Happy Easter!


    I know what you're thinking. Easter!? Didn't that already happen? Did Ken/Al goof when setting up the delay for this post? Or has he lost his mind?

    Well...yes (mostly), no (although it has happened before), and no (well, not here, anyway).

    Believe it or not, there are other Christians out there
To say nothing of Christian Bale.
besides Roman Catholics, Baptists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Mormons, Joel Osteen, Methodists, Quakers, Quaker Oats, Congregationalists, Lutherans, Lex Lutherans, Calvinists, Calvin and Hobbists, Scientologists....okay, now I'm getting silly. Scientologists!?  

"Chocolate, schmocolate.  Here, have some salt."
  My point is that other branches of the same tree don't celebrate Easter on the same day that the rest of us and Walmart do. These folks are adherents of what are called the Orthodox or Eastern Orthodox faiths. Whether Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, or Romanian Orthodox Episcopate (I never knew there was such a thing...thank you, Internet!).

    These folks observe Easter per the Julian Calendar, which means that the two days have never coincided (I could check, but I don't feel like it. Probably not. And that's good enough for me. Should be good enough for you). To my knowledge, Orthodox Easter usually falls after Easter Bunny Easter, not before (once again, I could check. Don't feel like it).

    They still observe most of the traditions that we normally associate with regular Easter, though. Hmmmm...come to think of it, I sound a bit like an intolerant bigot by calling it regular Easter. Sorry.
"Could be worse.  Infidel."
    The symbols of Orthodox Easter are pretty much the same as
"I think he may be compensating for something.  
On the other hand, he probably doesn't need
 masking tape and bobby pins to keep his beanie on."
other Christian faiths. Eggs, the lamb, hats, and pictures of Vladimir Putin (for the Russians). I didn't see any references to an Easter Bunny in my limited research, though. That may be due to the fact that he's exhausted from delivering goodies to children all over the world (except for the Communists) last weekend. After all, he doesn't have a sleigh and reindeer like that fat ass from the North Pole.
"I've never been to the North Pole.  Are there cheeseburgers there?"
NOTE: This is the part of the blog when I rely on what I can remember from History Class at the Penguin Academy. Don't use the knowledge herein to take a History Advance Placement test. If you do, people will think you're a moron. Or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. But, I repeat myself.
    The Julian calendar was designed by (surprise!) Julius Caesar
Did not invent Julian Fries.  Because Julienne Fries.
many years before the birth of Christ, indoor plumbing, and Donald Trump. Apparently, Julius wanted to be known for more than birthing procedures and salad. He wanted the calendar to more accurately reflect the seasons of the year. Since the Romans had used various methods in the past (i.e., entrails of an owl) this often resulted in snow during peak beach and pillaging season.

    Frankly, he should have inserted a "save the date" for the Ides of March on his new calendar: "Stay indoors."

    Just sayin'.

    Anyway, this calendar was used throughout the Christian world for hundreds of years (while the Chinese were inventing gunpowder) until that know-it-all, Pope Gregory XVII (some Roman number…whatever), decided that the calendar invented by the perforated dead pagan dictator blew. So, he decided to make his own calendar, which he called the "Gregorian Calendar" (once again...surprise! Try and keep up) in 1582 A.D.
"Because, you know, your calendar sucked."

"Oh, yeah?  Well, who has a month named after him?  
That's what I thought.  
By the way, has anyone seen my eyes?"
NOTE: I use the "BC/AD" convention rather than goofy politically correct "BCE/CE" nonsense. Because screw anyone who doesn't like it.

But, instead of gradually breaking the new system in, Greg just lopped eleven days off the calendar. So, just like that, October 4th magically went to the 15th. Kind of abrupt, to be sure, but to be frank, it was the 16th century. Most Europeans were digging around in the mud or dying of the plague and wouldn't have known the difference anyway.

NOTE: Yes, yes, I know. The Black Plague mostly took place in the 14th Century. Would you have preferred I wrote, "Giving smallpox to Indians"? Didn't think so. Shut up.

"That's 'Plague of Color.'  Racist."

    What this all meant was that, besides effing up Washington's birthday (look it up…I can't do everything for you), stubborn people wound up observing events like Easter on different days.

    Unfortunately, Orthodox Easter is not a Federal Holiday, thanks to those haters in Washington, D.C.

"Oh.  Because it's a Sunday?


"Well, Whaddya know?  Carry on."

Still shouldn't watch The Ten Commandments, though, and call it an Easter show.  
That's a Passover thing.  Plus, there were no Easter Bunnies in Egypt.

"You should see what all that heat and humidity does to my ears.  
Plus, Joe Biden got me this sweet gig."

Sign Language XVI

Conversely, if you judge a man by his ability to speak and breathe underwater, you're talking to Aquaman.

"Wait.  I'M Aquaman!"

"No, I'M Aquaman!"

"I'm Spartacus!"

"I'm Batman."

Sign Language XIV

Pretty good coffee.
I just wouldn't bend over when hiking.

"Not that there's anything wrong with that."

Happy Independence Day!

     Or "Fourth of July" to the rest of the world.     Yes, yes, sigh, I know.  Many other countries, other than the United State...