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March 17th

March 17, 2015

March 17th

St. Patrick is a patron of Ireland.  March 17th, the liturgical Feast of St. Patrick, occurs during the Lenten fast. Think about it.

And think about the potato (Solanum tuberosum; Gaelic “práta,” anglicized to “pratie“). Successful introduction of the New World crop bolstered the Irish countryside; the crop failures of the Potato Famine sent Irishmen to the USA, where the Irish-American secular observance of St. Patrick’s Day developed in Boston, New York and Chicago for a century before it was exported back to Ireland. Faith and Begorrah! “Globalization’ wasn’t invented yesterday.

Read Gregory McNamee’s excellent post on the Britannica blog, and stop by the Potato Museum on your way back from the pub.

Related:

“The fading of the green,” Drew DeSilver, Pew Research

“How Irish Are People Who Identify As ‘Irish-American’?” Walt Hickey, FiveThirtyEight

“How Corned Beef and Cabbage Became a Holiday Staple,” Craig Morris, USDA Blog

“No One Really Knows What a Shamrock Is,” Bess Lovejoy, Smithsonian Magazine

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Sure, an’ all, wee Mr. Potato Head® is a registered trademark of Hasbro, Inc.,  used here under the “satire” provision of the Fair Use doctrine, dontcha know.  Mr. Head is a Yank “Baby Boomer,” but clean the paidrín up and he makes a proper little leprechaun.

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Meanwhile, in Wienermobile News ….

February 16, 2015

Meanwhile, in Wienermobile News ....
An Oscar Mayer Wienermobile crashed into a pole in central Pennsylvania on Sunday, according to the Associated Press. The self-propelled 27-foot hot dog on wheels slid off a road and into a utility pole in Enola PA, near Harrisburg. We suggest that accident investigators look for drips of slippery mustard.

The front of the weenie roll crumbled in this pole-ish sausage mishap, but no injuries were reported, and there’s no evidence the driver was hot-dogging. The crash snarled local traffic, since rubberneckers relish this sort of thing.

Oscar Mayer has several Wienermobiles, used to promote and advertise tubesteak products. Probably 10 wieners and 8 rolls, right?

Here in DC an NTSB spokesman was unavailable, and we could not reach former Wienermobile driver Paul Ryan for comment.

More:

“What happens when a giant hot dog on wheels slams into a pole?” CBS News

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Merry Christmas From The Family

December 30, 2014

“Merry Christmas From The Family,” written by Robert Earl Keene, performed here by the Dixie Chicks and Rosie O’Donnell. Here’s how the songwriter does it:

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Santa Got Busted By the Border Patrol

December 27, 2014

“Santa Got Busted By the Border Patrol,” by Kevin Fowler. That second voice belongs to Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel.

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Christmastime For the Jews

December 25, 2014

“Christmastime for the Jews,” a Robert Smigel stop-action animation featuring the voice of Darlene Love in a “Wall of Sound” production, from a  2005 Saturday Night Live episode (lyrics here).

Gut yom tov to all, and to all a good night.

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Christmas at the Airport

December 25, 2014

Nick Lowe’s 2013 Christmas song is on a ingle-bell-free compilation of seasonal songs by Ron Sexsmith, Roger Miller, Ry Cooder, Boudleaux Bryant, and the anonymous elves of folk tradition.

Nick talks about the tune here, and also recorded a strangely-moving solo acoustic version for Fordham University’s WFUV-FM:

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To Heck With Ole Santa Claus

December 24, 2014

“To Heck With Ole Santa Claus,” written and sung by Loretta Lynn, the hit from her 1966 Country Christmas album.

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Santa Baby

December 24, 2014

“Santa Baby!” written by Joan Javits and Philip Springer. The original 1953 recording by Eartha Kitt, with Henri René and his orchestra.

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I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

December 24, 2014

10-year-old Gayla Peevey of Ponca City, Oklahoma sings her big hit “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas,” written by John J. Rox (John Herring). Ms. Peevey’s 1953 recording of the song reached number 24 on Billboard. The clip above is from “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

Gayla Peevey official website.

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I Want Eddie Fisher for Christmas

December 24, 2014

“I Want Eddie Fisher for Christmas,” written by Joan Javitz (Javits) and Phil Springer, the pair who wrote “Santa Baby.” Recorded by Betty Johnson in 1954.

Eddie Fisher was a dreamy pop idol of the 1950s, Carrie Fisher‘s dad.

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