Ridley's Believe It Or Not—December 9, 2014: Trust your Taco Tuesday is proving to be a good one and that you are surviving the wave of Christmas parties. As always I hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and a quote from Charles Bukowski, with a smile on your sunscreened face, knowing it should be the day to enjoy a delicious pastry, 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. You need only contact me for details.
1. Anna’s Day—celebrating in Sweden and Swedish households around the world the day to begin the very time consuming preparation for lutefisk to be devoured on Christmas Eve.
2. International Anti-Corruption Day—observed since the UN adoption the Anti-Corruption Convention on October 31, 2003; corruption in developing countries is rampant and a great barrier to meaningful economic development.
3. National Pastry Day—another great way since around 2600 B.C. when the Egyptians first started making donut like pastries with crude flour and honey and then dipped in wine to insure one’s diet will be broken but tastily done so.
4. 1972 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1972 I Am Woman by Helen Reddy.
5. I’m Spartacus Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1916 of a legend of the silver screen Kirk Douglas who appeared in numerous films right up to 2008.
On this day in
a. 1793 New York City’s first newspaper the American Minerva was published on this date by Noah Webster.
b. 1935 Jay Berwanger of the University of Chicago was awarded the first Downtown Athletic Club Trophy later renamed the Heisman Trophy for the best player in college football.
c. 1965 A Charlie Brown Christmas the first of a series of animated Peanuts specials aired on CBS.
d. 1968 Douglas Engelbart gave the “Mother of All Demos” by revealing the computer mouse, hypertext and a bit-mapped graphical interface and the world has not been the same since.
e. 1979 in a win-one-for-the-humans moment, the small pox virus was certified to have been eradicated.
Reflections on corruption in government from a noted poet: “Are there good governments and bad governments? No, there are only bad governments and worse governments.” Charles Bukowski, The Most Beautiful Woman in Town and Other Stories Anyone privy to what has been going on in Washington, D.C. would “Amen to that!”
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