Mike the Mad Biologist

Happy Evacuation Day!

And a Beannachtai na Feile Padraig too! (I’ve left out the accents cuz MovableType eats them). Tomorrow, in Boston, we celebrate one of the goofiest holidays EVAH!

No, I don’t mean St. Patrick’s Day–which is the Irish Purim*, and has perfectly…sensible traditions associated with it. I mean Evacuation Day, which celebrates the retreat of the British from Boston after an eleven month siege. That, and that the British decided not to burn the place down to the ground upon said leaving. Of course, Evacuation Day–a nice secular holiday–just happens to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day.

What a coinkydink…

*Not really, but you have to like holidays that feature much drinking of various beverages.

Comments

  1. #1 blf
    March 19, 2008

    I rather doubt Movable Type eats the accents. This topic recently caused Martin, with Pee Zed’s help, to fix things so it all works much better now.

    See the comments in I’m Praised in Romanian, I Think for the original discussion (starting from, again, a complaint about accents).

    Then see the post and comments in Tech Note: Diacritic Characters to see the solution in action.

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