Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Coda Checking for Introoders (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday


Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee at Comedy Plus.     


Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts to encourage us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    

This month, the prompts are being provided by Elephant's Child.      

The prompts this week are:

  • Has the cat got your tongue?
  • Curiosity killed the cat.
  • Let the cat out of the bag.
  • Dog tired.
  • Sick as a dog.
  • Like a dog with two tails.
  • The elephant in the room.
  • A one-trick pony.
  • Open a can of worms.
  • Busy as a bee.

“You okay?”


“What’s wrong?  Cat got your tongue?”

“No, just dog tired.”

“Now that you say it, you do look sick as a dog.  Is everything okay, or do you have something you need to tell me?”

“Curiosity killed the cat, you know.”

“Awww, c’mon, let the cat out of the bag, would you?”

“Don’t push it, you’ll be opening a can of worms.”

“You can’t leave it like this, not with the elephant in the room.”

“What elephant would that be?”

“We don’t say the C-word, remember?”

“No, I do not have the virus.  I’ve just been busy as a bee and I’ve let myself get run down.  I need a few days off.  Now you look as happy as a dog with two tails to wag!”

“Because I know what will make you start to feel better, along with time off, of course.  I’m going to go bake your favorite cookies, that will set you right.”

“You’re a one-trick pony, but that trick is so good it’s the only one you need!”


Today is:

Barbie and Barney Backlash Day -- if you need an explanation, you don't have kids; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Beethoven Day -- celebrate the anniversary of his birth by listening to one of his fine works

Bijoy Dibosh -- Bangladesh (Victory Day)

Day of Reconciliation -- South Africa

Day of the Republic -- Kazakhstan (Independence from the USSR in 1991)

Festival of Sapientia -- Ancient Roman Empire (personification of wisdom and knowledge)

Icelandic Yuletide Lad of the Day, Pottasleiker -- Pot-licker, who tries to snatch unwashed pots and lick them clean

Man Will Never Fly Memorial Society Annual Meeting

National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

National Day/Independence Day -- Bahrain(1971)

St. Adelaide's Day (Patron of abuse victims, brides, empresses, exiles, in-law problems, parenthood, parents of large families, princesses, prisoners, second marriages, step-parents, and widows)

Stupid Toy Day -- make sure you aren't giving any of those to any kids you buy for

Tea Party Day -- Boston, MA, US (anniversary of the 1773 Party)

Vijay Diwas --  India (Victory Day)

Wan Kila Haeng Chat -- Thailand (National Sports Day)

Birthdays Today:

Michael McCary, 1971

Benjamin Bratt, 1963

William "Refrigerator" Perry, 1962

Jon Tenney, 1961

Alison La Placa, 1959

Billy Gibbons, 1949

Benny Andersson, 1946

Steven Bochco, 1943

Lesley Stahl, 1941

Liv Ullmann, 1939

Bruce N Ames, 1928

Arthur C. Clarke, 1917

Margaret Mead, 1901

Noel Coward, 1899

Wassily Kandinsky, 1866

George Santayana, 1863

Jane Austen, 1775

Ludwig von Beethoven, 1770

Catherine of Aragon, 1536

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"One Day At a Time"(TV), 1975

"Dragnet"(TV), 1951

"Me and My Girl"(Musical), 1937

Variety(Magazine, first issue), 1905

"From the New World"(Dvorak Symphony), 1893 (often called "New World Symphony")

Today in History:

An Lushan revolts against Chancellor Yang Guozhong at Fanyang, initiating the An Shi Rebellion during the Tang Dynasty of China, 755

Mount Vesuvious, Italy erupts, destroys 6 villages & kills 4,000, 1631

Oliver Cromwell sworn in as English Lord Protector, 1653

The last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan, 1707

A big tea party in Boston harbor -- Indians welcome -- is "celebrated" (Boston Tea Party), 1773

Fire burns over 600 buildings in NYC, 1835

In New Zealand, the Charlotte-Jane and the Randolph bring the first of the Canterbury Pilgrims to Lyttelton, 1850

The Kingdom of Nepal accepts its constitution, 1862

Antonín Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, From The New World is given its world première performance at Carnegie Hall, 1893

The first submarine with an internal combustion engine is demonstrated, 1897

The "Great White Fleet" sails from Hampton Downs on its round the world tour, 1907

The first credit union in the US is formed, in Manchester, New Hampshire, 1908

The first US postage stamp picturing an airplane, a 20 cent parcel post, is issued, 1912

Albert Einstein publishes his "General Theory of Relativity", 1915

The Haiyuan earthquake, magnitude 8.5, rocks the Gansu province in China, killing an estimated 200,000, 1920

Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempt to escape from the American federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay; neither is ever seen again, 1937

Thailand joins the United Nations, 1945

William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain build the first practical point-contact transistor, 1947

Cleveland, Ohio becomes the first post-Depression era US city to default on its loans, owing $14,000,000 to local banks, 1978

An episode of Pokemon, "Denno Senshi Porygon", aired in Japan induces seizures in 685 Japanese children, 1997

George W. Bush signs the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 into law, 2003

The US National Institutes of Health places a moratorium on new studies using chimpanzees as research models when a report comes out showing that most of such research is scientifically unjustified, 2010

After years of receding, the Arctic sea ice is shown to have rebounded in extent and volume, 2013

A five day pollution red alert is declared in Beijing and 21 other Chinese cities is classified by officials as a “meteorological disaster”, 2016 


  1. Big, big smiles. I loved your take on the prompts.

  2. Beautiful dog. Very smart.

    God bless, Mimi.

  3. That was a creative use of those prompts. Liked it!

  4. What good secooority hope no introooders were found :-)

    Have a securetastic safe week 😷😷😷

  5. Looks like the pup is doing a real nice patrol of the yard. Hope you can get some rest. Mom feels the same way lately, just needs a few days away from working.

  6. You did a great job with the prompts. Have a wonderful week.

  7. National Cover Anything in Chocolate Day is my kind of day! I think that makes the ultimate bite a piece of chocolate covered bacon!!! Salty and sweet. Have a blessed day.

  8. Loved your idiom story. You did absolutely GREAT!

  9. Checking on intruders is most essential. Love your use of the prompts. Well done as always.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

  10. What a good dog you are Coda! That was a wonderful use of prompts!

  11. Good job Coda! Great job on the story- your the cat's meow. :)

  12. That was a good story and an excellent job Coda!

  13. I think I'll become an ancient Roman for the day... that's a holiday I can get behind.

  14. another great way to use these prompts, they're all so good too. I'm still trying to wriggle them into some kind of sense.


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