Monday, September 7, 2015

What The Hell Is Labor Day Anyway?

Today is officially Labor Day (spelled incorrectly in other parts of the world as Labour Day, with extra, wasteful vowels), the day that we commemorate St. Labor driving all of the work out of Ireland.

Okay, you got us. We have no idea what Labor Day is, or why it was started. But we're willing to bet that you don't know either. Most of us just see it as nothing more than a one day Get Out Of Jail Free card.


So, since we care so much about the proper education of our readers, we're going to look up the 3 sentence summary as given by the lord of all knowledge, Wikipedia, and illustrate it in an attempt to educate you on the massively underrated and massively underappreciated holiday that is Labor Day.

You see, in 1882 a machinist named Matthew Maguire first proposed we have a Labor Day while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union. Which is really quite impressive from someone who was just a secretary.


However, some historians argue that it was first proposed by Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor, after witnessing the annual labor festival.


In other words, we have no idea who the hell started Labor Day. Or why, really. In fact, THIS IS AN ACTUAL GIF FROM THE US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S WEBSITE, featuring the patronizing caption, "Who do YOU think is the real Father of Labor Day?"

http://www.dol.gov/laborday/history.htm

Okay, so we don't really know who started it. Or why. But we do know when it started. Oregon was the first state to celebrate Labor Day, on February 21st, 1887. But how can that be, you ask? Isn't Labor Day the first Monday in September? Well it is, because fuck Oregon. They then moved it to May 1st, which you may notice is also not September, to coincide with International Workers' Day.

However, the Haymarket Massacre occurred on May 4th, and who wants to be associated with that kind of thing? Certainly not Labor Day, so President Grover Cleveland said fuck it, let's just have it be on the first Monday of September.


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This change of date was favored strongly by the Knights of Labor, who clearly needed a day off from carrying all of that heavy armor while giving birth.



And now we have a free day off from work because someone - we're not sure who - suggested it, and a muppet decided it shouldn't be celebrated during a time of massacre and also fuck Oregon. So the first Monday in September was approved by pregnant knights, and the date stuck.

Got it? Of course you do. This is just simple history, folks. So enjoy your Labor Day if you're American. Or your Labour Day if you love unnecessary vowels.

Cheers and stay laborious, friends,
B&B

Music: The Pigeon Detectives
Beer: Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest

No, really. (Reference)

120 comments:

  1. I've actually heard of that dancing plague.
    What worries me most is that the Department of Labor has time and tax dollars to spend making that gif. And it's not even very good. I want my tax dollars back.

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    1. And yet I kinda feel like "wacky old timey boxing gif" wouldn't even crack the top ten list of stupid things the government has spent tax dollars on.

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  2. History makes more sense when you two boys tell it!

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    1. Well our source is Wikipedia so you know we're telling you the version of history that even user xXx_pussyslayer69_xXx can understand.

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  3. I feel like I understand it now. I do wish you would have gone into the part where the labor movement imposed the commie 40-hour work week on us.

    If it wasn't for those bastards, I'd have been able to start working 60-hour weeks when I was 8 without getting break or vacations. Or fire extinguishers for when i caught on fire. Again.

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    1. I would have given ANYTHING to spend my single digits working in a factory assembly line, but noooo, now that's considered child labor. Thanks for nothing.

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  4. A great historical day it seems, does it really matter who is the father -they both can share the title I think. Great post guys, greetings!

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    1. But according to the department of labor there can only be one. Why settle it peacefully when you can beat the other guy to death and take the title for yourself?

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  5. I love holiday I get off work and don't have to see family or buy presents. But until I was 6 I thought Labor Day was was when everyone pregnant had their babies. I wasn't very bright

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    1. You say that, and yet 6 year old you really wasn't any further away from knowing Labor Day's true origins than the rest of us are now.

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  6. Definitely Maguire. Just look at him, he's throwing way more punches than his opponent!
    They actually have very similar last names, so I wouldn't be surprised if they're one and the same individual, split into two due to sloppy history writing. Also, do people actually celebrate anything on labor day, aside from their free day off?

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    1. I love that idea. It's like the world's worst Fight Club. Maguire was McGuire all along, so when they fought, he was really just punching himself in the face.

      And, uh, people sometimes have barbecues. And drink beer. So...no, not really.

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  7. The really strange this is that I DO know about the dancing plague but I still have no real clue about the origin of Labour Day. I can tell you that it's bullshit though. A friend of mine is off school today and is, instead, working. On Labour Day. Government Day Off. I also didn't know the first Monday of May was International Workers Day. Over here it's just May Day and it IS a bank holiday so yes, lots of people have it off. Unless you work in a store. Stores never close anymore.

    On a slightly unrelated note have you guys thought about anything I could borrow your blog for for promotional purposes?

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    1. My boss is kind of an asshole, so he's making me work today. Also, I am my own boss.

      What if we combined both of those things, and had the Labor Day Dancing Plague? Every year, the first Monday of September, people uncontrollably take to the streets and dance for 24 hours straight. No, wait, that's a terrible idea.

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    2. Great idea! That'd be the only exercise most Americans get!

      -polishSpring

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    3. You know how the British have tea time, and Muslims have dedicated prayer times? We should have American dance times. Every day at noon music starts blasting and people are forced to dance for one hour straight. Out with the obesity, in with the funk.

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  8. So there is no mother and just a father? Maybe the mother discovered the extra vowel and is silent.

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    1. Maybe Maguire and McGuire were both the father, and they had Labor Day by female surrogate.

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  9. I thought everyone knew that it was named after the Greek godess Laborinthia who guards the gates of the yearly harvest cycle and devours the pure who try to pass wearing white.

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    1. My favorite part of that story is when the minotaur gets trapped in the Laborinth for 24 straight hours and spends it barbecuing and drinking cheap light beer.

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  10. B&B:
    ROFLMAO...
    ( gotta get my Monday laugh-fest gig on)

    Gentlemen, we have consensus and are of a like mind today.
    (I wonder if the WORLD knows THAT?)
    :)
    VERY well presented.
    (your explanation w/ cartoons should be MANDATORY at ALL schools...or ELSE!)
    History is HYSTERICAL... as well as awesome!
    (Thanks for the look back as to why we fuck Oregon)

    Enjoy the day off, guys.
    (unless you're either working for the FEDS, or are part of the FEDS entitlement program...then it's just ANOTHER DAY OFF, right?)

    Roll safe out there.

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    1. It's just nice to know that after hundreds of years we're still keeping up the proud tradition of fucking Oregon.

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  11. I always thought of it as giving the finger to "The Man", because if we don't get one fucking day off after bustin' our humps all summer we're going to hit him where it hurts. In the wallet. Of course, in the spirit of what Labor Day has become, I'm going to drive around in a big SUV, drink beer, eat barbecue, and disturb my neighbors, not necessarily in that order.

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    1. You are truly embodying the spirit of what Maguire or McGuire or whoever the fuck started this thing would have wanted. Godspeed sir, and may you drunkenly run down many pedestrians in your giant SUV on this sacred day.

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  12. In other words, this day as been presented in part by Sesame Street and their new home, HBO.

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    1. Suddenly the bare knuckle boxing all makes sense.

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  13. When I was little my dad always told us Labor Day was created as a day to work extra hard on the farm and take care of extra chores before the school year started. I didn't know it was actually a holiday for most people until high school. I felt even dumber than using extra vowels. I did learn the most important skill as a parent is how to manipulate their children. I love my dad for that.

    Susan Says

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    1. That's brilliant. Someone needs to start telling children that Arbor Day is the day when all of the good little boys and girls have to plant three trees before summer to appease the tree gods, or else tree monsters will eat them. Think how much greener the planet would be!

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  14. You're speaking English, buddy. If the Brits decide to throw vowels into their words, that's how it shall be done ;)

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    1. I believe we stopped being pushed around by the Brits when we sailed over here in the 1700s. After that, we said no more unnecessary vowels! I have better things to do with my time than type all of those extra letters. And it's aluminum, not a-loo-minn-ee-um. There, I said it!

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    2. Man, it must be nice having all that independence to spare.

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    3. Later tonight I might just go dump some tea bags into a harbor to piss off those damn oppressive Brits.

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  15. >>... so President Grover Cleveland said fuck it, let's just have it be on the first Monday of September.

    I didn't notice any quotation marks, so I'm wondering if that was a direct quote from Grover Cleveland. I'm sure it must have been, but you just don't love unnecessary, wasteful quotation marks.

    BROTHER BEER BOYS, this one had me laughing so hard at times that tears were rollin'. I haven't cried like that since the last time I watched 'On Borrowed Time'. And this was probably your funniest blog bit since the "Conspiracy Bear".

    That picture of Secretary Brandon had me howling.

    Well done, Beer Boys, well done! I'd stay and say more but... I gotta get ready to go to work.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. All of this crucial history being taught, and you still didn't get the message? Don't go to work. It's not what Maguire/McGuire/MacGuyver would want. Whoever he was.

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    2. Well, if it had been MacCATver who had given us Labor Day, it would have more meaning for me. But as it is, when my boss says, "Jump", I jump... being his little bitch that I am.

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  16. What's wrong with a few unnecessary vowels? I could repeat what the English say about what the Americans did to the English Language, but I do have American roots, so I won't. Labour Day is an excuse for us to celebrate that we don't have to work, even though we know we do have to work at something. . .besides if you question a day 'off' too much, it might disappear, then how would everyone sit at home watching football and drinking beer on a Monday?

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    1. If you've seen what a teenager on a cellphone does with the English language, Americanized English is the least of our problems.

      sup bae ur cmin 2 my plc 2nite y?

      I just wonder what those kids are doing with all of the extra time they saved not typing those extra letters. Probably the same thing I'm doing not typing all of those extra British vowels. ;)

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  17. Well that sure cleared things up for me. lol

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    1. Enriching others with a vast sea of knowledge is just what we do here. Through toilet humor, mostly.

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  18. Isn't there some kind of cosmic dysfunction in having a day off from labor on a day celebrating labor? Just sayin'. Now pass me that hot dog...

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    1. Yeah, right? Having Labor Day be a celebration of a day off from labor is like having Arbor Day be a celebration of the day we all cut down our trees.

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  19. My laughs got louder: first with the "middle management" at the bottom. High-five on that one. I've spent many a year down there. Next, with "fuck Oregon". That's purely funny, though I like Oregon, despite the weather. Come to think about it, fuck Oregon! Third, President Grover! I think I'll write in "President Cookie Monster" when I go to vote in the upcoming election.

    Great to see you back. Hope Tuck is well.

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    1. I think I just figured it out. Portland, Oregon is the home of hipsters, and back in 1887 America was just telling Oregon to go fuck itself before it was cool. Now THAT'S some hipster cred.

      Tuck is 100% finished, edited, and polished, and is in the loving hands of our agent. That story actually features a lot of jabs at middle management, so if you thought this was funny, you're going to love the shit out of Tuck.

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  20. My dogs tell me it's labrador day not labor Day. They always make so much sense.

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    1. As long as we all get a free day off they can call it whatever they want. I'd celebrate Labradoodle Day if it means a free day of drinking before noon.

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    2. My daughter had a Labradoodle. She was the cutest dog ever, and the worst behaved. She was an alpha dog.

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  21. I'm curious how that toaster was conceived!!

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    1. We'll tell you when you get a little bit older, Barb.

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    2. Barb, sometimes when small appliances love each other very much . . .

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  22. Labour Day...another holiday that Walmart will try to get rid of. I think there should be a holiday in every month and I don't care what they make it actually. We now have family Day in Feb. I think that is smashing:) Now I don't visit family on that day but hey? I love it that cookie monster does lines-that is brilliant:) As for the knight-he is a first she he is giving birth but he also must be happy the toaster was not plugged in.

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    1. The toaster actually is still plugged in, because the doctor has not yet cut the umbilical power cord. And how's that for some weirdness? We have Labor Day to celebrate working, and we commemorate that by having a day off, but when we celebrate Family Day we aren't given a day off to spend with our family. I want a refund on this whole holiday thing.

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  23. Well of course when you are retired LaboUr day doesn't mean a damned thing anyway. It's just another day and the Knights of LaboUr still have to work anyway as do many others such as nurses, cops and prison officers (whom nobody ever remembers). Just checked, seems we don't have it in the UK although we do in Canada.

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    1. I just want you to know that had you not typed all of those silly, unnecessary Us, you would have saved yourself a grand total of 7 minutes and 12 seconds typing out your comment. That's a 100% statistical fact.

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    2. By the way they do give us a holiday on Family day in Canada. I get teed off with both holidays and any others on Mondays because we can't bowl There are usually thousands of screaming, badly behaved kids in the alley instead of screaming, badly behaved seniors.

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    3. I'd rather hang out with a bunch of screaming seniors over screaming children any day. Seniors have hilariously off-color stories about their youth, they have no filter, and they can change their own diapers. They don't call it "the golden years" for nothing.

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  24. Does this qualify as copyright infringement with Drunk History? I thought Labor Day had something to do with a bunch of women getting burned alive trapped in a sewing sweat shop. And that's why there's the whole "don't wear white after Labor Day" thing. Next can you explain why the biggest pot smoking day is also Hitler's birthday?

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    1. I think you just created our next 4/20 blog post. According to Wikipedia, a group called the Waldos were trying to steal an abandoned pot plant and used the codename 4:20 Louis. Make sense? Of course it does.

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  25. Well, I know that I'm working today.

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    1. Would you check and see if I'm working today? I'm not anywhere near the schedule sheet and I'm too lazy to get up.

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  26. I got an overwhelming flooding sense of pure joy as I realised I did not have to attend work today. It was like a small celebration. The reality is I will have to attend tomorrow but for now lets party....YESSSSS!

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    1. Drink for today, regret it tomorrow. That's our motto.

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  27. Out of the last ten something years, I might have been off only two labor days. "Labor" day is a proper term for the day.

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    1. I only ever worked for small companies so we had the day off but we ended up working 40 hours for the next 4 days anyway to make up for it... So... Totally worth it!

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  28. I was wondering the same thing... what is it? So when I saw the title of your post, I just knew I would find out everything I'd always wanted to know about labour um labor day. Now I need a drink.

    P.S. I hate wasteful vowels too. They should be forbidden.

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    1. When we first came up with the post idea, we thought we'd just give everyone a funny history lesson. In the end I guess we technically did, but, uh... I learned nothing. We'll definitely take you up on that drink.

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    2. You leaned nothing... I often teach nothing. See, we're a great team. Now, let's get that drink.

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  29. I love labor day! And the best thing is, its celebrating ME (a lowly laborer), so I don't have to feel guilty for not attending a parade or being all patriotic and whatnot. Meeee!!!

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    1. Considering the other 364 days are all about your bosses... You enjoy that day to yourself. You earned it, dammit.

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  30. To hell with Labor Day! What's this about a dancing plague? Of course I googled it. Why don't we have those anymore? Is the music of our modern times not as powerful as the bards of old? What level of bard to you have to be to make people dance themselves to death? And in my continuing effort to bring the geek to your comments section, I asked my husband. There is a 6th level bard spell (D&D 3rd ed.) called irresistible dance. It doesn't last but a few rounds though.

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    1. YES! Bring back the 6th level of bard. I'd cast that spell until my fingers went numb and the DM hated me.

      "You enter the inn and see the evil kingslayer flee into the back room. What do you do?"
      Sweet. I cast irresistible dance on the innkeeper.
      "No, you're not supposed to... fine, whatever. You rolled a one and missed. Now what do you do?"
      I cast it again.
      "Seriously? Fine, this time it worked and the innkeeper is dancing. His security team is furious."
      Okay. So... I cast it on all of them, too.
      "I hate you, dude."

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    2. Yup. That's about how our games go too. :)

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  31. I don't know, BBS"s, but I missed Johnny Laborseed. How could you substitute this impudent part of anul history, exchanging it for a toaster? Remarkable, I say (smile). oh and thanks for visiting on BOTB vote day.

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    1. Because if my bank has taught me anything it's that everyone loves a free toaster.

      Also, no need to thank us for doing our civic duty of voting! ... on music. We wouldn't be caught dead* voting for elected officials. Ugh, gross.

      *come to think of it if we were dead you might actually see our votes show up, if you get what I'm sayin'

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    2. The drawing of Matthew Maguire freaks me out, not that I'm criticizing anyone or anything. I hope I die dancing. It's better than dying in a nursing home or hospital. Dance, dance, dance to the music . . . I can't remember the words.

      Love,
      Janie

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    3. We can dance if we want to
      We can dance until we die
      Cause your friends don't dance
      And if they don't dance
      Well they're no friends of mine

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    4. Everybody cut loose, foot loose, kick off your Sunday shoes.
      Well, your mama don't dance, and your daddy don't rock and roll.
      Dance, dance, dance to the music. Give me time to think.

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    5. We love to boogie. We love to boogie.
      Jitterbug boogie. We love to boogie.
      We love to boogie on a Saturday night.

      Do the hustle!

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  32. Oh come on now. Doesn't everyone know that Labor Day was ACTUALLY founded by the super successful mud-harvesting tycoon, Harvey G. Labor in 1786? No? Well he was having a really tough time getting his underpaid mud-harvesters to come in to work on the first Monday of September. They never showed up on time, because they were all at furniture stores buying mattresses at a discount and getting a free pillowcase with every purchase! Also the plague. Anyhoo, one day good old Harvey G. threw up his hands and said: "Screw-eth this! If-eth it is-eth always going-eth to be like this-eth, I'll just-eth giveth them all the whole Monday off. Eth."

    And that, my friends, is how Labor Day came to be. Eth.

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    1. I don't suppose you can repeat that in American? I don't speak none of that fancy middle ages English that all those limp-wristed Brits like Shakespeare used to speak.

      Because dammit, there's nothing more American than Labour Day.

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    2. Well, I'll give it a shot...

      "Screw this! If it's always going to be like this, I'll just give them the whole friggin' Monday off! Those sonsabitches!"

      There. Was that better?

      (And don't think I didn't catch that unnecessary vowel in your spelling of an American holiday! Ten points are going to be taken from your final score for this post. I know it's harsh, but we just can't have that sourt of nounseinse arounde here, goode sir!)

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    3. Yes, now I get it! Giving Monday the finger! That Garfield was onto something.

      And how dare you insult the honour of my labourious posting by colouring me with a derogatory demeanour when all I'm trying to do is savour the flavour of my American heritage in all its glamour.

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    4. Very well then. Make it 2 points. Just because I rarely give out perfect scores for anything. I'd probably be very hated were I a college professor, come to think of it...

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  33. Okay. Well, OK, if you say so it must be so. Toaster and all.

    I've never been in labor on Labor Day, but it might be interesting. Would that make my kids birthday and Un-birthday due to the holiday, thus making him/her ageless?

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    1. We really should celebrate more unbirthdays. I mean, it was my unbirthday yesterday and no one got me a damn thing.

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  34. *After staring at gif for five minutes* At this rate, I think this'll be an unsolved mystery. Those no point to throwing punches if you don't land them.

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    1. Maybe that's why all of those old timey bareknuckle boxing events lasted 110 rounds. No one landed a single punch, and the loser was the one who simply gave up because his arms got too tired from throwing all of those unlanded punches.

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  35. A holiday in the sun is always a good thing. Wasting tax dollars on a weenie GIF is even better.

    Father Nature's Corner

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  36. I've never actually understood Labor Day. Thank you for making it even more confusing that it was. The only thing I'm fairly certain of is that a bunch of boneheads live in Oregon. Maybe the beauty of the state just sucks the smarts out of everyone who resides there. I mean who would want a holiday in February if you live in the Great White North? I mean, if Florida had declared a holiday in February that would make sense. But Oregon? And then May, which often isn't much better. Thank goodness someone created the Muppets so that we could get this crapola straight.

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    1. I blame all of those hipsters. Those are the exact kind of people that would think it would be "hilariously ironic" to celebrate a holiday in the middle of a cold, blasting winter.

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    2. I worry about this hipster label. My daughter says that her older brother, who happens to be my son, is a hipster. I asked Sam, who cares for my golden tresses, if he's a hipster. She said he's not a hipster, but he has hipsterish qualities. Is he going to prison?

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    3. Hipsters don't go to prison. They just drive Priuses, eat vegan, and wear flannel while listening to terrible underground garage bands.

      Personally, I think I'd prefer prison.

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  37. History is pretty awesome. I'm mostly talking about the dance-to-death-athon and not the confusion that is Labor Day. I just know I get to stay home and usually someone gives me free food *shrug*

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    1. If you could have the people that gave you free food stop by our way when they're done feeding you, that'd be great. We had to pay for our food yesterday like chumps.

      Also, every year we should have a holiday devoted to the dance-to-death-athon. You don't have to dance until you literally die, but a whole day spent dancing until you figuratively die would be pretty fun.

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    2. Nope! :) my free food. (see, if I share them with everyone they'll run outta food!) It also helps that we're desperately broke and everyone sees us as a charity case :(

      I would be down with a dance-to-death-athon holiday. Bring that on!

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    3. We're both self employed writers so we know something about hording free food and being desperately broke. I mean, what's the fun in being a starving artist if you don't live up to the name, right?

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    4. Yes but you are supposed to live in a garret.

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  38. Yes, Cookie Monster seriously needed a break from eating cookies. Labor (or Labour) Day saved Cookie Monster! (But I really thought Labor Day was about moms making it through childbirth. That's something to celebrate!)

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    1. I wrecked my mom so bad on the way out that she had to get an emergency hysterectomy, which is why I don't have any siblings. I don't know if she wants to commemorate that.

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  39. I spent my Labor Day laboring in the house, because my child's daycare must know what it means! I don't think I got the memo. .. I labor more at home than I do at work ... Can I just go back to work?

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    1. I know that feel. I work harder as a stay-at-home writer than I ever did working a 40 hour a week job. Labor - it's not a job, it's a state of mind.

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  40. I come from the land of unions and they are the ones who really trump up Labor Day. In the South, it is just a day off. BUT I'LL TAKE IT!

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    1. This is why I never understand when atheists make a big stink over Christmas being a holiday. It's a free day off - just shut up and take it. I'd celebrate Ramadan if my job gave me paid time off. I mean, why the hell not?

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  41. I spent my Labor Day doing...lots of chores! Wait, I missed the point.

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    1. I spent my Labor Day in my underwear drinking beer. So...a typical Monday, really.

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  42. I feel very... enlightened. I think I'll drink a few beers and read this again.

    Germany's labor day is called May Day. It's celebrated on May 1, and I didn't even take advantage of it.

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    1. Unlike everything else in the world, this is one of the very few things that actually makes MORE sense when drunk.

      Germany's version of Labor Day makes complete sense, and doesn't even require any form of Googling to understand. Where the hell did we go wrong?

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  43. In Canada, we speak the Queen's English, unlike you scruffy half-educated Americans who misspell "labour" as "labor." But nevertheless, I agree -- fuck Oregon. See, we have common ground!

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    1. Well, if you hate Oregon too, there goes our bright idea of making Oregon become part of Canada. You take it - we don't want it! We'll even throw in Washington to make for a clean transition.

      And hey, if you think our English is bad, just go to the South. Those people butcher words I didn't even think possible to butcher. Like 'athlete', which the South mangles so badly it becomes three syllables. Ath-uh-lete.

      See, the South adds unnecessary Us too, but at least yours make sense and doesn't change the pronunciation of the word.

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  44. That gif feels like my brain after reading this. ;) LOL!

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    1. My brain feels like that after a six pack of craft beer on writing night. You get used to it after a while.

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  45. You two rock for 'splaining stuff to us because . . . well, fuck Oregon!

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    1. Throughout the comments, we've already had a handful of cheers for "fuck Oregon!" We haven't had one single person say, "Hey, Oregon isn't that bad." The only natural conclusion here is that Oregon is a state-shaped toilet and we should just break it off of the coast and let it sail away into the ocean, never to be seen again.

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  46. Thank you so much for clearing this up. Now I can rest easy and die with a smile on my face, because I know where Labor Day came from...sort of. Oh and Bryan; nice dress.

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    1. That's Brandon, but we both look amazing in a dress and hooker pumps, so I take it as a compliment either way.

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  47. I wrote a post about the origins and meaning of Labor Day a couple years ago, but I don't remember much about it now. Your version is definitely more entertaining!

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    1. Learning is overrated. Now laughter, that's where it's at.

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  48. Labor day works for me, as I don't have to work...haha..and it is always beer:30 somewhere...

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    1. Well, unless you work in a cushy office job.

      "I just spent 8 hours surfing Facebook on my couch to celebrate Labor Day. Now it's time to head back to work and spend 8 hours surfing Facebook at my cubicle."

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