Happy Independence Day

Hey folks, I just wanted to wish everyone a happy belated independence day! The bad news is that this year the holiday fell on Sunday which is stupid. There should be some law that restricts national holidays to Mondays and Fridays only so that people can get a 3 day weekend few times a year. The good news is that I have the Monday off which is awesome.

Anyways, in case you were living under a rock for over a decade now, you are probably aware that back in 1996 we got invaded by aliens who blew up the white house. The one we have now was rebuilt using the original blueprints, and ten million Lego bricks. Our civilization would have perished if it wasn’t for two brave men: the man-fly and the fresh prince:

National Heroes!

Jeff Goldbloom was able to defeat the aliens by uploading a virus to their incomprehensible alien computer system using his Mac. Will Smith helped him by smoking a cigar, but then his mom got scared and sent him to live with his aunt and uncle in Bel Air. It was a great success. To this day we commemorate this event by blowing shit up with fireworks.

Non-US readers: do you have a holiday in your area during which it is acceptable to blow shit up? If yes, please share.

Happy 4th everyone!

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12 Responses to Happy Independence Day

  1. nirnaeth ITALY Google Chrome Mac OS says:

    Here in Italy there’s no such holiday at national level. Usually we use fireworks during local holidays, such as Saint Something’s Day (every town has his own Saint Something… I know, I know… please don’t be mean -_-”). Sometimes very close towns engage in a fireworks battle, trying to show which mayor has the longest penis or something like that.

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  2. Alphast NETHERLANDS Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    In the Netherlands, people usually blow shit at New Year’s Eve and sometimes for the Queen’s Day (the birthday party of the Queen’s late mother). They are people maimed, burned and killed every year. Yet, the police doesn’t care. Actually, Dutch people have repeatedly won the yearly Darwin award on the very first hour of the year (notably in 2007), by attempting to light automatic fireworks with a match or a lighter, preferably with their head bent just above the rocket. Combine this with the import of illegal oversized fireworks… and the result is usually easy to forecast.

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  3. mcai8sh4 UNITED KINGDOM Google Chrome Linux Terminalist says:

    We have ‘Bonfire Night’ or Guy Fawkes Night (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Fawkes_Night) here in the uk. Although alot of the time we can blow shit up anytime we want – although thanks to the terror laws you can get in trouble for it these days. We also blow shit up on new years eve.

    I hope all you guys over in the US had an enjoyable, drunk and, most importantly, safe time.

    Remember kids, it’s always funny until someone gets hurt… then it’s hilarious!

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  4. ido ISRAEL Google Chrome Linux says:

    You have to have a license here in Israel to use fireworks, and most, if not all, the citizens abide to that rule – the only time you see fireworks is when the municipal authority uses them, or in large events by trained people.

    you may see some small firecrackers, usually small kids buy them illegally, but it seems that there are less of those now than 10 years ago.

    anyhow, this reminds me of this video:

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  5. MrPete GERMANY Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Germany is LAME considering fireworks.
    Sure, there’s nice things like “Böllern” before a wedding in my area when you use a gas-filled tube to produce loud bangs (it’s said to scare ghosts and since I never see any it seems to work. Oh, and it’s totally annoying the neighbours!).
    But whenever you want to blow something up that’s larger than a single firecracker you need permission…

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  6. Atlantiz GERMANY Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    @ MrPete:

    Well on New Year’s Eve you can shoot rockets and stuff, and right now, during a Soccer-World Cup, pretty much anything is acceptable, when Germany wins ;)

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  7. Kim Johnsson SWEDEN Google Chrome Windows Terminalist says:

    Has it been a year? Really? I still remember your last independence day post XD I also maintain that yours are the best in the blogosphere =P

    Here in Sweden we usually blow shit up on New Years Eve and Walpurgis Night. We also burn shit in huge bonfires on the last one =)

    I kinda wish we celebrated your independence day here too. Swedish national day celebrations just don’t measure up…

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  8. ST/op DENMARK Google Chrome Linux Terminalist says:

    @ Alphast:
    All of this sounds pretty much like Denmark :)

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  9. Ron NEW ZEALAND Mozilla Linux says:

    In nz we celebrate Guys Fawkes Night, the failed assaination attempt of King James. It largly sucks now, since all the good fireworks have been banned, cause of morons (stronger words are probably needed) putting them in body cavities of cats etc.

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  10. Dileep INDIA Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux says:

    In India, we celebrate Diwali (or Deepavali, if you are from the South), the Festival of lights. It commemorates the return of Prince Rama (an incarnation of Vishnu) to his kingdom after he rescues his wife Sita from the Evil Ten-headed demon Ravana, the King of Lanka. It is celebrated by burning lots of oil lamps and bursting truckloads of fire crackers manufactured by factories of tiny child-labourers from poor families in horrible working conditions.

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  11. Agnosis MEXICO Mozilla Firefox Linux says:

    Well, in Mexico we blow shit up on almost any holiday. Seriously, I can’t imagine why, but for many mexicans holiday=”blow as many things as you can even if you are a 3 years old” It can get very annoying on religious holidays, overall if you live in a small town. Some guys blow up explosives that are very similar to fireworks, just they don’t produce colorful effects: yep, they just make a horrible noise. Believe me, they can blow up hundreds of these explosives (named cohetes) in just one day. Nevertheless, there are also better things to watch:

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  12. kmac JAPAN Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    They have the right idea about holidays here in Japan.

    If the holiday falls on a weekend, then the following Monday is automatically off work as a “Substitute Holiday”. This should definitely be adapted in the States (if not the rest of the world). I cant tell you how many times holidays fell on the weekend and I was unable to reap the benefits of an extra day off.

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