Thursday, October 8, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 8 History World Octopus Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—October 8, 2015 Trust your Thursday is proving to be a great one (how could it not be that the prediction by e-Bible Fellowship that our planet would be annihilated yesterday obviously was a bust); and as always I hope you enjoy Thursday’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest, a music video by Bobby Darin,  a relevant quote from Alexander Solzhenitsyn, looking forward to enjoying a pierogi, 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. World Octopus Day—observed since 2007 to promote appreciation and habitat protection for our eight legged cephalopods that have been around this planet for 500 million years.
          2. American Touch Tag Day—celebrating one of the most popular children’s physically active games which may become an endangered species as many schools fearful of lawsuits are banning the game on their playgrounds. 
           3. 1959 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1959 on a run of 9 weeks in that position Mack The Knife by Bobby Darin.  Here is a link to Bobby Darin performing Mack The Knife:
          4.  National Pierogi Day—celebrating those great pockets stuffed with sauerkraut, cheese, onions, mashed potatoes, meat and any combination thereof that fortunately arrived on our shores from Eastern Europe early in the 20th Century. The pierogi is just another example of the benefits of being a nation of immigrants bringing with them not only their ambitions to improve their lives but also bringing with them their distinctive cuisines.
           5. Why Drive A VW When You Can Chase A Chevy—celebrating not at GM the woes of VW over the emissions scandal that could bankrupt it but rather the birthday on this day in 1943 of iconic SNL performer who appeared in some class comedy films like Caddyshack and Vacation (check out the Infiniti ad that looks a lot like the Griswold family heading to Wally’s World with a Christine Brinkley look alike)    
On this day in:                                           
            a. 1600 San Marino adopted its written constitution which is the earliest written constitution still governing a nation.
            b.  1970 Alexander Isayevich Solzhenitsyn won the Nobel Prize for Literature for his works chronicling the horrors of Stalinism and Stalin’s Gulags in Siberia where Solzhenitsyn was exiled for seven years.
            c. 1974 Franklin National Bank in one of the largest bank failures at that time, collapsed due to fraud and mismanagement.
            d. 1982 Poland, in an attempt to stem the growth of non communist controlled trade unions, banned Solidarity and all trade unions.
            e. 2001 President Bush announced the formation of the Department of Homeland Security to unify the nation’s efforts against radical Islamic terrorists.
Reflections on what dictators like Stalin or Assad always have a deaf ear to: “You only have power over people so long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power - he's free again.” Alexander Solzhenitsyn How true even Janis Joplin in Bobby McGee could not have said it better.
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