After moar than two months of being a lazy prick, I can type this once more: today, we've got an average four holidays, and one birthday.
Dress in Blue Day
Employee Appreciation Day
Texas' Independence Day
NEA's Read Across America Day
Theodor Geisel's Birthday
Dress in Blue Day isn't as shallow of a holiday as it sounds. Colon Cancer Awareness Month in 2012 is March, and on this particular day you're to do a bit more than just spread awareness. All "common" cancers tend to be associated with a certain color; you probably already know breast cancer is associated with pink; colon cancer has the color blue. Therefore, today is dress in blue day. Whether you like the color blue or want to spread awareness for one of the many cancers, today's the day to do it.
Employee Appreciation Day is a day bosses are supposed to promote, but just as most people don't celebrate Employer Appreciation Day, few higher-ups give a flying **** 'bout this day. And if they do celebrate the day, they're plenty cheap about it. You'd think that this is the day you get a surprise raise, but... no, definitely not. Presidential candidate who promises to make this an official holiday, and have solid raise is the MINIMUM reward for the long-time employed, gets my vote.
Texas' Independence Day celebrates what you probably have no idea about. Yes, Texas has an independence day. Before Texas was a state in the US, it was a part of Mexico. But after many Americans moved in, enticed by many promises from the Mexican government such as exemption from taxes, such things were removed once the population was heavily made of Americans. Many other factors made Texians unhappy, like the capital of the territory they were apart of being incredibly far away (humongous Texas wasn't it's own territory back then), and rights 'n laws of American origin that the Mexican government didn't care for (freedom of religion, legal slavery [god damnit post-rights 'Merica...]). So eventually, the Texas Revolution erupted. In the end, Texas became it's own territory after earning it's independence from Mexico in 1836. Though, because the Mexican government was corrupted and full of dickery, they used underhanded tactics to avoid honoring the treaty stating Texas as independent, so their independence wasn't honored for quite a few years. The result was naval and coastal battles continuing to rage on for an entire blood-soaked decade. The Alamo Tech episode of Wild West Tech was pretty beast, so this holiday gets my pick of the day.
Yeah, I totally just gave a pick of the day because of a TV show.
NEA's (National Education Association) [/B]Read Across America Day[/B] is the day countless schools, well... promote read. More than enough reading is done in schools enough as is, but the date does have some relevance. That particular relevance is...
Theodor Seuss Geisel's Birthday, born in 1904. You may of heard of this writer, poet, and cartoonist's name once before. More importantly, he's better known as "Dr. Seuss" himself. Dr. Seuss being one of the most wildly known children's book characters and authors, you'd be surprised how he thought up the name. Back in the days of prohibition, he was caught drinking by the Dean of his college. He was told to quit his job under his college's humor magazine the Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern; so he coined the pen name Dr. Seuss so none of the higher ups realized he was still writing. Quite a bit of his career was working for someone rather than the books he's so famous for (such as drawing advertisements and comic strips), and his most well-known works weren't until around the 50's and later. Miraculously, unlike most famous writers, he actually lived past the age of 60; throat cancer took 'em come 1991. No wonder his books were thrown at me come 1st grade...
IMO, it would of been better if the Lonestar State stayed with Mexico. That would of been one less pro-slavery state in the Civil War. Ah well...
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