…and Not a Drop to Drink!

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Do you remember the Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner?  I don’t know about you, but we had to memorize a part of it.  I can still quote it to this day!  It spoke of a boat full of sailors who were stuck in the doldrums without wind or water and they were dying of thirst.  One of the lines went like this: “…water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink…”

Well, today’s photo is all about glasses, glasses everywhere and not a drop to drink!  I wonder how long some of these glasses will sit on the shelf in the store before they are sold?  Some may be sold quickly, but others are bound to linger.  Will they feel like the kid who was always the last to get picked in gym class, or the last kid to be asked to the prom?  I hope not.  It is a shame that any human being ever has to feel those things – and I hope nothing has to experience that, but sadly, it is a fact of life.  There is always a last kitten or puppy to be chosen.  But that doesn’t mean they have less value or love to offer…and the same is true of human beings, too!  It would be good if we all would remember that.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY:  in 1971, a hijacker calling himself D.B. Cooper parachuted from a Northwest Orient Airlines 727 into a raging thunderstorm over Washington State. He had $200,000 in ransom money in his possession.

Cooper commandeered the aircraft shortly after takeoff, showing a flight attendant something that looked like a bomb and informing the crew that he wanted $200,000, four parachutes, and “no funny stuff.” The plane landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where authorities met Cooper’s demands and evacuated most of the passengers. Cooper then demanded that the plane fly toward Mexico at a low altitude and ordered the remaining crew into the cockpit.

At 8:13 p.m., as the plane flew over the Lewis River in southwest Washington, the plane’s pressure gauge recorded Cooper’s jump from the aircraft. Wearing only wraparound sunglasses, a thin suit, and a raincoat, Cooper parachuted into a thunderstorm with winds in excess of 100 mph and temperatures well below zero at the 10,000-foot altitude where he began his fall. The storm prevented an immediate capture, and most authorities assumed he was killed during his apparently suicidal jump. No trace of Cooper was found during a massive search.

In 1980, an eight-year-old boy uncovered a stack of nearly $5,880 of the ransom money in the sands along the north bank of the Columbia River, five miles from Vancouver, Washington. The fate of Cooper remains a mystery.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY:  approximately 1/3 of male fish in British rivers are in the process of changing sex due to pollution. Hormones in human sewage, including those produced by the female contraceptive pill, are thought to be the main cause.


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