Friday, November 30, 2012

Stay Home Because You're Well Day

Image obtained from Wikipedia.
We'll get to Stay Home Because You're Well Day in a minute. But first, can-can you believe it? The first music-hall revue premiered on this date in 1886 at the Folies Bergère. According to Usual Suspect This Day in History:
The "Place aux Jeunes," featuring scantily clad chorus girls, was a tremendous success. The Folies women gradually wore less and less as the 20th century approached, and the show's costumes and sets became more and more outrageous. Among the performers who got their start at the Folies Bergère were Yvette Guilbert, Maurice Chevalier, and Mistinguett.
And, by the way, the can-can dates back to about 1830, appearing first in the working-class ballrooms of Montparnasse in Paris. The dance is not associated with the Folies Bergère, but it still seemed like a play on words worth making.

Our crack research staff nevertheless insisted that we clarify this for you. They said they spent quite a bit of time researching these matters -- but we were not surprised at this sudden dedication on the part of the staff. Basically, they can be counted on to be diligent and thorough whenever scantily-clad women may be involved.

But back, as promised, to Stay Home Because You're Well Day. That's what several of the Usual Suspects feature today -- but anyone celebrating Stay Home Because You're Well Day today may find him or herself observing Stay Home Because You're Now Unemployed Day tomorrow.

Today is also Computer Security Day. We found a website touting the day -- but it dates back to 2009. Perhaps the site was abandoned after it was hacked.

Wouldn't that be sad?

A more likely explanation, however, is that the proprietors of the site changed their access password again just before the Big Day and, in an effort to be as secure as possible, didn't write it down anywhere. Then, when they wanted to update the site for the 2010 celebration... well, they couldn't get back in.

And we conclude November with St. Andrew's Day. St. Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, and his feast day today is a holiday in that part of the world.

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