Or – in the words of the immortal Monty Python:
Now for something completely different …
I thought with markets as crazy as they are these days, we could all do with a bit of a laugh ...
As the usual deafening humpha-music of the season is blearing from the radio, I thought I'd treat ya'll to a bit of cultural education – might come in handy some time when you travel to the fatherland this time of the year … you never know. Here in Deutschland, we're smack in the middle of what's fondly called The Fifth Season, the silly season or simply KARNEVAL – you know, similar to what you have left with Mardi Gras in New Orleans (only, no boobs out, at least not in public!)
The last leg of the season traditionally gets kicked off the Thursday before … 5 crazy days until it all must finish on Ash Wednesday, when us devout Catholics (ahem … well) head straight into fasting season … Bear with me; now comes the educational part:
Today is THE DAY to mark on your calendar, if ever you head into Teutonic-land, because then it's Wieverfastelaaven, Weiberfasching or, for all ye non-natives: the women's carnival.
Sisters – all you need is a pair of sharp scissors. Brothers, boys (all you members of the vulnerable outdoor-plumbing species!) – all you need is strong nerves in the face of danger!