Tuesday, March 31, 2009

An April Fool's Day Photo for You

I stood on my head to take this picture, so you will have to stand on your head to see it as I took it.

I was taking photos at Southern Connection in Crisfield when they were working the oysters, and saw several ducks hanging around. The ducks are friends with the owner, and he feeds them several times a day.

The ducks come round where they hear the machines and stand outside the door and pick up little bits of oyster goodies. I caught this one as he was walking up for his treats.

From Wikipedia:

The origin of April Fools' Day is obscure. One likely theory is that the modern holiday was first celebrated soon after the adoption of the Gregorian Calendar; the term referred to someone still adhering to the Julian Calendar, which it replaced.

In many pre-Christian cultures May Day (May 1) was celebrated as the first day of summer, and signaled the start of the spring planting season. An April Fool was someone who did this prematurely.

Another origin is that April 1, was counted the first day of the year in France. When King Charles IX changed that to January 1, some people stayed with April 1. Those who did were called "April Fools" and were taunted by their neighbors.

In the eighteenth century the festival was often posited as going back to the times of Noah. An English newspaper article published on April 13th, 1789 said that the day had its origins when he sent the raven off too early, before the waters had receded. He did this on the first day of the Hebrew month that corresponds with April.

A possible reference to April Fools' Day can be seen in the Canterbury Tales (ca 1400) in the Nun's Priest's tale, a tale of two fools: Chanticleer and the fox, which took place on March 32nd.


* You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm. - Colette (1873 - 1954), in New York World-Telegram and Sun, 1961

* Mix a little foolishness with your prudence: It's good to be silly at the right moment. - Horace (65 BC - 8 BC)

Happy April Fool's Day, all Ya'll.


Loida of the 2L3B's said...

I turned up side down just to look at your cute duckling.. Thanks for the April Fools Day Photo. I sure look like a fool looking at it with my head hanging low.. :) It's so cute anyway..

I was once a victim of April Fools Day.. Maybe this is the reason why I cannot forget this day. I was working for an American Company as a Sales Consultant. I did my research and prepared promotional leaflets on certain products. It took me 10 consecutive days to complete the 50-page Sales Report and Catalogue which is due in two days. Jon, my American Officemate brought it to the printer for professional print job. I was on vacation then and he called me, advised me to cut my vacation at once and come quickly to do the revision of my entire work.. I was so mad but I got no choice but to go or our entire project would be a sham.. Three hour ride and when I got there I found out I was being fooled around... :(

But they are good guys.. they later congratulated me for the job well done.

Have a safe and nice day my friend.

The Pink Bird House said...

Patty, leave it to you to put such a funny photo in for April Fool's Day! you are just too funny! I enjoyed your last comment on my blog, about living only 40 minutes from the beach and wanting to just get on over there to sit for the day. take me with you if you go. :-) We are about 2 hours from the nearest beach here, and have to go to Holland to find sand and waves! For a NJ coast gal, it is sometimes hard to live inland like this. I sure do miss the ocean. Most likely the reason why I thought I would post those pics yesterday! You can take me out of NJ but you can not take NJ out of me!! Happy April Fool's Day, debby

HalfCrazy said...

Thanks for the April Fools' Day info, I tricked a friend into thinking that our other friend is pregnant. I had her call my 'pregnant' friend. It ain't really true lol!

Is that water?

Anonymous said...

April 1st in our family was always spent celebrating my cousins birthday. Yep, he is an April Fool's baby. Boy, did he take some ribbing in his life... He grew up to be a businessman & he is now retired & 64 years young. Time flies!!
Have a great day!

Joanne said...

Things are a little quack-y here today :)

Happy April to you.

willow said...

Fabulous ducky pic! And interesting read on the background of April Fool's Day.

Love the Horace quote!

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

I wonder what that duck was thinking???
I'll bet he was thinking "Who's that lady and is she trying to get my dinner!!".
You take care Patty and what a great shot :)

Steady On
Reggie Girl

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Happy April Fool's Day. Thanks for enlightening us.

Missy said...

hahaha nice shot until now I'm trying to figure out the duck's photo :-) thanks for sharing about april fools' day, the duck is so cute I will show it to my daughter, she likes ducks

June said...

Hi Patty, I came over to your blog because Debby (PBH) told me I should read your post on police officers. It was great! I too have a lot of respect for the authority they have. I'm so glad they are there for us when we need them. I'm not at all surprised that he allowed you to take his picture for your blog. I'm sure it made him feel appreciated. But the fact you showed him respect and realized that he was just doing his job thrilled him even more. My husband has been a police officer in Idaho for 23 yrs. He loves the opportunity to help the public and truely loves his work.He has had times when he has been sworn at and threatened but more often it is people thankful that he was there when they needed him. I have seen him mourn for lives that have been lost in many a fatal accident where he was the first to respond. And what he's gone through when he delivers a family the news that one of their loved ones have died. These professionals see things that we will never have to see and they are affected by it deeply. I know there are many who seek the job for the wrong reasons, but most departments hiring processes are able to weed out those who will not be able to do the job. I just realized that I'm rambling. (forgive me) Thankyou for the great reminder that they do a lot of good in the world.

June said...

Thank you for the great post. Debby from PBH told me should come over and see it because my husband is a police officer. He has been one in Idaho for 23yrs. He loves his job. He hates writing tickets but like you said, it is part of the job. He's been sworn at many times in his career but mostly by those under the influence. More than often however he has been appreciated for being there in someone's time of need. I've seen him mourn for the lose of people in the fatal accidents that he has had to respond to. These people see some aweful things in their careers but still show up for work every shift. I'm not at all surprised that this man posed for your photo. You probably were the brightest spot in his day because you realized that he was just doing his job. I know I couldn't do what they do.