Friday, October 31, 2014

Ridley's Believ It Or Not October 31 History Halloween

Ridley's Believe It Or Not—October 30, 2014:  Trust your Halloween will be a great one and as always hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and quotes involving Halloween and a poem relating to Halloween just posted on “Halloween is not just for kids”, with a smile on your sunscreened face, enjoying a caramel apple, blessed with a positive attitude even though you know you will have to wade through tons of spam in your inbox, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event or the coming Christmas, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient.
      1. Halloween—Tonight is the night that drivers in residential neighborhoods must drive oh so carefully as the streets as clogged with young ghosts and goblins weaving under the weight of bags full of candy and later the roads will be clogged with adults in costume driving back from Halloween parties.
      2. Books for Treats Day—celebrated since 1995 an idea created by Rebecca Morgan at her home in San Jose  of “feeding children’s minds not their cavities.” Great idea to give used children’s books as opposed to candy (probably cheaper too).
      3. 7 Billion Day—commemorating this day in 2011 according to the best estimates of the U.N. that population of the Earth reached 7 billion; the day is to be observed by creating awareness of  reproductive health, poverty, women empowerment, youth, environment sustainability, ageing, and urbanization, by encouraging people to take actions and recommit to humanity.
      4. Now You Know Who To Blame—wcelebrating not the proclivity of politicians to blame the other party but rather the difficulties in achieving weight loss occasioned by the birthday on this day in 1860 of Juliette Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts U.S.A., the organization that brings us those delicious Girl Scout cookies we find so hard to resist.
      5. National Caramel Apple Day—celebrating a treat that is both  great for your health (apple) and great for dentists (caramel).
On this day in
      a. 1913 the Lincoln Highway, the first highway across the United States from New York City to San Francisco, was dedicated. 
        b. 1941 after 14 years of work, Mt. Rushmore was completed. 
       c. 1984 Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by two of her Sikh security guards, causing widespread rioting in India in which over 10,000 Sikhs were killed.
      d. 2000 a Russian Soyus rocket brought the first resident crew to the International Space Station which has been occupied continuously and amicably since then (why can we not have the same concept on Earth)?
Reflections on Halloween as you check to make sure the candy bowl is full and your costume and the costume of your trick or treaters is ready to go: 1. “ I'll bet living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween.” ~Author Unknown; 2. “Eat, drink and be scary.” ~Author Unknown; 3. “True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about but few have seen.” ~Author Unknown  Please enjoy the 140 character poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and join almost 150 growing followers and please follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs--click on links below. Go to for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day In History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance. Go to Rhymes On The Newsworthy Times for comments on important and breaking news events that should be of interest.

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