Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Lulu, A (Huey) Long Story, and Laughter for the A to Z Challenge Random and Happy Tuesday and Word Counters Post

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It's time once again for a random and happy Tuesday, linking up with Stacy's Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee at Comedy Plus.  

Part of today’s post is also a writing challenge. This is how it works: contributing bloggers each picked a number between 12 and 74. The submitted numbers were then assigned to other bloggers challenged with writing at least one piece using that exact number of words. 
I was assigned the word count number: 62
It was submitted by:  Baking In A Tornado 

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what numbers they got and how they used them.

This past Saturday, i cleaned so much dog hair at Grandma and Grandpa's house that i was surprised there was any left on Lulu.  But yes, she still has enough that the floor will be covered again when i get back there, because the regular housekeeper is maintaining radio silence for the duration of the stay at home order.  Ah, job security.

Lulu, who still has plenty of hair to leave on the floors.

Here’s a Huey Long story we can relate to now.  The Kingfish, upon being advised to change the paper for his mailed political ads to the new, slick card stock that came in vogue, refused.  He knew many of his constituents still used outhouses, and that his softer paper ads would be kept longer and appreciated more than those of “slick” competitors!

Because of virus confinement, many people only get to see their own families or housemates.  If they are lucky, they get to see one other person, the postman.  Jon Matson has worked for the Royal Mail Service for a few years, and decided to try to lift the spirits of those on lockdown by going all out and dressing up.  Hooray, Jon!

Links to the other Word Counters posts:
Baking In A Tornado                   
Spatulas on Parade                   
On the Border                          

People who are confined because of this virus have become quite creative, so there are plenty of laughs to share.

Here are a few more of those submissions to the Getty Museum challenge to recreate famous artworks:

For those sports fans, even the sportscasters are getting bored:

These are for the whole family:

Hope everyone has a fabulous Tuesday, stay safe!


Today is:

Ambedkar Jayanti -- India (birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, father of the Indian Constitution)

Americas Day -- Honduras

Be Kind to Lawyers Day -- after all, you will need one someday, for something

Black Day -- South Korea (for those who got neither Valentine's gifts nor White Day gifts; singles wear black and get together to eat black noodle soup)

Celebrations in the Houses of Ra, Osiris, and Horus -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Children's Day in Florida -- FL, US

Day of Mologa -- Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia (commemorates the destruction of the town of Mologa during the construction of the Rybinsk Reservoir)

Day of the Georgian Language -- Georgia (marking the 1978 protests of Soviet attempts to suppress the Georgian language)

Easter Tuesday -- TAS, Australia; Cyprus; Nauru

Elfin Choir Congress -- Fairy Calendar

Ex Spouse Day -- why?

International Moment of Laughter Day -- started by Izzy Gesell 

Kinetoscope Day -- the first commercial exhibition of motion pictures through Edison's "peep show" device occurred on this day in 1894

Look Up At The Sky Day -- internet generated, no history on this one, but if it's a pretty day, take advantage of it (some sites say April 12, but since we don't know who started it, today is fine)

National Dolphin Day -- US

National Love Our Children Day -- sponsored by STOMP Out Bullying and Love Our Children USA

N'Ko Alphabet Day -- Mande Language Speakers

Pan American Day -- Order of the American States

Pathologists' Assistant Day -- US (American Association of Pathologists' Assistants)     

RAINN Day -- The Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network encourages all of us to get involved in stoping sexual violence    

Rato Machhindranath Jatra -- Nepal (chariot races for the god of rain; cannot confirm this year's date, but always begins mid-April)

Reach as High as You Can Day -- internet generated, and listed on various dates; a good idea, anyway, whenever you decide to celebrate it

Runic Half Month of Man (humanity) begins

Sacrifices to Leto, Pythian Apollon, Zeus, Hermes, and the Dioscuri in the Deme of Erichia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)

Sidereal Equinox New Year Celebrations -- throughout South and Southeast Asia, including
   * Assamese New Year, or Rongali Bihu (India's Assam Valley)
   * Bengali New Year, or Pohela Boishakh (Bangladesh and India's West Bengal state)
   * Burmese New Year, or Thingyan (Burma)
   * Hindu and Sikh New Year, or Vaisakhi (Punjab region)
   * Khmer New Year, or Chol Chnam Thmey, most commonly celebrated on April 13 (Cambodia)
   * Lao New Year, or Songkan / Pi Mai Lao, generally celebrated from 13 to 15 April (Laos)
   * Malayali New Year, or Vishu (India's Kerala state)
   * Nepali New Year, or Bikram Samwat / Vaishak Ek (Nepal)
   * Oriya New Year, or Maha Visuba Sankranthi (India's Orissa state)
   * Sinhalese New Year, or Aluth Avurudhu (Sri Lanka)
   * Tamil New Year, or Puthandu (India's Tamil Nadu state)
   * Thai New Year, or Songkran, celebrated from 13 to 15 April (Thailand)
   * Tuluva New Year, or Bisu (India's Karnataka state)

Sommarsblot -- Ancient Norse Calendar (celebration of the coming summer, with sacrifices to the gods over the next several days; through Walpurgis/May 1)

Southland Provincial Anniversary Day -- Southland, NZ

Spring Hula Hooping Day -- try out the old hula hoop one more time, then toss it

St. Benezet's Day (Patron of bachelors, bridge builders; Avignon, France)

St. Lydwina of Schiedam's Day (Patron of ice skating/roller skating/skaters, prolonged suffering, sick people; Schiedam, Netherland; against bodily ills and sickness) 

St. Peter Gonzalez's Day (Patron of boatmen, mariners, sailors, watermen)

St. Tiburtius' Day (Considered the day the cuckoos return to England for the spring)

Takayama Spring Festival -- Takayama City, Japan (often considered one of the 3 most beautiful festivals in Japan; through tomorrow)

Youth Day -- Angola

Birthdays Today:

Abigail Breslin, 1996
Sarah Michelle Gellar, 1977
Adrien Brody, 1973
Anthony Michael Hall, 1968
Greg Maddux, 1966
Cynthia Cooper, 1963
Robert Carlyle, 1961
Brad Garrett, 1960
Emma Thompson, 1959
Ritchie Blackmore, 1945
Julie Christie, 1941
Pete Rose, 1941
Loretta Lynn, 1935
Rod Steiger, 1925
John Gielgud, 1904
Arnold Joseph Toynbee, 1889
Anne Sullivan, 1866
Emperor Momozono, 1741
Christiaan Huygens, 1629

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Boys in the Band"(Musical), 1968
"Bye Bye, Birdie"(Musical), 1960
The Grapes of Wrath(Publication date), 1939
"Jeux d'enfants"(Ballet), 1932
"Murders in the Rue Morgue"(Publication date), 1841
American Dictionary of the English Language(Publication date), 1828

Today in History:

Mark Antony, besieging Julius Caesar's assassin Decimus Junius Brutus Albinus in Mutina, defeats the forces of the consul Pansa, who is wounded, BC 43
Titus, son of emperor Vespasian, surrounds the Jewish capital with four Roman legions, beginning the Siege of Jerusalem, 70
Temur, grandson of Kublai Khan, is elected Khagan of the Mongols and Emperor of the Yuan Dynasty, 1294
The foundation stone of Cathedral St. Peter and St. Paul in Nantes, France is laid, 1434
Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush establish the first abolitionist society in the US, 1775
Napoleon calls for establishing Jerusalem for the Jews, 1799
Noah Webster copyrights the first edition of his dictionary, 1828
The Donner Party departs Springfield, Illinois, 1846
Harriet Tubman begins her first Underground Railroad run, 1853
William Bullock patents the continuous-roll printing press, 1863
Abraham Lincoln is shot at Ford's Theater by John Wilkes Booth, 1865
Canada sets denominations of currency as dollars, cents, & mills, 1871
Canada passes the Dominion Lands Act, 1872
The RMS Titanic hits an iceberg  at 11:40pm and sinks 2 hours later, 1912
The first Volvo car premieres in Gothenburg, Sweden, 1927
The Grapes of Wrath, by American author John Steinbeck is first published by the Viking Press, 1939
The Soviet satellite Sputnik 2 falls from orbit, 1958
The heaviest hailstones ever recorded, at 1 kilogram, hailstones fall on the Gopalganj district of Bangladesh, killing 92, 1986
The most costly natural disaster in Australian history, a hailstorm, strikes Sydney, Australia, 1999
The Human Genome Project is completed with 99% of the human genome sequenced to an accuracy of 99.99%, 2003
The Oregon Supreme Court nullifies marriage licenses issued to gay couples a year earlier by Multnomah County, 2005
Ash from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano drifts towards Europe, causing air traffic to close over Northern Norway, 2010
The first-ever European MP's of Croatia are determined in an election held in anticipation of Croatia gaining formal entry into the European Union, 2013
Seychelles President Danny Faure makes the first-ever live speech from a submersible, pleading for better marine protection, 2019


  1. I loved the family lockdown boogie. That was very well done.

    Folks can get so creative in trying times. Bless their hearts.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. Big hug and be well. ♥♥♥

  2. As serious as this pandemic is, I love that people are taking the time to post funny pics and memes and making that attempt to give us all a laugh, something else to think about, if just for a few minutes.

  3. These videos and funnies did give me the life I so needed this morning. Thank you! Happy Dolphin Day!

  4. I love the works of art recreations! Too funny.
    Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

  5. Those were all fun and we enjoyed the videos!

  6. Such a fun mailman! Ours is a moron, can't even deliver the right mail to the right house. That bird face is hilarious too!

  7. Thank you for funnies. Much appreciated!

  8. Great stories. That postman deserves extra pay :)

  9. Wonderful post and photos ~ and humor is divine ^_^

    Be Well,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  10. I loved all the videos. We need to laugh more. I Love all the info here Be Kind to a Lawyer Day and Ex Spouse Day why? HaHaHaHa! Thanks for the smiles and stay happy healthy and safe. Virtual Hugs across the miles.

  11. oh my the competition seems soooo counter intuitive....eeeek Love your post Mimi! Cheers!

  12. Mimi,

    The one thing we can say for the 'stay at home' order is it's giving families plenty of together time to do some things they otherwise wouldn't be doing right now. :) Love the funnies! Have a great day!

  13. The famous recreations were the best! Thanks for making me laugh!

  14. Mailman John looks fabulous! All mailmen should have a dress-up day to spread a little cheer.