Sunday, November 10, 2013

Great Idea!

Many, many years ago, Boudreaux and his friends, Thibodeaux and Genereux, were going to go conduct some business over in Texas, and decided to travel by train.  They happened to get on the same train as three big shot Baton Rouge attorneys, who were also going to Texas on business.

The attorneys were making some loud remarks about the "uncouth" people traveling with them, and Boudreaux decided to show them how he liked to do things.  So he went over and asked the men how many tickets they had purchased for the trip.

"Well, look at this!  The Cajun can't even count!  What's wrong with you?  Can't you see there are three of us?  Of course, we have three tickets!" one of them derisively answered.

"We only got us one ticket!" Boudreaux announced.

"You better go get more tickets, then, or maybe we'll get to see your two friends get kicked off the train!" the man said, and his companions laughed.

"No, I only need one ticket.  This is how I do it," Boudreaux very patiently answered.  Then, as the time for the conductor to come by neared, he, Thibodeaux, and Genereaux jumped into the restroom and locked the door.

The conductor walked up to the locked restroom door and knocked.  "Ticket, please!" he said, and Boudreaux slid the ticket under the door.  The conductor took it and moved on, and a few minutes later, Boudreaux and his friends came out smiling broadly, to the chagrin of the three attorneys, who couldn't believe they had gotten away with it.

On the way back home, the same attorneys were done with their business and heading back home on the train with Boudreaux, Thibodeaux, and Genereaux.

"We only bought one ticket!" one of the attorneys told them with a grin, and Boudreaux just smiled.

"Boudreaux, what we gonna do?  We din't buy no ticket at all!" Thibodeaux said, and Boudreaux answered, "Don' worry, I got it!"

Sure enough, as the time neared that the conductor would be coming, the three attorneys jumped into one restroom and locked the door, and Boudreaux and his friends jumped into the other.  As soon as he was sure the other door was locked, Boudreaux came out, went over to the other restroom, knocked on the door, and yelled, "Ticket, please!"

Today is:

Area Code Day -- US (went into effect this day in 1951)

Day of Russian Militsiya -- Russia

Dia de la Tradicion -- Argentina (birth anniversary of Jose Hernandez)

Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Beacon Lighting -- Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors, MN, US (memorial for the Edmund Fitzgerald and all who have lost their lives in Great Lakes shipwrecks)

Father's Day -- Estonia; Finland; Iceland; Norway; Sweden

First Cry of Independence Day / Los Santos Uprising Day -- Panama (an official flag day)

Forget-Me-Not Day -- informal day to spend a bit of time with relatives you don't see often

Goddess of Reason's Day (Revolutionary France)

Guinness World Records' Day -- celebrating ordinary people who do extraordinary things, go try for a record! anniversary of the day in 1951 that Sir Hugh Beaver got the idea to create a book supplying answers to much debated questions, such as which game birds are the fastest fliers
     The Guinness World Records Book now holds the title of the best-selling copyrighted book of all time, and is one of the most frequently stolen books from US libraries!

Hari Pahlawan -- Indonesia (Heroes' Day/Warrior's Day)

Martini -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (beginning of winter festival that starts on Martinmas Eve)

Maputo Day -- Maputo, Mozambique

National Toothpaste Appreciation Day -- not official, but i'm sure the dentifrice industry loves this one

National Vanilla Cupcake Day

Sleep Dangerously Night -- internet generated, a night to switch sides of the bed with your spouse and see who falls out of bed first

Remembrance Sunday -- England

Snakes and Ladders Tournament -- Mirano, Italy (a real life size snakes and ladders game dating back to the Medici period)

St. Andrew Avellino's Day (Patron of apoplexics, for a holy death, stroke victims; Badlato, Naples, and Sicily, Italy; stroke victims; for a holy death; against apoplexy, strokes, and sudden death)

St. Martin's Eve -- Germany; Portugal (Martimas Eve)

Tree Festival Day -- Tunisia (equivalent to Arbor Day, as well as an agricultural festival)

USMC Day -- US (includes the Marine Corps Birthday Ball)

Wish-Spoiling Sports Day -- Fairy Calendar (Imps, Gremlins, and grumpy Goblins)

Anniversaries Today:

Establishment of Badlands National Park, SD, US, 1978
Establishment of the United States Marine Corps, 1775

Birthdays Today:

Ellen Pompeo, 1969
MacKenzie Phillips, 1959
Donna Fargo, 1949
Tim Rice, 1944
Russel Means, 1939
Roy Scheider, 1932
Richard Burton, 1925
Jane Froman, 1907
Claude Rains, 1889
Martin Luther, 1483

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Microsoft Windows, 1983
Sesame Street, 1969

Today in History:

Rene Descartes has the dreams that inspire his Meditations on First Philosophy, 1619
The Dutch formally cede New Netherlands to the English; it is renamed New York, 1674
France ends forced worship of God, substitute the Goddess of Reason, 1793
The US state of Kentucky outlaws dueling, 1801
Stanley presumes that he has met Livingston in Ujiji, Central Africa, 1871
The first Woman's Christian Temperance Union meeting is held in Boston, 1891
The first Gideon Bible is put in a hotel room, 1908
Hirohito ascends the throne as Emperor of Japan, 1928
The Hope Diamond is donated to the Smithsonian Institution by New York diamond merchant Harry Winston, 1958
The 729-foot-long freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald sinks during a storm on Lake Superior, killing all 29 crew on board, 1975
A 106-car Canadian Pacific freight train carrying explosive and poisonous chemicals from Windsor, Ontario, Canada derails in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada just west of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, causing a massive explosion and the largest peacetime evacuation in Canadian history and one of the largest in North American history, 1979
The communist regime of Bulgaria falls, 1989
The "Codex Leicester", the only Leonardo da Vinci manuscript owned in the United States and the only one in the world still in private hands, was sold at auction to Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, who paid $30.8 million, 1994
Thousands of people people march toward the royal palace of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur to hand over a memorandum to the King demanding electoral reform, 2007


  1. Bwahahahahahahahaha. That was so good I linked you to my Silly Sunday post. This is spot on for Silly Sunday.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  2. that was a good one, welcome to silly Sunday

  3. Heheh enjoyed that :-)

    Have a tanfastic week

  4. That's a great joke. Thanks for the laugh.

  5. Happy Birthday my USMC band of brothers and sisters.

  6. Good story. Glad to read your Fitzgerald memorial, too. Is there a eay to subscribe to you by email? Have you considered it? I would do it!

  7. LOVED and gave me my first morning smile.

  8. An oldie and a real goodie. We used to tell that joke with French Canadians and Newfies as the characters.