Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Musical Fruit and Overused(?) Phrases...Sharing The Spotlight

Little-Known Holidays are so fun to write about. And when those holidays play right into my own Slightly Warped Sense of Humor, they're even more fun to write about.

Case in point: Did you know that today, November 3, is Bean Day? Even if you have a Fairly Mainstream Sense of Humor, beans make you think of, well...flatulence. (I love it when I can find a way to use that word in everyday conversation.)

Today is also Cliché Day. But I'm not gonna write about clichés, because Zebee and the gang over at Zooprise Party/Fiesta Zoorpresa already covered Cliché Day quite well.

What I am gonna do is quote Ms Martha Brockenbrough, from her Encarta article*, In Defense of the Cliché, where she starts right off with this fabulous bit of wisdom:

"Clichés are a bit like flatulence. Figuratively speaking, they can clear a room."

Ms Brockenbrough goes on to (briefly) discuss a bit more about the gaseous Bean Day by-product: quoting Hippocrates' thoughts on this frequently foul bodily emission, as well as mentioning The Fartiste, Joseph Pujol, who learned to use controlled airy expulsions from his backside to entertain surprisingly appreciative crowds at the Moulin Rouge in his day. To be fair, though the beginning of the article seamlessly weaves words and wind (to my eternal delight), the rest of the article is largely about cliches and their use and origins, and it is an enjoyable and enlightening read.

Clichés and flatulence. Words and toots. Who knew you could put those two together?

Yep. It's a Holiday Two-Fer. And in a nod to that upcoming well-known American holiday of Thanksgiving, my Slightly Warped Sense of Humor is very thankful!


*Note: You'll have to trust me, I guess, on how fabulous Ms Brockenbrough's article was, because from the time I posted this originally, and two and a half hours later, the article is gone, and now all you see is an error message that says, "The MSN Encarta page you are trying to visit has been discontinued." Rats!


  1. Hi Kim. Great post. You certainly have the right sense of humor for writing funny picture books. Do you like Walter the Farting Dog too?

    Too bad about that encarta article. I would have liked reading Martha's DEFENSE of the cliche.

  2. Joanne - Oh, I LOVE the Walter books, and we have several. (The kiddos have inherited my Slightly Warped Sense of Humor, so I got the first one, but they have most of the others.) Very fun!

    I SO wish I would have printed that article out. It was very interesting (and really, you can't go wrong when you throw a little flatulence into the mix).

  3. I have found that fart jokes transcend all cultures and ages. Guaranteed laughs for all ages!

  4. Wow, I didn't realize it had been so long since I stopped by for a visit. I went back and read through a bunch of your posts...I think I made it back to May...now I must take a break.

    Sorry to have been gone for so long. I'm such a bad blogger. Not only have I been letting my own blog slide, I've been completely remiss in my participation in other people's blogs too.

    Bad Bethie! I miss out on all sorts of fun stories when I am away.

    I also just realized that I never became a "follower" of your blog, so I corrected that!

    I see by your Holiday sidebar that today is National Candy Day so I am off to snitch a piece of my kiddos' Halloween candy...just doing my patriotic duty! ;-)

  5. Beth - Tomorrow is even better: National Men Make Dinner Day. I'll be blogging about that later today. Stay tuned!

  6. Very funny Kim. Thanks for the link. Zebee and the gang love visitors.



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