Ridley's Believe It Or Not—July 19, 2014: Totally skunked today on decent holidays, but at least found a few factoids and a quote by Ernest Hemingway for you to enjoy.
1. National Flitch Day —celebrated since 1104 in England by any married couple that could prove they had been faithful and loving for a year so they could be awarded a flitch which is half a pig and may be the source of the phrase “bring home the bacon.”
2. National Daiquiri Day—celebrating that great original drink-- white rum, lime juice, and sugar and especially appropriate in the era of climate change the frozen daiquiri which according to legend was inspired by Ernest Hemingway at El Floridita in Havana in the 1940s. The bartender’s name was Constantino Ribalaigua and he is often considered the true creator of the daiquiri.
3. Toss Away the “Could Have” and “Should Have” Day—to celebrate this day, stop living in what could have been and live in the present with an eye to the improving future; probably inspired by Marlin Brando in On The Waterfront—I could have been a champ.
On this day in:
a. 64 Circus Maximus caught fire in Rome spreading to burn down most of Rome and leading to the legend most likely untrue that Emperor Nero was fiddling while his city was burning to the ground.
b. in 1848 the first women’s rights convention organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott was held in Seneca Falls, New York.
c. in 1983 the first 3D CT image of the human head was published.
d. in 2001 Michael Brunet discovered the skull of Sahelanthropus tchadensis, thought to be the oldest known species in the human family tree, in the Djurab Desert, Chad. It lived 6-7 million years ago, about the same time as the last common ancestor to apes and humans.
Another excuse to overdo it. “An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.” Ernest Hemingway, noted 20th Century American author who sadly committed suicide.
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