Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Happy St. Urho Day!


As the delightful flaming grasshopper (courtesy of the fabulous Stephanie Johnson AKA The Queen of Everything) indicates, today is St. Urho Day when we commemorate the famous Finnish leader who chased the grasshoppers from the vineyards with the cry,

“Heinäsirkka, heinäsirkka, mene täältä hiiteen!”

[Roughly, "Grasshopper, grasshopper, hie thee to hell!"]

Don't forget to load up on Grasshopper Hellfire merchandise from the Raven and Wombat Tea Party! And let's not hear any murmurings about the authenticity of this saint or his holiday -- take my word as a Finn and wear your purple and green proudly!

8 comments:

Todd Mason said...

Mmmm, crunchy locust.

K. A. Laity said...

Even better when they're coated in chocolate!

Anonymous said...

Just another reason to love being Finnish. :)

Natalie Rauch said...

(fighting with Blogspot, trying to post w/o Google password)

Jack C. Young said...

The Middle Eastern variety supposedly tastes like popcorn shrimp. They should be a good source of protein anyway.

K. A. Laity said...

LOL -- chocolate and popcorn shrimp?! I'm there! Natalie -- you have my sympathies. Once you're in the system it seems simple, but that's post-capitulation.

Then again, tonight we had a panel on campus about negotiating through our Catholic tradition while teaching, so we had a lively discussion about the possibilities and the challenges.

Todd Mason said...

"try 'em pork-fried"...I used to be able to comment pre-Blogspotting, but who knows what evil interacts now.

Todd Mason said...

Writing of "pretty" and grasshoppers...is it any coincidence that David Beckham is in a clinic in Turku at the moment, or at least was recently?