Friday, November 25, 2022

Ridley's Believe It or Not November 25, 2022


After discontinuing Ridley's Believe It Or Not in October since it had become too long and somewhat too opinionated such that ISP’s were treating it as spam, today marks its return much shorter with no COVID-19, no Chicago murders, and no news with commentary but still retaining holidays, word of the day, number one song, famous birthday, 5 factoids on the day in history and a quote linked to the days or a factoid. Hope you find them informative and worthy of your time to read. If not please reply “Unsubscribe” and I will delete you from the mailing list. Hope copious amounts of L-tryptophan are still surging through your veins.

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not November 25, 2022
National Holiday: Eat With a Friend Day: Not sure when or by whom this food day originated, but it seems perfectly timed given the fact your refrigerator is probably crammed with Thanksgiving Day leftovers.
          Word of the Day: The word of the day is “abdominous” which means having a pouch or big belly which probably describes most of us after having a massive Thanksgiving meal.      Holiday of the Day: Today is Black Friday, the day in which after most of the year retailers are in the red, they have climbed back into the oasis of profit. Also the day may be rightfully named for the black and blue marks riotous shoppers surging through the stores fighting for bargains have suffered. Finally the day is appropriate for the black band that should be placed across one’s credit cards for the mortal wounds they have suffer in sating on bargain sales.
          Number 1 Song of the Day: So far this year as of today 23 artists have recorded a number one song 13 of whom achieved number 1 status for the first time while one artist Canadian Rapper Drake had 2 number one songs. Today Taylor Swift with “Anti-Hero” has the number 1e song on a run of 5 weeks. Here is a link to Taylor Swift performing “Anti-Hero”:
          Famous Birthdays: Joey Chestnut, aka Jaws, born on this day in 1983 is a world famous professional easter and 15 time champion of Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest (breaking his own world record of 75 by winning with 76 HDB’s in 2021 and despite hobbled by a ruptured leg tendon won this year). On can only imagine the terror of restaurants like Golden Corral if he started training there.
          Famous Events that occurred on November 25th:

1.           1915—Albert Einstein presented his equations on the theory of relativity to the Prussian Academy of Science.
           2.      1947—As part of the anti-Communist “Red Scare” the “Hollywood Ten” are blacklisted Hollywood Studios.
           3.       1952— Agatha Christie’s play The Mousetrap opened at London’s West End Ambassador Theater to become the longest continuously performed play in history until it was suspended due to COVID-19 on March 16, 2020 along with all other West End plays but reopened again on May 17, 2021.
4.       1963—After a Requiem Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, President John Kennedy was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
           5.      1984—Instead of spending the day shopping 36 artists appeared at a Notting Hill studio to record Band-Aid’s “Do You Know Its Christmas” to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia which it did from the sales of the record to the tune of £ 8 million and led to such charity record performances like “We Are the World”. Hear is a video recording of the performance which may spur contributions to your local food bank:
            Quote of the Day:We keep putting on programmes about famine in Ethiopia; that's what's happening. Too many people there. They can't support themselves - and it's not an inhuman thing to say. It's the case. Until humanity manages to sort itself out and get a coordinated view about the planet it's going to get worse and worse.” David Attenborough

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