Mother’s Day has a fascinating history.
While versions of the holiday existed in the 19th century, the modern Mother’s Day originated in 1908 when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at her church in Grafton, West Virginia. Jarvis’s mother, Ann, was a Civil War peace activist who tirelessly nursed Northern and Southern soldiers. (Ann Jarvis had also championed a version of Mother’s Day in the 1800s.) Anna passionately called for America to designate a national holiday that remembered her mom and all mothers.
"SAVED BY THE BLOOD OF AN OVERCOMER!"
Louis Pasteur's co-worker in the demonstration of what used to be called the "germ-theory" was Dr. Felix Ruh, a Jewish doctor in Paris. The physician's granddaughter died of black diphtheria, and Dr. Ruh, vowing that he would find out what killed his granddaughter, locked himself in his laboratory for days. He emerged with a fierce determination to prove, with his colleague Louis Pasteur, that the "germ theory" was more than a theory.
The Medical Association had disapproved of Pasteur and had succeeded in getting him exiled, but he did not go far from Paris. He hid in the forest and erected a laboratory in which to continue his forbidden research.
Twenty beautiful horses were led out into the forest to the improvised laboratory. Scientists, doctors, and nurses came to watch the experiment. Ruh opened a steel vault and took out a large pail filled with black diphtheria germs, which he had cultured carefully for months. There were enough germs in that pail to kill everybody in France. The scientist went to each beautiful horse and swabbed its nostrils, tongue, throat, and eyes with those deadly germs.
The surprising power of the second mile
Why are the hamburgers square at Wendy's? Founder Dave Thomas insisted, "We don't cut corners." Years ago when I someone worked in a restaurant, the restaurant manager cut corners. He instructed me to dip ice cream so the scoops were hollow in the middle-cheating customers out of a few spoons of dessert. When I was in college I asked the professor, "How long does my research paper have to be?" -which meant, "How short can I make it and still get by?"
We win, We win!
The University of North Carolina played the University of Miami in the quarterfinals of the 2011 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament. Miami hit the first shot of the game and continued from that point building a huge lead over North Carolina. By early in the second half, Miami led by 19 points.
Then UNC began mounting an incredible comeback. They went on a 27-6 run over the last 10 minutes of the game .. With less than a second left, UNC's Tyler Zeller hit a layup as time ran out to give Carolina the lead and the win. It was the first and only lead UNC had the entire game. But they led when it counted-at the very end.
There are 40 minutes in a college basketball game, and that breaks down to 2,400 seconds. Miami led the game for 2,399.5 seconds. That's 99.99 percent of the game. But UNC led when the buzzer sounded, and that's all that mattered.
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