Mars, the formidable god of Tuesdays.

Who can forget “Black Monday,” October 19, 1987, when the Dow Jones average plunged 508 points? But it’s the next day that financial insiders will always remember as the true nadir, according to Terrible Tuesday, Hannah Webster’s fascinating new book about that certain day of the week.  Webster makes a compelling case for Tuesday as blues day throughout history, especially for women.  “Never get your hair cut on Tuesdays,” she advises. “Power resides in our hair, and we need all our strength to combat the war god Mars, who controls the day. Small wonder that many Frenchwomen call it merde-day rather than mardi.”

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  • Nancy Weber April 2, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    O, thank you, thank you, beloved foolees. As some of you know, I grew up in a household where April Fools Day was sacred. The April first after I turned six, my mother called me to come to dinner at 5 o’clock–way too early in our home, & why was she beckoning me to the formica dinette table, which was set for one? My new baby brother ate mush in his highchair there in the kitchen, but I routinely got to dine in splendor with my parents and grandmother at the oval mahogany dining room table. Anyway, my mother explained that she & Daddy were going out for dinner in an hour or so, but she would sit with me while I ate. She set down a beautiful plate with bright carrots and peas surrounding a perfect sunny-side-up egg with two wavy strips of bacon. Wow! Bacon for dinner? A treat! I picked up my fork, tried to engage a bit of egg,&–huh? It was hard as rock. “Mo-om,” I started to protest, but she was laughing so hard she was unreachable. The egg, bacon, and veggies were all marzipan, crafted by a genius with a candy store on Main Street. I can still taste the almond sweetness. That was the day I learned how loved you feel when someone goes to the trouble to prank you. Benevolently , that is–cruel or self-aggrandizing jokes have no place in this glorious tradition. My brother & my kids have come up with some amazing birthday & winter holiday presents, but it’s the brilliant April Fools jokes that have most thrilled my heart.

  • glory April 2, 2014 at 2:23 am

    you got me!

  • Anne Phalon April 1, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Can’t believe I fell for it. Brilliant!

  • Gail Willis April 1, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Love it

  • hillsmom April 1, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Ok Nancy, you will pay for that! LOL