Jane, friend and Stanford undergrad, recently has begun feeding me stories wherein international power meets human quirkiness. The most recent deserves its own blog. Jane saiden:
So the President of Turkmenistan renamed all of the months after family members/national heroes. The month of April was "Mother."
This was done in August 2002.
Picture of Turkmeni President Saparmurat Niyazov:
Robespierre (whom I call 'Robie') also renamed all the months, didn't he? They look alike, actually... (white hair, dark eyebrows, same 'smile,' similar suit, white shirt underneath, etc)
Oh, power. "We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority..." what, to rename the months of the year? Of all the things to do with power, HONESTLY. Have a pancake fest, or SOMETHING!! Crazy world, blast it all.