Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not For December 29, 2015 Tick Tock Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—December 29, 2015, 389 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term. Trust your Tuesday is off to a great start and your New Year’s Resolutions are almost set; as always, I hope you enjoy Tuesday’s  holidays and observances,  a music link to Chic, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Ralph Merkle, looking forward to enjoying a hot bowl of pepper pot soup, 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. Tick Tock Day—commemorating a time to reflect on one’s accomplishment of the   current year which is almost at an end and the lessons learned from one’s failures to form a springboard for one’s goals in 2016.                               
       2. Still Need To Do Day—celebrating a realization that procrastination is not a virtue and in the waning days of the year start accomplishing one’s goals.
         3. 1978 Number One S ong—celebrating the number one song in 1978 on a run of six weeks in that position Le Freak by Chic. Here is a link to Chic performing Le Freak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1qQ1SKNlgY
         4. National Pepper Pot Day—celebrating George Washington’s and FDR’s favorite soup made with beef and  beef tripe, onions, and other vegetables selected by the chef and seasoned  with ground black peppercorns.
         5. Six Feet For A King—noting the birthday on this day in 1973 of rapper Pimp C, founder of the Underground Kings who served prison time for aggravated assault and died from drinking Purple Drang (prescription cough syrup in doses 25 times the recommended dose) at the age of 33.
On this day in:  
      a. 1170 the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, was assassinated by supporters of King Henry II in Canterbury Cathedral. 
         b. 1846 the U.S. annexed the Republic of Texas ending its ten year status as a Republic which then became the 28th State.
           c.  1851 the first YMCA in America was opened in Boston, MA.                                       d. 1959 Richard Feynman gave a speech entitled, “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom,” which is considered as the birth of nanotechnology.
       e.  2013 in a chilling example of the fact that radical Islam is at war with civilization, a suicide bomber believed to be female detonated her 10 kilograms of TNT at the Volgograd train station, killing 18 and wounding 44 innocents.                 Reflections on the future of nanotechnology:“Nanotechnology will let us build computers that are incredibly powerful. We'll have more power in the volume of a sugar cube than exists in the entire world today.” Ralph Merkle, noted computer scientist with a PhD. from Stanford; unfortunately the human capacity to maintain the proper ethics and values to use that power for good may not be up to the task.
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