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December 10th, 2013
★~ Today’s Quote:
They might not need me; but they might. I’ll let my head be just in sight; a smile as small as mine might be precisely their necessity. Emily Dickinson
★~ International Human Rights Day:
Human rights provide a foundation for building a just and peaceful world. Every human being on the planet has the right to dignity, respect, and freedom – whatever their race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, wealth or other status.
On 10 December 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The Declaration has been translated into over 300 languages and dialects – from Abkhaz to Zulu. It is the holder of the Guinness World Record for the document that has been most translated.
Click for more information about International Human RIghts Day.
★~ National Lager Day:
Lager is a type of German beer that is bottom fermented and lightly hopped. It is usually stored for at least three weeks after brewing before it is served.
Lager is the dominant beer style throughout the world, except in England where ale is the favorite style. The only real difference between ale and lager is that ales ferment and age quickly at warm temperatures, while lagers ferment and age slowly at cool temperatures. These different types of fermentation allow for a vast difference in flavor and aroma of the different styles of beer.
The Boston Beer Co., makers of Samuel Adams Beer, is the number one craft lager in the United States.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1915 – The one-millionth Ford automobile rolled off the assembly line at the Ford Motor Co.
♥~ 1953 – With an investment of $7,600, Hugh Hefner published the first Playboy magazine. There is no date printed on the first issue — now a collector’s item. The reason, according to Hef, is that he doubted anyone would expect a second issue to be printed. Included in this first issue: A classic, nude, calendar photo of actress Marilyn Monroe.
♥~ 1994 – Kenny G’s Miracles: The Holiday Album was number one in the U.S. It became the best selling Christmas album in history, selling over 8 million albums as of 2000. The tracks: Winter Wonderland, White Christmas, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Silent Night, Greensleeves,Miracles, Little Drummer Boy, The Chanukah Song, Silver Bells, Away in a Manger and Brahms Lullaby.
♥~ 1838 – Emily Dickinson, one of America’s greatest poets, was born at Amherst, MA. She was reclusive, mysterious and frail in health. In popular myth, she was a virginal recluse who dressed all in white and wrote passionate poems that were unlike anything being written at the time. Relatively little is known about her life, and biographers often try to use clues in her poems to guess about her habits, personality, and sexuality. Seven of her poems were published during her life, but after her death on May 15, 1886, at Amherst, MA, her sister, Lavinia, discovered almost 2,000 more poems written on the backs of envelopes and other scraps of paper locked in her bureau. They were published gradually, over 50 years, beginning in 1890. The little-known Emily Dickinson who was born, lived and died at Amherst now is recognized as one of the most original poets of the English-speaking world.
♥~ 1952 – Susan Dey actress: The Partridge Family, L.A. Law, Love and War, Emerald Point N.A.S., Blue River, Sunset Limousine, Comeback Kid, First Love
♥~ 1974 – Meg White musician: drums: duo: The White Stripes: Blue Orchid, Jolene Live Under Blackpool Lights, Hardest Button to Button, Hotel Yorba, Fell in Love With a Girl, Seven Nation Army
★~ Good to Know:
I love flash mobs. Maybe it is the surprise or watching the people as they unfold. It’s just fun, isn’t it?
Visitors to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. were given a treat last week when they came for the sights but got a free performance instead.
The U.S. Air Force Band held its first-ever flash mob on Dec. 3. It started with a single cellist wearing a civilian coat, who set up his chair without notice from the crowd. Taking off his coat to reveal his ceremonial uniform, he started to play.
Soon he was joined by the rest of the Band, conductor Col. Larry H. Lang, and numerous singers standing on the balcony railing where they performed “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” and “Joy to the World.” Like the cellist, they all started out wearing civilian clothing before they took off their coats to show their uniforms and instruments.
“Some musicians are excited, some are leery—everyone wonders if the Band can pull this off,” Technical Sgt. Kristin Bowers wrote.
As the crowd of unsuspecting tourists look on, it’s apparent that they have.
It’s COLD. How COLD? 3 degrees. That is too cold for December. And it looks like it will barely reach 20 today. You know, I think we’ll probably buy our Christmas tree, this year, at a Christmas tree lot instead of trekking out to chop it down ourselves. We chopped and carried our tree last year, when the temps were a whole lot milder. That was fun. But I think both my teen and I are fine with being fair weather Christmas tree choppers. Just sayin’.
Wishing everyone a terrific Tuesday and if it’s less than terrific you know where to come to rant. It’s Rant Tuesday on Odd. Your rant is our rant!
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