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06/06/19 Open Minds

Thursday, June 06, 2019



"Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open." James Dewar



"Hold on, I know I have it here somewhere." You're a plugger if you have more "bonus keys" on your key ring than keys.


Toward the end of our senior year in high school, we were required
to take a CPR course. The classes used the well known mannequin
victim, Rescusi-Anne, to practice.

My group's model was legless to allow for storage in a carrying case.

The class went off in groups to practice. As instructed, one of my
classmates gently shook the doll and asked "Are you all right?" He
then put his ear over the mannequin's mouth to listen for breathing.

Suddenly he turned to the instructor and exclaimed, "She said she
can't feel her legs!"

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It's D-Day! Today commemorates the June 6, 1944 Allied invasion of Normandy Beach, France, to establish a major front against the German Nazis. A major operation planned over several months was originally planned for June 5 but was pushed back a day due to weather. Five thousand ships, 13000 aircraft, and over 160,000 American, British, and Canadian troops readied for the invasion.
--Drive-in Movie Day: commemorates when Richard Hollingshead opened Park-in Theaters in 1933, close to Camden New Jersey; he charged 25 cents per car and 25 cents person but no more than one dollar; the first showing had 400 cars, the screen was 40x50 feet, three 6-foot speakers and the movie was "Wife Beware".
--Higher Education Day: today raises awareness that though a college education can make all the difference in the world for a young person starting off in life, getting that education is very expensive; today is about the different ways available to fund that college education.
--Gardening Exercise Day: a lot of Sparkers already know this one; today is remembering the physical benefits and lower stress of gardening; all muscles are used and strenuous gardening is aerobic.
--Eyewear Day: spectacles have been around for 7 centuries; early versions were worn by monks and scholars but after the 1452 invention of the printing press, there was an increased demand for them; eyewear can make a difference in a persons appearance such as John Lennon with his round glasses, Superman in his Clark Kent disguise, and Maverick of Top Gun in his aviators.
--Yo-Yo Day: yo-yo's have been around since ancient Greece; the versions we're familiar with were manufactured by Pedros Flores from the Philippines in 1928 in Santa Barbara; today commemorates the birthday of Donald F. Duncan, Sr who bought the rights from Flores, attached his name to the toy, and promoted the yo-yo to a greater prominence.
--Atheist Pride Day: a day for those who believe there are no deities; no set ideology, covers humanists, rationalists, secularists and others; atheists don't believe you have to believe in a deity to behave in a humane and kind manner
--Hunger Awareness Day: a worldwide movement to raise awareness of how people are still going hungry and to promote a greater effort to find answers.
--Caves and Karsts Day: a fairly new celebration to highlight the natural cave systems, to promote understanding of how caves do impact our lives and environment, and to encourage exploration.
--In 1930, frozen food was sold for the first time from 18 stores in Springfield, Massachusetts, spearheaded by Charles Birdseye who would later create the Birdseye Frozen Foods Company.
--In 1844, George Williams opens in London the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) to give other Industrial Revolution laborers a wholesome alternative to taverns and brothels.
--In 1971, the Ed Sullivan Show signs off for the last time; Sullivan had helped launch The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elvis, and The Supremes.

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