Not just groundhog day

Seems like everyone and everything has a National Day to celebrate. Let’s just take a look at this – how did this all start? It seems a campaign which started in 2013 under the hashtag #CelebrateEveryDay. Well, they certainly seem to be reaching the bottom of the barrel with this one. Let’s take a look at some of these days so we can plan ahead when it comes time to celebrate.

JUNE 14TH: NATIONAL POP GOES THE WEASEL DAY – What? How on earth do you do this and why, oh why? But hang on – history to the rescue. There is a story behind this –

That’s the way the money goesPop goes the weasel. To “pop” is a London slang word for pawn. … Even a very poor Victorian Londoner would have had a Sunday best coat or suit that could be pawned when times got hard (Pop goes the weasel), perhaps on cold and damp Monday morning, only to be retrieved on pay day.

JULY 29TH: NATIONAL TALK IN AN ELEVATOR DAY – You know I hate casual elevator chatting – but even worse than that is being in an elevator and pretending to be alone. That’s where phones come in handy – you can always check your email or facebook so you don’t have to make eye contact. It’s awkward!

AUGUST 3RD: NATIONAL GRAB SOME NUTS DAY – I am not kidding! OK, calm down. It’s not what you think. It is a combination of National Almond Day, National Walnut Day and maybe even National Nutcase Day.

SEPTEMBER 19TH: INTERNATIONAL TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY – Ahoy me maties! I think that would get a bit annoying. However it’s a bit more than that and courtesy of the blog mentalfloss I found some really interesting slang that pirates used –

“CACKLE FRUIT – Pirates mostly subsisted on salt beef; boiled fish and turtle; and hard, dry biscuits called hardtack. However, they sometimes brought chickens onboard to enjoy fresh meat and eggs. The hungry sailors called these eggs “cackle fruit” after the noises a hen makes while laying them. Try ordering pancakes with a side of scrambled cackle fruit at brunch sometime.

CAPE HORN FEVER – It’s a sunny Friday, and you just know your cubicle mate who called in with the flu is sitting in a deck chair sipping a cold drink instead of sniffling in bed. While complaining to your coworkers, say your prevaricating peer has a case of “Cape Horn Fever”—pirate-speak for when someone’s faking an illness to avoid responsibilities. “

If you had the chance what would your choice be for a National Day? I can guarantee whatever your choice it is probably covered. Check out this listing in Wiki – it’s long! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_minor_secular_observances

There’s some very serious days – and then there is just nonsense. There’s a World Thinking Day, National High Five Day, International No Diet Day (I like that one), World Laughter Day (we need that right now!) and so many more.

Right now I think we should declare a Book My Vacation Day – I will be first in line!

By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.

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