Monday, July 25, 2011

Happy 4th Birthday Groaner of the Week!!!!!

I am blushing.  I realized yesterday that it was just about time for the Groaner of the Week's Birthday and had to go searching to figure out when it began and learned that it began four years ago on July 16, 2007 so I'm late which isn't surprising given recent events.  That's 200+ groaners -- with rare repeats!!!  Yikes!!!  Thanks to all y'all for making it a success as well as your support, input, friendship and loyalty the past four years!  I love you madly!!!!!!

This was the original grooooooooaaaaannnnn!   Enjoy!!!!!!
 
Outside a small Macedonian village close to the border between Greece and strife-torn Yugoslavia, a lone Catholic nun keeps a quiet watch over a silent convent. She is the last caretaker of the site of significant historical developments spanning more than 2,000 years.

When Sister Maria Cyrilla of the Order of the Perpetual Watch dies, the convent of St. Elias will beclosed by the Eastern Orthodox Patriarch of Macedonia. However, that isn't likely to happen soon, as Sister Maria, 53, enjoys excellent health. By her own estimate, she walks 10 miles daily about the grounds of the convent, which once served as a base for the army of Attila the Hun. ;
In more ancient times, a Greek temple to Eros, the god of love, occupied the hilltop site. Historians say that Attila took over the old temple in 439 A.D. and used it as a base for his marauding army. The Huns are believed to have first collected and then destroyed a large gathering of Greek legal writs at the site. It is believed that Attila wanted to study the Greek legal system, and had the writs and other documents brought to the temple. Scholars differ on why he had the valuable documents destroyed -- either because he was barely literate and couldn't read them or because they provided evidence of democratic government that did not square with his own notion of rule by an all-powerful tyrant.

When the Greek church took over the site in the 15th Century and the convent was built, church leaders ordered the pagan statue of Eros destroyed, so another ancient Greek treasure was lost. Today, there is only the lone sister, watching over the old Hun base.

And that's how it ends: No Huns, no writs, no Eros, and nun left on base.

I hope y'all are groaning loud and long!

Happy Blogging!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kay

17 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your fourth anniversary! I don't comment often, but I do enjoy reading your posts.

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  2. Happy 4th!
    you've done an outstanding job in keeping us groaning :)

    the post below is brilliant Kay, I think you should be Bernie's running mate

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  3. What Lilalia said! (and that's a LOT of groaning!)

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  4. Anonymous1:59 PM

    Egads, Kay, you really made us work for that one. But it was worth it!
    Cop Car

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  5. Anonymous2:17 PM

    P.S. Belated anniversary wishes, Kay.
    CC

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  6. Oh, this is a grand one for my baseball minded husband. Hugs at ya.....

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  7. Happy 4th, Kay! I'm not a baseball fan, so it took me a moment to get this. I'm sending out a long groooooan!

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  8. Congrats on four years of dreadful puns. May there be many more Kay!

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  9. while I groaned... I laugh.. thanks Kay

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  10. Gabbygeezer5:53 PM

    Happy anniversary! As an old sports writer-scorekeeper, I might have said: "No writs, no nuns, no Eros."

    But what the hey, anyway you phrase it, it's a great groaner.

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  11. Happy 4th and congratulations to you Kay! This calls for a celebration!

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  12. Lia: Thank you!!! I love your blog, too!

    Dianne: Thanks!!!! I try!
    Me? Running mate? Nevah!!! Guys don't trust tall women! LOL

    Judy: You betcha, Sis!!!

    CC: LOL My work is done! And thanks!!!!

    Maggie: he'll love it!! Thanks!!!!

    Kay: lol I hope it was worth the effort!!!

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  13. Jams: Thanks!!!!

    WT: Mission accomplished!!! Thanks!!!!

    Dick: Thanks!!! Yours works, too!!

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  14. Charles: Thanks!!! I hope you and Odd are doing well despite the tragedy over there!!!!

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  15. Four years? That means I have missed about 2 1/2 years of them. Keep them coming. And congratulations on the anniversary.

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  16. brilliant, and worth repeating. My dad who loved puns would have been in 7th heaven.

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  17. Fabulous! Love your Groaners! Congratulations on your 4th anniversary--quite an accomplishment.

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