Thursday, December 20, 2012

Why Now?

 Just as i'm celebrating that the kids are out of school until January, so i don't have to fight the horrible holiday traffic twice a day any more -- and trust me, i'm celebrating -- #2 Son comes in with the announcement that, "Oh, by the way, mom, tomorrow is the end of the world, according to the Mayans, so we are having an End Of The World Party."

This was said quite casually, as he made himself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Really, son, you should know the world isn't going to end.

"Well, but listen.  We're going to be having a party, with a bonfire outside and everything.  And if anything does happen, and there's some kind of trouble, we're going to wake you and dad and get out of here.  We have plans for what to do."

You have plans for escaping the end of the world?

"Well, it's going to be things like earthquakes and wars starting and such, and my friends and I, we have these plans, and we have supplies and stuff, so just be ready to go at a moment's notice."

"At least the world is ending on a Friday," Bigger Girl chimed in.  "Friday is a great day to have the world end.  Wouldn't it be awful if it was on a Thursday instead?"

Humph, i would think people would prefer to have it end on a Monday, so they could at least enjoy the weekend and not have to go back to work after.

"Just be ready, okay, mom?"  #2 Son grabbed his sandwich and a cup of milk and headed out the door.

Just so long as it doesn't mean i have to sit in traffic.

Today is:

50 Ways To Leave Your Lover Day -- marking the debut of the song, think of 50 ways to stay with the one you love, and do one!

BPT Remembrance Day -- try to remember what breakfast was like BPT (before Pop-Tarts)

Dot Your I's With Smileys Day -- a great internet generated idea, if you are a 9-year-old girl

Fete des Cafres -- Reunion (Abolition Day)

Go Caroling Day -- if you have the voice for it, enjoy

Icelandic Yuletide Lad of the Day, Bjugnakraekir -- Sausage-pilferer, who will steal any kind of sausage you don't manage to hide from him

International Human Solidarity Day -- UN

Louisiana Purchase Day -- US

Macau Special Administrative Region Establishment Day -- Macau

Mudd Day -- for Samuel Mudd, the doctor who accidentally treated a disguised John Wilkes Boothe after he assassinated Lincoln; don't hang your head in shame if your name is Mudd!  Today is your day.

National Fried Shrimp Day

National Sangria Day (if you still aren't ready for Christmas, you might need it.)

Old St. Thomas' Eve -- St. Thomas, whose feast is now in July, was formerly on Dec. 21, and the evening before used for prognostication; related observance
     Tammasmass E'en -- Orkney Islands, UK (from tonight until Yule, no work was undertaken or amusements enjoyed after sunset; all alemaking for the Yule celebrations had to be done by this day)

Snowflake-Riding Championships -- Fairy Calendar (no Goblins allowed!)

St. Dominic of Silos' Day (Patron of captives, pregnant women, prisoners, and shepherds; against hydrophobia, insects, mad dogs, and rabies)

Try to Remember Where You Hid The Christmas Gifts Day -- it's getting close, and you don't want to have to go out at the last minute and buy more; sponsored by "Marlar in the Morning," QFL-101 Radio, Rockford, Illinois

Winter Solstice Eve

Birthdays Today:

David Cook, 1982
Billy Bragg, 1957
Uri Geller, 1946
Peter Criss, 1945
George Roy Hill, 1922
Irene Dunne, 1898
Harvey Firestone, 1868

Today in History:

Vespasian enters Rome to claim the title of Emperor, 69
Richard the Lionheart is captured in Vienna, 1192
Suleiman the Magnificent accepts the surrender of the surviving Knights of Rhodes, who are allowed to evacuate. They eventually settle on Malta and become known as the Knights of Malta, 1522
Peter the Great orders the Russian New Year changed from Sept 1 to Jan 1, 1699
The Louisiana Purchase is formally transferred from France to US for $27M, 1803
The international cantilever railway bridge opens at Niagara Falls, 1883
North America's longest railway, at 50,000km, the Canadian National Railways, is established, 1919
The first international dogsled mail leaves Minot, Maine for Montreal, Quebec, 1928
The cathode-ray tube is patented by Russian immigrant Vladimir Zworykin, 1938
Cardiff is proclaimed the capital city of Wales, United Kingdom, 1955
Djibouti and Vietnam join the United Nations, 1977
NeXT merges with Apple Computer, starting the path to Mac OS X, 1996
US District Court Judge John E. Jones III rules against mandating the teaching of "intelligent design" in his ruling of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, 2005
Queen Elizabeth II becomes the oldest ever monarch of the United Kingdom, surpassing Queen Victoria, who lived for 81 years, 7 months and 29 days, 2007


  1. I do feel badly Im counting on the end of the world as if it DOESNT COME I have lottsa packing to do saturday ;-)

  2. Miz, at least if the world ends we won't have to do so much holiday prep.:)

  3. Those poor Mayans. A little known fact is that the Mayans didn't have leap year on their calendar like we do so their arbitrary date for the end of the world passed a long time ago. But don't tell anyone or it'll spoil the fun.

  4. Have you seen the funny thing that says "I'm Going With The Oreo"? So funny, that's what I'm going with too!

  5. Do your kidders ever watch 'doomsday preppers' ?


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