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Be Aware – Be Very Aware

Today is Melbourne Cup Day in the land Down Under. A day when one single horse race stops an entire nation – at least, that’s how it’s billed. This day is considered to be a semi-public holiday by many Australians and in this, the month of Movember, I’ve been thinking about the many special dates of national and international celebration that have been established throughout the World.

Naturally, we have the big and important ones. Days, weeks and months of religious, humanitarian, political and medical significance that hopefully rouse within us a greater sense of humanity.  Ignoring the argument that some of these days have been over commercialised, it’s heartening to see that movements are endeavouring to make the World a better place.

We all know the big ones. While they’re definitely deserving of attention, I’m here right now to help out the little guys. I’m an underdog supporter you know, and some of these internationally  observed dates are not receiving their share of the limelight. International Talk Like a Pirate Day has led the charge for off-beat celebrations, but there a re a few more that could use a bit of horn-blowing. Without any further ado, here are some dates that could do with a little more love from everyone around the World:

Pi Day (March 14, 1:59:26 AM or PM) – This day celebrates Pi (of course) and whoever says that mathematicians don’t have a sense of humor are in for a treat. In addition to the “official” Pi Day, Pi Approximation Days are also celebrated on dates that mathematically calculate to approximately Pi. If maths doesn’t float your boat, there’s been a consideration added. Pi Day is also celebrated with pies. Win-Win.

Star Wars Day (May 4) – The unofficial religion of Jedi has instigated this day as their first potential holiday. It’s celebrated by Star Wars enthusiasts everywhere and has been chosen for it’s humorous pun reference to the famous quote “May the Force be with you”. Indeed.

International No Diet Day (May 6) – With the strain that society is putting on people to be thin and “perfect”, it’s good to have a day when we just enjoy our meals. Go on – sit around with your family and/or friends and spend some time having a good meal and a great time. Have seconds if you feel like it; but leave room for dessert!

World Turtle Day (May 23) – Because these guys need help! They’re just innocent turtles and tortoises!

Towel Day (May 25) – A day of tribute to the late author Douglas Adams. You may remember him from such creations as “The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy” and “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency”. Following is a quote from the man himself concerning the greatness of towels which has been the inspiration of Towel day. Be prepared for the possibility of space travel. On May 25th, carry a towel everywhere with you.

A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough. More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitch hiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have “lost”. What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with.

World Rubber Day (September 12) – No, it’s not part of Contraception Awareness Week. As the name suggests, this day celebrates the registration of the patent for manufacturing artificial rubber. I know you are all very excited about this; I too cannot fathom how it has escaped the public eye for as long as it has!

Are there any other little-known celebrations or awareness days that should be added to this list? I thought about adding World Rabies Day because when I initially read it I thought “Wow, a day where we celebrate rabies? What do we do, run around biting each other?” But then I realized that was in bad taste. Rabies prevention is serious business.


18 responses to “Be Aware – Be Very Aware

  1. Tasha November 3, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    OMG Thank you yet again Christian! I share my bday with TURTLES!! Thats freaking awesome 😀

  2. blisstrack November 3, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Aww I like turtles’ day… I think it should be also a whales’ day, a tigers’ day, and a lapas’ day.
    Maybe it should be not a day, but complete years of taking care of animals and stop killing them 😦
    PD. I don’t know the traduction to lapas, or if there’s one 🙂 Hope you know what they are…

    • OpentoAdventure November 3, 2010 at 1:20 pm

      We certainly need to take more care of our animals, that’s for sure!

      I had to Google Lapas, thankfully Google was in a good mood today and told me that their English equivalent is supposed to be Limpet. They’re a kind of shellfish, right? Like a clam or mussel? I hope Google isn’t messing with me on this!

      • blisstrack November 4, 2010 at 2:20 pm

        Mmm that’s strange, no, they aren’t shellfish, they are birds. I say it’s strange because I just Google it, and I even got photos of them… Is it that your search in Australia is different from mine?? I had never thought of that.
        Well, try this, put lapas Costa Rica and search for images…
        That should make it 🙂
        And yes, I discover there are some shellfish called lapas, but I had never hear of them.

        • OpentoAdventure November 4, 2010 at 2:39 pm

          Birds? Wow, thanks Google! Way to make me look the fool! Haha oh well, I’ll follow your advice and I’m sure I’ll find the Lapas you mean.

          • blisstrack November 5, 2010 at 8:08 am

            Hehe, don’t worry, actualy I find it interesting. Probably searches are make according with the country’s or zone’s subject more expected to be searched. 🙂

  3. bearyweather November 3, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Did you know that Pi Day is also Albert Einstein’s birthday?
    That another way to celebrate Pi Day is to compose a “Pi-ku”
    (short poem: First line – 3 syllables, Second line – 1 syllable, Third line – 4 syllables)

    Or, you could listen to the world record holder recite Pi … in 2007 he had it memorized to 12,887th digits to listen, visit:
    (There was also a version of this that was sung, but I could not find it.)

    …. yes, I am a teacher of math and a little bit geeky ;0)

  4. educlaytion November 3, 2010 at 9:02 am

    It’s about time the turtles get some freakin’ love. I am a little discouraged, however, that we’re only supposed to commit one day to not dieting. I’m from the states and you know how we are about food. And just about everything else. Yet you’ve delivered a clarion call here that shall inspire me to pursue more salads in the coming weeks. Oh, except the holidays are coming, so…

    • OpentoAdventure November 3, 2010 at 10:17 am

      I know, those little guys have been really missing out.

      And you’re right, one day just isn’t enough to be committing to not dieting. We don’t need to be on a diet every other day; that’s just crazy! ESPECIALLY with the holidays right around the corner.

  5. Megan November 2, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    I always celebrate towel day as I”m a huge Douglas Adams fan and think it was a great way to remember the great man himself. I carry a little towel in my bag the whole day and it’s weird how handy one is when you have it with you.

  6. ragrobyn November 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    I celebrate the 4th. Jedi’s unite! But a little known day of importance I also celebrate is January 18th. Mark Messier Day. The greatest leader in Hockey History. I wear his jersey, light candles , and watch classic hockey highlights of his famed Messier Guarantee where he promised a win so the Rangers could move on to the next round. He single handedly scored all the goals, carried his team on his back and moved on to win the stanely cup. I cry thinking about it. Viva January 18!

    • OpentoAdventure November 3, 2010 at 8:27 am

      I did not know about Mark Messier, what an amazing feat! I already celebrate another significant event on January 18th – my little sister’s birthday; but I’ll also light a candle for Mark Messier now!

  7. Will November 2, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    R.I.P. Mr Adams 😦
    Thanks for all the fish!

  8. Ben November 2, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    It was world vegan day on Sunday mate 🙂 And I kinda like the idea of making your own ones up to mark special occasions personal to you!

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