“Tomorrow is Columbus Day,” Dan said, so I don’t have to go to work. What do you want to do?”
“How can you be so cavalier about Columbus Day,” Debbie asked her husband. “It’s a racist holiday. Columbus was responsible for the slaughter and enslavement of the indigenous people of North America. And yet somehow they were stoic enough to have survived. With the passage of time, we should stop celebrating Christopher Columbus. He didn’t even know that he had landed in the Americas. He thought he was in India, which is why he mistakenly called the indigenous people Indians. Even the president has declared October 11th to be Indigenous Peoples’ Day.”
“Whatever,” Dan said. “I still don’t have to go to work tomorrow, so what do you want to do?”
Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (cavalier), Word of the Day Challenge (holiday), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (stoic), and The Daily Spur (passage)
The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.
I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.
Let’s have some fun this week. My Who Won The Week pick for this week is flatulence. Well, actually it’s Paul Oldfield, better known by his stage name Mr. Methane. Oldfield is a British flatulist or “professional farter.”
I read an article this week about Paul Oldfield, a 55 British fellow who discovered his superpower as a teen when he realized during yoga that he could suck in air on both ends of his body. After discovering his newfound ability, he performed twenty rapid-fire farts in under a minute for a group of his friends.
In the the late 1980s, after years of work in the railway industry, Oldfield turned professional, performing as Mr. Methane. While in New York, he appeared as a guest on The Howard Stern Show as the “British Blaster.” He also performed a series of fart acts on Broadway.
Oldfield still travels the world to showcase his unusual talent and is known for performing popular songs by altering the tone and pitch of his farts. One of his most popular parodies is Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight.”
Mr. Methane’s act sounds like a winner to me! It probably doesn’t smell like a winner, though.
What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?
The theme for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday is Heavenly Bodies, Planets, Moon, Sun, and Stars and was suggested by King Ben’s Grandma. I’m going with a song from 1953 from Dean Martin titled “That’s Amore.” Why? Because the lyrics reference the moon and the stars.
“That’s Amore” was a 1953 song from composer Harry Warren and lyricist Jack Brooks. It became a major hit and signature song for Dean Martin in the year it was released. Jerry Lewis, then part of the Martin and Lewis comedy team, commissioned Warren and Brooks to write songs for Martin to sing in a movie. According to Lewis, he personally and secretly paid them $30,000 in the hope that one would be a hit for Martin. “That’s Amore” was, indeed, a big hit. The song received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Song of that year, but it lost to “Secret Love” from Calamity Jane starring Doris Day.
“That’s Amore” describes love the way they do it in the southern Italy town of Napoli (“Amore” is Italian for “Love”). Filled with passion, the singer compares the feeling to his favorite Italian foods: pizza and pasta fagiole. It’s a quirky romantic song poking a bit of fun at Italian stereotypes.
Here are the lyrics to “That’s Amore.”
(In Napoli where love is king When boy meets girl here’s what they say)
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie That’s amore When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine That’s amore Bells will ring ting-a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling And you’ll sing “Vita bella” Hearts will play tippy-tippy-tay, tippy-tippy-tay Like a gay tarantella
When the stars make you drool just like a pasta e fasule That’s amore When you dance down the street with a cloud at your feet You’re in love When you walk in a dream but you know you’re not dreaming, signore Scusa mi, but you see, back in old Napoli That’s amore
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie That’s amore (That’s amore) When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine That’s amore (That’s amore) Bells will ring ting-a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling And you’ll sing “Vita bella” (Vita bell—Vita bella) Hearts will play tippy-tippy-tay, tippy-tippy-tay Like a gay tarantella (lucky fella)
When the stars make you drool just like a pasta e fasule That’s amore (That’s amore) When you dance down the street with a cloud at your feet You’re in love When you walk in a dream but you know you’re not dreaming, signore Scusa mi, but you see, back in old Napoli That’s amore (amore) That’s amore
Welcome to October 10, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).
Today’s word is “stoic.”
Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.
Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.
And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.