The forgotten legend behind the world’s most famous tongue twister.

FeaturedInstant ArticlesNewsAug 26, 2016 Ian Harvey

For most of us, tongue twisters are simply an amusing childish wordplay. Nevertheless, little did we know there was quite some significant history behind one of the world’s most famous tongue twisters of all.

“She sells seashells by the seashore” this tongue twister take us back to the 19th century when the woman referred to simply as “she” was a real person, and carried the name of Mary Anning.

Anning was born on 21 May 1799, in Dorset, southwest of England. Her family had a rather unusual way of earning money for living. It involved digging up fossils and selling them to people who visited the coast. Although this might sound strange, but back in the 19th century, rich and middle-class people loved having curio cabinets as showpieces in their living rooms. These cabinets were often decorated with various natural relics including fossils, most of them souvenirs brought from abroad.

Portrait of Mary Anning with her dog Tray – Natural History Museum, London

Drawing of Mary Anning’s house in Lyme Regis, Dorset, England.


Presidential Proclamation — Military Family Month, 2015



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Since our country’s founding, brave members of our military have stood strong as one American team, ready to defend our homeland and safeguard the values for which we stand.  They represent the best our Nation has to offer, and serving alongside them are proud and loving family members — heroes on the home front.  Each day, they make sacrifices for their loved ones and their country.  They have answered their call of duty, and as a Nation, we must answer ours and serve them as well as they have served us.  During Military Family Month, we pay tribute to and thank our military families for their service to our country, and we recognize the extraordinary ways in which they give of themselves for us all.

Our troops keep our Nation safe from threats here at home and around the world, and our journey forward is not sustained by those in uniform alone.  The United States is stronger and safer thanks to the millions of military family members who, in sacrificing cherished moments with their loved ones, selflessly afford us precious time with ours.  Demonstrating the highest form of patriotism and persevering in the most demanding of circumstances, some endure hard separations throughout multiple deployments.  Spouses press pause on their careers or strive to balance work and family while their loved ones are away.  The two million children of service members work hard to keep up their studies and make new friends, despite transferring school systems an average of 6 to 9 times.  And following the homecoming ceremonies and celebrations, family and friends stand beside our veterans, encouraging and uplifting them as they face the challenges of transitioning back into civilian life.

My Administration is committed to translating our Nation’s gratitude into sustainable, meaningful support.  This year, we continued the work of providing our military families with tools and resources such as relocation assistance, child care, and counseling services that help families while their loved ones are serving.  Additionally, through the Joining Forces initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden have made tremendous strides in connecting military spouses with employment opportunities.  Since Joining Forces was launched in 2011, over 850,000 veterans and military spouses have secured gainful employment thanks to the initiative.  All 50 States have now responded to the First Lady and Dr. Biden’s call to action to take steps to streamline ways for service members and veterans to obtain civilian credentials and licensure in their  States.  These collaborative efforts have dramatically lowered veteran unemployment and have helped inspire military families to continue pursuing their dreams and reaching for their highest aspirations.

America endures because of the men, women, and families who serve and sacrifice to defend our Nation and protect the ideals we hold dear.  This month, and in the months to come, let us show our enduring gratitude to military families and their loved ones in uniform for contributing to our Nation’s legacy as a beacon of hope and liberty.  Their courage serves as a model of character and distinction, and their devotion to our country must be met with the recognition it deserves.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2015 as Military Family Month.  I encourage all Americans to honor military families through private actions and public service for the tremendous contributions they make in support of our service members and our Nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.


Daily Prompt Lookin out my back door.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Lookin’ Out My Back Door.”

My family…..looking out my RVs door.


Looking out my back door to the golden skies,
Beautiful meadows with life springing,
Reliving the sunset looking at the sun rise,
Such beauty the days always bringing,
The trees welcoming my every visit,
The grass conforming to my feet,
The forest happy for my revisit,
The birds giving off a tweet,
The creek massaging my toes,
The water relieving my thirst
The beautiful sound as the water flows,
The water falling with a burst,
As I make my way to my back door,
I see life, I’ve never seen before,
As I close my back door for the night,
I enjoy just one more sight.

by Jeremy S14


A vial of truth serum….

You’ve come into possession of one vial of truth serum. Who would you give it to (with the person’s consent, of course) — and what questions would you ask?

If I had truth serum, I wouldn’t use it at all. And I will tell you why. There is a reason why we do not always know when someone is telling the truth. What if we found out the truth, and it was even worse than not knowing? Sometimes naivety is a blessing in disguise. Seriously, what do you think would happen to the world, or even just to you, if absolute truth was known about certain things? This thought came to mind right away. “You can’t handle the truth!” From the movie A Few Good Men.


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