We're two or three weeks into Lent. I'm pretty sure Carnival is long over.
As for "Odyssey Dawn", according to the Al Jazeera live blog:
Edited, Mar 23rd 2011 10:45am by Jophiel
More on those operation names. US African Command says "Operation: Odyssey Dawn" has no meaning whatsoever.
Wired magazine reports that the people in charge of naming operations were given a limited option of words to choose from:
“These words begin between the letters JF-JZ, NS-NZ and OA-OF, and those three groups give about 60 some odd words,” explains Africom spokesman Eric Elliott. “So, the folks who were responsible for naming this went through and they had done recent activities with NS and they went to O.”
Using the O series of letters, Africom officials picked out “Odyssey” for the first word. The second word is picked “as random as possible because that’s the goal of these operational names,” says Elliot. Africom pulled out “Dawn” for its second word and the resulting combination, “Odyssey Dawn,” is devoid of any intended meaning, Elliott insists.