Saturday, January 24, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not January 24 History National Compliment Day

Ridley's Believe It Or Not—January 24, 2015:    Trust your weekend is off to a great start. As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and a relevant quote from Mal Peet,  with a smile on your face after complimenting at least five people, enjoying a peanut butter sandwich, 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 like Valentines’ Day soon approaching, 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 Compliment Day—celebrating a day to compliment at least five people; but sadly this is another holiday that should be observed daily not once a year.
       2. National Beer Can Appreciation Day—commemorating this day in 1935 that beer cans were introduced.
       3. 1993 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1993 and for a run of 14 weeks in that position I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston, who died way too early at the age of 49 with millions of records yet to sell by drowning in a bath tub due in large part to ingestion of cocaine and prescription drugs.                                                                                        
        4. National Peanut Butter Day—celebrating a favorite ingredient in kids’ lunch pails.
        5. Animal House Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1949 of one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live, John Belushi who died way too soon even with his “intense energy and raucous attitude” at the age of 33 after an overdose of heroin and cocaine.     
On this day in
     a. 1848 James Marshall discovered gold at Sutter’s Mill near Sacramento.
     b. 1961 a B-52 carrying two hydrogen bombs each 250 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima with a 100 percent kill radius of 17 miles broke apart near Goldsboro, North Carolina dropping its payload which but for the grace of God did not detonate.
      c. 1972 Japanese Sgt Shoichi Yokoi was found hiding in the jungles of Guam, not knowing that the war had ended in 1945.  
      d. 1984 the first Apple Macintosh introduced at Super Bowl XVIII went on sale. 
      e. 2003 the Department of Homeland Security commenced operations.
Reflections on nuclear weapons and why Iran must never, ever be allowed to develop them: “Unfortunately, however, weapons of mass destruction tend to attract maniacs: men - it's almost always men - who want to jab the red button and yell "Take that, you heathen infidel bastards!" and sit in their revolving chairs in underground lead-lined bunkers or caves, watching on their monitors World War III or the Final Jihad or whatever.” Mal Peet, author of Life, An Exploded Diagram
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