Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—May 17, 2015 Trust your weekend is proving to be a great one. As always, I hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids of interest, a music video of Livin’ la Vida Loca and a relevant quote from Wolfgang Winkelmayer, looking forward to powering down a cherry cobbler, blessed with a positive attitude even though you know you may have to wade through tons of spam in your inbox, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable event like Fathers’ Day, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, 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. World Hypertension Day—commemorating
since 2005 the need for awareness of what is called the “silent killer” which
with no warning or symptoms causes death from heart attacks or strokes.
2. World Information Society
Day—another General Assembly approved
observance celebrated since 2006 to promote awareness of the societal changes
brought about by the internet and the need to bridge the digital divide among
3. 1999 Number One Song—celebrating
the number one song in 1999 on a five week run Livin’ la Vida Loca by Ricky Martin, a Puerto Rican singer and
songwriter of the Latin pop genre who has sold over 85 million records. Here is
a link to a music video of him performing Livin’
la Vida Loca: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p47fEXGabaY
Cherry Cobbler Day—what a great
way to end a dinner, especially when the
cherry cobbler is served with some vanilla ice cream.
5. Pass Not the Cubes but
the Combos—celebrating the
birthday on this day in 1956 of Sugar Ray Leonard, Olympic gold medal boxer and
one of the dominant light welterweights of all time, winning 173 of his 200
professional fights and the possessor the quickest and hardest combo punching
of all time.
On this day in:
a. 1954 the U.S. Supreme Court handed
down its unanimous decision in Brown vs. the Board of Education, outlawing
segregation in public schools.
1970 Thor Heyerdahl set sail from Morocco in the Ra, a boat made of papyrus to advance the thesis
that ancient cultures could have visited the Americas long before Erickson and
1973 televised hearings began on the expanding Watergate scandal and cover-up
that ultimately led to the resignation of Richard Nixon.
in another example of why it is so difficult to trust or believe in government,
the U.S. government responding to FOIA requests, finally declassified documents
that revealed mercury contamination of over 4.2 million pounds at Oakridge, Tennessee.
e. 1995 Shawn Nelson stole a U.S. Army
tank and led police on a 35 minute chase which ended in the tank running into
and stalling on a concrete barrier which enabled a police officer to open the
turret hatch and kill him.
news to hear as you pour your second cup
of coffee if a woman, and if a man a hope that it applies to men also. “We found strong
evidence to refute speculation that coffee consumption is associated with an
increased risk of hypertension in women.” Wolfgang Winkelmayer, noted professor
of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine
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