Hello all, I hope you had a very happy Thanksgivinguh (Which will never, ever happen, ever again) Sorry I did not post last week, as I was prevented from doing so due to an extended game of Risk. (Here’s a hint: If you have Australia, you have the world!)
Since it is the first weekend of the month, I am posting my ‘Geeky Holidays’ post for December. Here are 6 holidays for you to celebrate this month, as you attempt to block out all of the cheesy, horrible Christmas music all of the department stores are playing on loop now. Have a happy December!
December 3: The Anniversary of the 1st Text
Whether it is an occasion to celebrate (Texting is pretty damn useful) or to mourn (Texting while driving is a rising concern) texting is part of our lives in the modern world. From its humble beginnings in 1992, most people between the ages of 18 and 24 send an average of 67 texts a day– and the number is growing. So, whether you love it or hate it, mark your calendars so you can either celebrate–or commiserate-the day the first text was sent. (It was ‘Merry Christmas’, by the way)
December 5: Ninja Day
Ninjas are staple in pop culture, kinda like the duct-tape equivalent of awesome. Need an action scene? Have your hero fight ninjas! Need an instant badass? Make him a secret ninja! Though it’s become very cliche (even funny) to have ninjas in a setting outside of Japan, they are permanently branded into our subconscious: Ninjas=Cool. To celebrate these shadowy warriors, dress up as a ninja, and have a ninja party! Look up the history of the internet’s greatest badasses (besides Chuck Norris) and impress your friends! And don’t tell them you got it from.
December 15: Bill of Rights Day
For all of you former AP Government and U.S. History geeks out there, this day is a no-brainer. As much as Congress argues over it, the Bill of Rights is part of the Untied State’s history, and structure today. While it was basically created to pacify the Anti-Federalists so they would ratify the Constitution, it is still considered one of the central parts in keeping the US a free and democratic country. Mark your calendars and honor this great document by reading it out loud at the dinner table (Which might get you a few weird looks) giving your history professor a card (Which might get you extra credit) or downing some of General Washington’s special eggnog (Which might get you drunk)
December 16: Anniversary of the Porygon Incident….
On this day, in 1997, at 6:30, about 26.9 million families sat down to watch the latest episode of Pokemon. At around 6:50, a scene with strobe-light effects was shown, causing nearly 700 children with epilepsy to experience seizures, sending them to the hospital. The effect was known as ‘Pokemon Shokku’ (Pokemon shock) and caused the episode to be pulled from the rerun lineup, and was never again shown.
Well, at least not outside of Youtube videos.
…and Beethoven’s Birthday
And, in a completely unrelated incident, in 1700, in what would now be known as Belgium, a boy was born to a bass-singer named Lodewijk van Beethoven, who named the child Ludwig. Ludwig would go on to compose over 400 songs in his lifetime, even after he lost his sense of hearing in his late twenties. Many of his songs are known to the general masses, and have been preformed by famous orchestras and high-school bands alike. Honor what many consider the world’s greatest composer with a Beethoven sweatshirt; Or perhaps listening to his 3rd Symphony while eating Belgian Waffles.
December 23: Festivus (For the rest of us)
Even non-Seinfeld fans are dimly aware of this holiday, designed to counteract the crass commercialism of the modern holidays celebrated today. (*CoughCHRISTMAScough*)
Here is how to celebrate this great (and obscure) holiday:
- Obtain an unadorned aluminum pole.
- Conduct the Airing of Greviances before the Festivus dinner: Each person presents complaints on what sucked about the year (Kinda like an anti-Thanksgiving)
- Partake in the Festivus Dinner (Spaghetti in red sauce, or meat loaf)
- Finally, to bring the holiday to an end, the head of the household must conduct the Feats of Strength; The head wrestles a participant of his/her choosing in front of the entire family. The holiday ends when the head is pinned to the ground.
If one wishes to partake in gift-giving, they may donate to the Human Fund. (Note: Neither Geek Rush, or thedragonchick are liable if you are scammed. Then again, I *do* happen to know a Nigerian Prince…)
December 28: Poor Richard’s Almanak Day
Ben Franklin was probably the craziest, geekiest, awesomest dude running around colonial America in the late 1700s. Inventor, founding father, and master fart-joke teller, this guy had is plate full–and even fuller, when he published Poor Ricard’s Almanak in 1732. While it contained the typical weather predictions and farming advice, Franklin also included math formulas and exercises (Because when you’re a genius, algebra is the equivalent of Candy Crush when it comes to entertainment) and (most famously) his quotes and proverbs. Celebrate one of Ben’s most noted achievements by telling some of his fart jokes, quoting his Almanac, doing some math problems (For the lulz) and drinking his favorite beer (In case Washington’s eggnog doesn’t do it for you)