Sunday, November 2, 2014

Ridley's Believe It Or Not November 2 History All Souls Day

Ridley's Believe It Or Not—November 2, 2014:  Trust your weekend is proving to be a good one with one more hour of sleep as clocks were set back early Sunday morning. As always hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and a few epitaphs of the famous and a poem relating to Halloween  posted on Halloween on “Halloween not just for kids”, with a smile on your sunscreened face, enjoying some deviled eggs, blessed with a positive attitude even though you know you will have to wade through tons of spam in your inbox, 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. All Souls Day—observing a day of prayer for the soul dos the dead, especially, but not exclusively, for the souls of family members.
      2. Plan Your Own Epitaph Day—honoring the need to make sure your last words on your grave stone are memorable; e.g. the epitaph for lawyer John Strange: “Here lies an honest lawyer and that is strange.”  How true in the case of lawyers whether their surname is “Strange” or not.
      3. Don’t Let It Go To Your Head Day—celebrating not the need to possess humility but rather to remember the birthday of Marie Antoinette on this day in 1755 who lost hers on October 16, 1793 in the guillotine.
      4. Bears Beware Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1734 of that noted frontiersman and explorer Daniel Boone. 
      5. National Deviled Egg Day—celebrating a great way have the incredible, edible egg, especially when spiced up with a little Tapatio Hot Sauce.  
On this day in
      a. 1920 radio station KDKA became the first radio station in the United States to begin broadcasting; first broadcast was the results of the 1920 Presidential election.
       b. 1983 President Reagan signed a bill creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
      c. 1988 the Morris Worm, the first internet distributed computer worm to gain media attention was distributed from MIT.                                  
Reflections on the epitaphs of some of the famous:
       1. Benjamin Franklin: The body of Benjamin Franklin, printer (like the cover of an old book, its contents worn, and stript of its lettering and gilding) lies here, food for worms.  Yet the work itself shall not lost, for it will, as he  believed, appear once more In a new and more beautiful  edition, corrected and amended by its Author.
         2.  Isaac Newton: Nature and Nature's laws lay hid in night:
God said, 'Let Newton be!' and all was light
         3. Winston Churchill: I am ready to meet my Maker.  Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal  of meeting me is another matter.
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