Weekend Open Thread-Mardi Gras Season

| January 3, 2020


One example of a king cake. (theleadernews.com)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year TAH! We are still in the Christmas season, today is the 10th day of Christmas. We could still say, “Merry Christmas”. Likewise, the year is still new, so, “Happy New Year”. Or, “Happy Holidays.”

There’s another main holiday coming up, albeit more for the season than for the government.

In some corners of Christianity, Christmas season lasts until February 2. This informally gives Christmas 40 days. However, it officially ends on the 12th this year.

January 6 is “Epiphany” or “Three Kings Day”. Informally, there is an “Epiphany season” that starts on Three Kings Day and runs through “Fat Tuesday” or Mardi Gras. This Is the Day before Ash Wednesday.

Epiphany Season is also called Carnival Season or Mardi Gras Season. The date range for the latter two may differ depending on who you ask. Just as Christmas season has the fruit cake and Christmas cake, Mardi Gras season has the king cake. It is decorated with frosting topped with the Mardi Gras colors of purple, yellow, and green.

There’s a baby toy inside the cake. One tradition associated with the baby is that if your slice contains it, your job is to get the King cake for the next celebration that occurs during this season. King cakes are central to regular Mardi Gras season socials that occur from Epiphany to Mardi Gras.

If you have a birthday anywhere from January 6 through February 25 this year, the King cake could be a seasonal addition to your birthday celebration… In addition to what you would normally eat on your birthday.

However, some consider it “bad luck” if you eat a king cake outside of Mardi Gras season. They claim that if you do, it would rain during the next Mardi Gras celebration.

Mardi Gras season comes with Mardi Gras lights and decorations. You could still “beat the darkness back” once you take the Christmas lights and decorations down.

Enjoy your weekend.

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  1. 5th/77th FA says:


    • Roh-Dog says:

      Damn! Congrats FA. King o’ Battle reigns again (shocked face)

    • ChipNASA says:

      Fucking5th/77th FA is back in the saddle to save the Friday WOT First from the rest of us motherfuckers, FUCK YEAH!!!

      Let’s bomb some other Iranian motherfuckers FUCK YEAH, and while we’re at it, let’s fuck up some NORKS too and maybe some Palestinian fuckers too …here we come to SAVE THE MOTHERCUKING DAY YEAH!!!! Oh and let’s not forget some african al-Qa’ida, SMOKE THEM YEAH!!!, but let’s not leave out the Haqqani motherfuckers YEAH, smoke em’ if ya got em’….Hi Diddly DOH to the Al-Shabaab bitches, how about some lasar guided enemas turd burglars, FUCK YEAH!!
      Dust off our ‘splosives and share them the world around!!

      Oh and NOT First…so there….


      *(Disclaimer- “It’s entirely possible I’ve had too much caffeine and it’s also Friday and I’m ready to GTFO but I have to work for 5 or 6 more hours …..FUCK YEAH!!!)

      Love you guys! Have a lovely weekend.

    • Graybeard says:

      Congrats, redleg!

    • Slow Joe says:

      sorru for teh shame less hijak.

      The Witcher (it tok me ta a while yo to get thet righ) in Netflick, its amazing!!!1111

      OMG. Supes is plyin teh withcer!

  2. Roh-Dog says:


  3. 5th/77th FA says:

    FIRST FIRST of the FIRST TAH Friday Weekend Open Thread!!!!!!!!!!!! King of Battle with a Time on Target Barrage has struck again! GO ARMY BEAT NAVY. HOW ‘BOUT THEM DAWGS SUGAR BOWL CHAMPS ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!!!!!!

    Hot Wings, Cold Yuenglings Cat Heads and bacon on me!

    2 in a row for the FRIDAY TAH Weekend Open Thread!

  4. Commissioner Wretched says:

    The King of Battle reigns again!!! The five-peat is a certainty in the future!

    That being the case, here you go … another trivia column. Such is life, I suppose.

    Did an astronaut get “stuck” in space because his country’s government changed?
    By Commissioner Wretched

    Happy New Year!

    Well, here we are, in 2020.

    Is it what you expected it to be?

    Seriously, think back to the ‘70s, or ‘80s. Now, try to remember what you thought the world would be like in 2020.

    Yeah, it didn’t turn out quite that way, did it?

    We were supposed to have flying cars by this point, bases on the Moon, and robot maids, and … oh, wait. That’s “The Jetsons.”

    If you’re a follower of science fiction, you may recall the way the world of today was presented back then. The creators got a lot right, but they missed one big thing entirely – the home computer. Nobody predicted the rise of home computers, and the magnificent ease of life (and many difficulties as well) that they have provided.

    What does 2020 have in store for us? I don’t know. If I could answer that question, would I be writing a newspaper trivia column?

    Probably, but it would be in the “National Enquirer.”

    Anyway, hope your celebration was safe and sober, and let’s jump into the first trivia for 2020!

    Did you know …

    … the Earth does not have the most water of any world in the Solar System? Beneath the icy covering of Jupiter’s moon Europa, scientists have determined that there is an ocean that has more liquid water in it than there is on Earth. The amazing thing is, Europa is actually smaller than our Moon. But the water is deeper than our oceans and the icy crust over it is not very thick. Some scientists believe it could harbor life, as well. A moon of Saturn, Enceladus, is also known to have water under an icy crust, but we aren’t sure if it has more than Earth. (Makes you wonder how the fishing is there, doesn’t it?)

    … chewing gum boosts your brain power? (Kind of defeats the purpose of teachers making you spit it out.)

    … watermelons are vegetables? They are cousins of the cucumber and the gourd, and while believed to be a fruit, they’re actually vegetables. They can range in size anywhere from 7 to 100 pounds or more. (Vegetables, huh? Now that’s a great reason to eat more vegetables.)

    … a Soviet cosmonaut found himself stuck in space when the Soviet Union collapsed? Sergei Krikalev (born 1958) rocketed into space to spend time aboard the Mir space station in 1991. While Krikalev was in orbit, political troubles began to brew in the Soviet Union. He agreed to remain aboard the station for the next crew because of a change in flight rotations, and because of that he was still in orbit when the Soviet Union dissolved in December of 1991. That meant that the liftoff and landing sites normally used for cosmonauts were now in another country, Kazakhstan. Finally, several months later, after all the details had been sorted out, Krikalev was allowed to return to Earth – to the Russian Federation, a completely different country. Surprisingly, even though he had spent more than a year in space in just that one flight, Krikalev would journey into orbit four more times – twice aboard American Space Shuttles and twice more to the International Space Station on Soyuz rockets from Russia. He holds the third place spot on the longest time spent in space, with 803 days, 9 hours, and 38 minutes – the equivalent of 2.2 years spent orbiting the Earth. (“Earth to Krikalev … yeah, we’re gonna need you to stay up there a little while longer … How long? Oh, no more than a couple of years … Food? Water? You’re on your own, buddy.”)

    … the Vatican has a plan in the event aliens ever arrive on Earth? Their plan involves baptizing the aliens and converting them to Christianity. (My personal plan involves avoiding alien death ray guns, if you want to know.)

    … you have more bacterial cells in your body than you do human cells? Now before you get all hypochondriac and call the doctor, consider this: the bacterial cells are much smaller and take up far less space. If you could take all of the bacteria from your body and put it in a gallon jug, it would only take up half of the jug. (That’s supposed to comfort me? I have half a gallon of bacteria???)

    … a popular breed of cat is thought to be descended from French royalty? Well, not directly, but you’ll get the idea. Maine Coon cats are natives of New England, and some cat breeders think the breed descends from cats sent to America by French queen Marie Antoinette (1755-1793) when she was planning to escape to the New World during the French Revolution.

    … dinosaurs didn’t really become totally extinct? Their descendants survive today, and you know them as birds. In fact, the modern chicken is thought by scientists to be the direct evolutionary descendant of the king of the dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus rex. (That actually explains a lot about chicken behavior, now that I think about it.)

    … there are ice cream machines in Antarctica? (And here you thought Antarctica was an ice cream machine.)

    … baboons keep dogs as pets? In the wild, baboons will sometimes kidnap feral dog puppies to raise and keep as protection. The baboon and dog form a symbiotic relationship not unlike that of a human and a pet dog. (So they’re not just man’s best friend, then.)

    … the average human head weighs between eight and twelve pounds? (Just right for bowling!)

    … in zero gravity, the flame of a candle is round? And it’s blue.

    Now … you know!

    • thebesig says:

      Yes, on the dinosaur part. :mrgreen: In fact, one term to describe birds is, “avian dinosaurs”. The dinosaurs that went extinct are labeled as “non-avian dinosaurs”.

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        My plans for the whole Alien Invasion is to avoid that whole “anal probing” and becoming their dinner thing.

        Tanks CW, you da man! :mrgreen: 😉

        • Thunderstixx says:

          “It’s a COOKBOOK” !!!!!

          • rgr1480 says:

            “Mr. Chambers, don’t get on that ship! The rest of the book To Serve Man, it’s… it’s a cookbook!”

            • David says:

              Little trivia on that episode – the alien you saw most was Dick Kiel.

              • Commissioner Wretched says:

                In March, I have a trivia column coming that’s entirely devoted to the Twilight Zone … but here’s a foreshadow: ALL of the alien Kanamits in that episode were played by Richard Kiel. You can only tell once, in a split-screen effect toward the end, where it doesn’t quite match up, but they were all Kiel.

    • Former EM1/SS says:

      … the average human head weighs between eight and twelve pounds? (Just right for bowling!)

      Who knew that Jerry McGuire was a learning tool……

      Happy New Year everyone!

    • thebesig says:

      Here’s one for a future trivia column if you haven’t included one from before. Person missing for 10 years found behind a freezer at a grocery store.

      People “didn’t know” how his remains could be there for this long, some explained that the cry for help, if any, was drowned out by the units, but people commented that it reeked really bad near those freezers.

      • Commissioner Wretched says:

        Interesting … thanks for the tip!

      • 26Limabeans says:

        They probably used the same dog from
        this mornings feel good story about the
        dead transgender.

        • thebesig says:

          Some of the commenters to related articles said that the stench back in that area was really bad. One has to think, “Bad stench + missing employee” = I wonder…

          If customers were aware of something not right back there, management could’ve come to a more closer conclusion.

          • Hack Stone says:

            Well, where Hack Stone worked in Bethesda there was a horrible stench. Thought it might be the remains of Elaine Ricci decomposing, but eventually discovered it’s coming from the Vice President of the company.

    • David says:

      Space monkey, space monkey…

    • OAE CPO USN Ret says:

      “… there are ice cream machines in Antarctica? (And here you thought Antarctica was an ice cream machine.)”

      I’ve made a few trips to McMurdo Station and can confirm that fact. McMurdo also has 2 ATM’s.


      • Hack Stone says:

        Has anyone stationed there ever “gone local” and married a native? Just wondering when they took the new spouse to S-1 for the military dependent ID, and the guy taking the photo had to find a booster seat for a penguin?

        • OAE CPO USN Ret says:

          The marriage was quickly annulled. All the penguins looked the same and the husband kept bringing the wrong “wife” home.

  5. Roh-Dog says:

    “[Y]ou have more bacterial cells in your body than you do human cells.”
    That explains why my jeans are tighter, illegal bacteria crossin my borders!

    • Thunderstixx says:

      The actual count on both those organisms are as follows in an approximation .

      The human body is a machine, an amazingly complex and elegant machine that captures our soul and confines it for however long we walk in an upright position as we fight the never ending struggle with gravity, which always wins…

      It will take mankind numerous centuries to comprehend the true ways that the bodily cell structures interact in a smooth and amazingly complex fashion where one chemical does one thing unless you have this other chemical hormone in the bloodstream along with this, that and the addition of yet more hormones and chemicals that enable all three trillion cells to exist as separate little machines that individually eat, breath, digest their food and get rid of the waste products…

      That’s right, three trillion cells that all work together to keep our soul in check while we perform whatever duties we perform in this game we call life…

      NOW, add into the mix the FIVE trillion bacteria that live in, on and deep inside our bodily cavities and help the overall machine to work as it was designed by someone at least half as smart as larsy-boi, don’t believe me ??? Ask him, he’ll tell you just how smart he is !!!
      With that in mind and my 25 year career as a nurse I simply tell people that are having OCD issues with germaphobia to give up as we have lost the war.

      Germs, like insects outnumber us so incredibly smart humans that think of themselves as omnipotent by about five thousand trillion to one in the overall scheme of things.

      Your body needs germs as does the planet we live on and they are truly everywhere. There is no doubt that with all the mass extinctions in the history of Planet Earth it was probably the bacteria that carried the DNA that allowed God in his infinite wisdom to repopulate the Earth.

      The original movie and the remake of a great movie, “The War of the Worlds”, you know, the remake, the one with the egomaniac pipsqueak and a bratty little girl that just can’t stop screaming and another goofball that thinks he is as badass as the pipsqueak is and joins the US Army to save the planet in that great movie, “The War of the Worlds”.

      The special effects in the remake were top notch though. The Amtrak to Hell is one of my favorite scenes…

      Those “bugs” as we health care professionals like to call them, rang true as the bacterial warfare consumed the alien invaders in a short week or two upon their arrival on our beautiful green, filthy planet…..

      So when you picked up that handful of dirt and tried to eat it when you were a kid helped you more than you could ever know simply because it gave you some immunity against something that could kill millions had not the designer of this machine that captures and keeps our soul foreseen these events many, many, many eons ago…..

      When they say 7 days, who really knows how long a day is on the place that our designer lives.

      So, my friends, I trust that all of you had a great Christmas and New Year and that all of you are looking forward to a very safe and rewarding year doing whatever it is that you do to be the person that you are.

      And to our friends like WW, and anyone else suffering with severe illness, I hope and pray that the Lord sees fit to bring all of you to the end of the things that keep you from truly enjoying this wonderful gift we call life.

      “Live long… And prosper,” my friends…

      PS, we’re still doomed !!!!

      • Roh-Dog says:

        Thanks for the knowledge drop!
        Ive heard that its our sterile-ish lifestyles that may be causing some health effects. I know its anecdotal but after digging in the dirt and gardening my allergies seem to effect me a lot less.
        It’s possible that it just gets me away from dust mites long enough, it could be the microbiome of the Good Earth.
        All I know is nature is creepy as sh*t….
        and we’re all doomed.
        Thanks again!

  6. Roh-Dog says:

    Alright folks, I have some GREAT news!!!
    Since I’ve been here on TAH I’ve had this hole, an absence in my life, alone and cold in this world. There has been times were I had flings on other sites, posting frivolously, having one response stands, really using my eyes in a seemingly hopeless pursuit…
    But I finally found what I was looking for: love.
    I want to announce my engagement to a user here: Fuck the military!
    I want to extend a thank you to my larger TAH family and invite you to the nuptials.
    We haven’t picked a date, yet! But I’m hoping y’all can make it for a 04NOV20 to celebrate the re-election of President Trump and the unification of our souls!
    See: https://valorguardians.com/blog/?p=93951

    • OWB says:

      Can we have King Cake for the reception???

      (Can’t wait to celebrate the progeny of your union.)

      • thebesig says:

        If it occurs in one of the days from January 6 to February 25 this year. If the reception takes place outside those dates this year, it’s “bad luck”. :mrgreen:

      • Roh-Dog says:

        I don’t know what that is but we are going to have all the things!
        FtM wants the invitations to be on giant candy d*cks, I hope everyone is ok with that.
        Old habits die hard, I guess.

        • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

          But can FtM find enough time in between cooking fries and mopping the floor as well as screaming in “Orange Man Bad” rants to go do that? FtM might two-time on you with Lars!

    • rgr769 says:

      Make sure you give us plenty of advance notice so the TAH gang can get up the contributions for that “Honeymoon Size” tub of “I Can’t Believe It’s Not K-Y,” so that your beloved bride can “lube you long-time.”

  7. Fjardeson says:


  8. Sapper3307 says:

    Sorry Iran, you can vote for Bernie in 2020.

    • thebesig says:

      Folks in that area, radical types, tend to cheer when Democrats enjoy electoral victories in the U.S. They tend to consider it their victory too. They don’t like Republicans. Detrimental to their long term plans.

    • Graybeard says:

      Please, let them have Bernie now.

      I spent 1/2 hour on a treadmill at the gym trying to ignore his scolding on one TV screen by watching a football game on the next screen.


      • Thunderstixx says:

        That is one angry dangerous man, much like Huey Long…
        Too bad the heart attack didn’t kill the fuck…
        I mean that too. The bastard is more dangerous to the welfare of America is than all the Mullah’s in Iran…
        Fuck you larsy-boi… ESAD….

        • Graybeard says:

          I confess to, while trying to ignore him and focus on my work on the treadmill, asking God if He couldn’t intervene in Bernie’s case and take him out of our misery.

          Probably not the best Christian thoughts, but I am imperfect.

  9. 26Limabeans says:

    Congrats FA King of Battle.
    I had no idea it was Friday.
    Are the freakin holidays over yet?

  10. OldCorpsTanker72 says:

    I know something about this Mardi Gras thing, so I’d like to make a minor correction to the original post. It’s not a baby toy in the cake, it’s a toy baby. And since there’s such an abundance of lawyers in the world, the plastic babies are seldom put in the cake anymore, since someone might bite down on one and chip a tooth, or swallow it, or whatever. The babies come separate now, and if you’re feeling lucky, you can put it in the cake yourself.
    And the thing about eating a king cake out of season will make it rain next Mardi Gras. That’s not a very clever superstition. All it would take is ONE person to eat a king cake – heck, it would rain every Mardi Gras. Kind of like the thing of getting my lucky numbers in a Chinese fortune cookie – I don’t need MY lucky numbers, I’ll settle for anyone’s lucky numbers, as long as I win the lottery with them.

  11. Graybeard says:

    Was away from the puter, so:

    FIRST in the hearts and minds of my grandchildren!

    On a somber note, I learned, today, of the sudden, unexpected, death of a friend of ours last night. A pillar of our church and one of those men who was an ever-present helper and friend.

    Hug your family. Tell your friends you care for them. Remember nothing here is permanent.

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      Condolences Graybeard. Prayers will be offered up for your Church Family and the Family of your departed Brother in Christ.

      You are most correct. Things can change in a blink of an eye. We have all been there and done that.

      • Graybeard says:

        His wife (who has had her own health struggles the past few months) was at her mother’s to care for her overnight. She returned home to find her husband’s body.

        That is going to be really tough to live with.

        You’d think after so many years, and the loss of so many friends over the years (and a few near-misses myself) I’d handle these things better.

        I guess we never really do.

        • OWB says:

          No, we don’t. Somehow, though, each loss does seem to allow us to acknowledge what it does to us quicker, and maybe that is a bit healthier for us than denying it, as most of us did when we were much younger.

          If it’s any comfort to you at least you know that all of us have also lost dear ones and managed to muddle through it. It just doesn’t get any easier. Perhaps the management of the grief gets a little easier?

          Our thoughts and prayers are with you, GB.

  12. Sapper3307 says:

    Democratic Socialism for Iraq now,,, GO BERNIE!

  13. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Umpteen eleventyeth and Honorary First once again.


  14. OWB says:

    Did I already tell y’all HAPPY NEW YEAR???

    OK. Better twice than forget to do it at all.

    H*A*P*P*Y N*E*W Y*E*A*R !!!

    • A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

      I’m sure that we’ll see more crazy shit from him in the future, let’s hope that he gets committed instead!

  15. The Other Whitey says:

    Another Red Dawn WIP shot, plus a couple of completed projects, for those interested.


  16. The Other Whitey says:

    And since I missed the post on Soleimani, good riddance. May he be assraped by feral hogs in Hell.

  17. Sapper3307 says:

    Bernie Sanders next U.S ambassador to Iran.

  18. OAE CPO USN Ret says:

    In other news,

    Daniel Bernath is still dead. As per the NTSB Medical Factual report “According to the autopsy performed by the State of Florida, District 21 Medical Examiner, the cause of death wasmultiple blunt force injuries and the manner of death was accident.The brain was not available for examination due to the extent of injury.” I’d argue that the brain was never present to begin with. To see the report: Follow this link, search for ERA18FA064 https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/SitePages/dms.aspx Then click on the result. On the next page, select “NTSB Medical Factual Report”

    Also in other news, Joseph Cryer is still locked up for the heinous things he did to his dog. Google “joseph cryer” dog and see all the news reports.

    Somewhere in Floriduh, there’s a purple suited clown drinking DRG cocktails (don’t forget the lead paint chip garnish) and crying over pictures of Dan and Joe.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      My hypothesis is that the last thing to go through Bernath’s brain was his ass and even before the “accident” nobody could tell the difference between the two!

    • rgr769 says:

      Dannyboi’s brain must have been about the size of an orange and it just disintegrated into a grayish goo that soaked into the underbrush and ground in that pine forest. Some pine trees in the vicinity now likely have lower IQ’s.

  19. Combat Historian says:

    Been on vacation the past two weeks. Back to work on Monday. 2020 is gonna be a crazy but interesting year…

  20. Instinct says:

    January 3rd 35 years ago I was in RTC San Diego. My first day in the Navy.

    Get off my lawn!

  21. rgr769 says:

    Just read an article posted on some proggy website called theoutline.com. It was an attack on those of us who like to out and ridicule valor thieves. This Alex Nichols fellow who wrote it claims that those offended by valor thieves all identify as conservatives (his first false statement). I love how he seems sympathetic to one of our faves, ol’ fake CSM Papotia Wright. He implies we should have ignored his fakery, because what he really needs is government funded mental healthcare. Anyway, anyone interested can read his BS posted on Dec. 20, 2019.
    Personally, I think ol’ Pap should have faked or changed his first name. It seems he was cruelly mistreated by his parents when they handicapped him with “Papotia.”

  22. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    I find this funny. Kaepernick weighs in on the recent swatting of Soleimani.

    Humorously, the decedent is paleface. “Sun tan” does not equal “Brown folk”.


    • OWB says:

      Oh, that IS pretty funny, n a pitiful sort of way.

      Bless his widdle heart. His widdle BLACK heart. (Oh, wait, his heart really isn’t black??)

    • Roh-Dog says:

      Just wow.
      I can’t even…what if…who dafaq…

      At least he’s angry, which makes me happy.
      Who wants a shot?! Ive got; whiskey, whisky, or whiskey.