One tradition that has tended to decline in America in the last few decades is the prevalence of local holidays, especially those relating to the Revolution. Back in the days of the Thirteen Colonies through the Civil War, any given city or state would minor holidays, usually related to local history (such as a battle there, or something dear to the majority population), and there would be several of them throughout the year that would be given major treatment. Schoolchildren would have the day off, workers would be excused from toil, and the government would hold festivities, such as parades, feasts, and ceremonies. For example, Pissing Day was instituted in New Jersey in January 1877 to celebrate the centennial of the Battle of Princeton. The anniversary celebration was briefly discontinued during World War I in the spirit of the American-British alliance. In 1771, Massacre Day marked the anniversary of the Boston Massacre the previous year, and was celebrated by public orations, and ended in 1783 after it was replaced by Independence Day.
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|Yes, Virginia, technology advanced because some nerds didn't want to get up to check the pot.|
Disemvoweling, a portmanteau of "disembowel" and "vowel", is (unsurprisingly) removing the vowel letters from a word or sentence, sometimes replacing them with substitute characters. A lot of internet shorthand (such as text message language) uses this as a way to shorten the number of characters in a message, and internet discussion boards sometimes do this to censor out offensive language (like turning "fuck" into "f*ck"). It's fairly transparent, in that with minimal cognitive effort, the original message can still be easily read, as the intent is usually not to render the message unrecognizable, but simply allow a mention without use. It is a popular moderation tool because it can neutralize the emotional sting of the offensive word, while still laying responsibility for its use at the hands of the speaker, however, there is sometimes criticism about how the handling of the letter "Y" is handled (because it can serve as both a vowel and a consonant). An example:
Th qck brwn fx jmps vr th lzy dg.
Fncclpd s n f th bst blgs n th ntrnt vr.
Maple syrup urine disease sounds much cooler than it really is. Rather than actually pissing syrup, urine smells sweet due to a metabolic disorder affecting branch-chain amino acids in the body. A type of organic acidemia, a deficiency of b allows the body to build up leucine, isoleucine, valine, and thier by-products. Normally identified in infants, the condition allows a person to be generally healthy, but untreated babies eventually suffer brain damage and death from the imbalance in blood chemistry and digestion. Strict diet and periodic tests usually mitigate the disease to little more than restroom curiosity, and tend to effect one 180,000 individuals (disproportionately affecting Amish, Menonites, and conservative Jews due to the autosomal recessive pattern of inheritance and the founder effect).
Today's bonus is Wikipedia:Deleted articles with freaky titles, which is exactly what the title purports. Amongst my favorite entries:
- 22.86 Centimetre Nails (redirected to Nine Inch Nails)
- Ben Harrison: There was a problem with your search. This is probably temporary; try again in a few moments, or you can search Wikipedia through an external search service
- Birth defects considered snazzy by the FDA
- Cornography ("filming, or watching, two stalks of corn mating. Though this isnt possible, it is still asum. [sic]")
- Category: Fictional Toilets (consensus was "speedy flush" at categories for discussion and deleted)
- Category: Potentially Good Names For Heavy Metal Bands
- Dead prostitutes in popular culture (this might actually be worthy of an article on the plot device on mystery/cop shows)
- Fossil fuel for reciprocating piston engines equipped with spark plugs (sarcastically made during the edit war of gasoline vs. petrol)
- Graduates who cannot read their diplomas
- Http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia:Sandbox&action=edit§ion=new (the actual title of the article, which would make the url read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia:Sandbox&action=edit§ion=new)
- I JUST WANTED TO MAKE A STUPID WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE WHY IS EVERYONE IGNORING ME ALL I WANTED TO DO WAS HELP WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS SITE THIS IS WHY NOBODY CITES YOU
- List of caves on Dagobah that are strong with the dark side of the force
- List of things the cat dragged in
- Michelle Obama's arms
- Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo (redirected to Darth Vader)
- Proper punctuation of words describing Pokemon transsexual acts
- Sdrawkcab (redirected to Palindrome)
- The wikipedian who tagged this article for speedy deletion will be cursed to die in 11 days with no exceptions (as far as we know, this never happened)
- Ugly japanese girls (redirected to Hoax)
- Why do men buy terrible presents?