The Doctor has his own day?!?!?!? That nine-hundred-something-year-old timelord :P
Does Spock get his own day?
Today, we've got four holidays and three birthdays.
Dr. Who Day
Labor Thanksgiving Day (Japan)
Franklin Pierce's Birthday
Boris Karloff's Birthday
Billy the Kid's Birthday
Espresso Day is something I can certainly be enthusiastic about. Whether it's because I want some extra-caffeinated beverage for the mornin' or I'm fixin' for some espresso powder to put in some sort of coffee-related dessert. Who's with me?!
Apparently I was utterly ****ing wrong about it not being Math day; today is Fibonacci Day. -_-; A Fibonacci sequence is a patterned counting where every number is the sum of the previous two. It's important to mathematics, computer technology, 'n other shit, not that I know or care exactly how. Leonardo of Pisa, better known as Fibonacci invented the concept. DAMN YOU FOR UNINTENTIONALLY PROVING ME WRONG, FIBONACCI! Dx
Dr. Who Day celebrates the day Dr. Who first aired waaaay back in 1963... And that's all I know. Any of you Dr. Who fans care to write an article? I'd honestly hate to butcher the classic with my herpaderp. >_>; If by some chance someone does, I'll edit it in with credit 'n such.
Japan's Labor Thanksgiving Day is much more literal than other Thanksgivings, in that it gives thanks to those who perform hard work and tough labor just to scrape by. The backbone people of any society, really. Being that it's much more specific, I find it'd be much easier for me to celebrate it. I mean hey, a day dedicated to the hardest of workers? Sounds justified and sensible to me.
Franklin Pierce was a man of charisma; handsome, intelligent, and fluent with words (he was the first president to recite his inaugural address from memory and not from a script, as such). He had good ambitions, and knew how to win over the public, becoming the 14th president by a landslide, as Pierce won the popular vote of 27 out of the at-the-time 31 states. Unfortunately, he remained very shady on his stance towards slavery; that led to an easy election victory at first, but over time it was clear he was pro-slavery. Considering he signed the Kansas–Nebraska Act which led to the famous Bleeding Kansas n' all... While he didn't straight-up lie to the Northern side of his voters, he certainly did bullshit them for votes. His reputation turned to shit, his presidency didn't really do anything he was originally ambitious about (except the Gadsden Purchase; but that's about all the notable good he did). Pierce was found as one of the worst presidents from back in the day of the original mid 1900 rank polls; and he's only gotten worse on the list as new presidents are added. He's been ranked as terrible as 41 in recent times.
William Henry Pratt, stage name Boris Karloff is a famous English actor; y'know, that one guy I linked ya to back on October's Frankenstein Friday.
Warning: TL;DR ahead!
Chances are, you've heard of the most infamous outlaw to ever ride the Wild West. The kid who killed twenty one people by the time he was 21. The crafty criminal who was captured for execution, and escaped with all due cunning. Henry McCarty, alias William H. Bonney, is one hell of a legendary outlaw who's widely known story is actually 99% myth. Some pieces of his story are still debated on to this day, but this is what I know.
Billy's Mother died of tuberculosis at an early age; probably his very early teens. Little is known about his Father aside from he was rarely at his wife's side. And you wonder why he's an outlaw; but a shit childhood's definitely not the reason why. Aside from the occasional stealing, he wasn't a bad kid.
Billy was taught the ways of the cowboy by vaquero; the Spanish precursor of the cowboy. With his horsemanship in tow, he got a job as a cattle guard under John Tunstall . His boss was sort of the Father figure Billy never really had, and at the very least a damn-good friend, since Tunstall gifted Billy a fine stead and the choice firearm at the time; a Winchester '73 repeating rifle, the gun that "won the west". Billy had a good day's work of a job and people he could call friends. Hardly sounds like a criminal to me...
But then Tunstall had to go and challenge corrupt officials like the good man he is, resulting in him getting shot in cold blood by one of these bastard's hitmen on February 18th, 1878 while he and his hands (including Billy) were out riding. The Kid was there the moment Tunstall died; and he damn well knew it was the county's corrupt sheriff who sent the assassin. In the name of vigilante justice (and vengeance at any cost), he rounded up his friends whom were Tunstall's men, to form the legendary gang known as the Regulators.
Billy and his gang pumped the scum full o' lead, as well as his deputy, and the deed was done. Funfact: the sheriff had at least 9 rounds lodged in 'em, and possibly as many as 16 while his deputy was only shot twice. Yep, sounds pretty dead to me. Unfortunately, the sheriff wasn't the only corrupt official in the county. There was no way he could defend himself in the face of counter-vigilante acts due to such influence, so Billy and his gang hopped on their horses, and got the **** outa dodge.
He was made a murderer because he killed a criminal bastard, even though that man was a killer himself. He was effectively a hero with that act; but the public didn't know the truth about Billy nor the scum the Regulators discarded from the world. A man of honor and a great shot; he could of been a grand sheriff himself, but nah. Life's a bitch.
So yeah, the rest is history from there. In order to stay alive and fight the corruption that had spread across Lincoln county, he'd have to steal horses to aid his escape, as well as kill time and again: each of those crimes were punishable by death, though the former only in the face of vigilante justice. Considering what a legend everything he's done was and the lack of reliable sources (he sorta killed most of them...), it's no wonder Billy the Kid is the most famous Wild West outlaw, both in legend and in myth. Considering I don't normally write so damn much for any single thing, it's pretty obvious this is my pick of the day. Today should damn-well be known as "the outlaw's code" day or somethin'.
Shame how many details I had to skip (both in what I wrote, and all the shit I left out); but otherwise you'd be reading an entire page about Billy the Kid. And I don't think most of you would want that.
EDIT: My sincere apologies that today's post is literally two hours late. =/ Didn't realize how long the Billy the Kid bit was, and technical difficulties because of this retarded PC ended up with this late post time.
i want to say happy thanks giving, but idk if it cares here o:
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Thanksgiving; y'know, that one holiday EVERYONE knows about. Everyone also tends to have learnt that the holiday celebrates peace and unity between colonists with stupid hats, and "Indians". NOPE. Thanksgiving originally was just a huge day of feast for the colonists, celebrating their incredibly plentiful harvest of the year. Such a bountiful harvest is all thanks to the Native Americans whom taught them how to fish properly, and how to grow certain foods they either didn't know how to, or didn't even know they could consume. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving has always focused on that harvest, and not the brotherly good will the Native Americans of lore gave the outsider colonists.
But in the modern day, 'less you're a farmer, Thanksgiving is now just a day to give thanks for life as a whole, and everything you have in it.
... To god.
GTFO OF EVERY WIDELY KNOWN HOLIDAY, RELIGION! Dx
Er... Anywho, what are my fellow Wiichaters thankful for? Anythin' special for your feast today (if you're having one)?
Aside from the given one, we've got four holidays and two birthdays.
National Day of Mourning
D.B. Cooper Day
Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day
Zachary Taylor's Birthday
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's Birthday
National Day of Mourning is one of many; this one in particular is on Thanksgiving day for, you guessed it, the selfless Native Americans who treated the settlers as their own, only to get their land stolen, their population slaughtered, their few belongings pillaged, their people cursed, their women raped, and women and children traded around as slaves. Great show of freedom guys. Native Americans were once the only human population; and a large one at that; for the entirety of North America. Then we came in and destroyed all of that... The term chav should of been invented a long time ago, really.
Sardine Day celebrates those delicious fish quite a few people don't find being delicious. The main reason is because everyone thinks the only kind of sardines are the shit-quality, 50 cent cans of 'em that are fishier than a briny sailor's backside. Sardines do have a potent flavor, but in a very good way; so long as you buy the right ones. Since they're fish, it's also a healthy food to boot. Personally I love 'em. Olive oil sardines smoked to tenderness that the bones give it a lovely crunch? I'll eat 'em by the dozen. =D Gourmet mustard sardines? Even better! If you've been too scared to try 'em, just give it a shot today. If you do like 'em, have them as is or put them on a pizza.
D.B. Cooper, the aviation hijackin', parachute jumping mystery man celebrity who hijacked a commercial airplane (model Boeing 727) in 1971 on this same day, and received a ransom of $200,000. Apon receiving his small fortune, he parachuted from the plane. He hasn't been caught or even identified with a real picture to this day; the FBI still has a slowly-growing file on 'em. Nobody knows if he survived the parachute, and nobody's seen hide nor hair of 'em, just like two certain escapees from Alcatraz... Therefore, he deserves his own ****ing day for some reason only god knows. -_-; Popularly celebrated by rednecks, morons, and enthusiasts of the romanticized charismatic criminal, it's no wonder his actual name (or perhaps, just an alias) which is Dan Cooper isn't what he's widely known by. A mastermind perhaps, but deserving of a holiday? ... GTFO!
Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day is what it is; celebrate that one thing you're best at! =D What unique talent do y'all have? My own talent would be being epicly awesome at nigh-every video game I play and being able to keep up with the real pros in any multiplayer games; even though tactically, I'd be considered a scrub. None of you could have a talent that full of win! Gahahahahahahah... hah... ... ... T_T
Zachary Taylor was the 12th president of the US. "Ol' Rough 'n Ready" as he was known for his 40 year military career prior to his presidency, which was filled with decisive battles he took part in as a low ranked soldier, and struggles he won as a General himself. Taylor was in office for the third shortest time of all presidents; one day in 1850, he suddenly grew very ill after an important ceremony at the Washing Monument. He died just a few days after from an at-the-time unknown illness. Throughout his military campaign and life in general, Taylor never really revealed his political agenda prior to his election, and even the party backing him wasn't all-too sure of his ideals. The Whigs doomed themselves a bit by having Zachary Taylor as their presidential candidate once the time came and he was elected; considering he was in his twilight years and did four decades of war and battle, he was the antithesis of a dog of politics and a puppet.
Even though he was president for only two years, he did manage to accomplish a few important undertakings such as the Clayton–Bulwer Treaty, and getting the US Department of the Interior thoroughly organized. If he wasn't a slave owner (the last US president to own slaves, in fact), he'd get more points from me... Taylor's been known to score very unfavorable in presidential rankings, often hitting 30 and going as low as rank 35. Considering the guy died only halfway through office, you'd think he wouldn't be so damn hated. Many presidents don't get shit done on their first term; he got some stuff done in HALF a term.
Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa is a laughably short French painter of the late 19th century. Unlike most families of old, Henri wasn't forced to participate in a family profession, and when they recognized his talent in the arts openly allowed him to pursue his career of choice. Once he made it into college and his talent recognized, he was taken to the hub of art Paris to further his skills. And that he did, considering he met other famous artists such as Vincent van Gogh himself. His grand art was cut short however, by death via syphilis and his addiction to booze. He never got to see the incredible wealth many of his paintings earned, sadly.
I hear carp is much tastier than Turkey... ... ...
I know it's a day late but what the heck: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55... The ratio of two numbers next to each other is approaching the number Phi (like Pi but not Pi). Phi is also the ratio for the golden rectangle... anyway I am thankful for math Are not you thankful for math Mod of Karp?