Daily Calendar for Thursday, May 30, 2024

Question of the Day

Does tomato juice actually work for a dog that’s been sprayed by a skunk? If so, why?
Tomato juice is definitely a top contender for eliminating skunk odor because of its price and effectiveness. Plus, like any good home remedy, you’re more likely to find tomato juice than a commercial pet product in your cupboard. It’s OK to dilute the tomato juice with water before you apply it to your pet’s coat. Wear rubber gloves and use a basin to catch as much of the runoff as you can, then reapply it for maximum benefit. You may have to repeat the bath. Even then, some residual smell is apt to remain for a few days. If you don’t have tomato juice handy, try bathing your pet with diluted vinegar, either white or apple cider. As for why these remedies work, we assume it’s the acidity that helps neutralize the skunk smell, which is essentially an oily musk scent. The tomato juice or vinegar cuts through the oiliness and helps break it down so that it can be rinsed away with warm water.

Advice of the Day

To clean pine pitch from your hands, rub them well with a glob of mayonnaise, then wash.

Home Hint of the Day

The deeper the soil, the deeper the roots will go, allowing plants to take in more water and nutrients on their own. So, when using a tiller or plow, turn over a good 10 to 12 inches of soil.

Word of the Day

The fear of heat

Puzzle of the Day

Which state is the happiest of the United States?
The state of matrimony


  • Pierre-Joseph-Olivier Chauveau (first premier of Quebec after Confederation) –
  • Norman Cota (U.S. brigadier general) –
  • Howard Hawks (director of film) –
  • Mel Blanc (voice of Bugs Bunny and other characters) –
  • Benny Goodman (musician & bandleader) –
  • Wynonna Judd (country music singer) –
  • Manny Ramirez (baseball player) –


  • Wilbur Wright (aviator) –
  • Boris Pasternak (writer) –
  • Marcel DuprΓ© (composer) –
  • Perry Ellis (fashion designer) –
  • Gus Wickstrom (retired farmer who used pig spleens to forecast the weather [claimed 90% accuracy]) –


  • U.S. and Mexico ratifications of Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo exchanged at Queretaro. (Treaty was originally signed on Feb. 2, 1848.)–
  • First U.S. national celebration of Memorial (Decoration) Day took place in the Arlington National Cemetery of Virginia–
  • First 500 mile automobile race at Indianapolis Speedway was held–
  • Lincoln Memorial dedicated in Washington, D.C.–
  • From Cape Kennedy, Florida, the U.S. launched Mariner 9, first spacecraft to orbit another planet–
  • Thirteen-year-old Arvind Mahankali, of Bayside Hills, New York, correctly spelled knaidel to become the champion of the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee, in Oxon Hill, Maryland–
  • Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury stole five bases during his team’s 9-2 win against the Philadelphia Phillies. It was a club record.–
  • May 30-31: 8 co-champions were declared for the Scripps Spelling Bee–


  • Massive flooding of Columbia River caused dike break that destroyed Vanport, Oregon–
  • Hanford, Washington, had a temperature of 104 degrees F–
  • Yakima, Washington, hit 102 degrees F–

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