Blimey!... Wonder what might happen tonight.
Today, we've got a measly four holidays and a single birthday.
Sadie Hawkins Day
All Saints Day (Sweden)
Guy Fawkes Day
Roy Rogers' Birthday
Eid-Al-Adha is a Muslim holiday celebrating Abraham and his willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to his god... ... ... Yeah. On that moral-less note, I'll say no more.
Sadie Hawkins Day is a bunch of lulz born from a 1937 comic strip of Li'l Abner, and has been celebrated since 1939. The Sadie Hawkins from the comic in question was an unmarried woman who was desperate to get married, still being unwed at 35. So crazy shit went down in said comic and inspired a day where women are to ask out the man of their choice rather than vice versa; keep in mind the sexism and such way back then was more prominent than a fat guy is in modern America. It certainly doesn't mean as much as it once did, but it's an interesting unofficial holiday to say the least.
Sweden's All Saints Day is what it is. :P The change of date is simply that for Sweden, All Saints Day always falls on the Saturday between October 31st and November 6th.
Guy Fawkes Night celebrates the prevention of that arson traitor's assassination plot mentioned yesterday via mischief night. Back in the pre-modern days, Guy Fawkes Night was really just a means to shout religious hatred around rather than a holiday. Violence and general bigotry would always follow this holiday, and it really wasn't until the 20th century until it was an actual joyous holiday. When bonfires were lit for the holiday, effigies of Fawkes were often burned in 'em.
Roy Rogers, original name Leonard Franklin Slye was a famous American cowboy singer and actor from the mid 20th century, and holy god did he star in a lot of movies; more than a hundred. More importantly for his well known role, he certainly wasn't no cowboy being born in Ohio of 1911, but his did live on a farm for some time. He worked his way up from the bottom of B-list to having his own action figures, radio show, and out-right fame, so there's no denying he's skilled at what he does. A legendary actor, indeed. Y'all should know by now I'm a man who loves his westerns by now, so yet again a birthday that ain't a holiday, gets my pick of the day.
... I've got the urge to play Red Dead now.
Today, we've got a good six holidays and one birthday.
National Chicken Wing Day
Marooned without a Compass Day
Daylight Savings Time Ends
UN International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
John Philip Sousa's Birthday
National Chicken Wing Day is the day to eat one of the most unhealthy fried creations ever. I sure as shit will take this day as an excuse to eat some delicious wings, love 'em.
Saxophone Day celebrates the beauteous woodwind instrument that is, of course, the saxophone. Invented by Adolphe Sax in the 1840s, Jazz just wouldn't be Jazz without it. Unfortunately, the inventor responsible for blessing our ears had stiff assholes as competition, and they forced the fellow and his company into bankruptcy twice. He got right back up in the face of debt time and again like a boss, though. Out of respect for the man and my outright love for jazz (I'm a blues man, ya see...), this is unanimously the holiday pick of the day.
Marooned without a Compass Day is your day to learn what the **** you'd do if you got lost in the middle of nowhere without a compass, map, etc. You never know when your car's gonna break down in the middle of nowhere, when your plane crashes and you somehow survive, so on and so forth... And considering how we've got iPhones and worthless shit to do this stuff for us when we really don't need the help, at least make sure you've got a good sense of direction about ya. Your apps won't save you when you're stuck in a blizzard a few miles from "civilization", if the nearest town can even be called that.
Daylight Savings Time Ends.
Zero-Tasking Day is my kind of day. To celebrate the day, use that "gained" hour to just sit around and do nothing, chill, relax. Or sleep. No complaints from me.
UN International Day for Preventing the Usage of Really Long Holiday Names, also known as UN International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, which should forever be shortened to UN IDPEEWAC from here on out for GOD'S sake, is a day of awareness to prevent environmental damage when it comes to armed conflicts of any sort. It's sort of like why chemical warfare was banned, just not as extreme. We're supposed to destroy each other in war, not the land we're fighting on! How can there be battles if the planet is in pieces?
John Philip Sousa is a legendary American composer responsible for creating many a militia marching piece still popularly used today. He was a bit of a jack of all trades rather than just a march composer, however; he wrote multiple operettas, novels, and invented the sousaphone, further cementing himself as a brilliant march composer. His compositions certainly ain't of my tastes, but he's got my respect regardless.
So who else got taste in music and enjoys the smooth tunes of jazz? If ya do, anything in particular? As I mentioned earlier I'm personally a blues man (Muddy Waters is a boss), but I'm always up for some swing.
Today, we've got a lack of holidays again...
National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
Job Action Day
Republican Elephant Day
National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day I normally wouldn't be mentioning since you all know I'd just spout the inevitable fat American joke, and complain we already have a chocolate day. But, chocolate with almonds is ****ing awesome, as is couverture chocolate. Since everything else sucks, I guess this is my holiday pick of the day...
Job Action Day is something I'd love to participate in, but am assed out regardless. It's the day you should work towards furthering your career or, in the case of our shitty economies, getting a job in the first place. Although, if you need a day to tell you to get a job, you probably won't get one. Also considering most people without a job can't get one, this holiday is therefore stupid. GTFO.
Republican Elephant Day celebrates the day in 1874 where the Elephant was used to represent the republican party in a political cartoon... Yeah. The democrats likewise have a day probably, but both are stupid regardless. GTFO politics.
So what're y'all's favorite type of chocolate/chocolate confection? For me, I'd say home made Swiss style, milk chocolate couverture truffles. Holy fuck can they be tantalizingly good when made right... I've gotta learn how to make 'em.
Favorite... Haha Dove! Yep their meant for ladies on their rage week. I don't care they're so ffffing delicious.
Today, we've got a good seven holidays.
Abet and Aid Punsters Day
Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day
General Election Day (US)
National Parents As Teachers Day
Admission Day (Montana)
Considering the precursor to this was my coffee day thread, y'all should know my love for coffee. Thus, I have no problem celebrating Cappuccino Day. I do prefer the simplicity of black coffee and appreciate the natural bitter, bold taste, but a well-made cappuccino is something just as delightful. And no, I'm not referring to that garbage Starbucks spews out or stuff you get from a fast food drive through. I'm talking legitimate coffeehouses hosting of a quality that even a coffee haters would enjoy their cappuccinos. Yep, caffeine gets it's fair share of holiday picks of the day when it's my call.
Abet and Aid Punsters Day is that pun day I mentioned a bit back... Let the moans and groans begin, unfortunately.
Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day is what it is; cook something rancid that'l turn your breath more dangerous than a dragon's. I loves me some garlic, so I won't have any problems celebratin' today. :P
General Election Day is the US' day for public official elections, which is to say the Tuesday after the first Monday of November (... why the **** can't it just be the first Tuesday?). Woohoo... ... ...
National Parents As Teachers Day is a sin and should gtfo. I'd bet money 90% of US parents aren't qualified to teach primary school (ohai are you smarter than a fifth grader). One day won't kill anyone, but really... It's the encouragement of non-professionals to do a professional job that I don't like. This ain't the 1700s, after all.
X-ray Day celebrates the discovery of said radiation's use thanks to Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen. Modern science would be laughable if we suddenly took X-rays out of the history books, so the man deserves props. Particularly since all his experiments with X-radiation lead to his inevitable and untimely death, as well as his wife's. He damn well earned the first Nobel Peace Prize for physics.
We all know what admission days are by now. Montana's Admission Day occurs on the same date in 1889, securing Montana as the US' 41st state.
So, who knows the difference between a cappuccino and plain ol' coffee? :P