|No man is exempt from saying silly things;
the mischief is to say them deliberately.
-- Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592), French essayist.
We love to celebrate the strange. Here is list of interesting events and special days. Click here for a site with even more days. Click here for a daybook of holidays and celebrations around the world.
Things I Wonder About
This is a brief list of things that just don't seem right:
As you can see, I have a list of interesting events in the column at the left. This got me to thinking about how holidays are arrived at. Generally here in the USA, they are declared by some government entity. Here's one of the sillier examples: Ether Day.
Yes, that's right, a day to celebrate (if that's the right word) that stuff that puts you to sleep. Anaesthelogists and evil minions are probably the only groups really interested in this subject. The page is no longer there, but, the day was declared on Thursday, October 16, 2003. You kind of wonder if the folks on the web site celebrated one year and were asleep when the bill came from their ISP.
Wow, what a sleeper of a holiday!
To spend time aimlessly; diddle.
I think we need to spend moretime just piddling (yes, I know this also means to urniate and, yes, I know that we always seem to have time for that.). Since this whole page is dedicated to the silly things in life, this seems to be a great place for doing just that.
My wife will tell you that I piddle a lot. I'm doing so as I type this article. If you put the word piddle into Google (I refuse to use it as verb!) you get some interesting results:
I don't think I'm supposed to go beyond the first page of a Google search (at least that's what the experts say most people do--stop at the first page, that is). I don't want to expend a whole lot of energy on an article about piddling, especially when I consider even writing this article a form of piddling.
I do think it's intereseting that Wyre Piddle has a mention in the WikiPedia. Seems like someone was expending some energy at least:
Wyre Piddle is a village and civil parish in the Wychavon district of Worcestershire, England. It is situated on the River Avon, near where it is joined by the Piddle Brook, between Evesham and Pershore.
It is not, surprisingly, the location of the Piddle Inn:
The Piddle Inn, Piddletrenthide, can be found deep in the heart of the Dorset countryside, nestled in the beautiful Piddle Valley. The Inn takes its name from the River Piddle which flows past the sunny beer garden and ample car park, creating a picturesque foreground for a stunning view of the countryside beyond.
It seems to be located on the River Piddle, while Wyre Piddle is located on the River Avon near the Piddle Brook. Seems like there are a lot of bodies of water with the name "piddle". Perhaps this results from the "sunny beer garden and ample car park" located near the Piddle Inn. I know that times that I have spent in sunny beer gardens have often resulted in some body of water forming . . .
These are some things that I find fun on a regular basis. (Click on the image to visit the site.)
DILBERT: I don't read comics much any more. We don't subscribe to a newspaper. But, I love this guy. He has really nailed the corporate world.
Court Jester Returns
It's been quite a while since court jesters were in fashion. In England, the court jester's position died along with King Charles I, who was executed by Oliver Cromwell's supporters in 1649. The monarchy was restored 11 years later, but the position of jester did not return. (Seems sort of unfair, doesn't it. It would be another 150 years until the U.S. Congress came along to replace the jester for entertainment value.)
Well, now it seems English Heritage, guardian of various historic sites in Britain, is advertising for someone to be the nation's first court jester since the position was abolished. Here are the qualifications:
"Must be mirthful and prepared to work summer weekends in 2005. Must have own outfit (with bells). Bladder on stick provided if required."
"Mirthful", now there's a qualification!