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Sweetie and i have been married for 29 years as of today.
Sometimes it seems like forever, and sometimes it seems like it's passed lickety-split.
Being married this long reminds me of a joke.
Boudreaux done gone into his favorite waterin' hole, an' order him a beer. Den he jes' tell de barkeep to not stop, keep 'em comin'.
Once he get about t'ree beers in him, he start cryin' and cryin'. By de fourth he be cryin' harder, and by de sixth, he jes' bawlin' his eyes out.
Fin'ly, de barkeep say, "Boudreaux, usu'ly I don' ax, 'cause some folk jes' don' like when people get nosy, but I gotta know, what you so upset about?"
"Today be my weddin' anniversary!" Boudreaux say, coughin' an' chokin' wit' tears.
"An' you be cryin' 'bout dat?" de barkeep say, amazed. "Dat should be a good t'ing!"
Well Boudreaux, he cry harder dan before, and he say, "No! You don' unnerstan'! Twenty-five years ago today, Clothile's daddy put a shotgun to my head, and tole me dat we was goin' to de justice of de peace right den, and I was goin' marry his daughter, or he was gonna set de law on me for what we done, and I realize, if I'd a jes' let him set de law on me instead, today is de day I'd be gettin' outta jail for good behavior!"
Auntie's Day® -- as begun by The Savvy Auntie, celebrating those who chose to take on the active role of being an Auntie
Barbie-in-a-blender Day -- while i get why we do it to Barbie, what did your blender do to deserve this? originally thought of by Freeculture, to defend our rights to comment on cultural icons, whether they are trademarked/copyrighted or not
Bugs Bunny Day -- the "wascally wabbit" made his debut in A Wild Hare, released on this day in 1940
Day of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus -- date on the Julian Calendar, these are the legendary saints who, upon persecution by the Emperor Decius and being walled up in a cave to die as martyrs, instead slept for over 200 (in the Koran, yes, they are mentioned there, it is 300) years; based on an even more ancient legend and the prototypes of Rip Van Winkle; related observances
National Sleepy Head Day -- Finland (the last person in the house to wake on this day is awakened with water, either thrown on him/her or the person is thrown into water; in honor of the story of the Saints of Ephesus)
Seven Sleepers Day -- Ancient Latvian Calendar
Siebenschlafer -- Germany (a weather prognostication day, if it rains today, there will be rain for seven weeks more)
Festival of Domhnach Chrom Dubh -- Ireland (Black Crom's Sunday, associated with the god Lugh and connected to the festival of Lammas; also connected to John Barleycorn, the personification of the grain, who is killed by being harvested at this time; many honor St. Patrick's Fast by making a pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick, where he fasted until he overcame the pagan deity Crom Cruach [Crom of the Reek])
Heyannir month commences -- Icelandic Calendar (Harvest Month, literally translates "Hay Working")
Hot August Nights -- Reno, NV, US (celebrate cars and music of the 50's and 60's at the largest classic car and nostalgia event in the United States; through Saturday)
Iglesia Ni Cristo Day -- Philippines
International Bog Day
Ipip Festival -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (festival for working on the king's tomb; date approximate)
Jose Celso Barbosa Day -- Puerto Rico
Mi'kmaq Pilgrimage to St. Anne Mission -- Mi'kmaq First Nations of Canada and Maine
National Blunt Object Day -- this one is just weird, and no one wants to take the blame for starting it, either
National Creme Brulee Day
National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day -- US
National Scotch Day
National Tree Day -- Australia
Over-The-Moon Night (Cows and Spoons) -- Fairy Calendar
Parent's Day -- US (information here)
Procession of the Penitents -- Veurne, Belgium (passion play dating back to the 15th century)
Ranggeln -- Mt. Hundstein, Germany (traditional form of wresting, called ranggeln, in honor of St. Jacob's Day [which most celebrate on July 25]; this particular festival harks back to the pre-Christian Lughnasadh celebrations, which went through Aug. 1 and contained athletic events)
St. Pantaleon's Day (Patron of bachelors, physicians, torture victims; against tuberculosis)
Take Your Houseplants For a Walk Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, which claims doing this will orient them to their position on the earth and make them healthier (some websites mistakenly call it take your pants for a walk day!)
Valencia Fair Battle of the Flowers -- Valencia, Spain (conclusion and highlight of the Valencia Fair, with a parade and thousands of carnations thrown from floats, making a magical carpet of petals for all to enjoy)
Vardavar -- Armenia (continuation of an ancient pagan festival that encourages people to pull pranks, especially dousing everyone, friend and stranger, with water)
Victory Day -- North Korea
Walk on Stilts Day -- at your own risk always; sponsored by Bill "Stretch" Coleman, the Nine Foot Clown, who encourages everyone to walk on stilts to foster a chance to develop self-confidence, master balance and coordination, enjoy the challenge, and celebrate daring accomplishments at all ages
War Martyrs' and Invalids' Day -- Vietnam
Ashlyn Sanchez, 1996
Cheyenne Kimball, 1990
Courtney Kupets, 1986
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, 1977
Alex Rodriguez, 1975
Maya Rudolph, 1972
Triple H, 1969
Julian McMahon, 1968
Maureen McGovern, 1949
Peggy Fleming, 1948
Betty Thomas, 1947
Bobbie Gentry, 1944
James Victor, 1939
Gary Gygax, 1938
Jerry Van Dyke, 1931
Norman Lear, 1922
Leo Ernest Durocher, 1905
Joseph Bert "Joe" Tinker, 1880
José Celso Barbosa, 1857
Alexandre Dumas, fils, 1824
Queen Hatshepsut, BC1508
Today in History
Siward, Earl of Northumbria invades Scotland to support Malcolm Canmore against Macbeth of Scotland, who usurped the Scottish throne from Malcolm's father, King Duncan; Macbeth is defeated at Dunsinane, 1054
Jesuit priest Francis Xavier's ship reaches Japan, 1549
The English Parliament passes the second Navigation Act requiring that all goods bound for the American colonies have to be sent in English ships from English ports, 1663
A Royal Charter is granted to the Bank of England, 1694
The Russian Navy defeats the Swedes atthe Battle of Grengam, 1720
The first U.S. federal government agency, the Department of Foreign Affairs, is established (later renamed Department of State), 1789
Robespierre is finally arrested, 1794
The Atlantic Cable is successfully completed, allowing transatlantic telegraph communication for the first time, 1866
Researchers at the University of Toronto led by biochemist Frederick Banting announce the discovery of the hormone insulin, 1921
The animated short A Wild Hare is released, introducing the character of Bugs Bunny, 1940
RMS Titanic, Inc. begins the first expedited salvaging of wreckage of the RMS Titanic, 1987
A pipe bomb explodes at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, GA, US, during the Summer Olympics, 1996
Photograph negatives purchased at a garage sale prove to be early works by photographer Ansel Adams, 2010