Ridley's Believe It Or Not—August 29, 2014: Trust your Friday is starting on a great note as you prepare for the end of Summer and the Labor Day Weekend and that you enjoy the holidays of dubious distinction in the shadow of Labor Day Weekend along with the factoids and quote from Sherri Fink. with a smile on your face, a positive attitude and large lemonade in the hammock to beat the heat secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem tailored to the event and the recipient.
1. International Day Against Nuclear Tests—created by the U.N. General Assembly in 2009 to promote awareness of the danger of nuclear weapons testing; unfortunately not observed in North Korea and Iran, countries that come Hell or high water are bent of procuring nuclear weapons.
2. According to Hoyle Day—honoring Edmund Hoyle who died on this day in 1769 and who published a book the Game of Whist with its rules and is remembered today for the phrase “according to Hoyle,” which would describe the rules of any game or activity.
3. Lemon Juice Day—have no idea where this one came from but just typing it makes my mouth taste sour; definitely loaded with Vitamin C and good for you.
4. Moonwalk Day –celebrating the birthday on this day in 1958 of an iconic artist, Michael Jackson who died before his time due to prescription drug abuse.
5. A Mind Unlocked Is A Terrible Thing To Waste—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1632 of the philosopher John Locke whose writings heavily influenced our Founding Fathers and who would be aghast at the Imperial Presidency that our current President is moving toward with his pen.
On this day in
a. 1885 Gottlieb Daimler patented the first internal combustion powered motorcycle the Reitwagen, with its ½ horsepower engine propelling it to a top speed of 7 mph.
b. 1966 the Beatles played in their last concert to paying fans at Candlestick Park.
c. 1991 the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union suspended all activities of the Soviet Communist Party which is enjoying a rebirth under Putin.
d. 2005 Hurricane Katrina made landfall near New Orleans killing more than 1800 people and causing more than 108 billion dollars in damage.
Images of the Superdome in Katrina’s aftermath were a chilling reminder of the need for self reliance in time of tragedy: Those who did better were those who didn't wait for help to arrive. In the end, with systems and failing, what mattered most and had the greatest immediate effects were the actions and decisions made in the midst of a crisis by individuals.” Sheri Fink, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
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