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September 19, 2003

Arrrrr!!! Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day

Yeah, I know it's not a real holiday (any holiday that probably started at the bottom of a keg of Bud can't be taken seriously), but don't fret. There are plenty of bizarre holidays out there. I got the idea to look after reading what Elayne Riggs had to say about National Comic Book Day, which is September 25.

Bet you didn't know that September is National Courtesy Month. That's easy to remember to observe since National Beheading Day is September 3rd. You have an early reminder of the price you'd pay for failing to be courteous. September 3rd is also Uncle Sam's birthday. I share my birthday with Michael Caine. Sure beats sharing it with National Beheading Day.

Octoberfest begins in Germany on September 20 and goes through October 5. The same day is also National Punch Day. I don't know if that refers to drinking or "my fist meets your face." Since it's Octoberfest partying we're talking about, it could be a little of both.

Some Other Stuff Of Interest:

  • Speaking of National Beheading Day, Exclamation Mark links to something very appropriate: The Severed Head Gallery. Includes some real severed heads. Definitely not for the squeamish. It also includes the same graphic of Medusa painted by Caravaggio that Venomous Kate used to use on her blog. Next to it is the poem, Medusa, by Shelley.

  • Also via Exclamation Mark, I've learned that Absinthe is making a comeback. I had my first taste of the strong licorice-flavored green liqueur about two years ago in Newport, Rhode Island. We stayed for Halloween weekend. A liquor store around the corner from our bed and breakfast sold the stuff. I served it the proper way -- mixed it with water, poured it over the sugar cube on the strainer into a glass. It has quite a kick. This is not something you guzzle, believe me. True absinthe contains wormwood and other exotic herbs, and it isn't sold in this country with them. I know it's sold overseas that way. I vaguely remember something about Russia having it.

  • The Skeptics Annotated Bible is pure fun. [via Mysterium]. Check out the insults to women in Genesis. Nothing I didn't already know, but it's nice to have it in a one-stop shop. And check out these passages from Numbers:

    The Law of Jealousies. If a man suspects his wife of being unfaithful, he reports it to the priest. The priest then makes her drink some "bitter water." If she is guilty, the water makes her thigh rot and her belly swell. If innocent, no harm done -- the woman is free and will "conceive seed." In any case, "the man shall be guiltless from iniquity, and this woman shall bear her iniquity." 5:11-31

    Under God's direction, Moses' army defeats the Midianites. They kill all the adult males, but take the women and children captive. When Moses learns that they left some live, he angrily says: "Have you saved all the women alive? Kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves." So they went back and did as Moses (and presumably God) instructed, killing everyone except for the virgins. In this way they got 32,000 virgins -- Wow! [Even God gets some of the booty -- including the virgins. (31:28-29)] 31:1-54

    And some people wonder why women and children continue to be treated like garbage to this day.

    There are always the supportive passages about marriage in 1 Corinthians, New Testament:

    Paul wishes that men and woman abstain from sex, but tells them to "come together" to avoid being tempted by Satan. 7:5

    196. Finally, after discouraging marriage for eight verses, Paul concedes that "it is better to marry than to burn." 7:9

    197. Paul advises those that are "loosed from a wife" not to get married again. 7:27

    Did I mention I was being facetious?

    Posted on September 19, 2003 at 03:02 PM | Permalink