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Tuesday, April 11, 2023
Good Tuesday Morning to You!

Open sesame. That’s a phrase most all of us have heard, and may have even said, at some point in our lives. But what does it mean? And where did it come from?

It might sound like a direction given to an Amazon Alexa to hear the opening tune from the longtime children’s show “Sesame Street.” It isn’t. (I tried, and it didn’t work.)

It could sound like a request to open a box of Keebler Toasted Sesame crackers to put your cheese slices on. Unfortunately, once again, it is not. Although I am going to give it a shot.

If you think it sounds like a magical phrase used to open a secret door, well, more than likely, you are getting warm.

A common thought on the origin of the phrase involves a sensible theory that it derived from the words, “Open, says me.” That’s logical but is likely incorrect.

If you are familiar with the story of “Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves” in “One Thousand and One Nights,” you are probably closer. In the story, Ali Baba opens a magical door with the words, "Open, O Simsim” and sees a treasure hidden by 40 thieves.

But how did he choose those words? The story goes that Ali Baba overheard one of the 40 thieves saying, “Open sesame.” Later, his brother can’t remember the phrase and confuses it with the names of grains other than sesame, which results in being trapped in the magic cave.

The phrase has apparently been translated from the French into English as “Sesame, open,” “Open, sesame” and “Open, O sesame.”

The word “sesame” in the phrase may refer also to sesame plants or seeds, which grow pods that split open when reaching maturity. As such, some claim the phrase alludes to unlocking of treasures. Another theory includes sesame being connected to Babylonian magic practices that used sesame oil.

If you are intrigued, do a little research, and you will see that the debates on the origins of the phrase are endless. Or, just say “Open, sesame” as many times as you can today and see how others react.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
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CITYVIEW's  Best Of Des Moines

CITYVIEW announced its 2023 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Jan. 31. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Hangover Food

1. Early Bird

2. Mullets

3. B-Bop’s


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Wendy's is adding blueberry pomegranate lemonade to their lineup. They are also getting rid of their grilled chicken ranch sandwich but adding a grilled chicken wrap.

Tuesday is burger night at St. Kilda Collective (333 Fifth St., West Des Moines) and at Angry Golldfish (2301 S.W. Ninth, Des Moines).

Larry Kudlow, former Chairman of the Economic Advisers Council, has said, at least twice recently, that young people should consider moving to Des Moines for the economic and educational opportunities.

— Jim Duncan

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

We've got a nice warming trend into Thursday, along with breezy conditions. Rain chances move in Friday evening and stick around into Sunday. Temperatures get cooler after that.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

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On April 11 ...

1970: On April 11, 1970, Apollo 13, the third lunar landing mission, is successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying astronauts James A. Lovell, John L. Swigert and Fred W. Haise. The spacecraft’s destination was the Fra Mauro highlands of the moon, where the astronauts were to explore the Imbrium Basin and conduct geological experiments. After an oxygen tank exploded on the evening of April 13, however, the new mission objective became to get the Apollo 13 crew home alive.

1921: On April 11, 1921, KDKA in Pittsburgh broadcasts the first live sporting event on the radio, a boxing match between Johnny Ray and Johnny Dundee. Pittsburgh Daily Post sports editor Florent Gibson calls the event, about four months before KDKA's Harold Arlin announces the first Major League Baseball game broadcast on radio.

1945: On April 11, 1945, the American Third Army liberates the Buchenwald concentration camp, near Weimar, Germany, a camp that will be judged second only to Auschwitz in the horrors it imposed on its prisoners.

Read more at History.com.


FROM KCCI: Minors need parental permission to create social media accounts under proposed plan

The original bill would have barred Iowans under the age of 18 from creating social media accounts. The amended version allows minors on social media with parental permission.  ..READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Des Moines Public Library adding social worker position

DES MOINES – The Des Moines Public Library is in the process of creating a social worker position at its Central Library to help serve those in the community. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Peggy Whitson previews her next space mission

Whitson sat down with Local 5 to break down the mission's goals, how she's preparing and what it means to be a role model for young girls interested in STEM careers... ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


Meet Courtland Ellis

Teacher and coach impressed by district.

By T.K. West

Originally from Tripoli, Courtland Ellis graduated from the Tripoli Community School District where he participated in football, track, baseball and a variety of volunteer opportunities. Ellis then studied Social Studies at the University of Northern Iowa.

Afterwards, he accepted his first teaching position at South Central Calhoun High School where he also coached volleyball, basketball and baseball before learning about an opening at the Winterset Community School District from a friend.

“I came to the interview and was extremely impressed with the facilities, the school policies, and the academic achievements in the district. I can honestly say that I fell in love with the district during that interview,” Ellis says.

... Read more in the April issue of Winterset Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Jennifer Esposito, Tricia Helfer, Dustin Rhodes, Dakota Blue Richards, Kelli Garner, David Banner, Shirley Stelfox

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to: tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What did the plow say to the John Deere tractor? PULL ME CLOSER JOHN, DEAR! - Rex Post, Gail Tomlinson, Carolyn Rogers. Or I DIG YOU! - Aaron. Or LET'S HOOK UP! - Brent, John Zeitler, Dennis Porter. Or, I'M REALLY ATTACHED TO YOU! - William Snyder. Or You're just green with envy. - Sharon Sorensen. Or Let's get hitched! - Lori Bluml.

Today's Riddle

 What did the chef say when she ran out of seafood?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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