Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ridley's Believe It Or Not For February 2, 2016 Groundhog Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 2, 2016, 353 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term.
 Interesting theater on the political front in Iowa as Hillary Clinton, dogged by the never ending email scandal with the FBI hot on her heels and with the DNC protecting her back, eked out a very narrow win over Bernie Sanders in Iowa. As always, I hope you enjoy Tuesday’s holidays and observances, a music link to The Roof Top Singers, factoids of interest, a relevant quote on Groundhog Day, looking forward to enjoying a bowl of heavenly hash, blessed with a positive attitude and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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.Groundhog Day—celebrating the fact that Punxsutawney Phil, that noted groundhog forecaster from the
great state of Pennsylvania with blizzards roaring across the Great Plains did not see his shadow today which means for those fed up with winter snows an early spring:
2. International Wetlands Day—celebrating since 1971 the importance of wetlands to our ecosystem, especially to waterfowl.
3. 1963 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1963 on a run of two weeks in that position Walk Right In by The Roof Top Singers. Here is a link to The Roof Top Singers performing Walk Right In:
4. Heavenly Hash Day--celebrating not a breakfast dish to die for but rather a fruit salad with enough sour cream to clog even the youngest of arteries.
5. Even An Angel Cannot Wing Away From Cancercelebrating the birthday on this day in 1947 of the ultimate pin up and Charlie’s Angel, Farrah Fawcett who died in 2009 of colon cancer but as a  performer to the very end produced Farrah’s Story involving her struggle with cancer and received her fourth Emmy posthumously for the work.
On this day in:
a. 1887 in Punxsutawney, PA, the first Groundhog Day was observed, a tradition that continues today with  Phil having celebrity status.
b. 1925 diphtheria serum brought by dog sleds relays originating from Nenana some 674 miles away arrived in Nome thereby putting an end to the epidemic that was threatening to decimate the town and now celebrated by the Iditarod race.
c. 1935 Leonarde Keeler tested the world’s first polygraph machine.
d. 1964 Hasbro launched the iconic toy G.I.Joe.
e. 1990 F.W. de Klerk announced the lifting of the ban on the African National Congress and promised to release
Nelson Mandela.
Reflections on Groundhog Day and thank God Phil did not see his shadow: Finally, a holiday animal we can relate to
While holidays and magical animals go hand in hand, most holiday creatures are downright demented.... Punxsutawney Phil is different. He's just a simple groundhog that pops out  of his dwelling from time to time to see his shadow. He's one of the guys. ~Flying LlamaFish, "7 Reasons Groundhog Day is the Ultimate Holiday," 2010, PunIntended.com
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