Ridley's Believe It Or Not—October 22, 2014: Trust your Wednesday is proving to be a great one and that you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and quote from Jean-Paul Sartre, with a smile on your sunscreened face, looking forward to a bowl of nuts to munch on, 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. Wombat Day—celebrating, since 2004 those cuddly marsupials native to Australia, with copious amounts of chocolates and wine gums (I kid you not).
2. International Stuttering Awareness Day—observed to create awareness of speech impairment that affects one percent of the world’s population—stuttering which unfortunately does not affect our politicians in D.C.
3. National Knee Day—honoring that joint that was never designed to play football or basketball but fortunately has been the subject of great advances in replacement surgery.
4. National Nut Day—celebrating not the crazies of the world but rather those delicious nuts we all enjoy as snacks.
On this day in
a. 1857 using a filament of carbonized thread Thomas Edison tested the first incandescent light bulb which lasted 13 ½ hours before burning out.
b. 1924 Toastmasters International was founded.
c. 1962 President Kennedy after reviewing air reconnaissance photos of Cuba showing the presence of nuclear weapons in Cuba announced a naval blockade of the island bringing the world closer to nuclear war; fortunately the Soviets blinked.
d. 1964 Jean-Paul Sartre was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, an award he declined.
Reflections on the importance of poets in a society: “Every age has its own poetry; in every age the circumstances of history choose a nation, a race, a class to take up the torch by creating situations that can be expressed or transcended only through poetry.” Jean-Paul Sartre Another reason why we need fewer parasitic lawyers and more poets
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