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 Margaret Adamson and her friend, Sue Fulcher. They will also feature photographs by Margaret's friend, Bill Dodd. The prompts will be posted on Elephant’s Child's blog.
This week's prompts are phrases:
- An arm and a leg
- Barking up the wrong tree
"Hey, beautiful, how about I buy you a drink?"
"Sorry, you're barking up the wrong tree."
"Aw, c'mon, give a guy a chance to prove he's got good intentions..."
"Only if you want to find out how a drink can cost you an arm and a leg."
"Ooo, that hurts. Seriously, what does a guy have to do or say to get his best girl to give him the time of day?"
"How about get me out of this kitchen and buy me dinner?"
"Take your overworked and underpaid wife out to dinner night -- I like the sound of that. Let's go!"
Area Code Day -- US (went into effect this day in 1951)
Chhat Parwa/Chhath Puja -- Nepal (start of the four day Hindu/Vedic Festival of the sun god Surya)
Day of Russian Militsiya -- Russia
Dia de la Tradicion -- Argentina (birth anniversary of Jose Hernandez)
Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Beacon Lighting -- Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors, MN, US (memorial for the Edmund Fitzgerald and all who have lost their lives in Great Lakes shipwrecks)
First Cry of Independence Day / Los Santos Uprising Day -- Panama (an official flag day)
Forget-Me-Not Day -- informal day to spend a bit of time with relatives you don't see often
Goddess of Reason's Day (Revolutionary France)
Guinness World Records' Day -- celebrating ordinary people who do extraordinary things, go try for a record! anniversary of the day in 1951 that Sir Hugh Beaver got the idea to create a book supplying answers to much debated questions, such as which game birds are the fastest fliers
The Guinness World Records Book now holds the title of the best-selling copyrighted book of all time, and is one of the most frequently stolen books from US libraries!
Hari Pahlawan -- Indonesia (Heroes' Day/Warrior's Day)
Martini -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (beginning of winter festival that starts on Martinmas Eve)
Maputo Day -- Maputo, Mozambique
National Toothpaste Appreciation Day -- not official, but i'm sure the dentifrice industry loves this one
National Vanilla Cupcake Day
Sleep Dangerously Night -- internet generated, a night to switch sides of the bed with your spouse and see who falls out of bed first
St. Andrew Avellino's Day (Patron of apoplexics, for a holy death, stroke victims; Badlato, Naples, and Sicily, Italy; stroke victims; for a holy death; against apoplexy, strokes, and sudden death)
St. Martin's Eve -- Germany; Portugal (Martimas Eve)
USMC Day -- US (anniversary of founding in 1775, includes the Marine Corps Birthday Ball)
Wish-Spoiling Sports Day -- Fairy Calendar (Imps, Gremlins, and grumpy Goblins)
World Science Day for Peace and Development -- UN
Establishment of Badlands National Park, SD, US, 1978
Establisnment of the United States Marine Corps, 1775
Ellen Pompeo, 1969
Vanessa Angel, 1963
Neil Gaiman, 1960
MacKenzie Phillips, 1959
Roland Emmerich, 1955
Ann Reinking, 1949
Donna Fargo, 1949
Tim Rice, 1944
Russel Charles Means, 1940
Russel Means, 1939
Roy Scheider, 1932
Richard Burton, 1925
Jane Froman, 1907
Claude Rains, 1889
Friedrick Voon Schiller, 1759
Oliver Goldsmith, 1728
William Hogarth, 1697
Martin Luther, 1483
Microsoft Windows, 1983 (sometimes so slow, it's called "win-doze")
"Sesame Street", 1969
Today in History:
Rene Descartes has the dreams that inspire his Meditations on First Philosophy, 1619
The Dutch formally cede New Netherlands to the English; it is renamed New York, 1674
France ends forced worship of God, substitute the Goddess of Reason, 1793
The US state of Kentucky outlaws dueling, 1801
Stanley presumes that he has met Livingston in Ujiji, Central Africa, 1871
The first Woman's Christian Temperance Union meeting is held in Boston, 1891
The first Gideon Bible is put in a hotel room, 1908
Hirohito ascends the throne as Emperor of Japan, 1928
The Hope Diamond is donated to the Smithsonian Institution by New York diamond merchant Harry Winston, 1958
The 729-foot-long freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald sinks during a storm on Lake Superior, killing all 29 crew on board, 1975
A 106-car Canadian Pacific freight train carrying explosive and poisonous chemicals from Windsor, Ontario, Canada derails in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada just west of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, causing a massive explosion and the largest peacetime evacuation in Canadian history and one of the largest in North American history, 1979
The communist regime of Bulgaria falls, 1989
The "Codex Leicester", the only Leonardo da Vinci manuscript owned in the United States and the only one in the world still in private hands, was sold at auction to Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, who paid $30.8 million, 1994
Thousands of people people march toward the royal palace of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur to hand over a memorandum to the King demanding electoral reform, 2007
Vietnam evacuates about 600,000 citizens under the threat of Typhoon Haiyan, 2013
The Collins English Dictionary chooses "Lockdown" as the word of the year, 2020