"Stay Home Because You're Well Day"
Isn't that labor day?
Labor day is a day of notable celebration for something valid, and thus you get the day off legally. Stay home because you're well day is a day to take off just because you want to, and may get you fired.
I'm excited and cant wait for my holidays to come
... Uh, right.
So, I've missed an entire week's worth of posts because a single rat decided wires needed for an internet connection were tasty. Fantastic... I'll definitely be writing yesterday's post and then getting on with today's in a bit, but I'm curious if anyone at all wants the old posts. If they do, I'll make use of the upcoming reserve posts one day at a time; every day will be the usual update, and a missed day's post to accompany it. I'll link back to the reserve slot in question so y'all don't need to go find it, 'course.
If nobody cares, I'll just delete the reserves and go on as usual.
Reserve for a non-existant day; I already did November 30th.
Red Apple Day
Civil Air Patrol Day
World Aids Day
Day With(out) Art
Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day
Rosa Parks Day
Independence Day (Portugal)
National Day (Romania)
Red Apple Day celebrates the fruit that's delicious as is, and few people would say otherwise. There's a reason why countless folklore, fairy tales, and stories of gods revolve around the apple. You might be a week late, but celebrate this grand fruit regardless by keeping that doctor away for a day; or perhaps you could celebrate by stealing some Templar apples, if ya catch my drift...
Civil Air Patrol Day celebrates the creation of CAP (lol Smogon) 70 years ago. Civil Air Patrol is a federally supported volunteer organization allowing civilians with aviation talents to aid the US Air Force in whatever way civilian fliers possibly could. Qualified civilian pilots aren't exactly a job you find in spades, so anyone volunteering into CAP is certainly giving their worth as a citizen of their country. CAP was made during WWII for much riskier jobs in aiding the war effort (scouting, for example) but has since become much less dangerous, and nowadays helps out more than just the USAF (hence the S&R and disaster relief). CAP also has a very good foundation in teaching aviation to the younger crowd in the hopes of rearing future pilots, so yeah. Pretty beast non-profit organization.
World AIDS Day is a day of awareness for, obviously, AIDs. Considering we're getting closer and closer to fighting HIV, this might become more of a day of remembrance in the near future. Science ftw!
Day With(out) Art is World AIDS Day but more complicated... ... .... GTFO!
Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day is a day of awareness for people with eye problems serious enough to wear bifocals instead of your common glasses... ... ... Yeeeaaahhh... GTFO!
Rosa Parks Day celebrates that legendary moment Rosa Parks figuratively, and sure as shit rightfully spat in the face of Jim Crow by refusing to give up her bus seat to the white man. And then the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott began, spurring more and more civil rights acts to pile onto the bandwagon... And the rest is history. My (late) holiday pick of the day rightfully goes to Rosa Parks Day.
Portugal's Independence Day celebrates the day it regained it's independence after leaving the Iberian Union. Prior to that union, Portugal had been independent since 1143. I also find it ironic that Portugal has an independence day while many territories have an independence day celebrating their freedom from Portugal.
Romania's National Day celebrates the day the three territories Wallachia, Moldavia, and Transylvania merged with Romania to form the Kingdom of Romania. This all was following a bunch of WWI business that broke up the Austro-Hungarian Empire, leaving the above three territories up for grabs, so to speak.
Today marks Playboy's 58th anniversary of it's first issue back in 1953's December. Thus, we pay tribute to Hugh Hefner; the man we all envy...
Apple Fritter Day
National Mutt Day
Special Education Day
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
National Day (United Arab Emirates)
National Day (Lao)
King Camp Gillette's Birthday
Lucy Liu's Birthday
Britney Spears' Birthday
Georges Seurat's Birthday
Apple Fritter Day is the day to eat apple fritters; but **** that, you should just eat any variety of fritter ya want. Sub-category food days are garbage, as y'all should know is my opinion by now. Like anything fried, fritters are delicious and unhealthy. Although, I'd really rather have a tempura dish instead of fritters, honestly....
National Mutt Day celebrates not dogs, but mutts. I don't give a ****, I hate dogs. And what I said above applies to this holiday in full, and therefore... GTFO!
Special Education Day is about the education for herpaderp kids; we had a special kids day already, and a day set aside for them to see Santa. Third time ain't the charm, another ****ing sub-category day... GTFO!!!
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery is a day of awareness for slavery; and holy hell does this holiday have a purpose, since slavery still exists. Blood diamonds, standard servant slavery, so on and so forth. It usually happens in the darkest and least policed corners of the world, and it's just as nasty as it always was. No pay, abuse, incredibly rough and difficult work, treated as less than human... Terrible things. The date was chosen because it was the same day in 1949 that the Great Assembly accepted resolution 317 (IV); "the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others".
United Arab Emirates' National Day celebrates the seven Arab emirates' formal independence from the UK, and the eventual unification of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain in the UAE. You don't see too many nations composed of that many territories all at once...
Lao's (or Laos') National Day celebrates the day Lao finally recovered it's independence after a shitton of war, politics, and other craziness that kept it deprived of it's freedom from 1893 until December 2nd, 1975.
King Camp Gillette (you've probably heard his last name) was the pioneer of the practical disposable razor. In 1901, Gillette designed his own razor model and invented stamped steel razor blades, making them cheap but effective, and thus very profitable. Prior to this, safety razors weren't as cheap nor practical as his design, and typical razors would lose their sharp very fast, and required leather sharpening constantly; a pain in the ass either way, basically. $5 was half an average man's weekly pay, but through a good product and intelligent advertising, these things sold like hotcakes. He made incredible profit, and eventually began spreading his business across the continent and then beyond, off to other countries that partook in the industrial revolution. Apart from his own name brand, his company played a large part in certain products to this day for Braun, Oral-B and Duracell; goes to show what a boss he is. His incredible business skills had impact long after his death, including after the Great Depression, so it goes to show this dude knew what he was doing.
Everyone knows who Lucy Liu is, whether you don't live under a rock or saw that one episode of Futurama. "A grand famous actor" sums her up. She's had plenty of notable appearances such as Kill Bill and Charlie's Angels. But more importantly, aside from the talent she's also got her morals about her, unlike a certain person who also has their birthday today... She's raised millions for various charities and donations 'n such. Liu's got some epic hobbies in martial arts (pfft... like all Asians) and rock climbing; and she even plays the accordion. Yeah, the ****ing according. Whadda beast.
You know that person I said who was lacking morals? Yeah. Britney Spears. She'll party hard whether it's her birthday or not, noone cares. GTFO!
Georges Seurat is a legendary 19th century French painter who has done much for the evolution of art. He himself had created the painting technique pointillism. He also moved art's very direction towards Neo-impressionism single-handed with his most famous piece, which you've probably seen a copy or piece heavily inspired by it in a museum or an art text book. Unfortunately, like many grand artists, he died somewhat young at 31, his case most likely from disease or lethal sickness. They always tend to go out in dramatic and/or unfortunate ways...
Apple Pie Day
National Roof Over Your Head Day
SKYWARN Recognition Day
Coats and Toys for Kids Day
International Day of Persons With Disabilities
Admission Day (Illinois)
Apple Pie Day-- OMNOMNOMNOM 'nuff said. But I'll type more anyways. Did ya know the phrase "as 'merican as apple pie" is a load of shit? Apple pie had European roots long before people knew the Americas even existed. The only reason the saying came into being is because your average American family had no problem affording apples, a stove, and pie crust, as well as wives (that stay in the kitchen like they should...) far and wide knowing how to make 'em.
National Roof Over Your Head Day is basically the day to appreciate you or your house owner's wealth in that you have a roof over your head, since quite a few people don't. It's only appropriate to appreciate such things in the cold(er) weather of winter, 'course. Considering modern day civilization can be so arbitrarily greedy, we really should appreciate what we've got, whether we were lucky enough to have it handed to us, or we so much as had the opportunity to work for it.
SKYWARN Recognition Day celebrates the people who are srs SKYWARN workers, as well as volunteers who provide insight on local weather. SKYWARN is a program run by the US' National Weather Service with the intention of gathering data on severe weather in the hopes it can be used to more accurately predict future problematic weather. Without organizations like this in general, we would be warned 'bout sudden tornadoes and extremely severe thunderstorms when we're in the middle of 'em; and that would be hardly satisfactory. So yeah, participants in SKYWARN are constantly saving lives.
Coats and Toys for Kids Day comes just in time for both the holidays and poor weather by supplying proper aids for both. Quite a few people have an old jacket and/or toys packed up somewhere that's gathering dust, so if they aren't broken and torn up, might as well make some kids happy and warm. What better way than to spread the word of happy holiday? ... Too bad this drive is only done in Maine. -_-;
International Day of Persons With Disabilities exists because being disabled ****ing sucks, be it from birth, from accident, or from malicious intent of another. No matter how you become crippled, life is all the worse. Those with disabilities deserve our sympathy, as well as our support and help if they desire. Whether you're doing serious contributions to those bed ridden, or committing common courtesy acts like holding the door for someone being pushed in a wheel chair, if the opportunity presents, just help. You'd want the same, no?
Illinois' Admission Day occurred in 1818, securing the Land of Lincoln as the 21st state. 'Least the nickname is cool.
National Cookie Day
Brown Shoes Day
National Dice Day
Saint Barbara's Day
National Cookie Day-- COOKIES! FOR EVERYONE! You will love the cookie. You will eat the cookie. And you will be happy. **** the dark side; EVERYBODY GETS COOKIES!
Brown Shoes Day celebrates... brown shoes? lolwut. Sub-category holiday can gtfo.
Saint Barbara's Day celebrates the saint of the same name for her unwavering faith, or some bullshit like that... Just a bunch of stupid myth mumbo jumbo. Read 'bout it here.
National Dice Day is my kind of holiday; gambling. ;D Dice have existed for over five thousand years; likewise, there have been countless gambling games that have risen using dice alone Dice gambling was so popular that at some point, pretty much every powerful country and then some had dice gambling as part of their civilian and/or noble history. 'Course, in that vein there have been countless professional cheats throughout history using loaded dice to inconspicuously rob people blind; and do it legally, so long as they ain't caught. And even if you hate gambling, I'd bet money at least one third of all popular board games use dice or some sort of random number generator effigy. If you don't want to waste cash, there'l always be a pastime using dice to have fun with. Dice are full of win (and money loss...), so while I normally don't do picks of the day for missed posts, Dice Day gets my pick regardless.
Funfact: Red Dead Redemption has the classic gambling game of liar's dice available as a minigame in single player and multiplayer. One of the best dice game out there IMO, since it's all 'bout the mind games and pokerface alongside the randomness of said dice. Given the nature of the rules, liar's dice also makes loaded dice much harder to abuse without getting a bullet in your skull.
Yes, I mention RDR whenever I get the chance.
National Sacher Torte Day
International Ninja Day
Bathtub Party Day
International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development
Discovery Day (Haiti)
King's Birthday and National Day (Thailand)
Martin Van Buren's Birthday
Walt Disney's Birthday
National Sachertorte Day celebrates that delicious chocolate cake invented by Franz Sacher in 1832, who at the time was filling in for a Prince's head chef. The poor kid was just an apprentice and none the less a teenager, but was charged with creating somethin' delicious for the Prince and his multiple guests of high standing. Poor kid must of been ready to shit himself. But he performed damn well under pressure and made this dessert far beyond his years, and while Franz didn't receive any notable appreciation or attention for his culinary prowess at the time, the Original Sachertorte eventually became famous. While you won't have the original recipe treat unless you're heading out to Vienna any time soon, if you find yourself in a snazzy restaurant with sachertorte or a variation thereof, ORDER IT! ****ing delicious.
International Ninja Day; just as awesome as talk like a pirate, but instead of talking like a Ninja, you act like one. Put on your serious face, wear all black (or traditional ninja garb for the hardcore [and by traditional I mean stereotypical Hollywood]), and sneak around no matter what you're doing. Surprise people. Blend with your surroundings so well even Altair would be jealous. And if possible, scare the living hell out of people. ... Yep, missing this day is a sad event. =/ 'Course, I had plenty fun celebrating it IRL. I don't need the internets to tell me what December 5th is. As a Ninja Day veteran, this is my holiday pick of the-quite-some-time-ago.
Bathtub Party Day is for women. If I want to enjoy time in the water, I'll go swim in the nearby pond, not take a bath. But this day simply isn't my thing (indeed, I'm not a woman-- SHOCK!!!!!!!!!!!) and isn't necessarily stupid, so no need to GTFO.
International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development is another day promoting volunteer work, particularly towards the better of one's community. We already had one of these holidays, but I think it was on a national level... The old one can GTFO. -_-'
Haiti's Discovery Day commemorates the day Christopher Columbus discovered Haiti back in 1492. Yep. This ain't India either, Chris.
Thailand's National Day coincides with King Bhumibol Adulyadej's birthday; not that he's anyone worth celebrating. A tyrant who throws people in jail for any sort of slander or accusations, true or not, that could be at all considered negative. Sources cite the King's birthday is celebrated with great enthusiasm; I call ****ing bullshit. Thailand needs a new king (hell, a new government); 2011 is the year of revolution, and the clock is ticking. Get on it, Thailand rebels!
Austria's Krampuslauf (that sounds like somethin' tasty...) is not so much as a celebration, but a day of folklore to acknowledge gift-giving Saint Nicholas' counterpart, the Krampus. The Krampus is a fugly demon who, instead of giving gifts to the nice kids, abducts the bad children. Yeah, no lumps of coal for Austrian children; you get kidnapped by a devil. "And remember kids, if you're bad this year, you get spirited away by pedobear's demonic counterpart! =D". Nowadays it's just an excuse to have awesome parades, which is certainly fine with me. Celebrate one's culture and have a good time? Grand.
Martin Van Buren, the US' 8th President and 8th Vice President to Andrew Jackson, and was also the was the first president to be born an American citizen. Andrew Jackson personally wanted him to be president as his successor, and due to Jackson's popularity, it certainly happened. Buren was dealt a poor hand to play with however; some nasty economic times arrived just in time for his presidency, and the idiotic populus of these centuries ago decided to blame it on him. His political opponents used this to their advantage, and he only got a single term. He didn't play his shit hand too well either; he attempted to make peace with Mexico over Texas' ownership, which amounted to nothing when blood was shed later in another presidency. He oversaw the horrid Trail of Tears as well as continued the worst of all the Indian wars, which Jackson had started. He also claimed in believing slavery was wrong, but did nothing significant to ban it. He did handle the economic crisis alright, but he failed to act on his beliefs (or lied about them), and caused incredible suffering to the Native Americans. By rankings he has shifted around quite a bit; he's been rated as anywhere between 20 and 30, and has gone as high as 40 just once; around 40 is where he should stay IMO, but the American people think differently... =/
Walt Disney, without a doubt the most infamous animator of all time, esponsible for many classic cartoons and films, and of course, indirectly inspired Disney World. An entrepreneur like no other, Walt didn't exactly grow up privileged or wealthy, but he wanted it. His love for drawing eventually evolved to incredible talent for animation through odd jobs and other business opportunities, and eventually he opened his own business. Once he got set up, he came up with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Mickey Mouse's precursor. Unfortunately, after some time Universal, the company with the rights to Oswald gave Walt an ultimatum of less pay, or they take Oswald and produce the cartoons themselves; as well as Walt's animation team. He declined the bullshit and left, back at square one.
'Course, this is where Walt does more of his animating magic and beloved Mickey Mouse comes in to bring him back to wealth, what with him being the most popular cartoon character world wide in the '30s. The cartoon project after Mickey Mouse wasn't half as successful however, and while Mickey would never entirely decline from popularity, Popeye was catching up. Thus, Walt began planning something new in the form of Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs; most people thought it risky and particularly stupid, some going as far as to say it'd break his company. But Walt proved 'em quite wrong and the movie's incredible success ushered in crazy profits. Sadly, even as their golden age of animating had come, it didn't amount to much when the US military forced Walt into making moral-boosting films for the army during WWII, the smooth sailing never did last forever.
But when WWII ended, Disney was free to pick up steam again and knocked out a ton of the other Disney classics like Cinderella and Peter Pan, and he finally found smooth sailing that did last. The movies kept coming, the money was great, and he was doing what he loved. He designed and had built Disneyland which was of course, a grand success. Walt also began work on Disney World and EPCOT; however, when doctors did X-rays regarding an old injury of his, they discovered a tumor in one of his lungs. It was too late to save the lung and it had to be removed, and the tumor had already done serious damage to his body in general. His life expectancy plummeted, said expectancy being overestimated as well. This resulted in Walt unexpectedly ending up nearly dieing in his home, barely being revived and then hospitalized. Sadly, he ended up dead only a month later. An unfortunate and undeserved end to the legendary animator, indeed...