WELCOME to a HUMP DAY!
K, lets break that word down shall we? 'Hump Day' or Wednesday if you will!
The name comes from the Middle English Wednes dei, which is from Old English language Wēdnes dæg, meaning the day of the English god Woden (Wodan) who was a god of the Anglo-Saxons in England until about the 7th century. Wēdnes dæg is like the Old Norse Oðinsdagr ("Odin's day"), which is an early translation of the Latin dies Mercurii ("Mercury's day"), and reflects the widespread association of Woden with Mercury going back to Tacitus.
In Romance languages it is derived from the name of the Roman god Mercury: mercredi (French), mercoledì (Italian), miércoles (Spanish), miercuri (Romanian), dimecres (Catalan), dies Mercurii (Latin). Similarly, in most of the Indian Languages the name for Wednesday, Buddhavar is derived from the Vedic name for Mercury, Buddha. Buddh is also used in Urdu. Russian does not use pagan names but instead uses sredá, meaning "middle," similar to the German Mittwoch. Likewise, Portuguese uses the word quarta-feira, meaning "fourth day" (literally it means "fourth fair", that comes from the latin "feria quarta" - "feria" original meaning is "celebration" - it was so the fourth day of celebration of the week, because all days were days of celebrating God (the name was created by Pope Silvester I, christian leader between 314-335AD). While in Greek the word is Tetarti(Τετάρτη) meaning simply "Fourth."
Position in the week
When Sunday is taken as the first of every week, the day in the middle of each week is Wednesday. Arising from this, the German name for Wednesday has been Mittwoch (literally: "mid-week") since the 10th Century, having displaced the former name: Wodanstag ("Wodan's day"). The Finnish name is similar: Keskiviikko (literally: "middle of the week") as is the Icelandic name: Miðvikudagur ("Mid-week day"). Wednesday is "sereda" in Ukrainian, which has the same word base as "seredyna", which is translated as "middle". In Russian Wednesday is "sreda" / "среда" from "sred'" / "средь" almost identical to Ukrainian meaning the same thing - in the middle.
Wednesday is also in the middle of the common Western 5-day workweek that starts on Monday and finishes on Friday.
See don't cha just feel smarter???
AMERICAN IDOL (8p ET, FOX) -- In the first results show of the season, 3 finalists are chosen to move on. A new "Lie to Me" follows.
OLD CHRISTINE (8p ET, CBS) -- A new episode. A new "Gary Unmarried" follows.
LOST (9p ET, ABC) -- A new episode. A repeat of last week's episode airs before and a new "Life on Mars" follows.
CSI: NY (10p ET, CBS) -- A new episode. A new "Criminal Minds" airs before.
LAW & ORDER (10p ET, NBC) -- A new episode. New episodes of "Knight Rider" and "Life" air before.
TOP CHEF (10p ET, Bravo) -- Tonight is part one of the finale.
Speaking of TV and lost check out the new preview for TONIGHT!
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NEWS ABUSED by WiNgNuT
The stimulus bill has been signed by President Obama. [I'm hoping it includes bailout money for suckers like me who lost thousands after the bottom dropped out of the Beanie Baby market.]
The stimulus bill has been signed by President Obama. [Which means I'm only days away from my new corporate jet.]
Illinois Senator Roland Burris is having a rough week. [First questions about his ties to Rod Blagojevich, then the picture of him smoking a bong.]
Movie industry experts say they aren't surprised the new Friday the 13th movie is number one at the box office. [Turns out people will flock to see something less scary than the economy.]
A new study shows that binge drinking is common in the military. [You'd get drunk, too, if you had to enter the battlefield wearing nothing but fatigues and a layer of bubble wrap.]
Justin Timberlake has topped GQ magazine's list of the "Ten Most Stylish Men." [Also on the list, Senator Roland Burris, who purchased the number two spot.]
Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps will not face criminal charges in connection with a November party at which he was photographed using a bong. [However, he may be in some trouble for the picture of him smoking up with Tony the Tiger.]
People are concerned about Lindsay Lohan’s sudden and dramatic weight loss. [They’re wondering what happened to her curves. They might want to check with Jessica Simpson.]
Japan’s finance minister has been forced to step down after he made a public appearance where he seemed unsteady and couldn’t speak clearly. [If you were in charge of your nation’s economy, you’d drink, too.]
Did you hear about the French nuclear submarine bumping into a British nuclear submarine? [C’mon, guys! It’s just nuclear powered submarines, not rocket science!]
New York Yankees All-Star Alex Rodriguez held a press conference Tuesday to clear the air about his recent admission that in 2003 he tested positive for banned substances. [But that wasn’t the shocker. He then announced that his girlfriend was pregnant with octuplets.]
Sick and Wrong FILE, reminds of my UNCLE RAYMOND from Billings, Montana....read below..
An grocer in India has the world's longest ear hair, measuring 10 inches in length. Officially recognized by Guinness as having the longest ear hair in the world, Radhakant Baijpai has grown his hair from five inches to their current length. Considered by the 58-year-old to be symbol of luck and prosperity, his ear-hair has been growing since he was 18 and has never been cut. Maintained by a specially prepared blend of herbal shampoo, Baijpai has so far resisted the pleas of his wife to cut it off. ICK.....
Hang, on I can't type....I just threw up in my mouth! BLASSSCH!
And yes, just when you thought we could not talk about anymore tv, remember....At 11:59pm last night (Tuesday), more than one-third of full-power television broadcasters in the U.S. were no longer transmitting an analog signal. A total of 641 stations decided to go all-digital at some point yesterday (February 17), the original date of the digital transition. Congress has postponed the switch until June 12, fearing too many viewers aren't prepared. Despite the delay, the FCC granted requests on a case-by-case basis to broadcasters who wanted to pull the plug sooner.
... It's difficult to estimate how many viewers will be left without TV after Tuesday's switch, but industry experts put the number at around 5% of all homes.
AMERICAN IDOL news....
The Writers Guild of America is getting out picket signs again. The guild will protest today's (Wednesday) live telecast of American Idol, calling on its producer to "treat its 'reality' TV writers and other workers with respect by improving working conditions and providing health care and pension benefits."
Michael Johns and Carly Smithson will perform a duet tonight (Wednesday) during the first results-show telecast of American Idol's season 8 semifinals.
Despite his reputation as American Idol's tell-it-like-it-is dream killer, Simon Cowell is popular with the show's past contestants. A new report reveals Cowell's tough talk earned him the respect of both Carrie Underwood and David Cook. Carrie says, "I think it's really good that somebody will give you a dose of reality even if it might be said in a harsh manner. I can think of nicer ways to say things than he tells (contestants), but it's nice that he's got a very strong opinion and he does voice it." As for Cook, he considers Cowell the best judge on the talent panel, but he didn’t always feel that way. Cook recalls, "As soon as I took a step back and realized that everything he said was constructive, as mean as it might be, we got along fine."
This morning I blathered on about our current recession despite the most recent efforts of President and the new stimulus bill he signed in Denver. I did a little research last night and FOUND some pretty amazing things that are still working out for Americans despite the recession:
THE UPSIDE TO THE RECESSION
AskMen.com points out that there are some good things about the recession:
Better customer service
Gone are the days, it would seem, that companies don’t have to work for your patronage. Many businesses, particularly banks, have noted an increase in customer satisfaction scores in the previous few months. And why is that? Well, as firms struggle for survival and scramble to regain the trust of the public, executives have placed the emphasis back where it should be: on keeping the customer happy. If you haven’t already, you should soon notice an improvement in customer service and much more attentive staff in shops, which is a definite silver lining to the recession.
Great travel deals
The tourism industry was one of the first to feel the devastating effects of the recession. Bucking the trend, however, are local and small-scale tourism outfits who offer great value for those looking to tighten their belts. If you can’t afford a trip to the Maldives this year, why not look at some of the B&B offers right in your own backyard? And by supporting your local economy, you’ll feel that you’re doing your part to inject a bit of your very own fiscal stimulus. And who knows -- thanks to this silver lining to the recession, you might even find that everything you needed was right under your nose to begin with.
Lower interest rates
National interest rates are now at an all-time low, which clearly has major benefits for many of us. You might not be able to get a mortgage as the credit crunch continues, but if you’ve already got one, then your monthly payments are bound to get smaller during this economic slump -- provided that you’re not on a fixed-rate mortgage. Now that the banks are bowing to government pressure to pass on these savings, those of us with tracker and variable mortgages can appreciate up to hundreds of dollars of savings a month -- a silver lining to the recession for us all.
Surge in public creativity
When times are tough, people want to forget all the gloominess and often look to pop culture for a form of escape. What we get, then, is the arrival of fresh and new forms of entertainment during periods of economic crisis. The Great Depression of the '30s saw the advent of the detective novel and comic books, and it was also around this time that Hollywood experienced its first real golden age. Perhaps this recession will trigger a new wave of creativity, a silver lining to the recession for sure, and very soon we’ll all have better movies to watch and books to read.
You might not see “drowning your sorrows” as a productive countermeasure to the economic hardships we’re enduring, but there’s no denying the benefits of lower prices of drinks in bars and clubs -- after all, we still need to enjoy ourselves. British newspapers have even been talking about the return of the £1 pint, a pricing phenomenon that hasn’t occurred since the late '80s.
Return to a real economy
Now that the recession is officially underway, there is no shortage of accusations and finger-pointing. One good thing that is sure to come out of all this, however, is a shift toward a more authentic economy, based on real things built by people with real ideas. You can wave goodbye to the Wall Street asshole who, for all the trouble he’s caused, won’t have a place in this new economic order.
If you’re one of the many unfortunate people who have lost your job, you may find it difficult to see anything remotely positive coming out of these times. However, for every person in despair at a job loss, there’s another who sees it as an opportunity to reexamine what he’s been doing and discover the silver lining to the recession. The option to pursue new projects and acquire new skills has never been so apparent, and now people can get down to what they would be doing if they weren’t constricted by their day-to-day obligations.