Browsing: May 13

A Brief History On May 13, 2019, we celebrate National Apple Pie Day, the most American of desserts.  Right?  Wrong!  While Apple Pie in its many iterations is indeed loved by Americans, including This One, Apple Pie is not an American invention at all.  Still, Apple Pie is just so darn good that having a National Apple Pie Day makes good sense anyway. Digging Deeper As American as apple pie? NOT! Since the only apples native to North America are crabapples, Americans did not even have the apples for apple pie until trees could be grown from seed brought from…

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A Brief History On May 13, 1981, Mehmet Ali Agca, a Turkish member of the Grey Wolves (ultranationalist Turkish neo-fascist organization), attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II by shooting the pontiff 4 times with a 9mm Browning semi-automatic pistol. The Pope survived and eventually forgave the attempted assassin. So far this incident was nearly tragic, but not all that exceptional, at least until John Paul II revealed the long held information about the “Third Secret of Fátima” in June of 2000, telling the world that the assassination attempt had been the third prophesy foretold by three Portuguese children in…

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A Brief History On Saturday, May 13, 2017, the Ultimate Fighting Championship event they call UFC 211 (the 211th such event) took place in Dallas, Texas, and featured 2 major championship/title fights, for the men’s Heavyweight (265 pounds) Title and women’s Strawweight (115 pounds) Title.  Digging Deeper In both fights the reigning champions won and retained their titles in convincing fashion.  For the men, Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic of suburban Cleveland, Ohio pounded arch rival Junior dos Santos of Brazil into the mat, winning by knockout in the first round.  Dos Santos had previously beaten Miocic in December of 2014,…

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A Brief History On May 13, 1958, Australian adventurer and master of WTF, Frederick Benjamin “Ben” Carlin completed a most unlikely circumnavigation of the Earth, accomplished over a 10 year period and in an amphibious vehicle, a World War II amphibious version of the American Jeep! Digging Deeper Carlin first attempted a crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in his Ford GPA he fittingly named Half-Safe in 1947 (Should he have named it “Less Than Half-Safe?”), but suffered a few failures over the next couple years.  The successful crossing began in 1950, incredibly beyond even the cheeky nature of the attempt…

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A Brief History While the US Department of Justice and numerous commercial entities wage culture war with the State of North Carolina about a state law recently enacted that requires persons of a biological  or “birth” gender to use the rest room or locker room of the gender listed on their birth certificate, many other government entities from states to cities to school districts have gone the other way. Digging Deeper With recently announced orders to administrators to allow school children in Chicago schools (and other venues) to choose their own gender identity and use the rest room and locker…

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