Saturday, May 30, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not May 30 History National Mint Julep Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—May 30, 2015 Trust your weekend is off to a good start. As always, I hope you enjoy the holidays and observances (which are really meager and have really challenged me to find), factoids of interest, a music video by Gotye, a relevant quote by Audie Murphy, looking forward to enjoying a mint julep watching a tape of American Pharoah winning the Kentucky Derby, blessed with a positive attitude 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. Water Your Flower Day —marking the end of spring with the need to water one’s flowers although most flowers in Texas are under flood waters and given the drought induced watering restrictions in California, most flowers are probably counting the days before being replaced by cacti.
       2. Loomis Day—celebrating not a plug for Loomis and their armored truck transport services but rather the granting Maholn Loomis of a U.S Patent for wireless telegraphy on this day in 1872.  
        3. 2012 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 2012 on an eight week run Somebody That  I Used to Know by Gotye, featuring Kimbra, a Belgian indie pop singer and songwriter. Here is a link to Gotye and Kimbra performing Somebody That I Used to Know:
       4.  National Mint Julep Day—definitely a holiday that one would think would be celebrated not today but the day on which the Kentucky Derby is being held.
       5.  Why Listen to a Few Voices When You Can Listen to a Thousand—celebrating
not that great singing talent show on NBC The Voice but rather the birthday on this day in 1908 of voice actor Mel Blanc, aka The Man With a Thousand Voices, including such luminaries as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird, Pepe le Pew, and Foghorn Leghorn to name just a few.  
On this day in:                                           
       a. 1883 a rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge is about to collapse causes a stampede with twelve people being crushed.
       b. 1922 the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.    
       c. 1958 the unidentified remains of two servicemen killed in World War II and the Korean War were interned at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
        d. 1991 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Brown v. Reed that prosecutors do not have legal immunity in providing legal advice to the police.
        e. 2014 General al-Sisi, who unlike our president has identified the threat of  radical Islam to Islam, was elected president of Egypt.                        
Reflections on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier appearing on the wall of the wall of the Tomb Guard Quarters:
 Alone and far removed from earthly care,
The noble ruins of men lie buried here,
You were strong men, good men,
Endowed with youth and much the will to live,
I hear no protest from the mute lips of the dead,
They rest there is no more to give.”

Untitled poem by Congressional Medal of Honor Winner Audie Murphy  
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