Happy President’s Day!
I grew up and lived most of my life in the South and Midwest, where President’s Day isn’t really celebrated. I mean — the banks close, and there’s no mail…but businesses stay open, and school kids never reap any benefit from the big day.
Now that I live in the Northeast — where President’s Day gets more attention — I find that I haven’t figured out exactly how to ‘get into it.’
I’m just sad there’s no mail.
In fact, when I think of President’s Day, Kansas City cartoonist Bill Whitehead comes to mind. We worked together during my days at Hallmark Cards.
No one did a butt joke better than Bill. One of my favorite cartoons of Bill’s was “The Other Side of Mount Rushmore”…which featured the presidents bending over, their butts prominently displayed.
Bill still pens a cartoon called “Free Range” that you can enjoy online. Here’s today’s entry which is, appropriately enough, President’s Day-themed.
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I’m not a soccer fan, so my World Cup experience this year was limited to friend’s Facebook status updates — so, so many of them — and random online news reports.
A team won. (I’m almost certain.) But the true breakout star of the games was without a doubt…the vuvuzela horn. The Dr. Suess-inspired design. That god-awful, annoying buzz.
You didn’t even have to watch a match to hear it.
After a cartoonist jokingly proposed ways to reinvent the horn — a dunce cap, a pipe — two South Africans staged an international design competition to reinvent the much maligned musical instrument.
The event began in July. Over 150 designs were submitted to a panel of seven judges. And the winner is….
A pair of earrings.
Okay. Sure, they’re kinda cute. I like hoops as much as the next gal. And the colors are fun.
But are they, like, the most amazing design on the planet?
But here’s why I think they won the vuvuzela redesign competition.
Can the vuvuzela make any noise in this new configuration? No. Can you get any sound from those three independent dangling hoops? Maybe, if there’s a stiff breeze blowing, you might get a clank or two, but I don’t think you’ll ever hear another buzz or moan from those puppies.
And that’s why those earrings beat out entries like the vuvuzela Christmas tree. It’s pretty, but that sucker could still make noise if someone got a little lickered up at the holiday party.
Am I right?
You know I’m right. And no one needs to hear that noise.
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