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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Happy Ides!

Today is the Ides of March a famous day in European history because of Brutus, Cassius and a bunch of other Roman dudes.

Did you ever wonder what an "ide" was. Here's the explanation from Wikipedia [Ides of March].
The word Ides comes from the Latin word "Idus" and means "half division" especially in relation to a month. It is a word that was used widely in the Roman calendar indicating the approximate day that was the middle of the month. The term was used for the 15th day of the months of March, May, July, and October, and the 13th day of the other months.
I think you have to be more than 50 years old to appreciate this skit. You might have to be Canadian.1

1. Wayne & Shuster are graduates of the University of Toronto.


  1. I'm no square, man, but is there not a certain great quality evident in a Wayne and Shuster skit thats missing from today's programming? Well, maybe its just that it brings back fond memories of watching TV with my grandmother when I was under 10 years old (her other favourites were Polka Time with Walter Ostanek and Columbo).

  2. Came across just fine to a 73 yr old Kiwi in Santa Cruz CA

  3. Short student recap of the Ides: "Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the battlefields of Gaul . The Ides of March murdered him because they thought he was going to be made king. Dying, he gasped out: "Tee hee, Brutus."

    Glen Davidson