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Happy St. Maewyn’s Day, everybody!










DID YOU KNOW that according to Irish legend, St. Patrick’s birth name was really Maewyn Succat? Catchy, huh? Saint Patrick changed his name to Patricius after becoming a priest. If he were alive today, how many handles would he have on Twitter?

DID YOU KNOW that we should really wear BLUE on St. Patrick’s Day? His color of choice was a light shade of blue. Green didn’t become linked to the holiday until the Irish Independence day movement in the late 18th century.

DID YOU KNOW that St Patrick was British? His claim to fame came from introducing Christianity to Ireland in the year 432, but he wasn’t Irish. He was the son of Roman parents from Scotland or Wales.

Happy St. Maewyn’s Day, everybody!

DID YOU KNOW that according to Irish legend, St. Patrick’s birth name was really Maewyn Succat? Catchy, huh? Saint Patrick changed his name to Patricius after becoming a priest. If he were alive today, how many handles would he have on Twitter?

WHO CELEBRATES ST PATRICK”S DAY MORE SERIOUSLY? This is harder to quantify. Of course the Irish celebrate in a huge way by making it a national holiday. New Yorkers have a HUGE parade, one of the largest parades ever since the mid 1700s, but this parade to this day does not allow floats, cars, or other modern conveyances. But Chicago won’t be denied. They dump vivid green dye into the Chicago River, since 1962, and it takes 40 tons of dye.

DID YOU KNOW St. Patty’s was strictly a religious holiday in Ireland for most of the 20th century and the nation’s pubs were closed to celebrate? The one exception for alcohol was the national dog show held on the same day. In 1970, the day was made a national holiday and the beer flowed. Yes, that day, the holiday went to the dogs.

WHAT”S UP WITH THE SHAMROCKS? According to legend, the saint used the 3-leafed clover to describe the Holy Trinity. There’s nothing like a visual.

DID YOU KNOW St. Patrick was the Pied Piper of Snakes? The Irish might be full of blarney on this one. St. Patrick gets credit for driving all snakes out of Ireland, but scientists and fossil records claim Ireland has never been a refuge for snakes. It’s too damned cold and the surrounding seas make a natural barrier. Unless snakes come in on a plane, those slithering varmints are banished.

DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE NO FEMALE LEPRECHAUNS? Whaddup with that? In traditional Irish folk tales, there are no lady wee people, or snappy dressed little guys for that matter.

DID YOU KNOW that the phrase “Erin go Bragh” is NOT the correct pronunciation? It should be “Éirinn go Brách” which means “Ireland Forever.” So get it right, people.

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Just Published!

I am proud to announce the publication of my first teen novel, Monica Mildrew -Alien Assistent on Amazon. It’s been two years in the making.

New Domain Name and More

After watching a couple of WP training videos on YouTube, I decided to go all out and get my own domain name. It is:

R. Yarosh is the name on all my cartoons which have been posted.

I’m still not sure how to set up and use the various widgets/plug-ins on my dashboard. I guess that will develop as I play around with the WP site. It seems to be a somewhat steep learning curve. I’m not familiar with sites such as Goodreads, Delicious, Flickr, Meta, etc. But, the blog teachers on-line say those widgets are necessary.

I’ll just have to visit them and see what goes. Each one of those has its own learning curve. But hey, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

My overall goal is to have a number of ebooks published in the months to come. I have several projects under way at this point. In addition, if anyone is interested, in the future I’d like to offer some information in this blog about writing humor.

When I think about it, humor has always played a large part of my life. As far back as I can remember, I always enjoyed a good joke, gag, or pun. At the risk of revealing my age, I grew up watching comedians such as Milton Berle, Bob Hope, Jackie Gleason, Sid Caesar, Shelly Berman, Bob & Ray, Henny Youngman, Jack Benny, Jerry Lewis, The Marx Brothers, Abbott and Costello, and so many more. You youngsters out there probably never heard of most of those comic geniuses. I think a lot of the shows are still in re-runs, or on DVDs, so you can catch up if you like.

Later, I listened to, or watched, Steve Allen, Bob Newheart, Jonathan Winters, Jackie Mason, Mort Sahl, Mel Brooks, and Carl Reiner. They were later replaced by Woody Allen, Robert Klein, Bill Cosby, George Carlin, Steve Martin, Robin Williams, and a host of others.

And, there was the weekly crop of comedy hour/variety shows on TV. I never missed Ed Sullivan, Laugh In, The Smothers Brothers, The Carol Burnette Show, SNL (the early shows).

I can’t forget to mention (not necessarily in chronological order), some of my favorite wacky weekly TV shows. They were I Love Lucy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Get Smart, Hogan’s Heros, The Munsters,The Addams Family, (I actually had cousin,”IT”), Dobie Gillis, Gilligan’s Island, Bewitched, I Dream of Genie, Police Squad, MASH, My Favorite Martian, Green Acres, Seinfeld, Dinosaurs, The Muppets, 3rd Rock, MST3K, Arrested Development, and so many more, it would take a few more posts to list them all. A lot of them are compiled on a site called DMOZ.

I can’t go on without mentioning some of my all time British favorites. I suggest, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Fawlty Towers, Good Neighbors, One Foot in the Grave, Wallace and Gromit, Shaun The Sheep to name a few.

There are to many great comedy movies to list here, but I will again mention my favorites (not in any particular order,) We have, Most of the Monty Python flicks, Groundhog Day, Airplane, Harvey, Arsenic and Old Lace, Love and Death (all early Allen films), Young Frankenstein, The Producers, Sherlock Holmes’ Younger Brother, both Ghost Busters, Animal House, The Princess Bride, Caddy Shack, Dumb and Dumber, Harold and Maude, A Christmas Story, The Blues Brothers, All Marx Brothers Flicks, Spaceballs, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, The Jerk, Edward Scissorhands, Best in Show, Ratatouille, Monsters Inc. All the Muppet movies.

My family and I are constantly quoting lines from movies, and TV shows. I’m sure a lot of you do the same thing. But that’s a subject for a future blog post, maybe even a quiz or  two.

I hope I wasn’t too wordy today. Once I get going, it’s hard to stop.

Thanks to all who are following this blog.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Did you know this day was originally called Saint Valentine’s Day? Three people are associated with St. Valentine’s Day. Two of them were martyred in the third century. No one seems to know when the third was put to death. The Catholic Church later made the three of them saints and they are honored on this day.

My research revealed the custom of giving others Valentine’s cards and gifts was started in the Middle Ages. People noticed in mid February, the birds began to find their mates and pair up as birds do. You may get your field glasses and verify this if you like, but please restrict your observations to the birds. I don’t want anyone arrested for voyeurism.

In Chaucer’s (remember him from school? ) Parliament of Foules we find the quote, “For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne’s day Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate.” I’m sure you English majors out there use that quote every chance you get.

So the feast day of three martyrs evolved into a day dedicated to lovers. It became a day for writing love letters and sending lovers’ tokens (I didn’t know they had subways back then).Those who gave such gifts to one another usually addressed them as their Valentine.

Since then, this day has become a highly commercialized occasion providing us the opportunity to choose gifts, flowers, cards, balloons, and other items to present to our Valentine. How sweet.

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