Monday, April 22, 2013

A to Z Challenge: S is for Smart

"Hey, mom, guess what Festus did!"  Knowing #2 Son's best friend, it could be anything.

"Young Jacob brought his boxing gloves last night, so we were boxing, and he hit me in the back of the head so hard, he broke his thumb!"


"Yes, really!  When we wrestle or fight, he goes crazy!"

Which just goes to show.  Festus may be the Valedictorian of his senior class, but  great grades don't always mean you are too smart.

Today is

Chemists Celebrate The Earth Day -- promoting public awareness of the important contribution of chemists

Discovery Day -- Brazil (landing of Cabral in 1500)

Earth Day

Festival of Jupiter and Juno -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day -- Girl Scouts of the USA

Granary Offering to Renenutet -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (offering to the Lady of Granaries; date approximate)

International Mother Earth Day -- UN

Landing of the 33 Patriots Day -- Uruguay

Lela's Holiday -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar (honoring the goddess-daughter, Lela)

National Jelly Bean Day

Queen Isabella Day -- Spain and some US states (birth anniversary of Isabella I of Castille)

St. Epipodius of Lyon's Day (Patron of bachelors, betrayal victims, torture victims)

St. George's Day -- NL, Canada (obs.)

Walpurgis celebrations begin -- through May 1, Norse, Scandinavian, and Germanic celebrations (remembering the sacrifice of Odin upon the World Tree Yggdrasil
     Yggdrasil Day -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar

World's Biggest Fish Fry -- Paris, TN, US (parades, auto shows, arts and crafts, and of course, all-you-can-eat catfish dinner; through Sunday)

Birthdays Today:

Daniel Johns, 1979
Kim Elizabeth, 1978
Peter Frampton, 1950
John Waters, 1946
Jack Nicholson, 1937
Glen Campbell, 1936
Aaron Spelling, 1928
Yehudi Menuhin, 1916
Eddie Albert, 1906
Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev, 1891
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, 1870
Immanuel Kant, 1724
Queen Isabella, 1451

Today in History:

Portuguese navigator Pedro Cabral becomes the first European to sight Brazil, 1500
President George Washington attends a performance of Rickett's, the first circus in the US, 1793
Thomas Stevens sets out from San Francisco on the first round the world journey by bicycle, 1884
The Oklahoma land rush begins at noon; thousands rush to claim land, and the towns of Oklahoma City and Guthrie are formed within hours with populations of over 10,000 each, 1889
Pravda begins publication in St. Petersburg, 1912
The Germans begin using poison chlorine gas as a chemical weapon, 1915
British yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston completes the first solo non-stop circumnavigation of the world, 1969
The first Earth Day is celebrated, 1970
The Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. is dedicated, 1993
Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi apologizes for Japan's war record, 2005
Four Canadian soldiers are killed 75 kilometers north of Kandahar, Afghanistan by a roadside bomb planted by Taliban militants, the worst single day combat loss for the Canadian army since the Korean War, 2006


  1. we are off and celebrating EARTH DAY today.
    so much we, ok I :-), can learn from the next generation.


  2. Yes, we can, Carla, but not boxing!;)

  3. There's a lot of wrestling that goes on in our house. And were going to a wrestle match this weekend. And ya, we paid the $70 to watch Wrestlemania on Pay Per View the other week. We're a hot mess, ain't we?

  4. I would have thought boxing gloves would protect hands and fingers, but what do I know!

  5. Josie, my kids used to watch a lot, and they love to wrestle and box. Yep, it's a hot mess, and fun if no one gets hurt.

    Stephen, they should, but Festus fights crazy and hits hard.

  6. Great post. I think the opposite holds true, as well. Bad grades don't mean a kid is stupid. Common sense can't be taught.

    "St. Epipodius of Lyon's Day (Patron of bachelors, betrayal victims, torture victims)" Okay, so, what I want to know is what do bachelors, betrayal victims and torture victims all have in common? Wow.

  7. hey! what about the kid who got hit in the head?
    That MUST have hurt!
    Have a calmer day today!