Friday - Friday, May 15, 2015

Hello, blog fans!  The American Treasure Tour always has something to celebrate, and today is no exception.  Normally, we explore the story of something within the collection - a movie poster, a record album, or an automobile company.  Pretty much anything represented within the tour. Today, we are going to do something a little different, and celebrate Friday.  Yes, part of the reason for that is today is Friday.  And we're looking forward to a nice Spring weekend.

You may not realize it, but there is controversy surrounding this wonderful day.  Is it the fifth day of the week, or the sixth day?  The short answer to that is "yes."  It depends on where you live and what your priorities are.  For example, cultures associated with the religions of Abraham (Christianity, Judaism and Islam) regard Sunday as the first day of the week, so Friday would then be the sixth day.  Some cultures consider Monday the first day of the week, so it would be the fifth.  Even less familiar to many Americans is the perception of some people in Afghanistan and Iran, who regard Friday as the last day of the weekend.  We would guess that the value of the restaurant chain Thank God It's Friday (TGIF) would be completely lost there!
QUESTION:  The word Friday comes from the Old English and translates as "the Day of Frigg." Which Roman god is most similar to Frigg?
A)  Zeus
B)  Thor
C)  Venus
D)  Mars
ANSWER BELOW

VIVA LAS VEGAS!  Las Vegas is symbolically celebrating its 110th birthday today!  On this day in 1905, a 110-acre allotment of desert land was purchased along water so that it could become a town.  Of course, it was also right next to the train tracks, which made it accessible and made life sustainable.  It's unlikely that the original founders anticipated it would turn into the gambling mecca we know it to be today, but congratulations.  We think. 

ARNOLD'S!  Today in 1918, a baby was born to sharecroppers running a farm near Henderson, Tennessee.  That baby would grow up to be Eddy Arnold, an amazingly prolific country music performer.  During a career that spanned six decades, Arnold scored 147 songs with the Billboard country music charts.  We here at the American Treasure Tour are happy to give him a call out not only because of his substantial accomplishments as a musician, but also because his nephew, Ed Arnold, established a go-kart entertainment center in the same building where we are!  If you're looking for a full day of entertainment, book a tour at the ATT, then go around the building and ride some go-karts!

QUOTE:  Don't be afraid to fall flat on your face. - Eddy Arnold

ANSWER:  C)  Venus.  Frigg is regarded as the Goddess of Fertiity.