#122: Learn about May Day

02 May

I didn’t know what May Day was.  Did you?  People are always talking about it, but does anyone really know why?  No.  It’s just one of those things, like “don’t eat before swimming” or the poke function on facebook.  It doesn’t mean anything and you don’t know what it’s all about, but there it is.

So I looked up the history of May Day.  Due to the fact that the Wikipedia entry was overly concerned with Great Britain and in need of further citations, I mostly just looked at the pictures.  Then I tried to see whether there were any other holidays being celebrated that seemed more interesting/had better Wikipedia entries.

That’s when I came across this website.  For those of you too lazy to click on the link, it’s a Daily Holidays site that requires registration.  Yes, you read that right: someone was crazy enough to think people were crazy enough to pay $49.95 a year–but if you join now you can take advantage of the special promotional price of $39.95–to see a list of holidays that can also be found on numerous other (free) websites.

I’m not sure what fascinates me more–the fact that this website has an FAQ section including questions such as “But – Isn’t the Internet free?” and “Are you only celebrating the Daily Holidays of 2008?” or the likelihood that the site gets more page views per day than mine ever will, combined.

The internet is astounding.  Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go celebrate the Great American Grump Out, which, according to the official site, “includes no grumping, no frowning, no grousing, complaining, punching, slapping, hitting or killing. FOR ONE WHOLE DAY.”

So I guess my new thing for today won’t be killing someone.  There’s always tomorrow.

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Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Computers


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