For day 5 we have:
noun - used to express happiness
idiom - "making whoopee" to celebrate in a noisy way (old-fashioned and informal)
Do you remember...?
"Making Whoopee", a jazz/blues song by Gus Kahn and Walter Donaldson from the 1928 musical "Whoopee!"
The title is a euphemism for sexual intimacy and warns men about the marriage trap. The song takes us on a journey from a wedding and honeymoon through babies, responsibilities, affairs and possible divorce before ending with a judges advice. Many versions have been recorded over the years with artists often removing or adding verses for their own rendition. Here's a link to the original song by Eddie Cantor if you're interested.
noun - a rubber cushion that makes a noise like breaking wind when somebody sits on it
origin - the whoopee cushion was invented in Toronto in the 1920s by employees of the JEM Rubber Company who were experimenting with scrap sheets of rubber. However, it is said the 14 year old Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antonius c220AD used to slip "air pillows" under cushions for his guests to sit on. Strange to think that people found it funny almost 2000 years ago!
Did you know.....?
the largest whoopee cushion was made in New Zealand in 2014 and measures 6.035m (19' 9.48").
the record for the most number of whoopee cushions sat on in one minute was set at 84 in 2015 by a Blue Peter presenter (long-running UK TV programme for children).
Funnily enough I couldn't find any cross stitch charts showing whoopee cushions, so as a whoopee cushion makes a raspberry noise I've shoe-horned in a selection of raspberry charts:
Raspberry from Crazy For Fruit in Cross Stitch Crazy Magazine
(I will be stitching this in 2017)
Raspberry Patch by Country Cottage Needleworks
Raspberry Tea by Riolis
Exercise - something to which I have a severe allergy! Although in my defence because I don't drive I do walk everywhere (within reason!) and visit the gym twice a week so am not a complete slob.
Eurovision Song Contest - I'm afraid I have a soft spot for this annual and farcical musical extravaganza and follow it in quite some depth. The political scoring makes me cringe but occasionally a worthy contestant wins.
And finally my E project:
Midnight Elephant by True Colors
my first ever cross stitch, started in 1993 and finished 1994
This is still definitely one of my favourites, especially as it was an in-at-the-deep-end project stitched on black aida. I stitched it for my elephant-mad mum and it still has pride of place in her room. I love it!
See you with some Fs tomorrow.