The Final (for a while) Friday Morning Ewww

Cidu Bill on Dec 28th 2012

Morris Keesan:


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30 Responses to “The Final (for a while) Friday Morning Ewww”

  1. PeterW Dec 28th 2012 at 12:28 am 1

    Out of Eews, or back to Saturdays?

  2. Cidu Bill Dec 28th 2012 at 01:00 am 2

    We’re going back to the 7-day-a-week schedule effective Tuesday.

  3. Keera Dec 28th 2012 at 07:00 am 3

    Nothing like saying you have to pare back to get us all to keep you busy. :-D

    Anyway, I appreciate seeing this again. Sort of. ;-)

  4. mitch4 Dec 28th 2012 at 09:04 am 4

    Speaking of “the 20th day of Chanukah” (as the blog subtitle tag does) … I noticed several strips in the days before the 25th that seemed to construe “The Twelve Days of Christmas” as leading up to that date, not following it as usually meant.

  5. Keera Dec 28th 2012 at 09:30 am 5

    I noticed that, too, mitch4. Advent is what leads up to Christmas, which then lasts anywhere from one day to 20, depending on tradition. There’s a cheerful ditty in Scandinavia that claims Christmas lasts until Easter, and there does seem to be some theology behind that. (The song then denies this, claiming, “No, it doesn’t because Lent comes first!”)

    Right now we’re in “romjulen” - “Yule space” - meaning the time between Christmas and New Year’s, which a friend of mine in the US calls Nebulous Week. Since there is no term in English, I encourage you to use my friend’s. :-)

  6. farmer Dec 28th 2012 at 10:40 am 6


    The Norwegians celebrate Romulan week? Who knew my ancestors were such Trekkies?

  7. Morris Keesan Dec 28th 2012 at 11:10 am 7

    I always figured that this week must be what was referred to as “the holidays”, since the only other usage of “the holidays” nonsensically appears to refer to just a single holiday.

    I don’t expect everyone to fully appreciate the humor in the above, but for a select audience, it’s extremely funny.

  8. AMC Dec 28th 2012 at 11:20 am 8

    It sounds like a unique, European roast - I’ll have to try that Phlegmish coffee.

  9. Morris Keesan Dec 28th 2012 at 11:27 am 9

    I’m not sure whether this is more revolting than Kopi Luwak.
    (Warning to Keera: don’t follow that link.)

  10. Lost in A**2 Dec 28th 2012 at 11:55 am 10

    I think I’ll take your advice to Keera, Morris, at least in part because I’m afraid that I already know about that beverage.

  11. Kilby Dec 28th 2012 at 12:03 pm 11

    @ Morris Keesan (7) - Your comment about “the holidays” reminded me of this cold-war era joke:

    Q: How are things under communist rule?
    A: Superb. We live like on permanent Yom Tov.
    Q: What’s that supposed to mean?
    A: We dress like on Purim, we’re housed like on Sukkot, and we eat like on Yom Kippur.

  12. Elyrest Dec 28th 2012 at 12:41 pm 12

    mitch4 & Keera - Most people don’t know/understand/care that the 12 days of Christmas start on Christmas day and end on Little Christmas, January 6, the feast of the Epiphany. We always celebrated the season growing up and didn’t take the tree down till that day. Things have gotten rather mixed up in recent years with Christmas ending just when it’s supposed to start. There weren’t celebrations earlier in the month because it was Lent and it was a holy time. After Lent ended the parties started.

  13. Elyrest Dec 28th 2012 at 12:43 pm 13

    And Morris Keesan, if you’re warning Keera away from that link, I’m not clicking either!

  14. Morris Keesan Dec 28th 2012 at 01:02 pm 14

    Elyrest #12 : Lent => Advent ?

  15. Danny Boy (London Derriere) Dec 28th 2012 at 01:06 pm 15

    – Sorry, not tonight dear, it’s Lent.
    – To whom and for how long?!

  16. Elyrest Dec 28th 2012 at 01:15 pm 16

    Morris Keesan - (As I bow my head in shame.) Yes. Advent. How embarrassing - please don’t tell my mother!

  17. Morris Keesan Dec 28th 2012 at 02:05 pm 17

    For those wondering about “Kopi Luwak”, it’s the Indonesian name for what’s also called “civet cat coffee”. If you know what it is, the link probably won’t bother you any more than you’ve already been bothered.

  18. Cidu Bill Dec 28th 2012 at 02:19 pm 18

    Mitch, is that any surprise, considering how many people believe the Immaculate Conception refers to Jesus? I am so tired of having to correct Christians, seriously.

  19. AMC Dec 28th 2012 at 02:30 pm 19

    Besides, the ball hit the ground before Harris “caught” it.

  20. Lost in A**2 Dec 28th 2012 at 03:15 pm 20

    (I’m not surprised that you have to correct Christians on that point, Mr. Bickel. I was raised as a Protestant, and the issue never came up.)

  21. Keera Dec 28th 2012 at 06:39 pm 21

    I’d actually try poop coffee. I’m that curious.

    Elyrest, I happened to hear a snippet of an interview with our local bishop and he said that in the old days, people did fast in the weeks before Christmas (part of Advent) and then gorged themselves when the feast days finally arrived. Makes sense to me. Preparing all the food and the Christmas ale took time and folks didn’t have today’s money to spend. Same thing in the days preceding Easter, but we’ve kept that as Lent.

    And what Lost in A**2 said.

  22. Mark in Boston Dec 28th 2012 at 10:14 pm 22

    “The girl my money’s spent for,
    the girl I pay the rent for,
    the girl I gave up Lent for …”
    — Tom Lehrer

  23. Ooten Aboot Dec 29th 2012 at 07:18 am 23

    Arithmetic I don’t understand: if the twelve days of Christmas begin on December 25 and end on January 6, does Hogmanay not count?

  24. Kamino Neko Dec 29th 2012 at 07:50 am 24

    The Immaculate Conception is primarily a Catholic idea (and I don’t think I’ve ever met a Catholic who conflated it with the Virgin Birth), so it’s not entirely surprising that Protestants would get it wrong by conflating a concept that they don’t really have with a related one that they do.

  25. Lost in A**2 Dec 29th 2012 at 09:49 am 25

    Ooten Aboot, my guess is that December had only thirty days; I’m not up on the various calendar reforms.

  26. Ooten Aboot Dec 29th 2012 at 11:37 am 26

    Lost in A**2, I don’t think that resolves my quandary, because Julius Caesar reformed the calendar, increasing the number of days in December from 29 to 31, with effect from 45 BC(E).

  27. Lost in A**2 Dec 29th 2012 at 01:27 pm 27

    Ooten Aboot, you are right, and I am wrong. I had never been able to figure out why “Twelfth Night” was January 5th, if January 6th was the twelfth day of Christmas. Wikipedia’s account is that some traditions include the Feast of Epiphany in the twelve days, others don’t, treating the Epiphany as a separate ’season.’

  28. Elyrest Dec 29th 2012 at 01:37 pm 28

    The 12 days of Christmas is over on/by the Epiphany - not that it it’s part of the 12 days.

  29. Mark in Boston Dec 29th 2012 at 02:29 pm 29

    – How do you get twelve days?
    – There’s Christmas, and Christmas Eve, and New Years, and New Years Eve …
    – That’s four.
    – And there’s Wresting Day …
    – Boxing Day.
    – Boxing Day. Five.
    – Um, there’s two Saturdays and Sundays in there.
    – That’s nine. What about the other three days?
    – I believe those are the Mystery Days.

    Bob and Doug MacKenzie

  30. Morris Keesan Jan 1st 2013 at 06:41 pm 30

    I had never been able to figure out why “Twelfth Night” was January 5th, if January 6th was the twelfth day of Christmas.

    To a Jew, this seems intuitively obvious, with no contradiction: “Twelfth Night” is Erev Twelfth Day. None of us have any problem with the 8th day of Chanukah preceding the 8th day. (It’s after dark as I type this, so it would now be January 2 by Jewish reckoning, if we used Jewish-calendar algorithms for the civil calendar, but it still seems apropos to ask: does anybody still celebrate the Feast of the Circumcision, on January 1?)

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