Thursday, October 1, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 1 History National Vegetarianism Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—October 1, 2015 Trust your Thursday is proving to be a great one and as always I hope you enjoy Thursday’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest, a music video by Jo Stafford,  a relevant quote by Jonathan Safran Foer, looking forward to enjoying some homemade cookies, 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. International Day Of Older Persons—celebrating value and contributions of senior citizens since 1990, especially those like the Alaskanpoet who may be aging but is still very young at heart and in spirit with a one and a half year old knee.
           2. National Vegetarian Day—established by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977 to promote the benefits of the vegetarian lifestyle and diet. 
           3. 1952 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1952 on a run of 5 weeks in that position You Belong To Me by Jo Stafford.  Here is a link to Jo Stafford performing You Belong To Me:
           4.  Homemade Cookies Day—celebrating especially fresh out of the oven complete with aroma the joy of homemade cookies that always bring back fond memories of being a child and cleaning  the cookie bowl and eagerly awaiting the oven door being opened and the tray of fresh cookies being extracted.
           5.  Peanuts Are Your Friends—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1924 of the most famous peanut farmer, former president Jimmy Carter who sadly is fighting cancer and deserving of our prayers.
On this day in:                                           
            a. 331 Alexander the Great’s outnumbered army defeated the army of Darius III at the battle of Gaugamela (near today’s city of Mosul).
            b. 1880 John Phillip Sousa became the leader of the U.S. Marine Corps Band.               c.  1891 in a great move for higher education, Leland Stanford Junior University opened its doors in Palo Alto, California. 
            d. 1908 the Ford Motor Corporation started selling the Model T for the price of $825 ($21,750 in today’s dollars).
            e. 1989 Denmark established the world’s same sex union called a “registered partnership.”
Reflections on vegetarianism: “Elsewhere the paper notes that vegetarians and vegans (including athletes) 'meet and exceed requirements' for protein. And, to render the whole we-should-worry-about-getting-enough-protein-and-therefore-eat-meat idea even more useless, other data suggests that excess animal protein intake is linked with osteoporosis, kidney disease, calcium stones in the urinary tract, and some cancers. Despite some persistent confusion, it is clear that vegetarians and vegans tend to have more optimal protein consumption than omnivores.” Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Eating Animals  If he is right, makes one want to skip the next steak.
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