November 6, 2009

Happy Guy Fawkes Day!

Remember the movie V for Vendetta and that crazy bugger who ran around in that silly mask? That would be a Guy Fawkes mask, and apparently this fellow is a pretty big deal in the UK. Let me bring up the Wikipedia on him so you all can be enlightened...

Guy Fawkes (13 April 1570 – 31 January 1606), also known as Guido Fawkes, the name he adopted while fighting for the Spanish in the Low Countries,[1][2] belonged to a group of Roman Catholic restorationists from England who planned the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.[3] Their aim was to displace Protestant rule by blowing up the Houses of Parliament while King James I and the entire Protestant, and even most of the Catholic, aristocracy and nobility were inside. The conspirators saw this as a necessary reaction to the systematic discrimination against English Catholics.[4]

The Gunpowder Plot was led by Robert Catesby, but Fawkes was put in charge of its execution. He was arrested a few hours before the planned explosion, during a search of the cellars underneath Parliament in the early hours of 5 November prompted by the receipt of an anonymous warning letter.

Guy Fawkes Night (or "bonfire night"), held on 5 November in the United Kingdom and some parts of the Commonwealth, is a commemoration of the plot, during which an effigy of Fawkes is burned, often accompanied by a fireworks display. The word "guy", meaning "man" or "person", is derived from his name.

Yeah, this guy tried to blow up Parliament AND he got Natalie Portman to shave her head. Wow. Anyways today we're suppose to celebrate Guy Fawkes and his pyro-tendancies. Hopefully Casey doesn't wear one of those weird masks...

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