for two weeks — but you may have some explaining to do to your neighbors.

As an alternative, you can try soaking or spraying the copper with a solution of salt and vinegar. Over time, the surface will turn a greenish blue. When it reaches the color you like (hours to days), remove it from the solution (if soaking). You might want to then rinse, dry, and apply a sealant.

Advice of the Day

Broad fingernails indicate a gentle, timid, and bashful nature.

Home Hint of the Day

To keep leather furniture supple, apply a good leather dressing (such as neat’s-foot oil or saddle soap) with a soft cloth. Let it sit for 2 hours or so, then wipe off any excess. For a glossy finish, apply a neutral shoe polish and buff.

Word of the Day

Relative humidity

The amount of moisture in the air compared to the maximum amount of moisture the air could hold at a given temperature; measured as a precentage of saturation.

Puzzle of the Day

The Golden State.(Name the U.S. state!)



  • Matthew Henson (explorer) – 
  • Benny Carter (musician) – 
  • Dustin Hoffman (actor) – 
  • Connie Stevens (singer & actress) – 
  • David Evans (The Edge, guitarist in the band U2) – 
  • JC Chasez (singer) – 
  • Drew Lachey (singer) – 
  • Shawn Mendes (musician) – 


  • Shirley Jackson (author) – 
  • Louise Brooks (actress) – 
  • James Irwin (astronaut) – 
  • Barbara Bel Geddes (actress) – 
  • Patricia Neal (actress) – 


  • Performer Signor Guillermo Farini’s stilts got caught as he walked the rapids above Niagara Falls– 
  • Thomas Edison received a patent for his mimeograph (an early paper copying machine)– 
  • U.S. patent #1,000,000 issued for an improved vehicle tire– 
  • Canada’s Hundred Days began, WWI– 
  • The German airship Graf Zeppelin began an around-the-world flight– 
  • Florence Chadwick swam English Channel in 13 hours 20 minutes– 
  • The Glasgow to London mail train was stopped at Sears Crossing, and robbed of over two-and-a-half million pounds. The incident became known as The Great Train Robbery– 
  • President Richard Nixon announced his resignation– 
  • Garfield’s sidekick, Odie, made his comic strip debut– 
  • Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor– 
  • First red-footed falcon (Falco vespertinus) ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere spotted at Katama Airfield, Edgartown (Martha’s Vineyard), Massachusetts, by E. Vernon Laux– 


  • Michigan received 6 inches of snow and slush– 
  • Tornado touched down in Brooklyn, New York– 

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