Sunday, January 31, 2016

Ridley's Believe It Or Not For January 31, 2016 World Leprosy Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 31, 2016, 355 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term. Interesting theater on the political front as another blizzard is bearing down on Iowa which may significantly reduce turnout that some candidates like Sanders need. As always, I hope you enjoy Sunday’s holidays and observances, a music link to The Shirelles, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Mother Teresa, looking forward to enjoying a cup of hot chocolate, 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 Leprosy Day—promoting awareness of a disease that has been with us since biblical times but now spiraling down due to drugs provided free of charge by the WHO from over five million infected in the 80’s to less than 190,000 in 2012.
2. Warm Your Heart With Art Day—promoting the use of art to warm one’s soul and when coupled with a poem by the Alaskanpoet, especially as we near Valentine’s Day.
3. 1961 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1961 on a run of two weeks in that position Will You Love Me Tomorrow by The Shirelles. Here is a link to The Shirelles performing Will You Love Me Tomorrow:
4. National Hot Chocolate Day--celebrating the signature hot drink on a cold winter day especially topped with marshmallows.
5. Bringing Heatcelebrating not the joy of knowing the furnace is working on a cold winter day but rather the birthday on this day in 1947 of Nolan Ryan who pitched a record seven no-hitters and is tied with Bob Feller with twelve one hitters and holds the record for strikeouts at 5,714.
On this day in: 
a. 1747 the world’s first venereal disease clinic opened in London at the Lock Hospital.
b. 1917 in one of the major blunders of WWI topped only by the Zimmerman Telegram, Germany announced that if would resume unrestricted submarine warfare which guaranteed that the U.S. would enter the war on the side of the Allies. 
c. 1930 3M started marketing Scotch Tape. 
d.1990 when rattling sabers no longer works try rattling French fries which we did as the first McDonald’s in the Soviet Union opened in Moscow.
e. 2010 Avatar became the first film in history to gross over $2 billion in sales worldwide.
Reflections on a disease more rampant than leprosy: “The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.” Mother Teresa
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