Posts Tagged: odd holidays

Whence this fragrance wafting through the air?

What sweet feelings does it’s scent transmute? Whence this perfume floating everywhere? Don’t you know, it’s that dear forbidden fruit. It’s that time of year again – Time to sing one of my favorite songs ever… The Lusty Month of May. (Preference goes to the version sung by the divine Julie Andrews, of course.) Happy

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Happy Leap Day 2008

We can take some comfort in the fact that we’ve made SOME progress on the sexism front in the last 100 years. Not that much, since the only female Presidential candidate we’ve ever had has men telling her to iron their shirts, but at least women can ask ask men out on dates more than

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Apparently, it’s De-Lurking Week

I was unaware of this until now, but January 8th through the 12th is National De-Lurking Week on ye old internets-blog-web-sphere-tubey thingy. That means if you’re reading this post but you never comment on the site, you’re supposed to drop by to say hi. This means you. Yeah, I see you, right there.

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International Literacy Day!

Hey, it’s International Literacy Day, according to a UN resolution. I know we don’t take those very seriously here in Amurika, but literacy is important! You too could grow up to get in a readin’ contest with Karl Rove.

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Hell, Michigan

Apparently Hell, Michigan is going to have fun with tomorrow’s date, planning some fun town celebrations, but not all town residents are amused. Elsewhere, Topor Indy notes a variety of other people’s plans (USA Today article) for the “satanic” holiday that is the day of my birth, the 38th anniversary of Robert Kennedy’s death, and

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CSS Naked Day

Crap — I missed CSS Naked Day, which was yesterday. Oh well. It’s the day when you take all the CSS design out of your site, for one day. My [link deprecated: http://commonplacebook.com/testing.shtm] new site design test pages are CSS Naked, mostly, sort of.

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National Pie Day

According to Cliff Ardall, a seasonal-affective disorders scientist in Cardiff, Wales, January 23rd is the Gloomiest Day of the Year. The factors are weather (overcast skies), finances (people receive their Christmas bills around this time), and breaking New Years resolutions (I bought a book yesterday). According to the American Pie Council, January 23rd is National

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What have you given us, Dr. Franklin?

It’s Benjamin Franklin’s 300th birthday. The story goes that, as Franklin left the Constitutional Convention in 1787, he was approached by a Mrs. Powell, who asked him, “What have you given us, Dr. Franklin?” “A republic,” he replied, “if you can keep it.” With Alito, looks like that’s pretty much gone, now.

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Religious Freedom Day

Celebrate while you still can, folks. In a few years this holiday will disappear and we’ll all be required to be Baptists. Religious Freedom Day Each year, the President declares January 16th to be Religious Freedom Day, and calls upon Americans to “observe this day through appropriate events and activities in homes, schools, and places

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The Feast of the Epiphany

It’s the feast of the Epiphany today… the 12th day of Christmas, or Twelfth Night. After Twelfth Night the Carnival season starts, which lasts through Mardi Gras. In some places such as New Orleans, Louisiana, the night of January 6 with the first Carnival celebrations is called Twelfth Night. In some places, Twelfth Night celebrations

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