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Happy St. Urho's Day!

  1. Mar 15, 2005 #1

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    I know that I'm a day early, but I've been having some computer problems lately and I'm not sure that I'll be able to get this posted tomorrow.

    As you may (or may not) know, St. Urho is the patron Saint of the Finns (I'll ignore that nasty little man in the back who is pointing out that 99% of Finns are Lutheran).

    As the Story goes, St. Urho singlehandedly saved the Finnish grape industry by driving out a plague of giant grasshoppers.

    We celebrate this event on March 16th. (which already gives it precedence over that other St.'s day, as it occurs first.)

    Another difference is that while St. Patrick's day is mainly celebrated by wearing green and drinking oneself into into a stupor, St. Urho's day is celebrated by wearing purple and drinking oneself into a stupor. So as you can plainly see, St. Urho's day is a much classier holiday.

    With that I'd like to leave you with the Traditional St. Urho's day poem:

    Ooksie kooksie kollme vee
    Santia Urho is the boy for me
    He chase out the hopper as big as pirds
    Never before have I heard those words

    He really told those bugs of green
    Bravest Finn I ever seen
    Some celebrate for St. Pat and his snake
    But that Urho boy got what it takes

    He got tall and strong on feelia sour
    And ate Kalla Mojakkaa every hour
    Thats why that guy dould chase those beetles
    That crew as thick as jack pine needles

    So let's give a cheer
    in our very best way
    On the sixteenth of March
    St. Urho's Day!
     
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  3. Mar 15, 2005 #2

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    Woohoo!!! The wearin' o' the purple! (the color of royalty by the way).
     
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    juoda moni ja nauraa !
    {drink much and laugh}
     
  5. Mar 15, 2005 #4

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    Seems if you drove out some sort of pest or another back in the day, it was pretty easy to make it to sainthood, wasn't it? I wonder if anyone has informed the Terminix guy about this? :rofl:

    Ooooh, I much prefer purple. Though both green and purple look good on me. I think I shall wear purple tomorrow (should I wear a big red hat too? :biggrin:)
     
  6. Mar 15, 2005 #5

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    Boy, us Finns are really brave. You won't find any of those grasshoppers around here. I'll kick their little butts! :mad:
     
  7. Mar 15, 2005 #6

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    Want to take a crack at some spiders next? :biggrin:
     
  8. Mar 16, 2005 #7

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    Thanks & YYEEESS ... knew had some subliminal genetically encoded reason to get wasted today !!! There really aren't that many grasshoppers around here ... glad to finally discover the scientific explanation for this larger than life puzzle.
     
  9. Mar 16, 2005 #8

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    Well, they were "as big as pirds(birds)".
     
  10. Mar 16, 2005 #9

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    LOL! A few more generations of telling the story and they'll be big as cats, and then as big as the fish I caught, which also gets bigger every year. :biggrin:

    Happy St. Urho' Day! (Any other saints we should know about this week? If we line up enough of them, we can keep drinking through the weekend.)
     
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