Ridley's Believe It Or Not—January 7, 2015: Trust your Wednesday is off to a great start and you are following your 2015 resolutions. As always, I hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and a relevant quote from Ian Hislop, with a smile on your face, savoring a plate of tempura, 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, 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. Festival of Seven Herbs-- celebrating in Japan the tradition of eating rice porridge seasoned with seven herbs and spices.
2. International Programmers Day—celebrating the accomplishments of programmers around the world.
3. 1976 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1976 Convoy by C.W. McCall.
4. National Tempura Day—nothing like the taste of shrimp tempura to go with your rice porridge if in Japan or Little Tokyo today.
5. Red Day—celebrating on the birthday on this day in 1963 of Christian Louboutin a French designer of shoes best known for his signature red colored shoes with sales of over $300 million of footwear.
On this day in
a. 1927 the first transatlantic telephone service was established between New York City and London.
b. 1954 the first public demonstration of a machine translation system was held at IBM’s head office in New York City.
c. 1980 President Jimmy Carter signed legislation authorizing federal loans to Chrysler Corporation of $1.5 billion.
d. 2015 12 people were murdered at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical weekly that has drawn the ire of the radical Islamic community for its cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad and satirical pieces on Islam in Paris by three Islamic terrorists.
Reflections the mass murder at the offices of Charlie Hebdo by Islamic terrorists: “I am appalled and shocked by this horrific attack – a murderous attack on free speech in the heart of Europe. I offer my condolences to the families and friends of those killed: the cartoonists, journalists and those who were trying to protect them. They paid a very high price for exercising their comic liberty. Very little seems funny today.” Ian Hislop, editor of Private Eye, a British paper of the same satirical genre as Charlie Hebdo To kill someone for a cartoon exposes how deranged these people are. One hopes they will be caught and interrogated thoroughly before being tried and executed.
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