Odd Holidays

Shopping-Related Madness?

So Just How Dangerous Did Black Friday Get Around The Country? – Jezebel.com If you picked any date – say, April 13, 2011 – and counted up the number of shopping-related nonsenses that people get up to in stores, I’m convinced it wouldn’t be much different, per capita, than any “Black Friday.” Has anyone ever

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Oh, yeah. Happy President’s Day.

I almost forgot to post this very important video. Maybe that’s not your cup of tea, though. (Tea, get it?) Maybe try this instead. Or, it could be that you like drag queens. That’s your choice. You’ll probably love Dina Martina.

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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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First of May

Usually on May Day, I post a link to the lyrics of my favorite May Day song — the Lusty Month of May, from Camelot: Tra la, it’s May, the lusty Month of May That lovely month when everyone goes blissfully astray Tra la, it’s here, that shocking time of year, when tons of wicked

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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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Happy 20th Annual National Coming Out Day

Last year, I recounted the story of what I was doing on the original National Coming Out Day 20 years ago… so I’ve already blown that anecdote. You’ll have to go read it; it was good. October 11th, 1987 was a great day for me. So officially, I quit lying about my sexual orientation over

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Groundhog predicts early spring

According to the AP, Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow for the first time in several years. Punxsutawney Phil predicts early spring PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — A new pair of hands pulled Punxsutawney Phil from his stump this year, so it was only fitting that the groundhog offered a new prediction. Phil did not see

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Happy Imbolc

Today is Imbolc, an Irish holiday: Imbolc is one of the four principal festivals of the Irish calendar, celebrated either at the beginning of February or at the first local signs of Spring. Originally dedicated to the goddess Brigid, in the Christian period it was adopted as St Brigid’s Day. The holiday is a festival

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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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We’re Hiding in the House With the Lights Off

Because we ran out of candy about 10 minutes ago. Holy crap! We gave away not only all of our candy, but the candy our neighbor brought over because he had to leave. We had about 150 kids or so. And we can still hear them out there walking up and down the street. Next

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National Coming Out Day

Okay, I’ve been officially called out by one of my gay friends for being flip about National Coming Out Day, so I’ll ‘straighten’ my act out and give the day the attention it deserves. Nineteen years ago on October 11, 1987, I was a student at Ball State University. I had been out of the

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Tomorrow is Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day

National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work/School Day is observed annually on the second Wednesday in October. This is a day to spend with your cuddly friend. Of course, it’s also National Coming Out Day – but I’ve been honest about my sexual orientation since 1986, so that’s sort of a moot point for me.

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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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Happy Birthday, Apple

In 1983 the Apple Lisa, the first commercial personal computer from Apple Computer, Inc. to have a graphical user interface and a computer mouse, was announced. Thanks, Apple.

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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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Hey, that’s my birthday!

Apparently, the world is in a tizzy because in June of this year we’ll have a date of 06-06-06, and there’s even a movie about it. Fascinating. Also, my birthday. Just mentioning.

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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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World Usability Day

It’s World Usability Day, people. Today we celebrate creating a better user experience in designing products. For those of us who design stuff every day, this is an important concept.

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Celebrating Fitzmas

You know, Fitzmas — the holiday where DOJ Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald (pictured) indicts White House officials for outing a CIA officer in retaliation for their lies about WMD being exposed. Reuters is predicting that it will occur this week, so we should be prepared. Americablog readers give their ideas for this brand-new holiday: I’m

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Banned Books Week

Oops, I forgot to mention at the beginning of the week that this is Banned Books Week. Go check out a challenged or banned book from your local library and celebrate freedom from censorship. Also be sure to stand up against book banning. The American Library Association has a list of other great things you

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World Jump Day – July 20, 2006

The idea is that if millions of people jump at the exact same time on the same day, the earth will change it’s orbit and cure global warming. uh huh. Sure it will. But you know I’m totally going to do it anyway, just because it’s so stupid.

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Bash a Fag For Jesus

Shoot, yesterday was the National Day of Silence, and I missed blogging about it. This is a project where high school students, to protest the harrassment and bullying that gay and lesbian teenagers experience at school every day, choose to go through their day without speaking. Started in 1998, it’s swelled into a nationally recognized

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check the calendar

Google announces new drink product: Google Gulp Think Geek announces new products; among them: USB Fondue set The iCopulate ipod-to-ipod transfer thingy If you buy anything over $10 on thinkgeek, you get the fake April 1st t-shirt. For real. The Boing Boing Parody — Boring Boring Also, Motorola’s new iTunes enabled phone.

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No Pants Day

A recent addition to my iCal broadcast of Odd Holidays: No Pants Day., which is the first Friday in May, this year on May 7th next week. Please make a note of it.

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World Beard Championships

I have long been a proponent of elaborate, artistic facial hair styles. Sadly, I have little to no influence over my male friends and family in their choice of facial grooming habits, or they would all look like this. Fu manchu! Fu manchu! As my co-workers examine the various facial hair styles available to the

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Arrgh. It be “International Talk Like a Pirate” Day!

The pirate speaks,”September 19 be officially “International Talk Like a Pirate” Day.” Why? Because talking like a pirate is fun, that’s why. In case you’re having trouble talking like a pirate, there’s a translator here. And if you want, you can create your own Pirate Name. Incidentally, my co-worker Brent is out today because his

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Groundhog Day!

Not only did I totally space Groundhog’s Day (my favorite holiday of all!) but I forgot the Chinese New Year, too. Crap. I love the chinese new year. Stupid Yahoo calendar is supposed to remind me of stuff like that. Just for that, I’m going all out for Arbor Day this year.

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New Years’s traditions

Here’s a list of New Years’s traditions (or superstitions) — a bit too late for me to do this year, but something to keep in mind for next. Stuff I did do: Kissing at Midnight, stocking up, money in my wallet, black-eyed peas, pork and saurkraut. Kissing at midnight:   We kiss those dearest to

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A variety of fun links to check out

Google Technology run by pidgeons. Bin Laden arrested in New Delhi, India. (Psych! not true.) Dalnet to sell Bahamut ircd to Microsoft. AOL buying up the most popular weblogs. Can’t be true–they haven’t contact me yet. 🙂 BBSpot — now part of the MSN network of sites. Thinkgeek has the new “Wheatonix” software platform for

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A Legally correct XMAS Greeting to Everyone

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, our best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions

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