Author Bob Sponge

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A Brief History In Italy, France, Belgium, and French-speaking areas of Switzerland and Canada, a 1st April tradition is often known as “April fish” (poissons d’avril in French or pesce d’aprile in Italian).  This tradition includes attempting to attach a paper fish to the victim’s back without being noticed.  Such fish feature prominently on many late 19th- to early 20th-century French April Fish Day postcards.  So, in honor of April Fish Day, we present a list of funny fish names! Digging Deeper Cichlisoma preposterosa- The Ridiculous Cichlid Pterophylum scarie- Also known as Melbie’s Angel Cheridon trumpus bloviatus-  Trump’s Tetra, sometimes…

A Brief History On July 13, 2013 self-appointed community watchman George Zimmerman, an Hispanic-American, was found not guilty of having murdered 17-year-old African-American Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012.  The case was closely watched across America and prompted strong racial tensions. Digging Deeper Because of Zimmerman’s outward appearance, the public assumed, with help from the media, that he was white.  He is white but also Hispanic and has some African background.  The media also falsely portrayed the video and audio recordings of the incident where Zimmerman observed and then shot to death the unarmed black teen.  The 911 call was altered to…

A Brief History On July 4th, Americans celebrate their Independence Day, a holiday that signifies their freedom.  During the month of June 2015, Americans experienced a host of developments in the expansion of this freedom.  In any case, to paraphrase Bob Dylan, the times sure were a-changin’ in June 2015! Digging Deeper June 2015 included events, incidents and policy changes that the older generation among us probably did not expect to see take place in their lifetime. To begin, early in the month, Olympic medalist Bruce Jenner, a father of six, changed his name to “Caitlyn” and began referring to himself with feminine pronouns.  While he cross…

A Brief History  In 1965, Maulana Karenga (born Ronald Everett), currently Professor of African Studies at the University of California in Long Beach, created a new holiday he named Kwanzaa during which time African Americans could honor their African heritage.  Digging Deeper As a university student, Karenga had been active in the radical African-American movement known as Black Power and even created an organization he called “US” meaning black people.  This group became a rival to other Black nationalist groups such as the Black Panthers. Karenga’s US (sarcastically called United Slaves by the Black Panthers) clashed with the Panthers to the point of…