Mubarak Falls – prophetic month names

[9 days before he resigned, i proposed we call February of 2011 “Mubarak Falls”.  If you want your future prediction to come true, leave a comment below and we will consider it for a month name status.]

One of the many things i learned from interns who i nominally supervised while working in eastern Europe was about rough English translation of the Czech month names.  Erikk Piper taught me that unlike most of the world which is stuck in greek gods names for the months, the Slavs were influenced by the seasons and cultural happenings.  The calendar went something like this:

  • January: Icy
  • February: Second
  • March: Pregnant Animals
  • April: Oaks
  • May: Flowers
  • June: Red
  • July: Redder
  • August: Harvest
  • September: Animals in Heat
  • October: Spirits
  • November: Falling Leaves
  • December: Begging

So following in Erikk’s lead i used to date letters with things like

3 Falling Leaves 95 (for Nov 3, 1995)

21 Pregnant Animals 2K1 (for March 21st, 2001)

What was interesting to me, is that i regularly sign my name to the bottom of my emails with where i am and this odd date format.  And i could be corresponding with someone for months until i got to March or September, before they would ask what these strange words mean.  But when it got to be pregnant animals or animals in heat, i needed to explain myself.

And then as most funologists do, we took a good thing and went too far and started making up our own month names.  April 2010 was called “Ipad” for this new products release (and then when Bochie ordered one the month name changed for where it was in transit like “Ipad in Hong Kong”.  March of 2002 was called “Battle for Baghdad”  Months are named after friends kids who are born then.

I am calling this month Mubarak Falls.  It is my wish.  What comes next in Egypt will not be easy.  But as Gandhi said “All dictators fall” it is time for Mubarak to go.

About paxus

a funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.

17 responses to “Mubarak Falls – prophetic month names”

  1. jan haverkamp says :

    The Czech line is more like:

    * February: Second
    * April: Oaks
    * May: Flowers
    * August: Sickle
    * September: Roaring deer
    * October: Rain storms

    The interesting thing is that languages like Polish or Lithuanian have again completely different names 🙂

  2. jana says :

    a correction to Jan´s corrections:
    September: Shining
    October: Animals in heat

  3. richard w. lisko says :

    Not only Mubarek needs to go, but the entire regime. Portland indy media reports that the recently appointed V.P. is the point man in Egypt for extraordinary rendition proceedings and al-see-eye-ay-da point man for years now. He has been positively ID’d as having personally tortured prisoners. Mubarek going is not enough.

  4. Jeffrey Harris says :

    The next time someone in your sphere of influence is buying Apple stuff, feel free to send ’em my way. My supply of discounted schwag is finite, but it’s rarely used up.

  5. paxus says :

    @JBird: Oh, i dont doubt the whole crew needs to be swept away.

  6. Angie says :

    Well, it seems that your blog broke the story before it even happened! Could you please name next month “Angie magically wins 10 million dollars and starts a fabulous new community with her friends” ?

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