Sunday, November 9, 2008

Penny for the Guy

In all the post-election saddness, I forgot to wish everyone a happy Guy Fawkes Day. This occasion would have passed completely unnoticed if, by chance, Nathan and I hadn't watched one of my favorite movies the other day "V for Vendetta," which deals heavily with the Guy Fawkes story.

Guy Fawkes was a 16th century Englishman who, along with Robert Catesby intended to blow up the English parliament in the Gunpowder Plot. Guy Fawkes Day is more commonly known as Bonfire Night when in commemoration of the plot's failure, bonfires and fireworks are lit in England. The phrase "Penny for the Guy" comes from the old tradition of children asking for money with which to purchase fireworks for the celebration.

So to all, Happy belated-Guy Fawkes Day.

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