Wednesday, April 6, 2016

April 6, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Tartan Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 6, 2016. Only 289 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term but if a UConn fan you must be totally stoked after the Huskies crushed Syracuse last night as its coach surpassed the legend of all coaches John Wooden with 11 NCAA Championships. Great political theater last night as finally in Wisconsin some common sense arrives for the Reds and the voters by huge margins dump Trump and on the Blue side Hillary’s dishonesty, deception and unlikeability caught up with her and she was crushed by Sanders (when will the super delegates start squeaking like rats and abandon the sinking Hillary ship?).  As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Chiffons, factoids of interest, a  relevant quote from JK Rowling, Jr. while looking forward to enjoying a plate of sliced fresh tomatoes, 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. National Tartan Daycelebrating the declaration of independence by Scotland in 1320 and memorialized by the U.S. Senate in 1998. If of Scottish descent today would be a great day to wear a tartan and if by chance you do not have a tartan of your clan a toast to your heritage with a fine single malt.
2. National Teflon Day—celebrating the accidental discovery of polytetrafluoroethylene (now known as Teflon) by James Plunkett on this day in 1936 while  working in the Chemours Jackson New Jersey lab.
3. 1963 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1963 on a run of four weeks in that position He’s So Fine by the Chiffons. Here is a link to the Chiffons Fabares performing He’s So Fine:                      
4. National Fresh Tomato Day—celebrating that delicious red vegetable that should always be stored at room temperature and not in the refrigerator which upon introduction to Europe had the false reputation of causing insanity.
5. The Only Way to Leave This World—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1483 of Raffaello Senzio da Urbino also known as Raphael, along with Michelangelo and Da Vinci, one of the great artists of the Italian High Renaissance, who after a night of sexual excesses with his mistress came down with a fever and died a happy man at a far too early age of 37.  
On this day in:
a. 1808 to the dismay of beavers, otters and other fur bearing mammals, John Jacob Astor, on the way to becoming America’s first millionaire, incorporated the American Fur Company.       
b. 1869 to the joy of walruses and elephants whose ivory tusks has always been in great demand, celluloid, a replacement for ivory used in making billiard balls, was patented.          
c. 1896 after being banned by the Roman Emperor Theodoisis I some 1500 years ago, the Olympic games were reinstated at Athens.  
d. 1965 Hughes Aircraft Company launched Early Bird, the first communications satellite to be placed in geosynchronous orbit.       
e. 1998 Travelers Group announced the $78 billion merger of Travelers and Citicorp which was finalized in October of that year creating Citibank, another one of those too big to fail banks that taxpayers have been burdened with.    
Reflections on Scotland: “It is one of the most hauntingly beautiful places in the world, the history is fascinating, the men are handsome and the whisky is delicious. But don't eat the macaroni pies."
JK Rowling  who wrote all of her Harry Potter novels while living in Scotland, and still lives in Edinburgh. 
Kudos on the observation from the Alaskanpoet whose mother was a full blooded Scot raised in Canada and who is proudly wearing his clan’s tartan.   
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