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Happy Belated Birthday, WWW!

Happy Birthday

Yesterday, April 30, 2013, was the 20th birthday of the World Wide Web's going public. Since my day to post is Wednesdays, my birthday wishes had to be belated. I once asked in a store if they sold boxes of belated birthday cards.... Anyway, we're glad the WWW is here. Otherwise, we wouldn't be reading this right now.

Here's a picture of the first website (You can click on the picture to go to the actual site.)

WWW 20 Years Old

It was certainly barebones compared to the graphics-rich content we're used to today. You can read about it on the main page of that site — http://info.cern.ch.

Today is the last day of final exams. This Friday afternoon is graduation at BJU, and then this weekend our son Mark will be graduating from Furman with his Master of Arts in School Leadership. We're proud of all his hard work that got him to this point, pretty much a course at a time evenings as a full-time teacher, husband, and dad. Having taken the same route myself, I know just how hard that is!

In honor of exams, I have a couple of jokes either about tests, intelligence, ... or the lack thereof.


A math professor was administering the final exam to his students.

He handed out all of the tests and went back to his desk to wait.

Once the hour was over, the students all handed the tests back in.

The professor noticed that one of the students had attached a $100 bill to his test with a note saying, "One dollar per point."

The next class period when the professor handed the tests back, that student got his test back, along with $62 change.


A rich blonde bought a new automatic Jaguar XKR Sport. She drove the car perfectly during the day, but at night, the car just wouldn't move at all. After trying for a week to drive the car at night, but without success, she furiously called the Jaguar dealership and they sent out a technician to her.

The technician examined the car and found nothing wrong with it. So he turned to the blonde and asked, "Ma'am, are you sure you are using the right gears?"

Full of anger, the blonde replied, "You jerk! How on earth could you ask such a question? I'm not an idiot, you know! Of course, I'm using the right gears — I use D during the day and N at night!"


Two men flew to Canada on a hunting trip. They chartered a plane to take them into the Rockies for a week of hunting moose. They managed to bag six.

When they met at the plane to return, the pilot said he could take only four moose.

The two men objected strongly. "Last year we shot six." They said. "The pilot let us take them all, he had the same type plane as yours."

Reluctantly, the pilot said okay and loaded six. The plane took off.

However, while attempting to cross the mountains, the plane went down. Somehow all three men survived the crash.

After climbing out of the wreckage , one friend asked the other "Where are we?"

His friend replied, "I think we are pretty close to where we crashed last year."


You'll see from my sigline below that we have a new cat in our house. I'll copy what my wife wrote in her blog post about it at the end of last week.

Early this week I got a call from our vet, Dr. Carolyn Anderson from The Cat Clinic, telling us about a very sweet cat who was at the clinic and needed a good home. His former owner could no longer keep him and she was trying to find him a good home. Who could resist a come on like that? We went and met his owner yesterday and were approved for adoption. We went by the clinic today and brought him home. He's about a year and a half old and is very inquisitive and friendly. Nora stopped by with one of the children she cares for and the kitty doesn't seem to be afraid of children, which was something we were concerned about. We have decided to call him Buddy. I'm sure you will be hearing much more about him in the future.

Here are a couple of pictures of our newest family member:

Buddy Window April

Buddy Green Rug

Buddy's fitting into our household wonderfully, and all three of us are content with our new status quo. Our grandson Ryan was here for a while Monday, and he and Buddy have hit it off well also.


"Our children are the living messages we send into a time we shall not see." — Art Linkletter


If at first you DO succeed, try not to look astonished!

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7 Comments on “Happy Belated Birthday, WWW!”

  1. #1 Shannah
    on May 1st, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Hooray! Rob with no cats just didn’t seem right. Welcome, Buddy!

  2. #2 Vikki
    on May 1st, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I like the name Buddy. So much better than his original name! If I remember right, it was Laptop. The Loach home is once again a happy one with pet hair 🙂

  3. #3 Katie
    on May 1st, 2013 at 9:34 am

    What a lovely new addition to your family. I’m glad he’s getting along nicely with everyone.

    And congratulations to Mark!

  4. #4 Donna
    on May 1st, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Found in my research for my web applications class this semester that the first message sent over the internet happened when I was a month old! So I am the same age as the Internet. 🙂 (Won’t say what year it was, but it was the same summer as the moon landing and the opening of the Wilds! Lots of cool things happened that summer …)

  5. #5 Vikki
    on May 1st, 2013 at 11:09 am

    When we first got online, we used Prodigy and there weren’t search engines to help. You had to know the numerical address to get to a site and the sites were few and far between. We did have fun looking at the weather site as it wrote to the screen little by little. Things have come a long way since then.

    By the way, as of next month, Apple said that the original iPhone will be officially obsolete. Remember the long lines people stood in to get that first phone?

  6. #6 Rachel Brown
    on May 1st, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Wow, I did not know that about the internet. In 1993, I was two.

    And congrats on your new kitty =) I miss cats… but I get to see mine when I’m home in less than two weeks.

  7. #7 Carrie
    on May 14th, 2013 at 7:13 am

    I love the story about the professor giving the student change! Glad you’re happy with your new kitty.