Noted Labor Figure, Canadian watcher, and Dead Person
"Betcher ass I came up with the idea.
Plus, it's McGuire not Maguire."
The idea of such a day was first proposed in 1882 by Matthew Maguire, a machinist who was then serving as a secretary for the Central Labor Union.
Some folks say this honor more properly should be given to Peter J. McGuire who got the idea while observing the annual labor festival in Toronto, Canada (which pretty much only involved flapjack tossing and rolling on logs in the river).
|"Anything to get these labor people off my ass. |
I wanna go get me a sandwich or something."
Faced with huge labor unrest, highlighted by the Pullman Strike (look it up if you feel like) and the great "Should They Be Called Yellow Stickies or Post-Its?" controversy, President Grover Cleveland signed the Congressional proposal to adopt Labor Day as a national holiday in 1882 (which you would have already known if you read the second paragraph).
As a result, backyard barbecues throughout the nation proliferated as legions of schoolchildren began bitching that they had to go back to school.
Oh, yeah, and labor people got a day off.
v. labored, -boring, -bors
1. To work; toil
2. To clean your garage because it's a big frikkin' mess
n. 1. Physical or mental exertion of a physical nature
2. Snooki reproduction
3. The internal conflict which arises when trying to decide whether to clean the garage or make use of that empty couch
Okay, I made some of those up, but still...
|No brainer on #3|
The Bad News: It's the end of summer (I know it doesn't really end until the end of September, smart-ass).
The Good News: Only 35 more days until Canadian Thanksgiving.