Humor Month – Joke of the Day
Once there were four business men. They were sitting on a bench in a hospital waiting room because their wives were having babies. A nurse comes over and says to the first businessman, “Congratulations! Your wife had 1 baby.” The man says, “What a coincidence! I’m the president of And1!” The nurse goes away. Then the nurse comes back and says to the second businessman, “Congratulations! Your wife had twins!” The man says, “What a coincidence! I’m the owner of the Minnesota Twins!” The nurse goes away. The nurse comes back and says to the third businessman, “Congratulations! Your wife had triplets!” The man says, “What a coincidence! I work for Triple Crown!” The nurse goes away. The nurse comes back and sees the fourth businessman alone on the bench crying. She asks, “Why are you crying”? The man replies, “I work for Seven Up”!!
Eight Track Tape Day – I had to giggle when I saw this one. I have exactly ONE SINGLE memory of anything even remotely dealing with 8-track tapes. My ex-father-in-law had an AMC Pacer, in which he had installed an ancient 8 track tape player. This would allow him to listen to his considerable collection of whining, wailing, teeth-gnashing old time country music he loved. Old country isn’t like today’s country. I swear those folks didn’t experience one single happy day in their lives – what with their dogs dying and their trucks being stolen and all. We’d pile into the fish bowl and take off with those stupid tapes squawking out the twangy static. I wanted to hide, but you can’t hide in a fish bowl! The 8-track tapes paved the way for cassette tapes, which paved the way for CDs. I know there’s something after CD’s, but I admit to being technologically challenged in that regard.
Barbershop Quartet Day – I love listening to Barbershop Quartets. I haven’t heard that many of them, but the ones I have heard are pretty wonderful. For those of you who aren’t aware of what one is, a Barbershop Quartet is 4 guys with great voices singing together, usually wearing red and white striped jackets, bow ties and straw hats. This day celebrates the founding of the “Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartets Singing In America” in Tulsa, Oklahoma on April 11, 1938. Barbershop Quartet’s date back to the early 1900s in America. Their music is light and happy, and uses a full range of the voices and skills of these great singers. They have many competitions at local and national levels, which allows these groups to flourish.
International “Louie Louie” Day – If you haven’t heard, and tapped your feet to, the song Louie Louie, then I would have to think you’ve been living in a cave your whole life! This is one of the most fun party songs EVER recorded. It actually was almost voted in as Washington’s State song! We can thank toga-wearing John Belushi for the “life of the party” reputation of Richard Berry’s “Louie Louie”. This song has been a favorite cover song of quite a few famous bands. Led Zeppelin, The Clash, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Black Flag, Young MC, Iggy Pop, Bruce Springsteen, and the Smashing Pumpkins have all covered it. Pick your favorite version and play it today! Today was chosen for this holiday because Richard Berry’s birthday was April 11, 1935. The original version was done with the Pharaohs and released in 1957.
World Parkinson’s Disease Day – Parkinson’s Disease was first described by Dr. James Parkinson – who was born on April 11, 1755. This day is held each year to raise awareness of this disease and show support for people living with this common progressive, neurological disorder. The red tulip has been chosen as the symbol of Parkinson’s disease, and by wearing a red tulip today we can raise awareness and show support for people around the world who are living with Parkinson’s or care for someone with the condition.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Cheese Fondue Day – Fondue is a Swiss, French and Italian dish of melted cheese served in a communal pot, set over a portable stove, and eaten by dipping long-stemmed forks with bread into the cheese. It was promoted as a Swiss national dish in the 1930s, but it originated from long before that. Since the 1950s the name “fondue” has been generalized to other dishes where you dip food into a pot of hot liquid. Chocolate fondue is very popular – dipping fruit into chocolate, or a savory meat fondue, dipping meat into hot oil. Gather up your bits of cheese, some spices, leftover bread and fresh fruits, and melt them to have your own little feast. There is even a chain of restaurants called “The Melting Pot” that specializes in entire meals based on fondue! I’d love to try it some day. Here are a few ideas for you to try . . .
- Swiss Cheese Fondue
- Aztec Taco Fondue
- Brie Fondue
- Swiss Fondue Bread
- Swiss Beer Fondue
- Porcini Fondue
Well, this is an interesting group of celebrations today! We have light hearted fun with Louie Louie, and the seriousness of Parkinson’s Disease, sprinkled in with the absurdity of celebrating 8-track tapes, and the deliciousness of fondue. We are all over the board! However you celebrate, do it with a smile and