Monday, 4 February 2008

Monday Musings

February has been a busy month already and we are only into day four! The first two days of the month were spent in a snow storm and digging out of the snow storm, throw in Ground Hog Day and Sunday Super Bowl 42.....well that just about drains my Wooo Hooo meter!

Considering this is a Leap Year, well, we’ve got twenty five days to go!

So here is some trivia to go with the 2008 Leap Year!

Leap Year Cocktail

"This cocktail was created by Harry Craddock, for the Leap Year celebrations at the Savoy Hotel, London, on February 29th, 1928. It is said to have been responsible for more proposals than any other cocktail that has ever been mixed"

2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Serve with a twist of lemon.

Leap Day Traditions - No Man is Safe

While leap day helped official timekeepers, it also resulted in social customs turned upside down when February 29 became a "no man's land" without legal jurisdiction.

As the story goes, the tradition of women romantically pursuing men in leap years began in 5th century Ireland, when St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick about the fair sex having to wait for men to propose. Patrick finally relented and set February 29 aside as the day set aside allowing women the right to ask for a man's hand in marriage.

The tradition continued in Scotland, when Queen Margaret declared in 1288 that on February 29 a woman had the right to pop the question to any man she fancied. Menfolk who refused were faced with a fine in the form of a kiss, a silk dress, or a pair of gloves given to the rejected lady fair.

A similar modern American tradition, Sadie Hawkins Day, honours "the homeliest gal in the hills" created by Al Capp in the cartoon strip Li'l Abner. In the famous story line, Sadie and every other woman in town were allowed on that day to pursue and catch the most eligible bachelors in Dogpatch. Although the comic strip placed Sadie Hawkins Day in November, today it has become almost synonymous with February 29.

Happy Leap Year!

Life's fun if you don't weaken, enjoy your journey, one step at a time.



Anonymous said...

Sadie Hawkins weekends were BIG when I was a teen. WE would make these CRAZY corsage type thingys for our boyfriends or the guys we asked out on dates. ... and even PAY for the date... ( back in the mid 1970s!! It was great fun... I must have those photos somewhere.. The boys were always good sports with the corsages... which usually included gag gifts, a teddy bear or other stuffed animal, lots of ribbons and candy - nothing obscene... or nasty... jut goofy!
thanks for that memory Lil! (-:

Rudy said...

There is nothing wrong with the gals chasing the guys.

Why should we be the only ones wondering if our advances will be accepted or rejected LOL

Seriously, I am glad that this isn't limited to one day a year any more.

Unfortunately, in HS gals were outnumbered 3 to 1 by the guys. Lucky for the gals I suppose ;-)

Like they say about AK - the odds are good but the goods are odd (present company excluded of course)

blondie said...

GAH! Do not remind me of Sadie Hawkins day!

We have an extra day this month? Well that just gives us one extra day to drink. I can do that.

Crap, I don't have all that stuff to make the drink.

{Blondie wandering off to see what she does have to make a drink. What? It's too early to drink? Nah, it's 5 o'clock somewhere, right??}

Happy Leap Year to you all!

~ b