Browsing: Humor

A Brief History On April 1, 2016, we published an article using made up “scientific” names of fish in a pathetic effort to be funny.  (This author, according to most people, is not funny.  I beg to differ…)  Today we take a look at the common name of some real life fish in fresh and salt water.  Feel free to nominate others that you believe should be on such a list.  Sometimes people butcher the names of fish and create their own stupid/funny names, a fact I learned working part-time at an aquarium store.  Examples are “African American Cichlids” when…

A Brief History On March 17, 2020, the United States of America and Ireland both have cancelled virtually all St. Patrick’s Day festivities, absolutely destroying one of the jolliest holidays in either country.  For this disappointment, we have to thank the coronavirus, or more correctly COVID-19, the mysterious flu like illness believed to have originated in Wuhan, China only a few months earlier. Digging Deeper While the world has experienced many pandemics throughout history, the last several decades have been marred by only a few breakouts of illness that garnered a lot of attention, including the AIDS/HIV pandemic, the Swine…

A Brief History On February 2, 2020, we celebrate yet another Groundhog Day, a day in which Winter weary people find out if we are in for 6 more weeks of Winter or if we are facing the joy of an early Spring.  As implied by the name of the day, an actual Groundhog is “consulted” for his (or her) “prediction.”  But…. This year the animal rights organization, PETA, is recommending we immediately end this act of animal cruelty (?) and replace our beloved Marmots with (gasp!) animatronic replicas of Groundhogs!  A discussion of why this plan is “stupid” is…

A Brief History On June 5, 2019, we are supposed to celebrate National Positive Attitude Day, another one of those made up “holidays” so that every day of the year has some reason to exist.  So, we will attempt to honor the day by listing some of the things this author is “positive” about, though not necessarily in the sense envisioned by whomever dreamed up this festive day. Digging Deeper For starters, I am positive the other so called “National Days” listed for today are a waste of my time!  National Apple II Day, for example.  I have never owned…

A Brief History On January 1, 2019, History and Headlines presents some fake news stories you will probably not see or hear in 2019, but then again you never know.  On January 1, 2017, we reported about false news stories that really were run in the media during 2016.  This year, we make up our own fake news stories for your amusement.  Remember, these are not predictions or wishes on our part, even if some of them may seem to be.  Of course, no matter how improbable, some of these fake news stories might become real news stories, and if…

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