Silly Sunday is hosted by Sandee, of Comedy Plus. It's the place to come for weekly laughs, and it's easy to do. Laugh and Link Up! and join the fun. Last night was to be spent babysitting. Then the whole day was shanghaied. The lady whose house i clean needed someone to take the two youngest kids, so i went over. The two youngest boys are 7 and 9. When i ran errands with them, they got a huge kick out of Jalopy, my old van. They had to shut the doors hard, which they aren't allowed to do with their own vehicles. When they didn't shut the door hard enough, i would go to that side of the car and kick it to get it to close, which had them thrilled to see me kicking the van. They'd never had an experience like that riding in the nicer vehicles their parents always have. During dinner, they kept leaning toward each other and giggling and laughing. When i asked what was going on, the younger said, "He's farting!" and they both laughed like they'd never heard anything funnier in their lives. In fact the older was passing gas, "So hard it's lifting me out of the chair!" he said, bringing on more laughter. Their youthful enjoyment of bodily functions and giggling like mad ended up in a joke telling session, kid style. What do you call a dinosaur that doesn't take baths? Stink-o-saurus! Why do fish live in salt water? Because pepper makes them sneeze! What do cows read with their breakfast? The Mooospaper! What did the toast wear to bed? His pa-JAM-as! What did one eye say to the other? Don't look now, but something between us smells! Why won't cannibals eat clowns? Because they taste funny! These kids know a lot of silly jokes, which reminds me of young Tee Boudreaux and his youthful exuberance. Tee was just at the age where boys become interested in girls, a little older than these two. He got a crush on his teacher, Ms. Melancon. One day, after school, he got up the courage to go and tell Ms. Melancon how he felt, and he asked her to marry him. "Oh, Tee," Ms. Melancon said, "that is so sweet of you! But you are so young and you are my student, so I couldn't think of marrying you. After all, at your young age you wouldn't want to be having children of your own!" "Oh, dat won't be no problem, Ms. Melancon!" Tee said, "I'd be careful!"
Today is: Armilustrium -- Ancient Roman Calendar (festival of Mars) Bettara-Ichi -- Ebisu Shrine, Tokyo, Japan (Pickle Market Fair, enjoy the pickled radishes, a specialty; through tomorrow) Constitution Day -- Niue Deepawali/Deepavali/Diwali/Divali(Festival of Lights) -- Hindu; Jain; Sikh (for the next five days; local dating customs and government holidays for this Lunar New Year/Festival of Lights can vary) Kag Tihar/Kag Puja -- Day of the Crows (day one of the festival) Dita e Lumturimit te Nene Terezes -- Albania (Mother Teresa Day) Evaluate Your Life Day -- a day to make sure your life is heading where you want, and course correct if it isn't; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays Greasy Spoon Day -- internet generated, a day to go revel in the love of your favorite greasy spoon diner International Human Rights Day -- Turks and Caicos Islands National Seafood Bisque Day Pastoral Care Week begins -- honoring all clergy who provide spiritual help and care, they need recognition and care themselves; this year's theme is "Spiritual Well-Being" Respiratory Care Week begins -- recognizing the respiratory care profession and promoting awareness of lung health issues Samora Machel Day -- Mozambique Seeking of King Look Under Your Mattress -- Fairy Calendar St. Frideswide's Day (Patron of Oxford and the University of Oxford) St. Rene Goupil's Day (Patron of anesthetists, anesthesiologists) Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day Yabusame Festival -- Koyama, Japan (horseback archery, samurai costumes and dragons, oh, my!) Birthdays Today: Jason Reitman, 1977 Ty Pennington, 1965 Evander Holyfield, 1962 Jeannie C. Riley, 1945 John Lithgow, 1945 Patricia Ireland, 1945 Simon Ward, 1941 Michael Gambon, 1940 Peter Max, 1937 Robert Reed, 1932 John Le Carre, 1931 Jack Anderson, 1922 Auguste Lumiere, 1862 Annie S. Peck, 1850 Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson, 1748 Thomas Browne, 1605 (O.S. date) Debuting/Premiering Today: "The Rothschilds"(Musical), 1970 "The Miracle Worker"(Play), 1959 "I Remember Mama"(Play), 1944 "Pomp and Circumstance Marches"(Elgar Op. 39), 1901 "Tannhauser und der Sangerkrieg auf Wartburg/Tannhauser and the Singers' Contest at Wartburg"(Wagner opera), 1845 Today in History: Battle of Zama, Scipio Africanus and his Roman legions defeat Hannibal Barca and the invading Carthagian army, BC202 King Gauseric and his Vandals take the city of Carthage, 439 The Thirteen Years' War ends with the Treaty of Thorn, 1466 Martin Luther becomes a doctor of theology, 1512 The first general court is held in Boston, 1630 Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown at 2PM, end of the US Revolutionary War, 1781 Napoleon begins his retreat from Moscow, 1812 Elizabeth Blackwell becomes the first woman to receive a medical degree, 1849 The first 4 blacks are elected to the US House of Representatives, 1870 The USPS first used an automobile to collect and deliver mail, 1914 Streptomycin, the first antibiotic which could treat tuberculosis, is isolated at Rutgers University, 1943 Black Monday - the Dow Jones Industrial Average falls by 22%, 508 points, 1987 Mother Teresa is beatified by Pope John Paul II, 2003 Saddam Hussein goes on trial in Baghdad for crimes against humanity, 2005 Hurricane Wilma becomes the most intense Atlantic hurricane on record with a minimum pressure of 882 mb, 2005 Naheed Nenshi becomes the first Muslim in Canada to be elected mayor, in Calgary, 2010