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somewhere at the end of the rainbow...

Michael Jackson Killed Hannah-Barbara In Uruguay : that's how I was taught to remember the colors of the rainbow - it's a mnemonic where the first letter of each word corresponds to a color in Malay.
M - merah = red
J - jingga = orange
K - kuning = yellow
H - hijau = green
B - biru = blue
I - indigo
U - ungu = violet

So,,,, we *all* know that rainbows are seen when there's sunlight shining thru drops of water in the air... but before the physics of the phenomenon was known, rainbows had lots of beliefs attached to them (taken from Wikipedia)...
    • In Greek mythology, it is a path made by a messenger (Iris) between Earth and Heaven.
    • In the Hebrew Bible, the rainbow is a symbol of the covenant between God and man, and God's promise to Noah that He would never again flood the Earth.
    • The Irish leprechaun's secret hiding place for his crock of gold is usually said to be at the end of the rainbow.
    • In Chinese mythology, the rainbow was a slit in the sky sealed by Goddess Nüwa using stones of seven different colours.
    • In Hindu mythology, the rainbow is called Indradhanush—meaning the bow of Indra, the God of lightning and thunder.
    • In Norse Mythology, a rainbow called the Bifrost Bridge connects the realms of Ásgard and Midgard, homes of the gods and humans, respectively.

Back in Malaysia, I vaguely remember there being some some superstition about the rainbow.. I think you are not supposed to point to it, or at least not with your pointer finger otherwise it will get stunted or something, so if you wanted to point to the rainbow for some reason you had to point with your thumb.

Uh-huh, point with thumb.

How? You form your hand into what looks like the "A" in American Sign Language, then, well, point with the thumb! Oh, btw, pointing to someone with your pointerfinger is also considered rude in Malaysia (well, among the Malays, at least), so if ever you are in that neck of the woods, remember to use "A" instead. Hey, you learned something new today! :-D

aaaaaaanyways.... back to that belief of a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow...

Well, turns out someone DID find the end of a rainbow...

And found a pot, all right...




(yes, I gave you that entire lecture on rainbows to justify posting this picture!)

Comments

  1. this is very clever of you to remember the color of rainbow, let me try here, MJKHBIU

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  2. Lynne, you are sooo funny...lol
    (my sides hurt)...

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  3. I simply had to post this great picuter on my blog, you are given all the credit for it and I linked not only the picture, but the title and source right back to you! thanx for giving me a good laugh today! Kim

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  4. no problem, sunshine, and many thanx for linking me :-)

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  5. I know there is supposed to be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow but all i see at the end of this one is a pot (porta)

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  6. ozy> yep, that's precisely the joke/punchline :-) btw, thanx for dropping by!

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  7. The rainbow sure is beautiful - I can't say the same for the pot at the end! LOL!!!

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