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Fractured Cliché: Party ‘till the hogs come home
Correct Cliché: Party ‘till the cows come home
Today is Groundhog Day – when a magically imbued rodent predicts the weather. This morning, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, foretelling six more weeks of winter. If he hadn’t, it would have meant an early spring.
When I was growing up in northern North Dakota, we didn’t care whether or not Phil saw his shadow because either prediction was good news. An early spring or 6 more weeks of winter? Both meant our winter would be cut short.
In some circles, the mood is a little sad today. With all eyes focused on Punxsutawney Phil, a lot of the country has forgotten about a little game called football. For the first time ever, the Super Bowl, the coup de grâce of the season, is being trumped by Groundhog Day.
Whatever your focus, find a reason to celebrate – for shadows, sports, commercials, drinks or food. Party till the pigskin comes home.
May the farce be with you!
When I think of animals, goats generally don’t come to mind but I’ve recently discovered they’re a diverse and talented species. Take a look at these examples.
Australian goat Gary caused quite a stir when he was accused of eating flowers outside of a museum. His human, who was fined $440 by police, fought the charges. He successfully argued that Gary didn’t intentionally eat the plants, he was simply hungry. In fact, he probably would have preferred ice cream. That was enough to clear Gary’s name.
Murphy is the famous Chicago goat – the reason the Chicago Cubs baseball team is cursed. In the 1940s, his human Billy, owner of the Billy Goat Tavern (of Saturday Night Live “Cheezborger, Cheezeborger, No Coke” fame), routinely brought Murphy to Cubs games. The stands were usually empty, so there was never a problem until the well-attended 1945 World Series when Billy was asked to remove Murphy because the odor was bothering other fans.
Insulted, Billy said something like: “Dem Cubs, dey ain’t gonna win no more”. Naturally this was interpreted as a curse which would prevent the Cubs from winning the World Series. The only way to break the curse is for the Cubs to invite a goat to a game because they genuinely want to, not simply for publicity or to break the curse. (Dat ain’t gonna happen.)
Moose is another famous goat who’s featured in a Dorito’s commercial (below). Moose performs his own stunts but when the director couldn’t get him to scream, he had to dub Moose’s voice with a human’s.
No butts about it, goats are interesting creatures. All kidding aside, I hope you enjoy the goat video at the end of the post.
May the farce be with you!