28 March 2018

Why its April Fool's Day?

Six million Britons went to bed on September 2, 1752, and woke up on September 14. The reason? The Calendar (New Style) Act of 1750.

The mystery begins in 1582 when  Pope Gregory XIII was reigning as leader of the Roman Catholic church. He discovered that the Julian calendar that the church used at the time measured a year as 365 days and 6 hours long.

Actually the average length of a year is 365 days, 5 hours and 49 minutes. 

Over 1300 years the error became very significant. So he released a Papal bull (a declaration from the leader of the Catholic Church) —decreeing that every country would have to shift to a new calendar and skip some days.

Britain being mainly a Protestant nation cared little for the Pope's wishes. Soon many Europeans and many parts of the world changed from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar. Eventually 168 years later Britain too decided to shift.

So the King ordered that 11 days be wiped off the calendar in Sept 1752. The workers worked for only 19 days but were paid for 30 days. Some historians claim that is how the concept of 'paid leave' was born. 

In the Roman Julian calendar the year began on 01 April, whereas the Gregorian calendar began on 01 January. Many Britons refused to change tradition and continued to celebrate 01 April as New year's day.

When royal orders failed to stop the celebrations on 01 April, the King decreed that all those who celebrate New Year's day on 01 April wold be called 'fools'.


Ref:  Why the English Calendars Skipped 11 Days in 1752?

15 January 2018

Ordering Pizza nowadays - The reality

“Hello - is this George's Pizza?”

“No, sir - it's Google’s Pizza.”

“I must have dialled a wrong number.  Sorry.”

“No, sir, this is the correct number. Google bought George's Pizza last month.”

“Oh!  Okay,  I would like to order a pizza.”

“Do you want your usual, sir?”

“My usual?  You know me?”

“According to our caller ID data, the last 12 times you called you ordered an extra-large pizza with three cheeses, spicy lamb masala tikka , and mushrooms on a thick crust."

“Right! That's what I want.”

“May I suggest that this time you order a pizza with broccoli, mixed vegetables, sun-dried tomatoes and olives on a whole wheat, gluten-free, thin crust?”

“What?  I detest vegetables!”

“Your cholesterol is not good, sir.”

“How the hell do you know that?”

“We cross-referenced your home phone number with your medical records. We have the result of your blood tests for the last 7 years.”

“No, I don’t want a vegetable pizza - I take medication for cholesterol.”

“Excuse me, sir, but you have not taken your medication regularly.  According to our database you purchased a box of 30 cholesterol tablets once at Drug sale Network, 4 months ago.”

“I bought more from another drugstore.

“That doesn't show on your credit card statement.”

“I paid cash.”

“But you did not withdraw enough cash according to your bank statement.”

“I have other sources of cash.”

“That doesn't show on your last tax return, unless you're using an undeclared income source, which is against the law.”

“WHAT THE HELL? ! ! ! !”

“I'm sorry, sir, we use such information only with the sole intention of helping you.”

“Well I'm sick to death of Google, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp and the others!!  I'm going to an island with no internet, no cable TV – some place where there is no cell phone service and no one to spy on me!”

“I understand, sir.  But you need to renew your passport first?  It expired 6 weeks ago.”

My thanks to Mr. Bobby Basu for sharing this with me

29 June 2017

Who will help you cope with GST?

GST - The new Goods and Services Tax will be launched on 1st July 2017.

The date is significant because it is also Chartered Accountants Day as well as Doctor's Day. If the former can't solve your problem, the latter will.

09 June 2017

The Statue

A woman was in bed with her lover  when she heard her husband opening the front door. 

'Hurry,' she said, 'Stand in the corner.' 
She rubbed baby oil all over him, then dusted him with talcum powder. 
'Don't move until I tell you,'  she said. 'Pretend you're a statue.' 

'What's this?' the husband inquired as he entered the room. 
'Oh it's a statue,' she replied. 
'The Smiths bought one and I liked it so I got one for us, too.' 

No more was said, not even when they went to bed. 

Around 2 AM the husband got up, went to the kitchen and returned  with a sandwich and a cold drink. 

'Here,' he said to the statue, 'have this. I stood like that for two days at the Smiths and nobody offered me a damned thing.' 

04 June 2017

Why its April Fool's Day?

Six million Britons went to bed on September 2, 1752, and woke up on September 14. The reason? The Calendar (New Style) Act of 1750. T...