Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not For December 23, 2015 Night Of The Radishes

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—December 23, 2015, 394 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term. Trust your Wednesday is off to a great start and your shopping is now complete; as always, I hope you enjoy Wednesday’s  holidays and observances,  a music link to Jim Croce, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Ayah Bdeir, looking forward to enjoying a few pfeffernusses, 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. HumanLight—observed by humanists since 2001 to promote a secular humanist holiday during the Christmas season.                               
         2. Noche de Rabanos (Night of the Radishes)—celebrated in Oaxaca, Mexico since 1897 in the town’s central market with numerous artisans displaying carved  large radishes and competing for prizes.
         3. 1973 Number One S ong—celebrating the number one song in 1973 on a run of two weeks in that position Time In A Bottle by Jim Croce. Here is a link to Jim Croce performing Time In A Bottle:
      4. National Pfeffernusse Day—celebrating those hard spicy cookies made with gingerbread spices, pepper and citron and dipped in wine.
         5. Life’s Script Can Be Deadly—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1971 of Canadian born actor Corey Haim who had early success as a young actor but struggled with drug addiction and died of an accidental overdose of prescription medications at the early age of 38.
On this day in:  
       a. 1823 the iconic poem “The Night Before Christmas” was published anonymously but later attributed to Clement Clarke Moore. 
              b. 1913 President Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act into law, thereby creating the Federal Reserve System.
                c. 1947 the transistor was first demonstrated a Bell Laboratories and the race to consumer electronics was on.                                                             
            d. 1968 82 sailors from the USS Pueblo seized by North Korea in a blatant violation of international law were released after being held for 11 months in deplorable conditions.
             e. 1972 16 survivors of a plane carrying a rugby union team from  Uruguay enroute to a game in Chile that had crashed in the Andes 82 days earlier were rescued after two team members in hiked for 10 days over the mountains to find help. The survivors resorted to cannibalism to survive giving rise to the t-shirt logo “Rugby players eat their dead.”                               
Reflections on transistors: The transistor was a small plastic unit that would take us from a world of static bricks piled on top of each other to a world where everything was interactive.” Ayah Bdeir, young entrepreneur and founder of littleBits
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