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101: Lamb Theory

In Season 1 on December 20, 2010 at 3:43 pm

My aim is to do an open mic night before uni goes back. Probably in January. So I thought I might do something topical and do a set about Australia Day. A very forwardly named holiday for the sake of having another public holiday.

So why the 26th of January? Historians will give you a spiel about how it marks the first arrival of the British Fleet. A day everyone but Aboriginals love celebrating. Interestingly, the 26th of January wasn’t nationally recognised and consistently a public holiday until 1994. Something about that seemed a bit fishy to me.

I have an alternative proposal for why Australia Day is celebrated on the 26th of January, which is linked to the great pastime of eating lamb on Australia Day.

Lamb, like most other meats, is most enjoyable when it’s tender. They are the most tender when they are born in Spring, and get less tender as they grow older. However, lambs have very little meat when they are born in Spring, and get more meat as they grow older.

So in Spring time when lambs are born, they are very tender, but have very little meat. As time goes on their tenderness decreases, while their amount of meat increases. And where these two lines meet, the lamb reaches the optimal balance between tenderness and the amount of meat. This balance just happens to be reached on the 26th of January, or as some of you might know it, Australia Day.

In this little joke’s debut at a friend’s gathering last Friday, all three people who were in the kitchen at the time of telling laughed. So I’ll take that as a good sign. Anymore feedback?

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  1. looking at your graph reminds me about this
    http://xkcd.com/833/ 😛

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