Today, we dove into the oceans of the world to discuss the importance of sharks in our society!
While the media has portrayed these creatures as “menaces” or “beasts”, sharks are a key factor to keeping their environment in tact. Think of the food chain. Sharks eat something else that eats something else, and population control is a real issue in the ocean.
The hunting of sharks are the main reason for such a significant drop in population. Skin, meat, and fins are all profitable parts that are taken away from sharks for our own personal gain. Shark support groups use Shark Awareness Day, every year on this date, to protect and preserve the integrity and importance of these creatures that sit atop the food chain.
Congratulations to Maude from Mount Vernon on correctly guessing this week’s trivia and earning a $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!
Remember Friendster and MySpace? These two services completely changed the way we communicate with friends, family, and even random strangers when you think about it. The founding of some of the largest social media platforms came much later: Facebook in 2004, Twitter in 2006, Instagram in 2010, and even programs like Facebook Messenger and Snapchat in 2011.
In fact, what you’re reading right now IS social media! Through the internet, we are blessed to have easy access to whatever we may be curious about! So to celebrate, text that old friend from high school that you’ve never had time to reach out to, and tell them “Happy Social Media Day!”
Thank you to all of our PUBLIC SERVANTS on this day designated by the United Nations to honor them.
To engage in public service is, in general, to work to improve our fundamental human rights, such as access to water, homes, and medical treatment. Those who work with Volunteer Fire Departments and Ambulance Corps are involved in providing services like these, and aiding the security of our homes and ourselves every day. Without them, our cities and towns wouldn’t be nearly as safe, and there’d be no-one to respond when danger calls.
You may be surprised how many people you know that are involved in the public service industry. Do you know a mail carrier? How about a librarian? A trash collector? Did anyone you know serve in the military or work in education? All of these are types of public service, and without them, we wouldn’t live in the world of safety and security we do today.
How can you celebrate Public Service Day??
One way is to head to your local utility providers, city or county agencies, or local fire departments, and send them an email or a social media post, and deliver a hearty thank you to the people who work there and provide you with the services you need. Thank them for restoring power after a nasty storm, or checking to ensure that you have no gas leaks after an earthquake.
Today we also heard a little bit about the Centerburg Heart of Ohio USA Days Festival, starting tomorrow.
Today’s Who Knew Wednesday focused on the free summer fitness activities at Mount Vernon’s Ariel-Foundation Park. These opportunities are all free and sponsored in part by the United Way of Knox County. They include cardio drumming
Today for Who Knew Wednesday, we heard from Main Street Mount Vernon’s Anthony McNeal about the return of First Fridays in downtown Mount Vernon. Click here to find the links to Anthony’s conversation with our own Wesley Boston on our Soundcloud account!
I was born on this date in 1820 in Tuscany, Italy, but I am British
The city where I was born is also my first name
I felt a call from God in 1837 to devote my life to the service of others
I was courted by a man for nine years, but rejected his proposal so I could pursue my calling
My signature work was in the Crimean War in reducing death rates among the wounded
One of my nicknames was “The Lady with the Lamp”
The British Government developed a fund in my name to help train nurses
I am…Florence Nightingale!
Congratulations to Maude from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.
Today is one of those Who Knew Wednesday shows that has a lot to cover!
It’s Cinco de Mayo…here’s the scoop if you’re heading out for some Mexican food tonight:
Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. The day, which falls on Wednesday, May 5 in 2021, is also known as Battle of Puebla Day. While it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.
Is watermelon! Now that we’re turning the corner into warmer weather, expect to see more of this flowering fruit around, in both its natural state and watermelon-flavored things.
Some of the health benefits of watermelon? Healthline.com shares these:
It contains only 46 calories per cup but is high in vitamin C, vitamin A and many healthy plant compounds.
Drinking water is an important way to keep your body hydrated. Interestingly, watermelon is 92% water, and high water content is one of the reasons why fruits and vegetables help you feel full. The combination of water and fiber means you’re eating a good volume of food without a lot of calories.
One cup (154 grams) of watermelon includes these vitamins and minerals:
Vitamin C: 21% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI)
Vitamin A: 18% of the RDI
Potassium: 5% of the RDI
Magnesium: 4% of the RDI
Vitamins B1, B5 and B6: 3% of the RDI
Watermelon is also high in carotenoids, including beta-carotene and lycopene. Plus, it has citrulline, an important amino acid.