Take Five: The Bumbastories Penta-Centennial May Magazine

Welcome to the merry month of May! Spring has arrived. As a troubled iconoclast who thinks about these kind of things, I’m not really sure why it is that people like the Spring so much. But clearly they do. It’s a pretty universal thing, this affection for the spring season. And people especially like the month of May. “And why shouldn’t they?” you ask. May is a lovely name – as are April and June for that matter. Spring months all. It’s curious, too, that they’re all feminine names, which may or may not be a politically correct thing to point out. All the same, it’s an indication of people’s positive feelings for the season of Spring that the spring months are used to name people. No one calls their children February (male, female, or otherwise), at least not very often as far as I know. January and December are also low on the popularity list. No, it’s the spring that we like.

As I was saying (or was I?), the name May, a variation on Maria, is a quite a pretty one, and pops up….well… like May flowers wherever you look. There’s the great Mae West (she spelled it with an e, she did). Hurray for Mae West, who asked “Is that a pickle in yer pocket, or are yer glad ta see me?” And then there’s the talented writer and comedienne Elaine May, the psychologist Rollo May, and the geological formation of Cape May, North Carolina. There’s May Britt, Mai Zetterling, Seven Days in May, and

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“Oh Maybelline, why can’t cha be true?”

Chuck Berry’s Maybelline.  Not to mention, the may fly, mayhem, and the May Pole ceremonies (which I never understood, but mention just for good measure)

Then there’s the Pilgrims’ ship the Mayflower, Mayflower Day, and May 1, May Day, (Workers of the World Unite!). And then of course, there’s Willie Mays, the Say Hey Kid. And guess what? Willie Mays’ birthday is in May. Happy Birthday, Willie! I think that’s number 90 for the Giant great. All the best to you, Willie!

….Which leads us to another discussion of the number five. I’ve already talked about the number five a number of times. See the Numbers Game Category in the Bumbastories header. Five is the most interesting and intriguing of the numbers – at least to me. Its symmetry is the most subtle. The five is the framework, the nuts and bolts, of the DNA molecule. The five underlies Euclid’s Golden Proportion, nay, our sense of beauty. We can’t help but like five-fold symmetry. It’s in our genes.

So here’s to the number 5!

Musical interlude: A song that uses the word five: Five Hundred Miles to be exact. Maybank and Bumba finished a fifth of it (well, we sure were finished after that fifth) to get through this sappy, but popular folk classic. Sing along if you must.

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“This is just one dog’s opinion, but I think that the high-five is OK, even during this pandemic. However, the licking stuff is still on hold. Which is too bad, because I quite enjoy the licking stuff”

A bit more bout the five…

There’s the five pointed star, the Pentagon, images-2the gimme five handslap, 5 card stud, Dave Brubeck’s Take Five, images-1the circle of fifths in music, the fifth of liquor in the bottle, and Five Corners in the Bronx. And don’t forget, that Cinqo de Mayo is the fifth day of the fifth month, so, while we’re at it, let’s raise a glass to Cinqo de Mayo. 

10 thoughts on “Take Five: The Bumbastories Penta-Centennial May Magazine

  1. Very interesting again,Steve, clever link from the month to the name giving of May. Never give it a thought myself. So thank you.groetjes Francina

  2. Very entertaining post, Stephen, and a fun celebration of May and Five. You had me chuckling with your witty narrative, and thinking about all the fives. You covered so many Mays and Fives that you got me thinking about May Sarton, a favorite writer of mine who lived most of the 20th C., and Beethoven’s Fifth, another fave. Great fun here, thanks.

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