Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 25, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 98,672 new cases (a 1.81% increase compared to a 2.37% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 5,563,260 cases, 2,881,790 of which are active, 2,681,470 of which have been closed with 2,334,790 recoveries (87.07% compared to yesterday’s 86.68%) and 346,680 deaths (12.81% compared to yesterday’s 13.32%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 24,081 have brought total cases to 1,700,541 (a 1.44% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.89% increase) with 1,143,625 active cases and 556,916 closures, 99,684 of which have been deaths (17.9% compared to yesterday’s 18.14%) and 457,232 of which have been recoveries (82.1% compared to yesterday’s 81.87%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing homes to infect the residents and staff who then die) while total testing has increased to 15,187,647; with scorching temperatures celebrants of Memorial Day put lock downs and social distancing at bay and flocked to the water in boats and bars and restaurants that were opening up:
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber, the fact that you can be pacable and a quote from Beth Pennington on celebrating Memorial Day, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, college graduations, 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. Memorial Day—first celebrated as Decoration Day in a growing number of towns in the 1860’s after the end of the Civil War to honor those members of the military that had died while in uniform to become a federal holiday in 1971 and celebrated on the last day in May.
2. Missing Children’s Day—created by proclamation by President Reagan on this day in 1983 due to the efforts of Etan Patz’s father following his abduction of on this day in 1979 and his efforts to promote awareness of the problem of childhood abductions.
3. 2020 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2020 on this day on a run of 1 weeks in the position was “Stuck with You” by Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pE49WK-oNjU These two talented performers both seem to have anxiety and depression issues but Bieber seems to have grown out of his earlier brushes with the law.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pacable” which means willing to forgive which is a great trait to possess.
5. Number Two Can Become Number One--celebrating the birth on this day in 1960 of the Senior Senator from Minnesota Amy Klobuchar who ran without success in the Democratic Presidential Primaries but has been mentioned and undergone vetting to be a potential vice president with Joe Biden (wonder how she is handling the #MeTooMovement given Tara Reade’s allegations against Biden.
On this day in:
a. 1977 the first of many Star Wars was released into the American theaters.
b. 1979 United Airlines DC-10 Flight 191 taking off from O’Hare to Los Angeles dropped its left engine from the plane causing it to quickly crash, killing all 271 aboard and 2 on the ground to become the deadliest plane crash on U.S. soil.
c. 2001 in a there is no handicap that can’t be overcome moment, Eric Weihenmayer became the first blind person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest aided by Dr. Sherman Bull.
d. 2011 Oprah Winfrey aired her last episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, ending a run of 21 years.
e. 2012 the SpaceX Dragon, an unmanned space capsule, became the first commercial space vehicle to dock with an orbiting satellite, the International Space Station.
Reflections on Memorial Day: “As we set today aside to honor and thank our veterans, let us be mindful that we should do this every day of the year and not just one.” Beth Pennington, author at Military Missions.Org
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