1073: Weekend

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Of the two Garfields, you wouldn't think the cat would turn out to be the more compelling presidential speechwriter, but there you go.
Title text: Of the two Garfields, you wouldn't think the cat would turn out to be the more compelling presidential speechwriter, but there you go.


I can't find any confirmation that any of these words are references to something from former US President James Garfield or Garfield the cartoon cat.[1] However, Garfield the cartoon cat has a bunch of different images emphasizing the greatness of the weekend and bemoaning the existence of the first day of the work week, Monday.

And of course, the comic was posted on a Monday, so the comic is timed to emphasize that.

And of course, in the first image, there is a reference to the Lover Boy song "Everybodys Workin For the Weekend". "We are all working for the weekend" is a reference to the title and lyrics in the Lover Boy song which indicate that "Everybody's working for the weekend."


[A man stands at a podium before a very large crowd.]
Man: We all hate Mondays. We're all working for the weekend. But our chains exist only in our minds.
[A shot of the man from the podium upwards, from a 34 angle. He raises one hand in explanation.]
Man: Calendars are just social consensus. Nature doesn't know the day of the week.
[Closer still, looking straight ahead.]
Man: My friends-- we can make today Saturday.
[Extreme close-up, negative colors.]
Man: We can make it Saturday forever.

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I usually start spewing this kind of nonsense when I lose track of what I'm saying in a speech. Who needs scripts? Davidy22[talk] 13:35, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

Since I am not well read regarding James Garfield's speeches perhaps this is an effort to point out that James Garfield's speeches were less compelling than the desire to avoid Monday's and how lasagna makes everything better.? 20:10, 12 March 2013 (UTC)

How can you make the statement "abolish the work week entirely, the economy would collapse within twenty four hours." This is unsupported by any kind of evidence. Many countries don't have a 40 hour work week, and it is becoming rarer in the US as well. Even if everyone stopped working tomorrow, it wouldn't collapse the system because it would be like a holiday. Are you assuming the abolition of the work week would mean no one works, or that it would be replaced by an inferior system that collapses the economy? Neither seems rather realistic. 21:15, 11 October 2013 (UTC) Robert

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Hi There, I just went random on xkcd and noted that one first time... But I know the concept from a book: Sam Small flies again by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Knight ... One of the stories is about Sam Small deciding that it is now Saturday... on and on and on... Funny story, should not miss here... 14:19, 18 April 2016 (UTC)

I don't think it's a reference. The joke is that Garfield (the character) hates Mondays. 02:09, 2 December 2016 (UTC)

I have watched the Garfield Movie, and this speech seems very similar to one made in the movie. I recommend that someone looks into that. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)