Monday, August 31, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not September 1 History Emma M. Nutt Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—September 1, 2015 Trust your Taco Tuesday is off to a great air conditioned start looking forward to cutting you lunch expense with Popeyes two piece fried chicken leg and thigh special for only a $1.49 and as always I hope you enjoy Tuesday’s  holidays and observances,  factoids of interest, a music video  by the Rascals, a relevant quote by Paul Hawken, looking forward to enjoying some a gyro, blessed with a positive attitude and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable event like 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. National No Rhymes (Nor Reason) Day—celebrating those words in the English language that are a complete bane to poets who rhyme as opposed to free or blank verse—words like month or orange that do not rhyme.  
       2. Emma M. Nutt Day—celebrating the accomplishments of the first woman telephone operator who started on this day in 1878 and worked in that capacity for the next 33 years.
       3. 1968 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1968 on a run of five weeks in that position People Got To Free by The Rascals is a link to The Rascals performing People Got To Be Free:
    4. National Gyro Day—celebrating a great Greek cuisine of meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie and then served in pita along with tomatoes, onions and tzaykizi sauce.  
    5. Brawl Don’t Sting Like A Beecelebrating the only undefeated heavyweight champion at 49-0 (50-0 if you count the computer simulated bout with Ali) Rocky Marciano who was born on this day in 1923 and who died in private plane crash at the early age of 45 one day before his 46th birthday.
On this day in:                                           
       a. 1902 A Trip to the Moon, considered the first science fiction movie was released in Paris.
    b. 1914 at the Cincinnati Zoo the last passenger pigeon on earth died; when Europeans arrived in North America estimates are that the passenger pigeon population totaled from three to five billion birds.  
       c. 1952 Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea was published; it would go on to win the Pulitzer Prize.
      d. 1958 Iceland expanded its territorial waters bringing it into conflict with Great Britain as starting what became known as the Cod Wars.     
       e. 1974 a SR-71 Blackbird flew from New York to London in a world record setting time of 1:54:56 at a speed of 1543.587 miles per hour.
Reflections on extinction of species: Biological diversity is messy. It walks, it crawls, it swims, it swoops, it buzzes. But extinction is silent, and it has no voice other than our own.” Paul Hawken, noted American environmentalist and activist.  Hard to believe a species that was so numerous that its flocks during migrations were so large that they would blot on the Sun could be rendered extinct within 300 years due to human activity.
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