Wacky Wednesday: November 18

Wacky Wednesday is upon us again and today is a most interesting day. First, we have a couple interesting nouns. We continue our look at some old English insults with Drate-Poke. It refers to someone who drawls or speaks indistinctly. Driggle-Draggle, is a name for an untidy woman. These don’t roll of the tongue too well and it might be difficult to throw these into casual conversation. They’re still fun to say. Though this isn’t really a holiday, it should be known that today is Mickey Mouse’s Birthday. He first appeared in 1928. 

For our holidays today, we first have National Educational Support Professionals Day which falls on the Wednesday of American Education Week. These folks include secretaries, classroom aides, cafeteria workers, maintenance workers, bus drivers, etc. For our token food holiday, we have National Vichyssoise Day. Vichyssoise is made thick with pureed leeks, onions, potatoes, cream and chicken stock. Its traditionally served cold though sometimes is eaten hot. In the United States, Vichyssoise is pronounced: “vish – e – swaz.” Finally, we have National Princess Day. Celebrate with the Princess in your life.

Remembering Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla was born at midnight on July 10, 1856. To celebrate his birthday, I would like to share 10 things most people probably don’t know about Tesla. These things were pulled together from David J. Kent, author of Tesla: The Wizard of Electricity. He shared these exciting things on his own website where you can read further these fun things about Nikola Tesla. The first were published on January 4, 2013.

  1. Tesla was a showman, but also a recluse.
  2. Tesla inspired Google’s Larry Page to become an inventor.
  3. Nikola Tesla was a proponent of renewable energy.
  4. Tesla was from Venus (not really).
  5. Wardenclyffe Lives!

You can read more by following this link. 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Nikola Tesla.

Kent listed five more things about Tesla on his website on July 10, 2017.

  1. He was actually born on the cusp of July 9th and 10th.
  2. He was fond of practical jokes.
  3. The sight of pearl earrings would make him nauseous.
  4. He invented robotics.
  5. He was a science fiction star.

You can read more by following this link. 5 More Things You Didn’t Know About Nikola Tesla.

Nikola Tesla is one of my favorite historical figures. As the world remembers who he was, more and more information about his life is surfacing. He was almost forgotten to time and history. I’m happy people, not just me, are making an effort to remember him. There was a great show on the History Channel where a few scientists search for Tesla’s missing trunks and documents titled The Tesla Files. Happy Birthday Nikola Tesla!

Coffee and Contemplation: Flag Day

June 14 is Flag Day. In the United States, we celebrate June 14 as the day the flag was adopted as the symbol of our country on June 14, 1777. The Flag Resolution by the Second Continental Congress stated: “Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” Given the recent turmoil in the United States, I think it’s more important than ever to consider the idea of a ‘new constellation.’

The future of the United States is in flux as it was in the 1960s and even in the 1860s. Our country has been through this kind of change before and I know we’ll come out on top. When I say our country, I don’t mean the government. I mean the people; the citizens. The government can change while the country always has and always will belong to the people who call it home. That’s what the flag represents to me at least. I have other reasons for thinking about June 14. And some might feel the same about this as they do about what the flag represents.

June 14, 1775 is the Army Birthday. I imagine many people see the military as an extension of the government. But I know there are good people in the military trying to change things for the better. I served in the Arizona Army National Guard some years back. This was the one weekend a month, two weeks a year. I never deployed and I never served long enough to gain veterans status and do not claim to be a veteran. My job was in the Finance Corps. The Finance Corps Birthday is June 16, 1775. 

If you never served, maybe you don’t care about the Army Birthday and I’m sure you care even less about the Finance Corps Birthday. But for those who have served and are serving, I’m sure you all were happy when Finance made sure your pay was squared away. The two departments no one messes with in the military are Finance and Supply. I hope you all celebrate Flag Day in a way that’s meaningful to you. Peaceful Protesting is always a healthy option for celebration. Our fight for change isn’t over. Never give up. Never surrender.