Category Archives: Weird Holiday of the Week

Happy Day of The Dead

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Weird Holidays of the Next Couple of Weeks

Quarter Day Celebrations (for Drunks): As the name suggests, the original Quarter Day celebrations were a Medieval way to separate the year into four religious holidays. Of the original four, only Christmas has proven to have “staying power” (think of it … Continue reading

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John Brown Day

Yesterday was the anniversary of John Brown’s failed insurrection at Harpers Ferry. As I’ve mentioned before, John Brown was such a humorless bastard that there’s really no way to inject even an ounce of humor into this holiday. But to … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Herr Professor!

Here’s something that most people don’t know about Friedrich Nietzsche: he had a great sense of humor. This sense of humor is easily overlooked because it’s not so much Judd Apatow, as it is “Now on Sprockets we dance!” Yesterday … Continue reading

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Weird Holiday of the Weekend

Bukowski Day: Doesn’t it seem that, of all writers, Charles Bukowski deserves his own holiday? I mean, the man was like a pockmarked, binge-drinking, womanizing walking holiday. A few years ago, with this in mind, I declared September 15th ‘Bukowski … Continue reading

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Weird Holiday of the Week

Bloomsday: June 16th is like St. Patrick’s Day for booklovers instead of greenmouthed drunks. And while it’s often difficult to remember exactly what you’re supposed to be celebrating on St. Paddy’s Day (it’s Bono’s birthday, right?), remembering the rationale behind Bloomsday … Continue reading

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Weird Holiday of the Week

Shakespeare’s Birthdeath Day: Shakespeare died on April 23, supposedly after getting “porter in Macbeth” drunk with his good mates, Ben Jonson and Michael Drayton. No one knows exactly when Shakespeare was born, but he was christened on April 26. As … Continue reading

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