Saturday, January 4, 2014

Silly Sunday: A Cajun Saturday Night

Boudreaux is at the bar on Saturday night, as usual, and a stranger is there getting very drunk and very loudly trying to impress everyone with how strong he is and with his fighting ability.

"I'm an expert at several different types of hand-to-hand combat!" he brags, and adds, "I'll show you!"

He walks up to Boudreaux and strikes him and yells, "That was a Karate chop I learned from my trainer in China!"

Boudreaux picks himself up off the floor, sits back down, takes a sip of his beer, and tries to ignore the guy.  This man will not be ignored, however, so he comes up to Boudreaux again, this time throwing Boudreaux over his shoulder and onto the floor.

"That's a Judo move I learned from my trainer in Japan!" he yelled.

Again, Boudreaux gets up, ignores the man, and tries to go back to his beer.  This guy just won't let it go, however, and he grabs Boudreaux by the neck, calling out, "This is a nerve pinch I learned from my trainer in Korea!"

This time, as Boudreaux begins to move, he doesn't get back on the bar stool.  He heads out of the door, and ten minutes later is back with a large piece of wood in his hand.

Walking up behind the drunk, he smacks the guy unconscious, looks down at the prostrate form and says, "Dat's a two-by-four I got from my frien' Landry's hardware store!"


Today is:

Apple Howling Day -- Henfield, West Sussex (Held at Gill Orchard, always on Epiphany Eve, horn blowing and howling at the trees is said to wake them up and yield a good crop.)

Armenian Christmas Eve -- Armenia (Old Chrismas Day in the West)

Can Opener Day -- one of the earliest forms of can opener was patented this date in 1858 by Ezra Warner of CT, US (tin cans had been around for over 50 years by then, usually opened with a knife or hammer and chisel)

Epiphany Fair -- Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy (toys, sweets, and presents among the beautiful Bernini Fountains)

Get on the Computer Day -- obviously dates back to a time when people didn't have to check email daily or get inundated

Guru Gobindh Singh birthday -- Sikh

Harbin Ice Festival -- Harbin, China (illuminated ice sculptures, ice sports, and fun through Chinese New Year and beyond; in 2014, through Feb. 28)

Joma Shinji Festival -- Kamakura, Japan (ceremony and festival to keep evil spirits away)

Mungday -- Discordianism (festival of St. Hung Mung)

National Bird Day -- US (National Association of Audubon Societies incorporated today in 1905)

National Whipped Cream Day

Nones of January -- Ancient Roman Calendar; also
     Festival of Vica Pota (ancient goddess of victory)

Review Your Wrestling Holds Day -- internet generated, and weird

St. Gerlac of Valkenberg's Day (Patron of domestic animals)

St. Simeon Stylites' Day (The original and most maniacal of the "Pillar Saints")

Take the Cake Day -- a day to do something, anything, over the top, just because

Trettondagsafton -- Sweden (Epiphany Eve)

Turn Up the Heat Day -- all over the internet, but no one explains it

Twelfth Day of Christmas -- and thus, Twelfth Night (Although by some reckonings, this is actually only the 11th day of Christmas, and thus Twelfth Night Eve.  Take your pick.)

Ullr Festival -- Breckenridge, CO, US (festival of the mythical Norse god of winter; through the 11th)

Anniversary Today:

George Washington marries Martha Dandridge Custis, 1759

Birthdays Today:

January Jones, 1978
Bradley Cooper, 1975
Warrick Dunn, 1975
Carrie Ann Inaba, 1968
Pamela Sue Martin, 1953
Diane Keaton, 1946
Charlie Rose, 1942
Juan Carlos I, King of Spain, 1938
Umberto Eco, 1932
Alvin Ailey, 1931
Robert Duvall, 1931
Walter Mondale, 1928
George Reeves, 1914
George Dolenz, 1908
Jeannette Ridlon Piccard, 1895
King Camp Gillette, 1855
Edmund Ruffin, 1794
Constanze Mozart, 1762 (wife of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
Pietro Filippo Scarlotti, 1679
Shah Jahal, 1592 (Mughal emperor of India, built the Taj Mahal)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"All My Children"(TV), 1970
"Bozo the Clown"(TV), 1959
"The Member of the Wedding"(Play), 1950
"Pepe LePew"(cartoon character, in "Odor-able Kitty"), 1945

Today in History:

Edward the Confessor dies with no heir, leading to a succession crisis that ends with the Norman Conquest, 1066
Felix Manz, a leader of the Anabaptist congregation in Z├╝rich, is executed by drowning, 1527
Pope Clemens VII forbids English king Henry VIII to re-marry, 1531
A petition in Recife, Brazil leads to closing of their 2 synagogues, 1638
Anne Clarke of the Massachusetts Bay Colony is granted the first divorce in the colonies, from her absent and adulterous husband, Denis Clarke, by the Quarter Court of Boston, Massachusetts, 1643
The first Swedenborgian temple in the US holds its first service, in Baltimore, 1800
The Ohio legislature passes the first laws restricting the movement of free blacks, 1804
Davy Crockett arrives in Texas, just in time for the Alamo, 1836
The US House of Representatives votes to stop sharing the Oregon Territory with the UK, 1846
The first US school of librarianship opens at Columbia University, 1887
An Austrian newspaper makes the first public report on Wilhelm Roentgen's discovery of xrays, 1896
The National Association of Audubon Society incorporates, 1905
Colombia recognizes Panama's independence, 1909
The Ford Motor Company announces an eight-hour workday and a minimum wage of $5 for a day's labor, 1914
British premier Lloyd George issues a demand for a unified peace, 1918
Nellie Taylor Ross is sworn in as governor of Wyoming, the first woman governor of a US state, 1925
Mao Tse-tung writes "A Single Spark Can Start A Prairie Fire," 1930
FM radio is demonstrated to the Federal Communications Commission for the first time, 1940
The Daily Mail becomes the first transoceanic newspaper, 1944
Warmest reliably measured temperature in Antarctica of +59°F (+15°C) recorded at Vanda Station, 1974
Eris, the largest known dwarf planet in the solar system, is discovered, 2005


  1. Good one. I am always impressed by all of your facts, too. I have an acute curiosity and thirst for knowledge. How do you gather so much? ~xo~

  2. Hoping this is not true...but also hoping it is. Laughing out loud.

  3. Bwahahahahahahahahaha. You got to watch guys named Boudreaux. They can be the death of you. Good one.

    Have a fabulous Silly Sunday. ☺

  4. Good for Boudreaux! Enough is enough! LOL

    Have a great Sunday! :)

  5. Don't mess with me, I know 2 X 4.

    In the Marine Corps I was trained to kill people with ink pens. Aren't you glad I use a computer to write now.

    Happy Silly Sunday.

  6. It just goes to show that you need the right tool for the right job.

  7. Thanks for the laugh. I would never have guessed 59 degrees for an all-time high in Antarctica.