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Friday, April 9, 2021

Weather/Dude/Geese ~ Picture of the Day ~ About Jellyfish ~ Lemony Asparagus and Radish Salad ~ National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day

 

Good 29º clear morning. 
 
Yesterday we started cloudy......

Then they lightened up a bit......

Dude was a happy boy laying in the sun....

Then the clouds left........


A couple of the geese were in their favorite spot, laying in the shade on my road....

We topped at 70º.
 
 
Picture of the Day ... Grants Pass Oregon 1940's
 

 
 
Interesting about jellyfish....
 

Only one animal is known to have this remarkable ability to live forever is a species of jellyfish, "Turritopsis dohrnii", first discovered in the 1880s in the Mediterranean Sea and highlighted as a uniquely enduring organism in the exhibition "Life at the Limits: Stories of Amazing Species".

Like all jellyfish, "Turritopsis dohrnii" begins life as a larva, called a planula, which develops from a fertilized egg. A planula swims at first, then settles on the seafloor and grows into a cylindrical colony of polyps. These ultimately spawn free-swimming, genetically identical medusae—the animals we recognize as jellyfish—which grow to adulthood in a matter of weeks.

Fully grown, "Turritopsis dohrnii" is only about 0.18 inches across, smaller than a pinky nail. A bright-red stomach is visible in the middle of its transparent bell, and the edges are lined with up to 90 white tentacles. These tiny, transparent creatures have an extraordinary survival skill, though. In response to physical damage or even starvation, they take a leap back in their development process, transforming back into a polyp.

In a process that looks remarkably like immortality, the born-again polyp colony eventually buds and releases medusae that are genetically identical to the injured adult. In fact, since this phenomenon was first observed in the 1990s, the species has come to be called “the immortal jellyfish.”

 

 
 
From Mr. Food


 

Our Lemony Asparagus and Radish Salad is the perfect way to excite your taste buds and bring a springtime-smile to everyone around the dinner table. Who doesn't love fresh and crisp spring veggies tossed in a homemade lemon vinaigrette? The simple flavor combinations found in this easy vegetable recipe are downright refreshing, and we know you'll agree!

 

  • 1 bunch (about 15 stalks) fresh asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 10 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

 

  1. In a large skillet over high heat, bring 1 inch of water to boil. Add asparagus and blanch 3 to 4 minutes or until crisp tender. Place asparagus in ice bath 5 minutes, then drain well. Cut into 2-inch pieces and place in medium bowl.  Add radishes, scallions, and lemon zest; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk lemon juice and sugar until sugar dissolves. Add oil and salt; mix well. Pour lemon juice mixture over vegetables; toss until evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes or until chilled.



 
Historically this date....
1959 – Project MercuryNASA announces the selection of the United States' first seven astronauts, whom the news media quickly dub the "Mercury Seven".


1961 – The Pacific Electric Railway in Los Angeles, once the largest electric railway in the world, ends operations.
 


 


And births this date include....
1903 – Ward Bond, American actor (d. 1960)
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1942 – Brandon deWilde, American actor (d. 1972)
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1954 – Dennis Quaid, American actor
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All I know. Nuff said. Have a good Friday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

 
National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day on April 9th honors the courageous men and women who have endured brutal treatment at the hands of their captors. As a result, they’ve also suffered separation from family and displayed incredible endurance and faith during their captivity.
On this day in 1942, the largest number of U.S. Forces were captured by Japanese troops in the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines. After battling through extreme conditions and prolonged battles, the captured troops were forced to march 65 miles to the prison camp. Without medical attention, food or water thousands died. The mistreatment continued for those who survived the brutal journey. In the compounds, deep in the unfamiliar jungle, the hardships, brutality, and suffering lasted more than two years for those who could survive.
Since the Revolutionary War, over half a million service members have been captured. This number does not reflect those lost or never recovered. However, each POW endures conditions much like the ones described above. These heroes deserve a day of recognition.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Government officials, veterans, civic and private organizations observe the day with ceremonies and events. Some states require organizations and government facilities to fly the POW/MIA flag on this day.
Honor former POWs by helping to organize events. Ensure your organization flies the POW/MIA flag. Volunteer to help a veteran organization. Learn more by visiting the American Legion.

NATIONAL FORMER HISTORY

In 1984, a movement led by former POWs began seeking a day recognizing for former Prisoners of War on April 9th each year. In 1988, Congress approved legislation setting April 9th to commemorate the date the tragic number of captives were taken prisoner on Bataan. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed National Former Prisoners of War Recognition Day on April 1, 1988, through Presidential Proclamation 5788. He set the observance for April 9, 1988. Since then, through legislation and Presidential Proclamations, the observance carries on.