Friday, July 12, 2013

Photo-Finish Friday: Uh, George?

The other day, i walked out of the house and the first thing that greeted my eyes was this:

George, our pink lawn flamingo that was a gift from Bigger Girl on our recent vacation, was sporting a studded black leather collar!

It was a laugh out loud moment.  Either one of the kids was pulling a prank (and a very funny one at that), or George has a secret life she (yes, she's a girl) hasn't shared with us.

Photo-Finish Friday is the brainchild of Leah at The Goat's Lunch Pail

Extra editing note:  While i have told Blogger to publish this five times, it wouldn't do so, and i have had to redo it.  Let's hope this works this time, i'm not sure what is wrong.

Today is

Bear Lake Days --Bear Lake, MI, US (the fun even includes a Venetian boat parade; through Sunday)

Blissfest -- Harbor Springs, MI, US (three music stages, workshop areas, and the preservation of folk and roots music; through Sunday)

Cow Appreciation Day -- sponsored by Chick-fil-A; wear a partial cow costume, get a free entree, dress head to hoof, get a free meal

Different Colored Eyes Day -- people with heterochromia, celebrate!

Etch-a-Sketch Day -- the toy was first manufactured on this day in 1960, timed to hit toy shelves for Christmas that year

First Sermon of Lord Buddha -- Bhutan

Independence Day -- Kiribati(1979; a/k/a National Day); Sao Tome & Principe(1975)

International Carthage Festival -- Tunis, Tunisia (the country's biggest arts event and music festival, through Aug. 17)

Kronia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate, a festival for Kronos, part of which included masters and slaves switching places for a meal)

National Pecan Pie Day

Orangemen's Day (a/k/a Twelfth Day) -- Northern Ireland (Battle of the Boyne commemoration)

Rainmaker Day -- Salem, Oregon (while it is understood that in Salem, you are more likely to rust than sunburn, from 1892 until 2006, no measurable rain fell on this date in this normally wet city)

Simplicity Day -- sponsored by on Thoreau's birthday, highlighting the concepts in the book Voluntary Simplicty by Duane Elgin, and advocating finding sustainable ways to live

St. John Gualbert's Day (Patron of foresters and forest workers, park services and parks)

St. Swithun's Festival -- St Swithun's Church, Church Street, Worcester, England (through the 15th, which is St. Swithun's Day)

St. Veronica's Day (Patron of laundry workers and photographers)

Three Rivers Festival -- Ft. Wayne, IN, US (Fort Wayne's biggest summer party; through the 2oth)

Wayne Chicken Show -- Wayne, NE, US (this year's theme is "I Got Fried at the Wayne Chicken Show", and the family friendly fun includes a rubber chicken chuck and National Cluck Off; through Sunday)

Anniversaries Today

Henry VIII marries Catherine Parr, 1543 (the one who outlived him)

Birthdays Today

Michelle Rodriguez, 1978
Brock Lesnar, 1977
Kristi Yamaguchi, 1971
Cheryl Ladd, 1951
Richard Simmons, 1948
Christine McVie, 1943
Bill Cosby, 1937
Van Cliburn, 1934
Andrew Wyeth, 1917
Milton Berle, 1908
Pablo Neruda, 1904
R. Buckminster Fuller, 1895
Oscar Hammerstein II, 1895
George Washington Carver, 1861
George Ohr, 1857
George Eastman, 1854
Henry David Thoreau, 1817
Josiah Wedgwood, 1730

Today in History

England is unified by Athelstan of England, 927
Saladin's garrison surrenders to Conrad of Montferrat, ending the two-year siege of Acre, 1191
Fray Diego de Landa, acting Bishop of Yucatan, burns the sacred books of the Maya, 1562
Ostrog Bible, the first printed Bible in a Slavic language, is published, 1580
The United States invades Canada at Windsor, Ontario, 1812
The Commonwealth Franchise Act, granting women's suffrage in Australia, is given royal assent and takes effect, 1902
Pune, India floods due to failure of Khadakvasala and Panshet dams; half of the city is submerged and the death toll exceeded 2000, 1961
A fire destroys the entire 6th floor of the National Personnel Records Center of the United States, 1973
Boris Yeltsin quits the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, 1990
Israel invades Lebanon in response to Hezbollah's kidnapping of Israeli soldiers, 2006
A ticket holder in Britain wins the largest EuroMillions jackpot in history, 161,653,000GBP, 2011


  1. Love the collar. Thanks for the linkage.

  2. I love the collar too. I also love Flamingos a lot and have a bunch at my home too. Inside and out.

    Have a terrific day. :)

  3. Leah, i love to give credit where it's due.

    Sandee, i would love to see a picture of your lawn!

  4. I'm sure George has a secret life. When you're not around he dresses up and goes and meets the pretty Flamengo girls in the neighbourhood ;-)

  5. George will find it hard to fly with that collar around his wings. But that's one sharp looking flamingo!

  6. Angelika, i can believe it!

    Stephen, that is true, both about the flying and looking good, even if i do say so myself.

  7. That IS hilarious! George, you bad.. very very bad girl! :)

    I've been having issues with blogger off and on all week. Who knows why? Some new glitch that someone took weeks to think of and is supposed to be an improvement..