Saturday, January 28, 2012

National Kazoo Day

In keeping with my policy to celebrate every little eccentric thing out there – here goes!
What in the world is a “Kazoo”?  Well, it’s either an amazingly versatile musical instrument or the most annoying torture device ever invented.  It is categorized within the class of instruments known as “mirlitons”.  Mirlitons are those instruments that have a vibrating membrane.
The kazoo is thought to have originated in Africa where they have mirlitons made from animal horns that are used in traditional ceremonies.  A legend exists that modern kazoos were invented by a former slave, Alabama Vest, in Macon, GA in the USA.  Vest had a clockmaker build a kazoo from his design and he introduced it at the 1852 Georgia State Fair.
The submarine shape (like mine above) was created in 1902 and was a popular instrument in many minstrel shows and jug bands in the early 1900s.

National Kazoo Day is the brainchild of the president of Kazoobie, Inc. that sells a million kazoos annually - can you believe it?  Fortunately, a great many of those kazoos are left to languish in drawers, closets and garages.  In my humble opinion, kazoos are meant to be played only in parades and should never be brought inside – LOL!

And back on the quilty front, I have finished the top with the safari animals.  I think I originally called it “Windows on the Serengeti”.  I had intended to have a fancier layout of the windows by putting them on point, but sometimes I tire of a particular project and just want to move on.  This is a good “boy” quilt just as it is, so it’s done!  It's not out-of-square, it just needs to be ironed.  I do that just before I quilt and not a minute sooner ...
I’ve also started another Lil’ Twister quilt using the larger template for a friend’s grandbaby soon to be born.  This is the start … there is a short deadline for this one!

So I’d better get off the computer and get to sewin’ …….


Kate said...

Believe it or not, I once played in the World's Largest Kazoo Band - thousands of people playing Kazoos in cincinnati, Oh, as part of their Octoberfest celebration!!! file that away under 'weird things I have done!'

Kathy T. said...

That's hilarious! Sounds like a lot of fun. Gotta have that on a resume ...