Accent Mark (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections

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Just because Sandee, of Comedy Plus, is no longer hosting a Silly Sunday blog hop, don’t expect me to quit telling Cajun jokes.
 
Any time you visit another area of the country, even if the drive is only a few hours away, you are recognized as not being from there by the way you speak.  At the Florida coast they are used to lots of Louisiana visitors, so we don’t get too many people asking about our accent.  
 
Clothile done be visitin’ her cousin in NOLA, an’ dey decide to go in de Parran’s shop to get dem a muffuletta fo’ de lunch.
 
De nice lady behin’ de counter done ax Clothile, “Where are you from?  I love your accent!”
 
An’ Clothile say, “Mais, I be from Pierre Part when I’s growin’ up, but now I live in Ville Platte, how ’bout you?  You don’ soun’ like you be from N’awlins.”
 
“Oh, yes, I’m from New Orleans,” she said, “but I moved away for a few years because of Hurricane Katrina and I lost my accent!”
 
“Oh, you poor t’ing!” Clothile say.  “Bless you heart, I know you done got back here soon as you could, an’ you keep workin’ on it, you goin’ get it back right quick!”
 
 
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Sunday Selections was started as a way for bloggers to use photos that might otherwise just languish in their files.  It is now hosted by River at Drifting Through Life.  
 
Since i seem to have a plethora of vacation pictures, i will probably feature them for a bit.  Watching the skies this time, considering how this time we did not have a single day without significant cloud cover, was magnificent.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Happy Father’s Day to all of the Dads out there!  





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Today is:
 
Bake Your Own Bread Day — it’s really not that hard
 
Bunker Hill Day — Suffolk County, MA, US (actual date and parade date)
 
Dia del Padre — El Salvador; Guatemala (Father’s Day)
 
Duanwu Jie — China; Hong Kong; Macao[Tung Ng]; Taiwan (Dragon Boat Festival Days, today and tomorrow, in which spectacularly decorated boats loaded with rowers and drums race)
 
Eat All of Your Vegetables Day / Fresh Veggies Day — yes, i have this listed yesterday, too; internet sites disagree about the actual date, and you need your veggies today, as well!  http://www.unitedfresh.org/
 
Father’s Day — Afghanistan; Albania; Antigua and Barbuda; Argentina; Aruba; Bahamas; Bahrain; Bangladesh; Barbados; Belize; Bermuda; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Cambodia; Chile; People’s Republic of China; Colombia; Costa Rica; Cuba; Curaçao; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Dominica; Ecuador; Ethiopia; France; Ghana; Greece; Guyana; Hong Kong; Hungary; India; Ireland; Jamaica; Japan; Kenya; Kosovo; Kuwait; Laos; Macau; Madagascar; Malaysia; Malta; Mauritius; Mexico; Mozambique; Myanmar; Namibia; Netherlands; Nigeria; Oman; Pakistan; Panama; Paraguay; Peru; Philippines; Puerto Rico; Qatar; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Singapore; Slovakia; South Africa; Sri Lanka; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Tunisia; Turkey; United Kingdom; United States; Venezuela; Vietnam; Zambia; Zimbabwe
    Family Awareness Day — US (a day to reflect on the importance of fathers)
 
Independence Day/National Day — Iceland
 
International Violin Day — Stravinsky’s birth anniversary
 
National Apple Struedel Day
 
Okinawa Day — Japan/US (remembrance of signing the treaty, in 1971, to return Okinawa to Japan)
 
Pirate Radio Day — no actual pirate (i.e., unlicensed) radio stations will admit to declaring this a holiday, but what do you expect?
 
Soviet Occupation Day — Latvia
 
St. Botulph of Ikanhoe’s Day (Patron of agricultural and farm workers, sailors, travellers; Bossal, England; Boston, England; Boston, MA, US; Botesdale, England; Botolph Bridge, Huntingdonshire, Englad; Botolph’s Bridge, Kent, Englad; Botolph, Sussex, England)
 
St. Herve’s Day (Patron of the blind; against eye diseases and problems)
 
Toadstool-Squatting begins — Fairy Calendar (Leprechauns)
 
Vice President’s Remembrance Day — not officially, just a day to see how many vice presidents you remember
 
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought — UN
 
 
Anniversaries Today
 
Orpheus marries the nymph Eurydice, Ancient Greek traditional date
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Mark Walker, 1999
Lee Ryan, 1983
Venus Williams, 1980
Will Forte, 1970
Dan Jansen, 1965
Greg Kinnear, 1963
Thomas Haden Church, 1960
Mark Linn-Baker, 1953
Joe Piscopo, 1951
Barry Manilow, 1946
Art Bell, 1945
Newt Gingrich, 1943
Gene De Paul, 1919
John Richard Hersey, 1914
Ralph Bellamy, 1904
Sammy Fain, 1902
M.C. Escher, 1898
Igor Stravinsky, 1882
William Hooper, 1742
John Wesley, 1703
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Oh! Calcutta!”(Revue), 1969
“Barney Google and Snuffy Smith”(Comic strip), 1919
 
 
Today in History:
 
Vlad III the Impaler (a/k/a Vlad Dracul or Count Dracula) attempts to assassinate Mehmed II (The Night Attack) forcing him to retreat from Wallachia, 1462
Matsunaga Hisahide assassinates the 13th Ashikaga shogun, Ashikaga Yoshiteru, 1565
Sir Francis Drake claims a land he calls Nova Albion (modern California) for England, 1579
Mumtaz Mahal dies during childbirth; her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, then spends more than 20 years building her tomb, the Taj Mahal, 1631
The Battle of Bunker Hill, 1775
In the Kingdom of Hawaii, Kamehameha III issues the Edict of toleration which gives Roman Catholics the freedom to worship in the Hawaiian Islands, 1839
1,500 Sioux and Cheyenne led by Crazy Horse beat back General George Crook’s forces at Rosebud Creek in Montana Territory, 1876
The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor, 1885
The College Board introduces its first standardized test, the forerunner to the SAT, 1901
“Barney Google” cartoon strip, by Billy De Beck, premieres, 1919
Iceland declares independence from Denmark and becomes a republic, 1944
The Wooden Roller Coaster at Playland, which is in the Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, Canada opens; it is still open today, 1958
The New Democratic Party of Canada is founded with the merger of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) and the Canadian Labour Congress, 1961
Five White House operatives are arrested for burglarizing the offices of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate Hotel, 1972
With the death of the last individual, the Dusky Seaside Sparrow becomes extinct, 1987
The South African Parliament repeals the Population Registration Act, which had required racial classification of all South Africans at birth, 1991
Australian scientists report that they have “teleported” a laser beam, breaking it up and reconstructing it in another location, 2002
The first condemnation of discrimination against gays, lesbians and transgender people is issued by the United Nations Human Rights Council, 2011

 

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Had to Stay (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections

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Just because Sandee, of Comedy Plus, is no longer hosting a Silly Sunday blog hop, do not expect me to quit telling Cajun jokes.
 
Yesterday’s trip down to the beach was no day at the beach, as usual.  We took it slowly, didn’t worry when the traffic on the interstate stopped multiple times, and were very glad to go the back way when we could, it’s much more scenic.
 
Speaking of scenic, or not so scenic, if you live in Cajun country, the nearest beach on which to vacation is Holly Beach.  One time, Boudreaux and Thibodeaux done meet up dere.
 
“Thib, what you be doing here?” Boudreaux ax when he see his frien’.
 
“Remember de raffle at de church?” Thibodeaux say.  “I done won de first prize, a week here at Holly Beach.  What you be doin’ here?”
 
“Mais,” say Boudreaux, “I done won de secon’ place in de raffle.  I gots to stay here two weeks!”
 
 
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Sunday Selections was started as a way for bloggers to use photos that might otherwise just languish in their files.  It is now hosted by River at Drifting Through Life.   
 
A few pictures from a week of taking care of the farm birds visiting the city:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Abolition Day — French Guiana
 
Abused Women And Children’s Awareness Day
 
Alcoholics Anonymous Founders Day
 
Army Day — Jordan
 
Ball Point Pen Day — date, in 1943, Biro patented one of the early models of a ball point pen (it was as awful as the other early ones, though!)
 
Blast from the Past: Artillery in the War for Independence —  Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg, VA, and Yorktown Victory Center, Yorktown, VA, US (special events and exhibits through January 5, 2019)
 
Celtic Tree Month Duir (Oak) commences
 
Children’s Sunday — many US churches
 
Dia de Portugal e de Camoes — Portugal (National Day)
 
Herbs & Spices Day
 
Holiday of the Wan Thing — Fairy Calendar (the Wan Thing arrived in Fairyland this day and has sat there looking wan ever after, so the Fairies decided to give it its own holiday)
 
Lailat al Kadr (Lailat al Qadr) — Islam (Night of Destiny; begins at sundown, through sundown tomorrow, although local observances may vary)
 
Multicultural American Child Day — listed as a celebration on the second Sunday in June on many sites, with no way to trace it that i can find
 
National Black Cow Day
 
National Iced Tea Day
 
Puerto Rican Day Parade — NYC, NY, US (recognizing the many Puerto Ricans in the US, and especially in New York City)
 
Race Unity Day — Baha’i sponsored observance promoting racial harmony
 
Rape of Lidice/Lidice Memorial Day — Czech Republic and Slovakia/New Jersey, US (in one of the most-remembered atrocities of WWII, the small town of Lidice, Czechoslovakia, was invaded by Nazi troops who murdered every man, burned every house, and sent all the women and children for “reeducation.”)
 
Reconciliation Day — Republic of the Congo
 
St. Brigid of Ireland’s Day (Patron babies/infants/newborns, blacksmiths, boatmen/mariners/sailors/watermen, cattle, children whose parents are not married, dairymaids/dairy workers, fugitives, midwives, nuns, poets, poultry farmers, printing presses, scholars, travellers; Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland; Ireland; Ivrea, Turin, Italy; Kildare, Ireland; Leinster, Ireland)
 
Where the Wild Things Are Day — birth anniversary of Maurice Sendak
 
Write to Your Father Day — a week before Father’s Day, write him a letter and ask him things like what he finds most enjoyable or exciting or scary or satisfying; encouraging people to stay in touch with Dad on a deeper level than the commercial holidays
 
 
Anniversary Tday:
 
Alcoholics Anonymous is founded, 1925
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Joey Zimmerman, 1986
Tara Lipinski, 1982
Leelee Sobieski, 1982
Hoku Ho, 1981
Shane West, 1978
Doug McKeon, 1966
Elizabeth Hurley, 1965
Linda Evangelista, 1965
Jeanne Tripplehorn, 1963
Michael Burger, 1957
John Edwards, 1953
Jeff Greenfield, 1943
F. Lee Bailey, 1933
Maurice Sendak, 1928
Nat Hentoff, 1925
Judy Garland, 1922
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, 1921
Saul Bellow, 1915
Frederick Loewe, 1904
Hattie McDaniel, 1889
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Tales from the Crypt”(TV), 1989
“Paperback Writer”(UK song release), 1966
“Tristan und Isolde”(Opera), 1865
 
 
Today in History:
 
Frederick Barbarossa drowns leading his troops across the Saleph River to attack Jerusalem in the Crusades, 1190
The first American log cabin is built, at Fort Christina in Wilmington, Delaware, 1639
Bridget Bishop becomes the first person hanged for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, 1692
Captain James Cook runs aground on the Great Barrier Reef, 1770
A landslide dam on the Dadu River created by an earthquake ten days earlier collapses, killing 100,000 in the Sichuan province of China, 1786
The Jardin des Plantes museum opens in Paris; a year later, it becomes the first public zoo, 1793
The first Boat Race between the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge takes place, 1829
Myall Creek Massacre in Australia: 28 Aboriginal Australians are murdered, 1838
The first class of the United States Naval Academy students graduate, 1854
Mount Tarawera in New Zealand erupts, killing 153 people and destroying the famous Pink and White Terraces, 1886
Americus Callahan of Chicago patents the window envelope, 1902
The inaugural service for the United Church of Canada, a union of Presbyterian, Methodist, and Congregationalist churches, is held in Toronto Arena, 1925
Dr. Robert Smith takes his last drink, and Alcoholics Anonymous is founded in Akron, Ohio, United States, by him and Bill Wilson, 1925
Six-Day War ends: Israel and Syria agree to a cease-fire, 1967
Apple ships its first Apple II personal computer, 1977
The Spirit Rover is launched, beginning NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover mission, 2003
Twenty inches of rainfall in Escambia County, Florida damages roadways and bridges, and leaving parts of the Florida Panhandle and coastal Alabama under water, 2012
German authorities are forced to evacuate 10 villages as heavy rains swell the Elbe River, breaching its banks, 2013
Heavy monsoon rains cause the collapse of a partially-finished building on a residential block in Mumbai, India, 2013

 

How Does Your Garden Grow (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections

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Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus no longer hosts a Silly Sunday blog hop, don’t expect me to quit telling Cajun jokes.
 
Grandma had me take her to the orchid show yesterday, and wow!  They had some beautiful specimens, and Grandma came home with three of them, plus instructions for care.
 
She asked if i wanted one, and of course for the sake of the poor plant, i refused.  As i’ve noted before, if i had a nice box of herbs growing on my windowsill, it would be nicknamed “Death Row.”
 
Boudreaux be him a good gard’ner, an’ hims neighbor, Mrs. Trosclair, done be lookin’ over de fence one day an’ she see hims tomatoes, dey be pink.
 
So Mrs. Trosclair call out, “Boudreax!  Where you done got seeds fo’ dem pink tomatoes?”
 
An’ Boudreaux say, “Oh, I don’ get special seed, I jes’ blush my tomatoes.”
 
An’ Mrs. Trosclair ax, “What you mean you blush you tomatoes?”
 
An’ Boudreaux say, “Ever’ mornin’, befo’ ennybody be up, you go out in you garden, you take off all you clothes, an’ you run you up an’ down de rows o’ de tomatoes, an’ it make dem blush dat purty pink.”
 
Den Mrs. Trosclair say, “Boudreaux, you done be foolin’ me!”
 
Boudreaux say, “Mais, non!  Dat really be what I do, an’ you need try it.”
 
So de nex’ mornin’, befo’ ennybody be’s up, Mrs. Trosclair done go out in de garden, she take off her clothes, an’ she run up an down de rows o’ de garden.”
 
Since nobody seen her, she do it again de nex’ day, an’ de nex.
 
‘Bout two week later, Boudreaux done see Mrs. Trosclair headin’ out de door to go make de groceries, an’ he stop her an’ say, “Mrs. Trosclair, how’s  you garden? Do your tomatoes be blushin’?”
 
An’ Mrs. Trosclair say, “Boudreaux, I done be doin’ jes’ what you say, runnin’ in de garden in de mornin’ wit’ no clothes, an’ my tomatoes don’ be blushin’, but mais!  You should see my cucumbers, dey be ‘bout a foot long already!”
 
 
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Sunday Selections was started as a way for bloggers to use photos that might otherwise just languish in their files.  It is now hosted by River at Drifting Through Life 
 
The following are some of the plants i cared for last week (front yard only), and they survived!
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Today is:
 
Broken Dolls Day — Japan (all broken dolls are taken by their children to monks for burial)
 
Callynteria — Ancient Greek Calendar (a service of atonement and cleaning Athena’s temple; date approximate)
 
Celebration of the Arts — Community Center, Yorba Linda, CA, US (fine arts and music festival for all ages)
 
Children’s Awareness Memorial Day — a day to remember children who have died from violence
 
Chimborazo Day — to publicize that while Mt. Everest may be the highest, the top of Mt. Chimborazo in Ecuador is the furthest from the center of the earth
 
Day of the Rice God — Chiyoda, Japan (rice transplanting festival to honor Wbai-sama, the Shinto rice god)
 
Dr. Charles Drew Day — honoring the man who made blood transfusions possible
 
English Riviera International Dance Festival — Torquay, Devon, England (learn ballroom dance, or take a master class, all levels are welcome, with Gala Evenings where you can dance the night away; through the 7th)
 
Father’s Day — Lithuania; Switzerland
 
Festival to Bellona — Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of war)
 
Impersonate Authority Day — at your own risk, i will not bail you out just because i noted an internet holiday and you decided to celebrate it 😉
 
Jack Jouett Day — Virginia (the “Paul Revere” of his day and place, rode to warn Governor Thomas Jefferson that the British were coming, 1781)
 
Mabo Day — Australia
 
Martyr’s Day — Uganda
 
National Cancer Survivors Day — US (National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation)   http://www.ncsd.org
 
National Chocolate Macaroon Day
 
National Egg Day
 
Opium Suppression Movement Day — Taiwan
 
Pull Your Pants Up Day — internet generated, various dates given, and some are trying to make it a national movement; to encourage young men to pull up their pants for 24 hours and see if they enjoy having both hands free
 
Repeat Day — i said, “repeat day” (no, i don’t know who comes up with this stuff, sometimes; if i do, i try to place the blame appropriately)
 
St. Clotilde’s Day (Patron of adopted children, brides, disappointing children, exiles, parenthood, parents of large families, queens, widows; against the death of children)
 
St. Kevin of Glendaulough’s Day (Patron of blackbirds; Dublin, Ireland; Glendaulough, Ireland; Ireland)
 
Worst Day in the Fairy Year — Fairy Calendar (must be nice to know when your worst day will be)
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
U.S. Air Force Academy first graduating class, 1959
The Duke of Windsor marries Wallis Simpson, 1937
Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo founded, 17
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Lalaine, 1987
Rafael Nadal, 1986
Anderson Cooper, 1967
Charles Hart, 1961
Scott Valentine, 1958
Deniece Williams, 1951
Suzi Quatro, 1950
Curtis Mayfield, 1942
Larry McMurtry, 1936
Norman Brinker, 1931
Raul Castro, 1931
Chuck Barris, 1929
Colleen Dewhurst, 1926
Allen Ginsberg, 1926
Tony Curtis, 1925
Leo Gorcey, 1917
Josephine Baker, 1906
Dr. Charles Drew, 1904
Ransom E. Olds, 1864
Jefferson Davis, 1808
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Dragnet”(Radio), 1951
“Casey at the Bat”(Publication date), 1888
 
 
Today in History:
 
French scholar Peter Abelard is found guilty of heresy, 1140
Hernando De Soto claims Florida for Spain, 1539 
Construction of the oldest stone church in French North America, Notre-Dame-des-Anges, begins at Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, 1620
Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo is founded in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, 1770
President John Adams moves to Washington, D.C., to live in a tavern (the White House wasn’t ready), 1800
In Humen, China, Lin Tse-hsü destroys 1.2 million kg of opium confiscated from British merchants, which prompts the First Opium War, 1839
In the last military engagement fought on Canadian soil, Cree leader Big Bear escapes the North West Mounted Police, 1885
The poem “Casey at the Bat”, by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, is published in the San Francisco Examiner, 1888
The coast to coast Canadian Pacific Railway is completed, 1889
One thousand unemployed Canadian workers board freight cars in Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning a protest trek to Ottawa, Ontario, 1935
Launch of Gemini 4, the first multi-day space mission by a NASA crew, which included the first space walk by an American, 1965
A blowout at the Ixtoc I oil well in the southern Gulf of Mexico causes at least 3,000,000 barrels of oil to be spilled into the waters, the worst oil spill ever recorded, 1979
SkyDome is officially opened in Toronto, Ontario, 1989
Aboriginal Land Rights are granted in Australia in Mabo v Queensland (1988), a case brought by Eddie Mabo, 1992
USS Carter Hall engages pirates after they board the Danish ship Danica White off the coast of Somalia, 2007
A pageant on London’s River Thames marks the highpoint of a series of events celebrating The Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II, 2012
Three of the most extremely well-preserved and most complete triceratops specimens ever found are unearthed in Wyoming, 2013

 

Take Them Yourself (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections

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Just because Sandee, of Comedy Plus, has stopped hosting a Silly Sunday blog hop, don’t expect me to quit telling Cajun jokes.
 
One of the reasons this past week was difficult is that we lost a couple of very beloved elderly people in our community.  Sometimes children especially have a hard time, and can say some rather interesting things.
 
Dat be what happen when Grand-père Boudreaux done pass.  Tee Boudreaux, him’s petit-garçon (grandson), come to de house a few day after de funeral an’ see Grand-mère be packin’ up Grand-père’s clothes.
 
“Grand-mère, what you be doin’ wit’ Grand-père’s clothes?” Tee ax.
 
Grand-mère look up wit’ sad eyes an’ say, “I be packin’ de clothes for to take dem to de charity closet at de church.”
 
“What fo’ you be doin’ dat?” Tee ax.
 
“Well,” she say, “Grand-père not goin’ be comin’ back fo’ dem, so we be goin’ give dem to people who can use dem.”
 
“But Grand-mère,” say Tee, “you be goin’ go to be wit’ Grand-père real soon, you can take de clothes to him den!”
 
 
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Sunday Selections was started as a way for bloggers to use photos that might otherwise just languish in their files.  It is now hosted by River at Drifting Through Life.  
 
 
Dr. D’s stealth tomatoes are doing well:
 

 

 
 
Mr. BA and Ms. GA are out of town.  Ms. GA has entrusted me again with the care of the cats, and Mr. BA has entrusted me with his plants.  He has three prize ferns:
 

 

 

 
 
They have to be soaked in the pond three times a week.  Poor ferns, pray they survive me.
 
 
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Today is:
 
Abolition Day — Guadeloupe; Saint Martin
 
Arbor Day — Aston-on-Clun, Shropshire, England (a Poplar tree in town is decorated and left that way year round; probably associated with Oak Apple Day)
 
Buttercup Day — an internet holiday that just sounds fun
 
Cape May Music Festival — Cape May, NJ, US (world class music performances of many genres; through June 15)
 
Cellophane Tape Day — patented this date in 1930
 
Children’s Day — Nigeria (a school holiday)
 
French Open Tennis Tournament — Roland-Garros Stadium, Paris, France (part of the Grand Slam of Tennis, annually since 1925; through June 10)
 
FindleFritter’s Stoat-Wheedling Event — Fairy Calendar
 
Grand Prix de Monaco — Monaco (premier Formula 1 race through the streets of Monte Carlo, run since 1929; through Sunday)
 
Indianapolis 500 — Indianapolis, IN, US (the world’s single largest one day sporting event)
 
Mother’s Day — Algeria; Dominican Republic; France; French Antilles; Haiti; Madagascar; Mauritius; Morocco; Senegal; Sweden; Tunisia
 
Mother’s Day — Bolivia
 
National Grape Popsicle Day
 
Palio Dei Balestrieri — Gubbio, Italy (the last Sunday of May always sees a medieval crossbow contest between the town of Gubbio and the town of Sansepolcro, with medieval costumes and arms)
 
Pop-up Toaster Day — Charles Strite applied for his patent on the first pop-up toaster on this day in 1919
 
Procession of the Golden Chariot and the Battle of Lumecon — Mons, Belgium (a horse-drawn coach carrying the relics of St. Waudry circles the town to commemorate the delivery of Mons from plague in 1349, and in the afternoon, the Fraternity of St. George reenact the Battle, with St. George defeating the dragon)
 
St. Augustine of Canterbury’s Day (Roman Catholic Church observance; Patron of England)
 
St. Melangell’s Day (Patron of hares)
 
Sun Screen Protection Day — an annual, and unsponsored, reminder to use that SPF protection, every day!
 
Throw the B*st@rds Out Day — originally directed at politicians, (and if you want to do that, too, great!), and celebrated on various days on various sites, but whomever is making your life miserable, toss them out!  or at least, toss them out of your thoughts for today.
 
Trinity Sunday — Christian
 
World Hunger Day — The Hunger Project    
 
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Chris Colfer, 1990
André Benjamin, 1975
Jamie Oliver, 1975
Jack McBrayer, 1973
Joseph Fiennes, 1970
Jeremy Mayfield, 1969
Todd Bridges, 1965
Pat Cash, 1965
Adam Carolla, 1964
Peri Gilpin, 1961
Richard Schiff, 1955
Bruce Weitz, 1943
Louis Gossett, Jr., 1936
Ramsey Lewis, 1935
Lee Meriwether, 1935
John Barth, 1930
Henry Kissinger, 1923
Christopher Lee, 1922
Herman Wouk, 1915
Sam Snead, 1912
Hubert H. Humphrey, 1911
Vincent Price, 1911
Dolores Hope, 1909
Rachel Louise Carson, 1907
Dashiell Hammett, 1894
Isadora Duncan, 1878
Arnold Bennett, 1867
Wild Bill Hickock, 1837
Julia Ward Howe, 1819
Amelia Bloomer, 1818
Cornelius Vanderbilt, 1794
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today
 
From Russia With Love(Film). 1964
“The Three Little Pigs”(Disney animated short), 1933
 
 
Today in History:
 
Habeaus Corpus Act, codifying how the writ of habeaus corpus is to be used, passes in UK, 1679
Peter the Great founds St. Petersburg, 1703
In Bolivia, the Battle of La Coronilla, in which the women from Cochabamba  fight against the Spanish army, 1812
In Canada, American forces capture Fort George, 1813
Bubonic plague breaks out in San Francisco, California, 1907
The NC-4 aircraft arrives in Lisbon after completing the first transatlantic flight, 1919
The 1,046 feet (319 m) Chrysler Building in New York City, the tallest man-made structure at the time, opens to the public, 1930
Richard Gurley Drew receives a patent for his adhesive tape, later manufactured by 3M as Scotch tape, 1930
The Walt Disney Company releases the cartoon  The Three Little Pigs, with its hit song “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?”, 1933
In California, the Golden Gate Bridge opens to pedestrian traffic, , 1937
Toronto’s CHUM-AM, (1050 kHz) becomes Canada’s first radio station to broadcast only top 40 Rock n’ Roll music format, 1957
Australians vote in favor of a constitutional referendum granting the Australian government the power to make laws to benefit Indigenous Australians and to count them in the national census, 1967
In Culpeper, Virginia, actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition, 1995
Russian President Boris Yeltsin meets with Chechnyan rebels for the first time and negotiates a cease-fire, 1996
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands indicts Slobodan Milosevic and four others for war crimes and crimes against humanity, 1999
The May 2006 Java earthquake strikes at 5:53:58 AM local time (22:53:58 UTC May 26) devastating Bantul and the city of Yogyakarta killing over 6,600, 2006
Scientists in Canada bring 400 year-old bryophyte specimens left behind by retreating glaciers during the Ice Age back to life, 2013

 

Soakin’ It Up (Cajun Joke) and Mother’s Day Pretties (Sunday Selections)

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.)
 
 
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Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus no longer hosts a Silly Sunday blog hop, don’t expect me to quit telling Cajun jokes.
 
Yesterday Sweetie and i went to see Grandma and Grandpa.  Grandma was a bit subdued.   She only wanted to run one errand, to the bookstore, where she found one book and then decided to sit and let us look around.  Back at the house, we watched her favorite TV veterinarian show, commenting on pet owners and pet maladies.
 
Mostly, she just seemed to want to rest.
 
Boudreaux be wit’ his petit-garçon (grandson), Li’l Tee, one day.  Li’l Tee be runnin’ ‘round de house, he bring his Grand-père a game to play.  Dey get half t’rough playin’ an’ he get up, run an get a book.  Dey read t’ree page, an’ he get up an go ride de rockin’ horse.  Back an’ fort’ he go, from toy to toy, an’ book to book.
 
Den he look at Boudreaux an’ he say, “Grand-père, don’t it be time fo’ us go outside to play?”
 
An’ Boudreaux, who be gettin’ tired, say, “Non, it be too hot to go out.”
 
An’ L’il Tee say, “But Grand-père, don’ you want get out dere an’ soak up de sun fo’ a while?”
 
An’ Boudreaux say, “Mais, non, dis ol’ grand-père want to stay him in an’ soak up de shade!”
 
 
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Sunday Selections was started as a way for bloggers to use photos that might otherwise just languish in their files.  It is now hosted by River at Drifting Through Life.   
 
Mother’s Day saw Grandma get flowers:
 
 
 
And i got flowers:
 
 
 
My children also got me this — they have quite a sense of humor:
 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Aunt’s Day — you honored your mother last week, if you have an aunt who has been good to you and a good influence, call today and let her know
 
Bay to Breakers 12k Race — San Francisco, CA, US (the oldest and largest footrace in the world, with 70,000+ runners, followed by a festival)
 
Be a Millionaire Day – now we all can go for that
 
Blue Jeans Day — Levi Strauss and David Jacobs received the patent for their denim pants with riveted pockets on this day in 1873
 
Dainty-Four Remembrance Day  — Fairy Calendar
 
Eliza Doolittle Day* — in honor of Shaw and his famous fictional character, to encourage proper use of one’s native language
 
Emancipation Day — Florida, US
 
Festival of Mjollnir — Ancient Norse Calendar (feast of Thor’s Hammer, date approximate)
 
Flying Solo Day — Lindberg began his historic flight on this day in 1927
 
Frigga Blot — Slavic Pagan/Asatru (honoring Frigga)   
 
Grudie Rosnoe — Slavic Pagan/Asatru (ten days of sacrifices to Rod for rain and good harvests)
 
Independence Day — East Timor(2002)
 
Hari Kebangkitan Nasional Indonesia — Indonesia (Indonesian National Awakening Day)
 
Mecklenburg Day — North Carolina, US (commemoration of the signing of a declaration of independence from England by the citizens of Mecklenburg County on this day in 1775)
 
Mifune Matsuri — Kurumazaki Shrine, Kyoto, Japan (Boat Festival, with over 20 different kinds of traditional Japanese performing arts and costumes of the Heian Period)
 
National Day — Cameroon
 
National Emergency Medical Services Week begins — US (this year’s theme is “Stronger Together”)      
 
National Geographic Geography Bee — National Geographic Society Headquarters, Washington, D.C., US (through Wednesday, with the final round streamed on the 24th)
 
National Stationery Show — NYC, NY, US (if you love beautiful paper, or quirky cards, or all forms of stationery, this is a show for you; through Wednesday)
 
National Quiche Lorraine Day
 
Neighbor Day — Rhode Island, US (a “Day of Special Observance” here, and they encourage everyone, before summer starts, get to know your neighbors so you will have more people with whom to enjoy the season)
 
Norman Rockwell Day — his first Saturday Evening Post cover appeared this day in 1916
 
Pick Strawberries Day
 
Stepmothers’ Day — the too often overlooked and unsung heroines of families; if you have one, and she has been there for you, thank her today
 
St. Bernadine of Siena’s Day (Patron of advertising and advertisers, communications personnel, compulsive gamblers/gambling addicts, public relations work and personnel; Italy; Aquila, Italy; Capri, Italy; Castelspina, Italy; Trevignano, Italy; the diocese of San Bernardino, California; against compulsive gambling, chest, lung, and respiratory problems and hoarseness of the throat)
 
St. Ives’ Day (an honest lawyer; in the Anglican tradition, Patron of abandoned children and orphans, advocates, canon lawyers, judges, lawyers, and notaries; in the Roman Catholic tradition, Patron of Saint Ives, Cambridgeshire, England)
 
T’veer Chong Kamhaeng — Cambodia (Day of Remembrance, anniversary of Khmer Rouge regime takeover in 1975, a day to remember all who died at their hands and work for peace)
 
Weights and Measures Day / World Metrology Day — anniversary of the treaty in 1875 which established the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in Sevres, France
 
World Autoimmune Arthritis Day — The International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis sponsors an online virtual convention in all time zones around the world from today through Wednesday   
 
*”One evening the King will say, “Oh, Liza, old thing,
I want all of England your praises to sing,
Next week on the twentieth of May,
I proclaim Liza Doolittle Day.”
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Tahmoh Penikett, 1975
Tony Stewart, 1971
Tony Goldwyn, 1960
Bronson Pinchot, 1959
Ronald Prescott Reagan, 1958
David Paterson, 1954
Cher, 1946
Joe Cocker, 1944
Stan Mikita, 1940
Anthony Zerbe, 1936
George Gobel, 1919
Jimmy Stewart, 1908
Henri Julien Felix Rousseau, 1844
William Fargo, 1818
John Stuart Mill, 1806
Honore de Balzac, 1799
Dolly Madison, 1768
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Elegie für junge Liebende / Elegy for Young Lovers(Opera), 1961
Norman Rockwell’s First Saturday Evening Post Cover, 1916
 
 
Today in History:
 
The first Ecumenical Council in the Christian Church, the Council of Nicea, opens, 325
An earthquake kills about 300,000 people in Syria and Antiochia, 526
John Cabot sets sail from Bristol, England, on his ship  Matthew looking for a route to the west, 1497
Cartographer  Abraham Ortelius issues the first modern atlas, 1570
Shakespeare’s Sonnets  are first published in London, 1609
Napoleon Bonaparte reinstates slavery in the French colonies, revoking its abolition in the French Revolution, 1802
Otto is named the first modern king of Greece, 1835
HMS Erebus and HMS Terror with 134 men under John Franklin sail from the River Thames in England, beginning a disastrous expedition to find the Northwest Passage in which all hands are lost, 1845
U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act into law, 1862
Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets, 1873
The Triple Alliance between Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy is formed, 1882
Krakatoa begins to erupt (the volcano’s final and most notable explosion will occur on August 26), 1883
The first public display of Thomas Edison’s prototype kinetoscope, 1891
Cuba gains independence from the United States, 1902
The Saturday Evening Post publishes its first cover with a Norman Rockwell painting (“Boy with Baby Carriage”), 1916
Montreal, Quebec radio station XWA broadcasts the first regularly scheduled radio programming in North America, 1920
By the Treaty of Jedda, the United Kingdom recognizes the sovereignty of King Ibn Saud in the Kingdoms of Hejaz and Nejd, which later merge to become the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 1927
At 07:52 Charles Lindbergh takes off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, on the world’s first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, 1927
Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland to begin the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot, 1932
In a referendum in Quebec, the population rejects by a 60% vote the proposal from its government to move towards independence from Canada, 1980
First publications of the discovery of the HIV virus that causes AIDS in the journal Science by Luc Montagnier and Robert Gallo individually, 1983
The Chinese authorities declare martial law in the face of pro-democracy demonstrations, setting the scene for the Tiananmen Square massacre, 1989
In a second referendum in Quebec, the population rejects by a slight majority the proposal from its government to move towards independence from Canada, 1995
The independence of East Timor is recognized by Portugal, formally ending 23 years of Indonesian rule and 3 years of provisional UN administration (Portugal itself is the former colonizer of East Timor until 1976), 2002
Scientists at the Craig J. Venter Institute announce they have successfully created the world’s first artificial lifeform by transplanting a synthesized genome into an existing cell, 2010

 

Cajun Joke and Sunday Selections and Happy Mother’s Day!

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Just because Sandee, of Comedy Plus, is no longer hosting a Silly Sunday blog hop, do not expect me to quit telling Cajun jokes.
 
Yesterday i spent my morning with Mr. BA in his garden.  We were transplanting irises and ferns and sifting soil to get the weeds out.  While i am learning a good bit about plants, my theory on gardening is still that the best thing to do is dig up everything and whatever grows back, you know that is a weed.
 
Clothile done decide dat her an’ Boudreaux’s son, Tee, done be four years, so he be old ‘nuff to come work in de garden wit’ her.  So she take de boy out dere an’ show him where to dig up de sweet potato for de supper.
 
Well Tee, he be diggin’ an’ dey get some sweet potato, an’ den dey dig up some carrot, an’ Tee be hot an’ tired, so he say, “Mère, I gots to done ax you sumpin.”
 
An’ Clothile say, “Go ‘head, ax.”
 
An’ Tee, wipin’ de sweat off his li’l head, say, “Mère, since you done want dese t’ings fo’ de dinner, what for you done bury dem in de ground?”
 
 
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Sunday Selections was started as a way for bloggers to use photos that might otherwise just languish in their files.  It is now hosted by River at Drifting Through Life   
 
A few outdoor pictures:
 
Plants that like shade.

 

It was a beautiful, hot day for working outdoors.

 

Whatever they are, they are fuzzy.

 

 
And some kitten frolics:


Playtime!

 

Big Sister

 

Little Sister

 

 
 
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A very happy and blessed Mother’s Day to all of the mothers and nurturers out there!
 
 
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Today is:
 
Arlington National Cemetary Day — US (the first serviceman to be interred here was Private William Henry Christman, on this date in 1964
 
Bun Bung Fai (Rocket Festival) — Yasothon, Thailand (through the 14th, teams compete to build the highest flier, with no regard for safety!)
 
Celtic Tree Month Huath (hawthorn) commences
 
Fairy King and Queen Jumping Competition — Fairy Calendar
 
Frog Jumping Day — original date for celebrating Twain’s short story
 
Garland Day — Abbotsbury, Dorset, England
 
Infant Mortality Awareness Day — as we celebrate mothers today, let’s remember those who have lost children
 
King Norodom Sihamoni’s Birthday — Cambodia
 
Lemuralia — Ancient Roman Empire (third day)
 
Leprechaun Day — spread around the internet, presumably by the little people themselves, as since St. Patrick gets a day, so should they!
 
Mother Ocean Day — celebrate the wonders of the ocean, wherever you happen to be; day originally proposed by the South Florida Kayak Fishing Club
 
Mother’s Day — Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba; Australia; Austria; Bahamas; Bangladesh; Barbados; Belgium; Bermuda; Bonaire; Botswana; Brazil; Brunei; Canada; Cambodia; Chile; China(People’s Republic of China); Colombia; Croatia; Cuba; Curaçao; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Dominica; Ecuador; Estonia; Ethiopia; Fiji; Finland; Germany; Ghana; Gold Coast; Greece; Grenada; Guyana; Honduras; Hong Kong; Iceland; India; Italy; Jamaica; Japan; Kurdistan; Latvia; Liberia; Liechtenstein; Macao; Malaysia; Malta; Myanmar; Netherlands; New Zealand; Pakistan; Papua New Guinea; Peru; Philippines; Puerto Rico; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Singapore; Sint Maarten; Slovakia; South Africa; Sri Lanka; Suriname; Switzerland; Taiwan; Tanganyika; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; Turkey; Uganda; Ukraine; United States; Uruguay; Vietnam; Venezuela; Zambia; Zimbabwe                  
 
National Apple Pie Day
 
National Fruit Cocktail Day
 
Punch’s Birthday / Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival — St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, England (Punch, of Punch and Judy, celebrates his birthday on the Sunday closest to May 9 with a fair and by preaching at the cathedral to other puppets and their puppeteers, or “professors”.)
 
Resistance and Liberation Day — Lebanon
 
State Flag and State Emblem Day — Belarus
 
St Julian of Norwich’s Day (Author of what is believed to be the first book written by a woman in the English language, Sixteen Revelations of Divine Love, around 1393)
 
St. Servatus’ Day (3rd Ice Saint, Patron for success; against foot problems, lameness, leg problems, mice, rats, rheumatism, vermin)
 
Yom Yerushalayim — Israel (Jerusalem Day; began sunset yesterday, ends sunset today)
 
 
 
Birthday Today:
 
Debby Ryan, 1993
Robert Pattinson, 1986
Samantha Morton, 1977
Darius Rucker, 1968
Darius Rucker, 1966
Stephen Colbert, 1964
Julianne Phillips, 1962
Dennis Rodman, 1961
Frances Barber, 1957
Stevie Wonder, 1950
Bobby Valentine, 1950
Franklyn Ajaye, 1949
Tim Pigott-Smith, 1946
Mary Wells, 1943
Ritchie Valens, 1941
Harvey Keitel, 1939
Beatrice Arthur, 1923
Joe Louis, 1914
Arthur Sullivan, 1842
Maria Theresa, 1717
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today;
 
Let It Be(Film), 1970
“Paint It Black”(Single release), 1966
“The Pajama Game”(Musical), 1954
Schelomo: Rhapsodie Hébraïque for Violoncello and Orchestra (Bloch concerto), 1917
“Apollo et Hyacinthus”(opera, Mozart K 38), 1767
 
 
Today in History:
 
The forces of Mary, Queen of Scots, are defeated by a confederacy of Scottish Protestants under James Stewart, Earl of Moray, her half-brother, 1568
A major earthquake in Santiago, Chile, kills 1/3 of the population, 1643
Captain Arthur Phillip leaves Portsmouth, England  with eleven ships full of convicts (First Fleet) to establish a penal colony in Australia, 1787
Ecuador  gains its independence from Gran Colombia, 1830
The first performance of Finland’s national anthem, 1848
Queen Victoria declares Britain neutral in the US Civil War, 1861
The Great Comet of 1861 is discovered by John Tebbutt of Windsor, New South Wales, Australia, 1861
Thomas Edison performs the first test of his electric railway, 1880
The Royal Flying Corps (now the Royal Air Force) is established in the United Kingdom, 1912
Igor Sikorsky becomes the first man to pilot a four-engine aircraft, 1913
The first commercial FM radio station in the United States (WDRC-FM) is launched in Bloomfield, Connecticut, 1939
Winston Churchill makes his “blood, toil, tears, and sweat” speech to the House of Commons, 1940
The trade mark Velcro is registered, 1958
The Free Speech Movement is born at UC Berkeley, 1960
Dr. Zakir Hussain becomes the third President  of India and the first Muslim President of Indian Union, 1967
Large groups of students occupy Tiananmen Square and begin a hunger strike, 1989
Johnny Carson makes his last television appearance on Late Show with David Letterman, 1994
A 33 years old British mother Alison Hargreaves, became the first woman to conquer Everest without oxygen or the help of sherpas, 1995
Star Trek: Enterprise broadcasts its final show in the U.S., 2005
Construction of the Calafat-Vidin Bridge between Romania and Bulgaria begins, 2007
In Belize, a construction company requiring road fill gravel destroys a 2,300 year-old Mayan pyramid, 2013
A shipwreck discovered off the coast of Haiti ten years previously is tentatively identified as the Santa Maria, one of the three ships led by Christopher Columbus, 2014

 

De Moral (Cajun Joke) and Garden Decor (Sunday Selections)

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Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus is no longer hosting a Silly Sunday blog hop, do not expect me to stop telling Cajun jokes.
 
There is trouble in Mudville, a young person i know (not one of my kids, one of their friends) is going through a tough break-up.  So i had to tell this one from Boudreaux.
 
Boudreaux’ son Tee be likin’ a nice young lady, an’ dey done date a while, but den her Père tell her he don’ want his girl marryin’ a Boudreaux an’ he make dem break up.
 
Well Tee, he be heartbroke, an’ he be moanin’ an’ mopin’ an’ jes’ real down.  Fin’ly, Clothile done tell Boudreaux, “You got’s to do somet’in’ ‘bout dat boy o’ ours!  He be mopin’ an’ whinin’ ‘bout dat girl, an’ he gots to come to realize dey be mo’ fish in de sea!”
 
So Boudreaux ‘gree he goin’ talk to Tee.  He say, “We gonna go fishin’, an’ I try to talk some sense to him.”
 
Den Boudreaux tell Tee, “We’s goin’ fishin’!”  An’ Tee say, “Mais, non, I don’ wanna go!” But Boudreaux insist, an’ fin’ly dey get out in de pirogue on de bayou.
 
Once dey be out dere, Boudreaux say, “Tee, I gots a story to told you.”  
 
An’ Tee say, “Go ‘head, Père.”
 
An’ Boudreaux say, “Once dere be a cat dat be tryin’ cross de railroad track, an’ he be racin’ to get ‘cross, but he done miss his time an’ Snap! de train done cut off a bit o’ his tail.  Well, de cat be so mad ‘bout dat he turn ‘round to get his tail back an’ Snap! de train cut off his head, an’ de cat be dead.”
 
An’ Tee say, “Père, dat be a terrible story!  What fo’ you done told me a story like dat!”
 
An’ Boudreaux say, “Dere be a moral to dat story, boy!”
 
An’ Tee ax, “What be de moral?”
 
An’ Boudreaux say, “Mais, de moral be dat it don’ be worth losin’ you head over a piece o’ tail!”
 
 
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Sunday Selections was started as a way for bloggers to use photos that might otherwise just languish in their files.  It is now hosted by River at Drifting Through Life.    
 
Some garden decor (not my garden, i assure you, i can’t grow crabgrass correctly):
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Adhesive Postage Stamp Day — the first adhesive postage stamps went on sale on this date in 1840 in Great Britain
 
Army Day/St. George’s Day — Bulgaria
 
Be Kind to Animals Week — sponsored by the American Humane Association, through Saturday 
 
Beverage Day — an internet holiday that encourages you to try a beverage you’ve never had before
 
Clun Green Man Festival — Clun, Shropshire, England (spring festival ending with the Clun Green Man battling and defeating the Frost Queen to end winter and bring in spring, along with a May Fair; through the Monday Spring Bank Holiday) 
 
Festival of Min — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (a four day festival celebrating male fertility; date approximate)
 
 
International Dawn Chorus Day — encouaging everyone to get up early and join others in listening to the early morning bird chorus     
 
International No Diet Day — for reasons not to diet, but focus on health instead, click here     
 
Joseph Brackett Day — birth anniversary of Shaker author of the song “Simple Gifts”
 
Martyr’s Day — Lebanon; Syria
 
Mayday for Mutts — originally sponsored, but now celebrated by many animal rescues on different dates 
 
Mother’s Day — Angola; Cape Verde; Hungary; Lithuania; Mozambique; Portugal; Romania; Spain
 
Motorcycle Mass and Blessing of the Bikes — Paterson, NJ (on the first Sunday of May, which is Motorcycle Safety Month; some other places will also observe bike blessings throughout the month)
 
Mounikhia / Munichia — Ancient Greek Calendar (festival of Artemis, date approximate)
 
National Crepe Suzette Day
 
National Infertility Survival Day® — US (encouraging infertility survivors to reach out to those still coming to terms with being diagnosed as infertile)    
 
National Nurses Day — US, start of National Nurses Week
 
National Tourist Appreciation Day — during US National Travel and Tourism Week
 
National Travel and Tourism Week begins — US (this year’s theme:  “Travel Then and Now”)   
 
No Homework Day — sponsored by Wellcat Holidays (celebrated on Monday if it falls on a weekend)
 
Randwick Wap Cheese Rolling — Randwick, Gloucestershire, England (Yes, they roll cheeses that were blessed last Sunday around the church and give the Mayor a good dunking in the pond; yes, they’ve been doing it for 700 years; no, no one is quite certain why, though many stories are told of the origin.  The fayre is next Saturday.)
 
Remembrance for Eyvind Kelve — Asatru/Norse Pagan Calendar (pagan martyr)
 
Root Canal Awareness Week begins — sponsored by the American Association of Endodontists    
 
St. George’s Day — Eastern Orthodox Churches (the day to visit graves and decorate, leave special food, and provide entertainment for the dearly departed) related observance:
    Shepherd’s and Herdsman’s Day — Bulgaria
 
St. Gerard of Lunel’s Day (Patron of epileptics and Montesanto, Italy; against epilepsy and headaches)
 
World Laughter Day — sponsored by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement 
 
Yale Lock Day — the Yale lock was patented this day in 1861
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
David Duchovny marries Tia Leone, 1997
Princess Margaret marries Anthony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey (the first televised royal wedding), 1960
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Gabourey Sidibe, 1983
Leslie Hope, 1965
Roma Downey, 1964
George Clooney, 1961
Tom Bergeron, 1955
Tony Blair, 1953
Lynn Whitfield, 1953
Alan Dale, 1947
Ben Masters, 1947
Bob Seger, 1945
Willie Mays, 1931
Orson Welles, 1915
Stewart Granger, 1913
Rudolph Valentino, 1895
Gaston Leroux, 1868
Rabindranath Tagore, 1861
Sigmund Freud, 1856
Robert E. Peary, 1856
Maximilian Robespierre, 1758
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Entertaining Mr. Sloan”(Play), 1964 
 
 
Today in History:
 
Spanish and German Imperial troops sack Rome, which many consider the end of the Renaissance, 1527
Mongol emperor Babur defeats the Afghans and Bengals, 1529
Henry VIII orders that English Bibles be placed in every church, 1536
Louis XIV of France moves his court to Versailles, 1682
The first African-American Masonic Lodge (African # 459) forms Prince Hall, Boston, 1787
John Deere produces the first steel plow, 1833
James Gordon Bennett, Sr. publishes the first issue of the New York Herald, 1835
The Glaciarium, the world’s first mechanically frozen ice rink, opens, 1844
Dr John Gorrie patents a “refrigeration machine”, 1851
Linus Yale patents the Yale lock, 1851
Chief Crazy Horse of the Oglala Sioux surrenders to United States troops in Nebraska, 1877
The Eiffel Tower is officially opened to the public at the Universal Exposition in Paris, 1889
George V becomes King of the United Kingdom upon the death of his father, Edward VII, 1910
George Herman “Babe” Ruth, of the Boston Red Sox, slams his first home run, against the New York Yankees, 1915
The German zeppelin Hindenburg catches fire and is destroyed, 1937
John Steinbeck is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Grapes of Wrath, 1940
Bob Hope performs his first USO show, 1941
Roger Bannister becomes the first person to run the mile in under four minutes, 1954
Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and French President François Mitterrand officiate at the opening of the Channel Tunnel, 1994
Chaiten Volcano erupts in Chile, forcing the evacuation of more than 4,500 people, 2008
François Hollande is elected the 24th President of France, 2012
Wal-Mart becomes the largest company by revenue on the Fortune 500 list, 2013
France bans too thin fashion models and makes labeling of digitally enhanced photos mandatory, 2017