Monday, May 2, 2016

May 2, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Melanoma Monday

 Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 2, 2016 Unfortunately still 263 days to go in President Obama’s   pathetic lame duck term; political theater in high gear as Cruz frantically campaigning in Indiana to stave off certain defeat; Sanders likewise and talking of a brokered convention as he desperately needs to flip the Blue super delegates from Hillary who is leaking potential VEEP candidates while on the Red side rumors that prominent Republicans want no part of being on a Trump ticket; leaving political theater first American cruise ship (in name only as chartered under foreign flag and with crew mostly nonAmerican to avoid union wages) in over 50 years docks in Cuba today; Puerto Rico will most likely default on almost a half a billion in debt; and elephants for the last time are performing at the Ringling Brothers Circus. As always, I hope your Monday is off to a great start and that  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Madonna, factoids of interest, a  relevant quote from Dave Barry, while looking forward to enjoying a few chocolate truffles, blessed with a positive attitude and  secure in  the knowledge that, if you want to find a gift for any memorable events 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. Scurvy Awareness Day—creating awareness of how easy it is to eliminate scurvy by merely eating fruits and vegetables and since Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin, don’t toss the water you boiled your spinach in, drink it.
2. Melanoma Monday—celebrating the need to promote awareness of skin cancer and what to do to prevent it when in the sun, like sun block, hats and long sleeves. After a weekend in the sun at the beach or in the park or on the ocean Monday would be a good day not just this Monday but on all Mondays to check your skin for signs of melanoma--
3. 1989 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1989 on a run of three weeks in that position Like a Prayer by Madonna. Here’s a link to Madonna performing Like a Prayer
4. National Truffle Day—celebrating not those rare fungi the French love to use in cooking but the chocolate balls made with ganache (dark chocolate and cream) and often stuffed with cherries or liquers.
5. Suck It Up Reduce Trashcelebrating the birthday on this day in 1947 of James Dyson the inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner who is the fourth richest man in England. 
On this day in:
a. 1808 the citizens of Madrid rise up against French occupation, commencing the Peninsula War and memorialized two years  by Francisco de Goya’s famous painting The Second of May 1808  and 149 years later by the movie The Pride and the Passion with Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra and Sophia Loren.
 b. 1952 in a beginning of the end moment for steamship travel, the De Havilland Comet 1, the world’s first commercial jet airliner made its maiden flight from London to Johannesburg. 

c. 1990 President Clinton to the dismay of map companies like Thomas Brothers announced that GPS Technology would no longer be restricted to the military.                                                

d. 2011 Navy Seal Team Six in a daring raid right under the nose of a Pakistan Military Academy killed Osama bin Laden at   Abbottabad, Pakistan.                 

e. 2012 a pastel version of The Scream by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch was sold at auction for $120 million setting a new record for a painting sold at auction.
Reflections on skin cancer: “Florida’s number three industry after tourism and skin cancer is voter fraud.” Dave Barry noted American writer and humorist.   
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