Kent Brockman: But, first, a look at the local holiday that was called distasteful and puerile by a panel of hillbillies: Whacking Day! In a tradition that dates back to founding father Jebediah Springfield, every May 10 local residents gather to drive snakes into the center of town and whack them to snake heaven.
– Waking Day (The Simpsons Season 4 – Episode 20)
Happy Whacking Day! Fun fact: this Springfield holiday is based on actual planned snake killing events that take place in numerous American states. For the purposes of this blog post I’m going to focus purely on Whacking Day and not comment on those other events. However, if any intrepid readers have every attended a “rattlesnake round-up” I would love to hear about it. Now far be it for me to prevent people from hurting innocent animals, but I would like to point out that Whacking Day is a sham. It was started in 1924, as an excuse to beat up the Irish, but twas all in good fun!
Therefore, I would kindly ask you to not go out and beat a snake to death today or any other day for that matter. After all, Barry White would not approve – he loves the sexy slither of a lady snake. Oh, baby.