Ridley's Believe It Or Not—October 16, 2014: You have made it through another deadline re taxes if a procrastinator so take a deep breath, relax and enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and the quote from Mother Teresa, with a smile on your sunscreened face, looking forward to on World Food Day whatever your heart desires, blessed with a positive attitude, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event or the coming Christmas, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient.
1. International Food Day—celebrating the formation of the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization on this day in 1945 to promote agriculture and investment with this year’s theme family farming.
2. Bosses’ Day—celebrating the efforts of bosses to improve the quality of the workplace and first celebrated in Illinois in 1962 and obtaining legitimacy in 2007 when Hallmark started producing cards for the day. Great concept but I suspect given the furor over minimum wage, not a big observance at Wal-Mart or MacDonald’s.
3. World Anesthesia Day—commemorating the first demonstration of ether on this day in 1846—before that can you possibly imagine being operated on while still wide awake and feeling the pain—speed not skill was the surgeon’s mantra of those days.
4. National Spelling Check Day—celebrating not another spelling bee but rather the birthday on this day in 1758 of Noah Webster the author of the first dictionary published in the United States; it was published in 1828.
On this day in
a. 1814 the London Beer Flood occurred killing 7 people as over 300,000 gallons of beer gushed from collapsed or turned over vats of beer at the Meux and Company Brewery.
b. 1923 Roy and Walt Disney founded the Walt Disney Company.
c. 1968 Tommie Smith and John Carlos were kicked off the U.S. Olympic Team for displaying the Black Panther Party salute with their heads bowed toward the flag while on the awards platform at the Mexico City Olympics during the playing of our National Anthem.
d. 1995 the Million Man March took place in Washington, D.C.
Reflections on International Food Day where close to one billion people are hungry and one of our biggest concerns is the health effects of obesity which is growing by leaps and bounds even among children: “If you can’t feed a hundred people than just feed one.” Mother Teresa. Amen to that—problems are solved normally one step at a time; in this case it is one stomach at a time.
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