Sunday, May 10, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not May 10 History Mothers' Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—May 10, 2015 Trust your Mothers’ Day is proving to be a great one an. As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids of interest, a music video of Jump  and   relevant humorous and serious quotes on Mothers’ Day, looking forward to a few shrimp prepared exactly the way you like them, 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 any memorable event like Mothers’ 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. Mothers’ Day—celebrated since 1908 when Anne Jarvis held a celebration honoring her mother at St. Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. From humble beginnings the day has grown to one of the largest celebrations in terms of cars, flowers, brunches and dinners in this nation. Happy Mothers’ Day to all the moms for what you do and what you have done.  
       2.  World Lupus Day—commemorating the need to create awareness and raise money for this deadly autoimmune system disease that affects over five million people worldwide.  
       3. 1992 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1992 on an eight week run Jump by Khris Kross, an American rap duo noted for wearing their clothes backward while performing on state; like many rappers one of the duo, Chris Kelly, suffered from drug abuse and died from an overdose at age 34.   Here is a link to a music video of Kris Kross performing Jump        
       4. National Shrimp Day—celebrating a great dish no matter how served boiled, in a shrimp cocktail, shrimp scampi, shrimp salad, the list goes on. Note the colder the water the smaller and more succulent the shrimp which explains why this poet believes Petersburg Shrimp are the best. 
       5. Heroin Is a Vicious Drug--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1957 of Sid Vicious, a member of the band Sex Pistols, who like many rappers suffered from drug problems and died of a heroin overdose at the tender young age of 21. 
On this day in
       a. 1801 the scurge of the Mediterranean, the Barbary Pirates of Tripoli declared war on the United States leading to their defeat and adding the line “to the shores of Tripoli” to the Marine Corps hymn.

       b. 1869 the Transcontinental Railroad was completed at Promontory Summit, Utah with Governor of California Leland Stanford driving in the ceremonial golden spike. 
       c. 1893 the U.S. Supreme Court in the cased of Nix v. Hedden ruled that a tomato is a vegetable and not a fruit for purposes of the Tariff Act of 1883 (wonder if during oral argument, the Justices were served copious amounts of tomatoes.

        d. 1924 J. Edgar Hoover was appointed as Director of the FBI, a position he held for 48 years while amassing large and sensitive files on many political leaders including presidents which explains  his longevity as director.

        e. 1954 Bill Haley and His Comets released Rock Around the Clock which became the first rock and roll song to hit Number 1 on the Billboard Chart. I would have posted a music video of the song being performed but I am on Amtrak, using their Wi-Fi and access is blocked by them. For all the billions of dollars we taxpayers fork over to Amtrak, this action is outrageous censorship!

        f. 2005 in a chilling reminder of how difficult it is to protect the President of the United States from assassination, at Tbilisi, Georgia in the old Soviet Union, Vladimir Arutyunian threw a grenade at George W. Bush which landed 61 feet from him but failed to explode. Aruytunian was caught and now serving a life sentence.

Some humorous reflections on Mothers’ Day to aid in the digestion of the opulent Mothers’ Day brunch or dinner: 1. “Mothers are more fonder of their children because they are certain they are their own.” Aristotle 2. “Happy Mothers’ Day to the one person who believes I can do anything despite all evidence to the contrary. “ Anon “Don’t forget Mothers’ Day or as they call it in Beverly Hills Trophy Wife’s Day.” Jay Leno. And on a more serious note “No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother’s love.” Edwin Chapin, noted 19th Century preacher and poet    

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