Sunday, March 15, 2015

Silly Sunday: Collecting What's Due

Silly Sunday is hosted by Sandee, of Comedy Plus.  It's a great way to start the week with a laugh, and meet other bloggers in the process.

It's easy to participate, just post something funny, Laugh and Link Up!

This being the Lenten season, our church is reminding us of the special Easter offering that will be taken up in a couple of weeks.  It's a chance to give to whichever of our church's many ministries is being highlighted.  (Yes, we have 17 different local ministries, including that we will be working on our 5th Habitat for Humanity home this fall.)

Taking up a special collection reminds me of a joke. 

Senator Boudreaux din't darken de door of de church much once he done got in office, but his wife Clothile did get him to go to de Cathedral ever' year at Easter, since mos' of de "guv'mint" people went den, too.

Ever' year, Senator Boudreaux done foun' himself in de balcony wit' lots of de bigwigs he see in "guv'mint," 'cause dey all wan' be up dere together an' let ever'one know dey don' miss de Easter service.

Den one year one of de ushers tole him an usher was sick, an' din't come, so he ax could Senator Boudreaux pass de plate among de "guv'mint" people when dey was takin' up a special collection fo' de poor?  Senator Boudreaux done agree to dat.

When it be time, Senator Boudreaux go down an' get his plate, and decide he goin' have fun wit' dis.  So on de way up to de balcony, he stop an' pull out a hunnerd bill from his wallet, an' he put dat in de plate as "seed money."  Den he go an' collect from all de "guv'mint" bigwigs in de balcony, an' dey all put in plen'y, 'cause none want de one next him to outdo him.

When he done collectin', Senator Boudreaux take de plate, an' on de way back down de stair, he slip his own hunnerd out de plate an' put it back in his pocket!

Today is:

1848 Revolution Day -- Hungary

Ag Day, Celebrating Our Bountiful Food Supply -- according to a foodie website

Brutus Day -- for obvious reasons; watch for backstabbers today, because they are as numerous now as they were in ancient Rome

Buzzard Day -- Hinckley, OH, US (a day to celebrate the returning buzzards)

Camp Fire USA Birthday Week

Constitution Day -- Belarus

Dumbstruck Day -- Fairy Calendar

Everything You Think is Wrong Day -- begun by someone who wants you to keep an open mind, apparently

Fallas de Valencia -- Valencia, Spain (a five day carnival/fiesta of partying that ends with turning off all the city lights and setting fire to hundreds of massive papier-mache statues stuffed with fireworks to celebrate St. Joseph's Day; sometimes called Fallas de San Jose)

Honen Matsuri -- Tagata-jinja Shrine, Inuyama, Japan (festival for a good harvest and fertility)

Ides of March -- Ancient Roman Calendar; other observances
     Day Sacred to Anna Parenna and River Nymphs -- goddess of the returning year
     Day You Don't Want to Go Out if Your Name is Julius Caesar
     Festival of Attis and Cybele
     Guild Festival -- for guilds practicing the arts of Minerva, with weapons purified at her temple on this day

International Day Against Police Brutality

Joseph Jenkins Roberts' Birthday -- Liberia

Kashiram Jayanti -- UP, India (birth anniversary of politician Kashi Ram)

Laetare Sunday -- Western Christianity, 4th Sunday of Lent; related Observances
     Carnaval de la Laetare -- Stavelot, Belgium
     Mothering Sunday -- UK (fourth Sunday of Lent, originally a day to visit your "mother church" in the parish where you were raised, now celebrated as Mother's Day)

National Pears Helene with Chocolate Sauce and Brandy Day

Offerings to Ra, Osiris, Horus, Ptah, Sokar, and Atum -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

St. Clement Mary Hofbauer's Day (Patron of Vienna, Austria)

St. Louise de Marillac's Day (Patron of disappointing children, loss of parents, people rejected by religious orders, sick people, social workers, widows; Vincentian Service Corps)

Tagata Honen-Sai/Honen Matsuri -- Inuyama, Japan (fertility festival)

True Confessions Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, because confession is good for the soul; if you are afraid to confess to the world, there's always your mirror

Turkey Buzzards Day -- Hinckley, OH, US (Two theories about why the turkey buzzards return on this date each year have to do with either witchcraft of a hunting story; festival in honor of them will be held this coming Sunday)

World Consumer Rights Day -- International 

Youth Day -- Palau

Anniversaries Today:

Richard Burton marries Elizabeth Taylor, 1964
The University of Toronto is chartered, 1827
Maine becomes the 23rd US state, 1820

Birthdays Today:

Kellan Lutz, 1985
Sean Biggerstaff, 1983
Eva Longoria, 1975
Kim Raver, 1969
Mark McGrath, 1968
Bret Michaels, 1963
Fabio, 1961
Mary Carillo, 1957
Park Overall, 1957
Dee Snyder, 1955
Craig Wilson, 1954
Sly Stone, 1944
Mike Love, 1941
Phil Lesh, 1940
Judd Hirsch, 1935
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 1933
Alan Bean, 1932
Norm Van Brocklin, 1926
Harry James, 1916
Joe E. Ross, 1914
Macdonald Carey, 1913
Samuel "Lightnin" Hopkins, 1912
Andrew Jackson, 1767

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Wonder Years"(TV), 1988
"Eight is Enough"(TV), 1977
"Three's Company"(TV), 1977
The Godfather(Film), 1972
"Purlie"(Musical), 1970
"Lady Madonna"(Music single), 1968
"My Fair Lady"(Musical), 1956
"Rapsodie Espagnole"(Ravel's Orchestral rapsody), 1908
"Caesar and Cleopatra,"(Play), 1899
"She Stoops to Conquer"(Comedy), 1773

Today in History:

Julius Caesar, Dictator of the Roman Republic, is stabbed to death by Marcus Junius Brutus, Gaius Cassius Longinus, Decimus Junius Brutus and several other Roman senators on the Ides of March, BC44
Liu Bei, a Chinese warlord and member of the Han royal house, declares himself emperor of Shu-Han and claims his legitimate succession to the Han Dynasty, 221
A Jew hating Monk in Seville, Spain stirs up people in that city to attack Jews, 1391
Christopher Columbus arrives back in Spain after his first trip to the New World, 1493
The first meeting of the Council of Trent, 1545
South Carolina becomes the first American colony to declare its independence from Great Britain and set up its own government, 1776
In an emotional speech in Newburgh, New York, George Washington asks his officers not to support the Newburgh Conspiracy; the plea is successful and the threatened coup d'état never takes place, 1783
A revolution breaks out in Hungary, and the Habsburg rulers are compelled to meet the demands of the Reform party, 1848
Jesse W. Reno patents an "inclined elevator" (escalator), 1892*
Rolls-Royce Limited is incorporated, 1906
Czar Nicholas II of Russia abdicates the Russian throne and his brother the Grand Duke becomes Tsar, 1917 registers the very first Internet domain name, 1985
Mikhail Gorbachev is elected as the first President of the Soviet Union, 1990
French President Jacques Chirac signs the law on secularity and conspicuous religious symbols in schools, commonly known as the "headscarf ban", 2004
Lazarus Project scientists reveal that they successfully recovered frozen tissue from the 1970's and rejuvenated the cells of Rheobatrachus silus, a species of frog that has been extinct since 1983, 2013

*The first actual working model, at Coney Island, was built four years later.


  1. Whatever works I guess. He got more money than usual!

  2. Brutus Day. Never heard of that but I did encounter a couple of backstabbers lately so Brutus is not forgotten! :)

  3. sounds about right! :) politicians get theirs...

  4. LOL...I hate politicians :-)

    Have a tanfastic week mimi :-)

  5. Surprised to find the gvment people didn't make change, de change de hunnerd into a fiver.

  6. Bwahahahahahahahaha. Yep, he's a true government man indeed. Good one. I didn't see that coming and I should have.

    Have a terrific Silly Sunday. ☺

  7. Uh, I think it was Senator Boudreaux's plan to slip his hundred dollar bill out of the plate but Hillary Clinton was in the balcony and when he took the plate down the stairs all that was in it was a 3 dollar bill and a cigar butt.