Sunday, December 1, 2013


The Governor of Louisiana is being driven by his bodyguards down the highway next to a bayou when they see a man in a New York Yankees shirt being carried in the mouth of a huge alligator.  The limo screeches to a stop just as Boudreaux and Thibodeaux pull up in a boat, catch the gator and "rassle" it into submission, rescuing the man from its jaws and then pulling the man and the gator both into their boat.

The Governor calls the two men over and says, "Boudreaux, Thibodeaux, I've seldom seen such a heroic act!  You've saved that man's life!  We will take him to the hospital, but if it weren't for you two, that man would be dead.  It's wonderful to see that you put your lives on the line for a stranger, and a stranger from up North, a Yankee, too.  You are both true heroes!"

As the Governor and his men drove away to take the injured man to the hospital, Boudreaux and Thibodeaux just shook their heads and looked at each other.

"What we goin' do now, Boudreaux?" Thibodeaux axed.

"I doan kno', fo' sho'," Boudreaux say.  "We need one mo' gator, and dey done took de bait!"

Side Note:  for those of you who think that "Yankee" is an easy term to define, it isn't.  Outside of the U.S., anyone living in the U.S. is a Yankee.  Within the U.S., those of us from the South (the old Confederate States), see Yankees as being Northerners.  In the North, they think of Yankees as New Englanders.  In New England, they think of Yankees as being people from Vermont.  And in Vermont, they think of Yankees as being those who still use an outhouse!

Today is:

A Colonial Christmas -- Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg, VA, US (through Dec. 31; enjoy 17th- and 18th-century Christmas traditions, comparing those of England and the Colonies)

Barbes Diena -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (celebrates the fertility of sheep)

Becky Thatcher Day -- birthday of Laura Hawkins, in 1836, who inspired the character in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day -- if you can't see, feel free! sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Carnival of Celendonia -- Fairy Calendar (Celendonia is the Fairy City all Fairies want to retire to, by the way.)

Chia Pet Hunting Season begins

Christmas in Old Appalachia -- Clinton, TN, US (an old fashioned country Christmas; through Christmas Eve)

Christmas New Orleans Style -- New Orleans, LA, US (a full month of Christmas celebrations as only NOLA can do it)

Christmas to Remember -- Laurel, MT, US (Santa and a live Nativity, parade, fireworks, bazaar, and more)

Civil Air Patrol Day -- US (date of establishment in 1941; the US Coast Guard rescues you from peril on the water, the CAP on land)

Clerc-Gallaudet Week begins -- celebrating the pioneers in education for the deaf

Cookie Cutter Week begins -- sponsored by the Cookie Cutter Collectors Club

Crossing of the Cattle at Diafarabe -- Mali (celebrated through the month)

Cyber Monday

Damrong Rajanubhab Day -- Thailand (anniversary of the prince's death)

Day of the First President -- Kazakhstan

Dia de la Abolicion del Ejercito -- Costa Rica (Miliary Abolition Day; yes, really, they abolished the military after the 1948 revolution, are one of Central America's oldest democracies, and has only the Police Guard forces)

Eat A Red Apple Day

First Sunday of Advent -- Christian (start of the Liturgical Year in the Western Church) related observances
     Lighting the Candle of Hope
     Midwinter Horn Blowing -- rural Netherlands (folkloric custom announcing the birth of Jesus, celebrated through Epiphany)

Freedom and Democracy Day -- Chad

Fullveldisdagurinn Islendinga -- Iceland (Self-governance Day)
     University Students' Celebration Day

Good Neighborliness Day -- Turkmenistan

International Prisoners for Peace Day -- a day to remember imprisoned conscientious objectors

Kalends of December -- Ancient Roman Calendar; also observed
     Festival for Neptune -- promiscuous god of the sea
     Festival for Pietas -- goddess of devotion, duty, and honor

Mindfulness Day -- Zen Buddhism (a day to mindfully see and act with compassion toward the poor and oppressed)

My Husband's Strung the Christmas Lights and Now I Can't Open the Garage Door Day -- commemorating an alleged real event, be glad this isn't your husband

National Pie Day

National Stress-Free Family Holidays Month -- sponsored by Parenting Without Pressure

National Transit Tribute to Rosa Parks Day -- American Public Transportation Association, on the anniversary of her arrest

Operation Santa Paws -- toy/treat/care drive to help local animal shelters, until the 21st; sponsored by Haute Dogs

Proclamation of the Republic -- Central African Republic

Restoration of Independence -- Portugal(1640)

St. Eligius' Day (Patron of agricultural workers/farmers, blacksmiths/ horseshoe makers, boilermakers, cab drivers/taxi drivers, carriage makers, cartwrights, clock makers/watch makers, coin collectors/neumismatists, craftsmen, cutlers, farriers, garage workers and gas station workers -- because most of us don't use horses any more, gilders, goldsmiths, harness makers, horses/sick horses, jewelers, jockeys, knife makers, laborers, locksmiths, metal collectors/precious metal collectors, metalsmiths, miners, minters, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, saddle makers, tool makers, veterinarians, wheelwrights)

Teachers' Day -- Panama

World AIDS Day -- WHO; related observance
     Day With(OUT) Art -- annual remembrance of the impact of AIDS on the visual arts, sponsored by Visual AIDS

Ziua Unirii -- Romania (National Day)

Anniversaries Today:

Yukon Order of Pioneers founded, 1894
US National Weather Service established, 1870
Napoleon weds Josephine, 1804

Birthdays Today:

Reggie Sanders, 1967
Carol Alt, 1960
Treat Williams, 1952
Bette Midler, 1945
John Densmore, 1944
Richard Pryor, 1940
Lee Trevino, 1939
Woody Allen, 1935
Lou Rawls, 1933
David Doyle, 1925
Mary Martin, 1913
Charles Finney, 1905
Robert Welch, 1899
Cyril Ritchard, 1897
Rex Stout, 1886
Anna Maria Grosholtz Tussaud (Madame Tussaud), 1761
Oliver Wolcott, 1726
Louis VI of France, 1081

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Sherlock Holmes, in "A Study in Scarlet", 1887
Dr. Pepper, 1885 (recognition by US Patent Office of first day of sale)

Today in History:

Henry V of England enters Paris, 1420
Pasha Muhammad ibn Farukh, governor, driven out of Jerusalem, 1626
Portugal regains independence from Spain, 1640
Massachusetts becomes first colony to give Statutory recognition to slavery, 1641
The first American school to offer manual training courses opens in Maryland, 1750
Charles and M.N. Roberts ascend 2,000' in a hydrogen balloon, 1783
Erie Canal closes for a month due to cold weather, 1831
Hans Christian Andersen publishes his first book of fairy tales, 1835
The first chartered mutual life insurance company opens, 1843
The first certified public accountants receive their certificates in New York, 1896
The first Western film, "The Great Train Robbery," released, 1903
The first Israeli kibbutz is founded, Deganya Alef, 1909
Ford Motor Company introduces the first moving assembly line, 1913
The first drive-up gasoline station opens in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, 1913
Lady Nancy Astor is sworn in as the first female member of the British Parliament, 1919
The New York Daily News reports the news of Christine Jorgenson, the first notable case of sexual reassignment surgery, 1952
Opening date for signature of the Antarctic Treaty, which sets aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve and bans military activity on the continent, 1959
Malawi, Malta and Zambia join the United Nations, 1964
Lambda Theta Phi is established as the first Latino fraternity, in New Jersey, 1975
Angola joins the United Nations, 1976
The AIDS virus is officially recognized, 1981
At the University of Utah, Barney Clark becomes the first person to receive a permanent artificial heart, 1982
Channel Tunnel sections started from the United Kingdom and France meet 40 metres beneath the seabed, 1990

Representatives from more than 150 countries gather at a global warming summit in Kyoto, Japan, and over the course of the next ten days forge an agreement to control the emission of greenhouse gases, 1997
The Treaty of Lisbon comes into effect,  which amends the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community, which together comprise the constitutional basis of European Union, 2009


  1. Oh my gosh! I learned something new. I thought a Yankee was a baseball player.

    Hope you had a great Turkey Lurkey Day.


  2. That, too, Steve!

    Happy Holidays, whatever you celebrate over the next month.

  3. I knew some of this, but this was a funny joke and that's what counts on Silly Sunday.

    Have a fabulous Silly Sunday Yankee or not. ♥♥♥

  4. LOL thanks for the laugh

    Have a yankeetastic week ;-)

  5. We lifetime members or Red Sox nation, see Yankees as good Gator bait.

  6. In WW2 when many US servicemen came over, the ignorant English referred to them ALL as "Yankees". Even the ones from Louisiana. I wonder if any of these servicemen ever noticed? Just thought people here were really dim witted, I suppose :)

  7. Ha.. gotta love regional humour.

  8. Good story. You mentioned pet squirrels(on my blog), we had them, chipmunk, raccoons, oppossums, even a skunk...all because of rehab, injuries, etc. I'm not a fan of wild animals as pets. As you said, not a good idea all around. There are enough domestic animals that need homes & help.

  9. Oregon was part of the Union during the Civil War so am I a Yankee?

  10. Oh my, glad you had such good mother instincts. And who is Sweetie? Did you still use that nickname after what happened?


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