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Aditu
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I have been bad about not posting lately. I thought I'd post a short one instead of a long Friday Five to come back slowly.

The Wednesday One-derful question - what is your favourite goofy holiday/day?

Mine - Talk like a pirate day

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One day, I dream of a world in which all the men and women, boys and girls...gather around and hold hands, truly equal, regardless of race, sex, gender preferences, religion, ethnicity, political interests... and celebrate Sysadmin Appreciation Day. [Wink]

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My favourite was Snaggy's idea of having a day for atheists. I think that would be pretty awesome.
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Yay Three Dead Trolls!

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Um. Today.

Steak & BJ Day

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That was a beautiful song. We really appreciate our IT guys at my college. (Sorry, girls, no girls working there right now.)

Atheist Day sounds kind of like a pride thing, which sounds kind of gay (not that there's anything wrong with that). Also, it would be difficult to merchandise. Perhaps we could do one kind of like a Valentines Day and encourage everyone to to out and buy little gifts and cards for atheists and tell them how much we love them. I'd go for that. (Yup, I'm an atheist.) Then again, atheist floats could be kind of cool. Maybe some giant, hydrogen-filled balloons resembling Darwin and Carl Sagan, etc.

I'm not good at hollidays, so I'll not try to come up with one of my own.

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Willmas.

A made-up holiday, Willmas is a celebration of the day that is exactly one month before Will's birthday. It also happens to be on that heap of consumerist desideration also known as Christmas.

The story goes that Uncle Mordecai comes out of the toilet the night before with his red-nosed, boozing alligator (I think he's named Ralph) and he leaves presents under the tree. Mind you, these presents tend to be things you can't use and don't want. Often, they're used presents. Sometimes, they smell bad. Gift wrap is optional, but assume if it's gift wrapped it's not going to be pretty.

If you're really good, you get really nice toilet paper. If you're bad . . . well, Uncle Mordecai travels through the sewers. You figure it out.

The first year, wee had a tree decorated in everything, including a skull tree-topper from Halloween. The tree wore ski gloves. Possibly underpants, too. It's what you get when you have boys decorate the tree to celebrate a holiday which involves toilets.

So, that's my one weird holiday.

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I like the idea of Atheist day floats [Big Grin]

We'd do this on... say, Christmas or something.

All the Christians/Muslims/Whatever can build their floats from faith, and we'll build ours with science.

The atheist ones would have fireworks, plasma, robots, techno, etc.
The other ones would just consist of some people in funny outfits describing how great their float is and telling people they are bad if they don't agree [Big Grin]

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Don't forget, today is pi day!
Because of that I'm giving away the first 4 million digits of pi here. Warning: NSFDU (Not safe for dial up)

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Festivus.
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quote:
Originally posted by WinterSolstice:
I like the idea of Atheist day floats [Big Grin]

We'd do this on... say, Christmas or something.

All the Christians/Muslims/Whatever can build their floats from faith, and we'll build ours with science.

The atheist ones would have fireworks, plasma, robots, techno, etc.
The other ones would just consist of some people in funny outfits describing how great their float is and telling people they are bad if they don't agree [Big Grin]

Muslim floats. On Christmas. [Geek]

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International Mole Day. [Geek]

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Taahk lyke a pyrate day

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I'm weird, I guess, because I don't really celebrate most of the normal holidays. I celebrate personal things like the day I got my kidney transplant and the day I lost my virginity.

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quote:
Originally posted by Steen:
I'm weird, I guess, because I don't really celebrate most of the normal holidays. I celebrate personal things like the day I got my kidney transplant and the day I lost my virginity.

You remember the date you lost your virginity?!! [Eek!]
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Of course. Barring sexual abuse or rape, why would anyone want to forget something so memorable?

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quote:
Xanthine wrote:

International Mole Day.

Yes, we could all light candles beneath very large posters of Avagadro!

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quote:
Originally posted by Steen:
Of course. Barring sexual abuse or rape, why would anyone want to forget something so memorable?

It's the date that surprises me. I think most of us remember the event (or some reasonable, age-enhanced facsimile) [Big Grin] but the date .. I have no idea.
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quote:
Originally posted by boo:
quote:
Originally posted by Steen:
Of course. Barring sexual abuse or rape, why would anyone want to forget something so memorable?

It's the date that surprises me. I think most of us remember the event (or some reasonable, age-enhanced facsimile) [Big Grin] but the date .. I have no idea.
Yeah - I remember the year more or less, and the event pretty well. Date? No clue.

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I remember trivial details fairly well. For example... on New Year's Eve of 1990, a friend and I were walking from a parking lot to the club where we intended to ring in the new year. As a joke, he pointed to a sign in a window and said "Remember that number, we may need it later." It was a bail bondsman's shop. 17 years later, I still remember the stupid number (523-6628).

I sort of feel sorry for you all not remembering little dates like that. It's rather fun to drag friends along on a private celebration that nobody else quite knows the reason for [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by Steen:
I'm weird, I guess, because I don't really celebrate most of the normal holidays. I celebrate personal things like the day I got my kidney transplant and the day I lost my virginity.

August 26, 1987.

And I never had a kidney transplant.

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Wow Steen! I do admire the importance you give to your own life over the superfluous things of this society.

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Quoth Steen:
I sort of feel sorry for you all not remembering little dates like that. It's rather fun to drag friends along on a private celebration that nobody else quite knows the reason for:-D

Bah...I suck at dates like that. Instead, I'll regale someone in a tale of 'remember the time we did such & such with a Perl module?' [Wink]
(Actually, I'm not that cool...I write my Perl for me, by and large. I'm sure I can come up with an almost equivalent tale...just not right now, as my memory stinks. [Razz] )

P.S. However, your example is made a lot easier by falling on a well known day. [Wink] By that token, I still remember January 2, 2005 quite well. [Razz]

Oh, and hey, fs...remember PICT1457? [Big Grin]
[Granted, I just looked at it again a few weeks ago, and it happens to be one of my favorite pictures that I've ever taken...]

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iWanToUseaMac wrote:
Wow Steen! I do admire the importance you give to your own life over the superfluous things of this society.

And why shouldn't I? The day I received a transplant and no longer had to go to suffer through dialysis every other day of my life is far more significant to me than Talk Like a Pirate day.

In fact, I'll go so far as to say that I am absolutely certain that nobody has ever died from not getting to Talk Like a Pirate. Thirty percent of the people on the kidney transplant list will die, on the other hand, because they don't get a transplant.

So yeah... I do consider my life more important than any holiday printed on the calendar. What of it?

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Just_Jess_B wrote:
August 26, 1987.

And I never had a kidney transplant.


[thumbsup] (on both counts)

dragonman97 wrote:
P.S. However, your example is made a lot easier by falling on a well known day. [Smile] By that token, I still remember January 2, 2005 quite well. [Razz]

But... do you celebrate it?

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