Monday, May 18, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not May 18 History International Museum Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—May 18, 2015 Trust your weekend proved to be a great one and your Monday is off to a great start. As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids of interest, a music video of Maria Maria and a relevant quote from David Rockefeller, looking forward to powering down a hot cheese soufflé before it collapses before your very eyes, blessed  with a positive attitude even though you know you may have to wade through tons of spam in your inbox, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable event like Fathers’ Day, 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. International Museum Day—observed since 1977 and now by over 30,000 museums across the globe with the theme this year of Museums and a Sustainable Society, highlighting the role of museums in creating awareness of how society can use its resources more effectively and with greater sustainability. Visit a museum today—although rooted in the past (which is why fanatics like ISIS are so hell bent on destroying artifacts in Iraq and Syria) they contain the blueprints for today and into the future.
       2. National Visit Your Relatives Day—what better way to preserve and promote the family and extended family unit that to visit in person, by phone or if all else fails by internet the aunts, uncles, cousins who are blessed with or cursed by a portion of your genetic code, and one’s in-laws, who are cursed or blessed with not sharing a portion of your genetic code.
       3. 2000 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 2000 on a ten week run Maria Maria by Santana featuring The Product G&B, another R&B duo started in 1998 whose song Maria Maria featured on Santana’s album sold 30 million copies but unless tomorrow’s 2001 hit song is not another rap or hip hop it will be time to head back to the genre of rock and roll. Here is a link (with apologies for brief Nissan ad) to a music video of Santana featuring The Product G&B performing Maria Maria:
       4. National Cheese Soufflé Day—the comeback kid of a protein and calcium rich dish; eat it as soon as it comes out of the oven but if not and it collapses, reheat and it will bounce back.   
       5. How to Put Love of Country Over a Career Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1970 of comedienne Tina Fey the perfect lock alike for Sarah Palin but whose misguided support of Obama and her portrayals of Sarah Palin may have influenced the election and eliminated a large number of gigs for Ms. Fey. 
       On this day in:                                                           
       a. 332 in a precursor to our food stamp movement, Emperor Constantine the Great announced the distribution of free food (80,000 rations a day) to the citizens of Constantinople.
       b. 1652 in a message of why are you waiting, Rhode Island passed the first law in English-speaking North America to outlaw slavery.
       c. 1860 in an Obama-Clinton like moment albeit different parties, Abraham Lincoln wins the nomination of the Republican Party as its candidate for President of the United States over William Seward who became Lincoln’s Secretary of State.  
      d. 1927 in a chilling reminder that school shootings of today are not a new phenomenon of violence, Edward Kehoe, in Bath Township, Michigan, a disgruntled school board treasurer killed his wife, firebombed his farm and then detonated a bomb at the Bath Township Elementary School, killing 38 school children and six adults and wounding 58 before blowing himself to smithereens.
      e. 1980 Mt. St. Helens in a reminder that a dormant volcano is never really dormant, erupted, killing 58, causing three billion dollars in damage and blanketing a large part of Colorado, the Dakotas,  Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Washington and Wyoming with up to two inches of volcanic ash. Vivid evidence of the ash plum below:


Reflections on the importance of relatives: I am convinced that material things can contribute a lot to making one's life pleasant, but, basically, if you do not have very good friends and relatives who matter to you, life will be really empty and sad and material things cease to be important.”  David Rockefeller, only surviving child of John D. Rockefeller who at 99 and soon to a 100 on June 12 of this year has had a pleasant life.
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