Sunday, June 24, 2018

You Get What You Get (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections

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Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus has stopped hosting a Silly Sunday blog hop doesn't mean i'm going to quit telling Cajun jokes.

Bigger Girl came by to check in, see the kittens, and get a screwdriver so she could put together a bigger set-up for her pet rats.  While here, we got to talking about her classes and her upcoming trip to Amsterdam.  It seems she's going to get an assignment from her head professor to get in touch with some of his colleagues and make it a working vacation so that his grant will pay some of the expenses.  (She is managing to fund this whole thing herself with various grants and work and determination, like she always does.)

We also talked about her summer class, which is a very high level math.  It reminds me of one time when Tee Boudreaux was in school.

It seem de teacher done be teachin' de "new math", an' she tell de kids "A rich man done die an' he leave behin' ten million dollar.

"He done leave one fifth o' de money to de wife, one fifth do de son, an' one sixth to de butler.  De rest he done leave to de charity.  So what do each o' dem get?"

An' Tee raise his han' an' say, "Mais, I know!  Dey each gets a lawyer!"


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Sunday Selections was started as a way for bloggers to use photos that might otherwise just languish in their files.  It is now hosted by River at Drifting Through Life.  

A few pictures of the kittens.  Sometimes they just sleep in their carrier, other times they play.  There's also one picture of them in my lap:









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Today is:

America's Kids Day -- founded to encourage parents to teach their children the value of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

Araw ng Maynila -- Philippines (Manila Day)

Bannockburn Day -- Scotland (decisive battle of the first Scottish War of Independence, led by Robert Bruce)

Burning of the Lamps in Egypt at Sais -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar, a celebration of Isis and Neith (date approximate)

Calcio Fiorentino -- Florence, Italy (reviving 16th century style football in period costumes, through the 28th)

Carabobo Day -- Venezuela (battle commemoration)

Celebration of the Senses -- Wellcat Holidays urges you to enjoy all five (six?) of your senses today

Countryman's Day -- Peru (one of Peru's three Fiestas Patrias Peruanas)

Day of the Caboclo -- Amazonas State, Brazil

Descendent's Day -- on the final Sunday of June each year, an encouragement for all the world's citizens to take an accounting of their activities during the prior year and how those will affect those who come after us

Feast of Rahmat (Mercy) -- Baha'i

Flying Saucer Day -- anniversary of Kenneth Arnold's 1947 sighting, while flying near Mt. Rainier, of 9 metallic, circular objects he could not identify

Fors Fortuna -- Ancient Roman Calendar (rites and festival for the goddess of good luck and fortune)

Gioco Del Ponte -- Pisa, Italy (the Battle of the Bridge or Game of the Bridge, a medieval parade and contest for possession of the bridge)

International Fairy Day/Faerie Day -- day for collectors, believers, and artists to share their love for the little folkwww.faemagizine.com/international-faerie-day/

La Festa Dei Gigli -- Nola, Campagna, Italy (Festival of the Lilies, in honor of St. Paulinus; through tomorrow, with the traditional Ballad of the Lilies on June 28)

Log Cabin Day -- The Log Cabin Society, dedicated to preserving log cabins and the old fashioned ways of life; many places that have historic log cabins plan big events the last Sunday in June to celebrate

Lost Handkerchief Day -- Fairy Calendar

Mother's Day -- Kenya

Museum Comes to Life Day -- another fun and funny day someone came up with

National Creamy Pralines Day

Singing on the Mountain -- Grandfather Mountain, Linville, NC, US (traditional and modern gospel music, with local and nationally known artists and speakers)

St. John the Baptist's Nativity Day and related Midsummer celebrations (Patron of baptism, bird dealers, converts, children with convulsions, epileptics, farriers, French Canadians, lambs, monastic life, motorways, printers, tailors; against convulsions, epilepsy, hail and hailstorms, and spasms; Patron of over 60 cities and countries around the globe)
   Inti Raymi -- Peru (Incan Sun Festival)
   Jaanipaev -- Estonia
   Jani -- Latvia
   Jónsmessa -- Iceland (feast of St. John the Baptist, considered a magical night when cows can speak, seals take on human form, finding magical stones and herbs is propitious, and rolling naked in the dew is healing.)
   Macau Day -- China (celebrating the defeat of Dutch invasion forces in 1622 and paying homage to St. John as the port's Patron Saint)
   Midsummer Day -- England
   National Holiday -- Quebec, Canada (Sant Jean-Baptiste)
   Saint John the Baptist Day -- Andorra
   Saint Jonas Festival or Jonines -- Lithuania
   San Juan -- CT and GA, Spain
   Surinal -- North Korea
   Zuni Buffalo, Corn, and Comanche Dances -- Zuni Native Americans (for fertility of land and people; Vespers is also observed, as San Juan is their Patron Saint)

Swim a Lap Day -- just for fun!

Swing a Kid Day -- if swimming isn't right for you

Windjammer Days -- Boothbay Harbor, ME, US (the premier maritime event on the coast of Maine, with something for everyone; through Saturday)


Anniversaries Today:

Eton College is founded by Henry VI, 1441


Birthdays Today:

Sherry Stringfield, 1967
Joe Penny, 1956
Nancy Allen, 1950
Phyllis George, , 1949
Peter Weller, 1947
Mick Fleetwood, 1947
Ellison Shoji Onizuka, 1946
Jeff Beck, 1944
Michele Lee, 1942
Claude Chabrol, 1930
John Anthony Ciardi. 1916
Phil Harris, 1904
Jack Dempsey, 1895
Roy O. Disney, 1893
Ambrose Bierce, 1842
Henry Ward Beecher, 1813


Debuting/Premiering Today:

Catch-22(Film), 1970
"Hopalong Cassidy"(TV), 1949
"American Mercury Presents:  Meet the Press"(Radio), 1945


Today in History:

Battle of Cedynia, the first documented victory of Polish forces, takes place, 972
A sudden outbreak of St. John's Dance causes people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion, 1374
John Cabot lands in North America at Newfoundland; the first European 
exploration of the region since the Vikings, 1497
Miguel Lopez de Legazpi founds Manila, the capital of the Republic of the Philippines, 1571
Samuel de Champlain discovers the mouth of the Saint John River, site of Reversing Falls and the present day city of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, 1604
The colony of New Jersey is founded, 1664
Kingston, Jamaica is founded, 1692
The Premier Grand Lodge of England, the first Masonic Grand Lodge in the world (now the United Grand Lodge of England), is founded in London, England, 1717
The first republican constitution in France is adopted, 1793
The decisive battle in the war of independence of Venezuela from Spain, the Battle of Carabobo takes place, 1821
First performance of O Canada, the song that would become the national anthem of Canada, at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français, 1880
The first exhibition of Pablo Picasso's work opens, 1901
Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million dollar contract, 1916
The first airmail service in Canada from Montreal to Toronto begins, 1918
Siam is renamed Thailand by Plaek Pibulsonggram, the third prime minister, 1939
The Soviet Union makes overland travel between the West with West Berlin impossible, 1948
The United Kingdom grants Zanzibar internal self-government, 1963
Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud completes his first mission, becoming the first Arab and first Muslim in space, as a Payload Specialist, 1985
John Isner of the United States defeats Nicolas Mahut of France at Wimbledon, in the longest match in professional tennis history, 2010
The last known Pinta Island Tortoise, Lonesome George, is found dead in the Galapagos Islands, 2012

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Five Plus Five Plus One (Ten Things of Thankful)

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It’s time for Ten Things of Thankful, and i am going to make it short and sweet this time because it’s very late when i am writing this and i am tired.

Part of this is about the car, and part is about the kittens.

On Thursday morning, i smelled gas, and i am thankful i smelled it and didn’t ignore it.

We took Jalopy in, and we are both thankful we got her in right away because she needs a new gas tank and could have gone boom if we hadn’t taken her in.

Lenny found a still-in-great-shape used one, which cost about half of what a new one is — have i ever said how thankful i am for Kevin and Lenny at the mechanic shop?  Yes?  Well, i’m saying it again.

While the plan had been to take two cars to work that day so Sweetie could run an errand separately, yet i am still thankful we had one vehicle running so we didn’t miss work, even if we had to modify all of our plans.

Our second client that day, when he found out we were short one vehicle, insisted that we take his family’s extra vehicle.  His wife drives the minivan, he is driving the work truck, so the old Tahoe that sits in the driveway is ours to use for the weekend.  It is still amazing to me that he is doing this.  (We will be taking it for the fancy car wash and filling the tank before returning it as a thank you to him.)

Enough about the vehicle, onto the babies.

These little ones are so little that i’ve had to take them to work with me.  Every client has been fine with me parking the carrier in an out of the way place and stopping to feed them when i needed to.

What’s the old saying about how constipation is going less often than your mother?  Moms are always concerned about the state of the baby’s colon, and i am grateful to say i don’t need to have any concerns about these four.

The little girl, Maureen, had the beginnings of an eye infection, and i am grateful i had colloidal silver on hand to nip it in the bud.  Not only is her eye clear after only three treatments, none of the others even caught it from her because i was able to treat it so fast.

These four eat like little champions, i’m thankful i’ve had no troubles getting them to latch on to the bottle.

As much as i love raising kittens, it’s difficult to do with a full work schedule, so i am thankful they go back to their regular foster tomorrow.

A bonus thankful, Mr. BA wanted me to work today as usual and his wife had something else for them to do, so i have an unexpected day off!  My plan is to get some good photos of these kittens to use for Sunday Selections and Awww Monday.

Ten Things of Thankful is a wonderful blog hop that encourages everyone to count blessings and share them.  The new blog hostess is Kristi of ThankfulMe.  

If you’ve never tried it, it isn’t hard to do.  We don’t demand ten things, just list a few if you want, and link up.  It brightens your day to make your list, it brightens ours to read it!






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Today is:

Anubis Ceremony -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

ARRL Field Day -- American Radio Relay League's most popular on-air operating event, in which amatuer/ham radio operators practice and drill for communications during emergencies; through tomorrow     www.aarl.org/fieldday

Baymen's Seafood and Music Festival -- Tuckerton, NJ, US (this year including a micro-brewers tent with the seafood and music; through tomorrow)

Birth Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche -- Bhutan

Dandruff Dance -- Fairy Calendar (Goblins and Gnomes)

Eastern Music Festival --  Guilford College, Greensboro, NC, US (an acclaimed festival and school, with world-class guest artists; through July 28)

Father's Day -- Nicaragua; Poland

Festival of the Purple Void -- only one internet reference, and not explained there, either, but since purple is my favorite color, and a Purple Void sound like something fun to celebrate, i'm including it!

Festivals of Het-Hert and Bast, and Great Feast of the Southern Heavens -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Grand Duke's Birthday & National Day -- Luxembourg

Great American Campout -- sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, and remember that Happy Campers Protect Wildlife   

Kupala -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar (Summer Solstice celebration, always on St. John's Eve, as the pagans hid their celebration by naming it "Ivan Kupala", their name for John the Baptist)

Let It Go Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays; whatever you are holding on to, just let it go and the day will get better

Long Beach Bayou and Blues Festival -- Rainbow Lagoon, Long Beach, CA, US (celebrating Cajun/Creole culture, food, music, arts and crafts, and even a Mardi Gras parade; through tomorrow)

Midsummer's Day -- Aland; Finland; Sweden

Mineral Collecting Field Trips -- Bancroft, ON, CA (every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday through July and August, geologists lead mineral collecting field trips, educating participants about mineral identification, collecting techniques, and earth sciences)

Napoleon Bivouacs -- Waterloo, Belgium (reenactment of Napoleon's military camp at the sight of his battle battle against Allied forces led by the Duke of Wellington; through tomorrow)

National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism -- Canada

National Pecan Sandy Day

National Pink Day -- the color or the flower, your choice, because the creator didn't leave a trail explaining it

Pink Flamingo Day -- honoring Don Featherstone, creator of the original pink plastic flamigo lawn ornament; decorate your lawn with at least four pink flamigos, the minimum number needed for a flock    

Pixie Day -- Ottery St. Mary, Devon, England (reenacting of the "Revenge" of the Pixies who bothered the town until midsummer in 1454; now fun, games, music, pageant, and more)   

Poop Out Early Day -- act pooped out, see if you can cut out early on whatever you are required to do today; your success at pooping out early may vary

Public Service Day -- UN

SAT Math Day -- birth anniversary of Alan Turing

St. Agrippina (Patron against bacterial diseases and infections, evil spirits, leprosy, storms and thunder; of Mineo, Italy)

St. Ethelreda's Day (Patron of those with neck and throat ailments, widows; University of Cambridge)

St. John's Eve -- start or culmination of many midsummer festivals, including:
    Dragaica Fair -- Buzau, Romania
    Golowan Festival -- Cornwall
    Jaaniohtu -- Estonia   
    Kupala Days begin -- Belarus; Poland; Russia; Ukraine
    Ligo / Lani -- Latvia (pagan midsummer celebration originally dedicated to the god Janis
    Midsummer Eve -- Denmark; Sweden
    Midsummer Festival -- Portugal

St. Joseph Cafasso's Day (Patron of captives, prisoners, prisons, and prison chaplains)

Typewriter Day -- patented this day in 1868 by Christopher Latham Sholes

Victory Day -- Estonia


Birthdays Today:

Bridget Sloan, 1992
Chellsie Memmel, 1988
Jason Mraz, 1977
Selma Blair, 1972
Louis Van Amstel,1972
Frances McDormand, 1957
Clarence Thomas, 1948
Bryan Brown, 1947
Ted Shackelford, 1946
James Levine, , 1943
Wilma Glodean Rudolph, 1940
June Carter Cash, 1929
Bob Fosse, 1927
Alan Turing, 1912
Edward VIII, King of England, 1894
Alfred Kinsey, 1894
Johannes Gutenberg, 1400 (estimated)
Ptolemy XV Philopator Philometor Caesar, BC47 (Son of Cleopatra VII and Julius Caesar)


Debuting/Premiering Today:

Batman(Film), 1989
"The Breakfast Club"(Radio), 1933


Today in History:

The world's oldest parliament, the Icelandic Althing, is established, 930
First Battle of Uji, starting the Genpei War in Japan, 1180
First War of Scottish Independence: The Battle of Bannockburn, south of Stirling, begins, 1314
The mutinous crew of Henry Hudson's fourth voyage sets Henry, his son and seven loyal crew members adrift in an open boat in what is now Hudson Bay; they are never heard from again, 1611
The French residents of Acadia are given one year to declare allegiance to Britain or leave Nova Scotia, Canada, 1713
Empress Catherine II of Russia grants Jews permission to settle in Kiev, 1794
Christopher Latham Sholes receives a patent for Type-Writer, 1868
The Rocky Mountains Park Act becomes law in Canada, creating the nation's first national park, Banff National Park, 1887
The International Olympic Committee  is founded at the Sorbonne, Paris, at the initiative of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, 1894
The College Board administers the first SAT exam, 1926
Wiley Post and Harold Gatty take off from Roosevelt Field, Long Island in an attempt to circumnavigate the world in a single-engine plane, 1931
The 1946 Vancouver Island earthquake strikes Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, 1946
The Antarctic Treaty, which sets aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve and bans military activity on the continent, comes into force, 1961
Title IX of the United States Civil Rights Act of 1964 is amended to prohibit sexual discrimination to any educational program receiving federal funds, 1972
Himmy, of Australia, weighs in at domestic cat record 20.7 kg (45 lb) , 1982
Nintendo 64 goes on sale in Japan, 1996
Japan's Iwate prefecture experiences a 6.7 magnitude earthquake, 2011
Nik Wallenda completes a high wire walk across a Little Colorado River Gorge near the Grand Canyon, 2013

Friday, June 22, 2018

Catch a Kitten by the Toe (Feline Friday) and Friendly Fill-Ins

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Feline Friday was started by Steve, The Burnt Food Dude, and i'm going to believe it's because he likes cats.
He has handed hosting duties off to Sandee, of Comedy Plus, and it's simple to join, just follow the link to Sandee's page for the rules and the code.

Last Wednesday (meaning over a week ago, not day before yesterday), Ms. Annie from the shelter went to the local "pound" to pull out cats that are adoptable and bring them to our facility.

While she was there, a worker handed her a big laundry basket with, get this, 12 bottle feed kittens!  A whole dozen, from two litters but born within a couple of days of each other.

Nine of them were orange tabbies, all boys; the girls were a brown tabby, a tortoiseshell, and a "tabico" (a tabby with some calico markings).

Ms. Annie divided them between three foster homes, giving each three orange boys and one girl.  One of the fosters has had to leave town this weekend for a funeral, and so i have taken hers until Sunday when she comes back.

It's not easy getting pictures of kittens that are only about 2 weeks old:








My nicknames for them are Eenie, Meenie, Miney, and Maureen.





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Friendly Fill-Ins are easy to do. There are four statements: the first two statements are provided by Ellen of 15AndMeowing, and the final two are offered by the new cohost of the Fill-Ins, Lorianne The Menagerie Mom of Four-Legged Furballs. They try to make sure the statements will be fun to both answer and share. The linky will be posted at or about 12:00am on Friday.  Please head over to one of their sites, link up, and share your thoughts!     

Here are this week's statements with my responses underlined:



1. My favorite scent is ________________.

2. I hope to __________________ this weekend.

3. _________ is music to my ears.

4. Home is where _________.


1. My favorite scent is sweet olive, with jasmine and gardenia running a close second.

2. I hope to find my sanity hiding around here somewhere this weekend, although i am not holding my breath.

3. On the order of “no news is good news,” not hearing that any of my cars need repair is music to my ears.  (No, i am not hearing that all of my cars are in good shape right now, i am hearing the "ka-ching" as dollar signs add up again since Jalopy has a serious gas leak.)
   
4. Home is where i get to take my work clothes off and relax.


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Today is:

Anti-Fascist Resistance Day -- Croatia

Antiques on the Bay -- St. Ignace, MI, US (annual show for antique and classic cars at least 25 years old or older; through tomorrow)

Bouphoria -- Ancient Greek Calendar (sacrifice of an ox to symbolize social order dissolving and being restored; date approximate)

Colorado Brewers' Festival -- Fort Collings, CO, US (celebrate Colorado's rich brewing history with over 30 breweries; through Sunday)

Dairy Queen Day -- the first Dairy Queen® opened this day in 1940 in Joliet, Illinois

Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Great Patriotic War -- Belarus

Elfin Music Festival -- Fairy Calendar

Fes Musiques Sacrees du Monde -- Fez, Morocco (Fez Festival of World Sacred Music, with all types of sacred music featured, from Spanish gypsy laments to Sufi chanting and everything between; through the 30th)

Festival of 1 Lithe -- Hobbit Calendar

Grantsville Days -- Grantsville, MD, US (annual homecoming weekend, with fun for all; through Sunday)

Heidi Festival -- New Glarus, Wisconsin (celebrations of the town's Swiss heritage; through Sunday)

Hjemkomst and Annual Viking Festival -- Moorhead, MN, US (celebrating all things Nordic, with exhibitions from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweeden and Saami Land; through tomorrow)

Kaposia Days -- South St. Paul, MN, US (Kaposia, or "Little Crows Village," was a seasonal American Indian settlement within the city limits of what is now St. Paul, MN, and a family oriented city festival is now held paying tribute to the orignal name; through Sunday)

Little Bighorn Days -- Hardin, MT, US (celebrating the life and legends of the American West, with battle reenactments at the "Custer's Last Stand" battle site this weekend; through Sunday)

Louisiana Peach Festival -- Ruston, LA, US (Ruston grows some peaches worth celebrating! through tomorrow)

Midsummer's Eve Holiday -- Aland; Finland; Sweden

National Chocolate Eclair Day

National Onion Rings Day

Newport Flower Show -- Newport, RI, US (New England's premier summer flower show; through Sunday)

Soap Microphone Day -- grab your soap in the shower and pretend you are on stage! (promise i won't tell)

St. Nicetas' Day (Patron of Romania)

St. Thomas More's Day (Patron of adopted children, civil servants, difficult marriages, large families, lawyers, politicians/politicos/statesmen, step-parents, widowers; Arlington, VA; Ateneo de Manila Law School; Pensacola-Tallahassee, FL; University of Malta; University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Arts and Letters)

Stupid Guy Thing Day -- included under protest; "guy things" aren't necessarily stupid, it should just be Guy Thing Day; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, who want all women to just not count anything against guys today, but chalk it up to being a Stupid Guy Thing

Take Your Dog to Work Day -- depending on where you work, what did your dog do to deserve this?

Teacher's Day -- El Salvador

Ugliest Dog Day -- actual day, during the Sonoma-Marin Fair that began two days ago, of the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog® Contest; will Martha, last year's winner, keep her title?

Vikingespil Frederikssund (Viking Festival) -- Frederikssund, Denmark (the most famous Viking cultural event in Denmark, with two weeks of plays based on Danish Viking legends and a three day festival this weekend, as well as two markets and a Viking camp recreation)


Anniversary Today:

Harry Houdini marries Wilhelmina Beatrice "Bess" Rahner, 1894


Birthdays Today:

Eric Stretch, 1980
Donald Faison, 1974
Carson Daly, 1973
Mary Lynn Rajskub, 1971
Kurt Warner, 1971
Amy Brennenman, 1964
Dan Brown, 1964
Randy Couture, 1963
Tracy Pollan, 1960
Freddie Prinze, 1954
Cyndi Lauper, 1953
Todd Rundgren, 1948
Meryl Streep, 1949
Lindsay Wagner, 1949
Pete Maravich, 1947
Klaus Maria Brandauer, 1944
Ed Bradley, 1941
Michael Lerner, 1941
Kris Kristofferson, 1936
William Ralph "Bill" Blass, 1922
Joseph Papp, 1921
Billy Wilder, 1906
Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 1906
John Dillinger, 1903
Captain George Vancouver, 1757


Debuting/Premiering Today:

The Rescuers(Animated film), 1977
Lady and the Tramp(Animated film), 1955


Today in History:

Ptolemy IV of Egypt defeats Antiochus III the Great of the Seleucid kingdom, BC217
Bilbo Baggins returns to his home at Bag End, (Shire Reconning), 1342
The  Jewish quarter of Prague is burned and looted, 1559
Galileo Galilei is forced by Inquisition to "abjure, curse, & detest" his Copernican heliocentric views, 1633
A poisonous cloud from Laki volcanic eruption in Iceland reaches Le Havre in France, 1783
The British Parliament abolishes feudalism  and the seigneurial system in British North America, 1825
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee procession in London, 1897
The Flag of Sweden is adopted, 1906
The Flag of the Faroe Islands is raised for the first time, 1919
Erwin Rommel is promoted to Field Marshal after the capture of Tobruk, 1942
The Cuyahoga River catches fire, which triggers a crack-down on pollution in the river, 1969
The Canadian  House of Commons  abolishes capital punishment, 1976
Charon, a satellite of the dwarf planet Pluto, is discovered, 1978
The largest hailstone ever recorded falls in Aurora, Nebraska (7inch diameter, 18.75 inch circumfrence), 2003
Eastman Kodak Company announces that it will discontinue sales of the Kodachrome Color Film, concluding its 74-year run as a photography icon, 2009
UNESCO officially names Mount Fuji a World Heritage Site, 2013