|Upcoming Nerd Holidays
||[Sep. 16th, 2007|03:09 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
Wednesday, September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day! ARRR!!!
Saturday, September 22nd is Hobbit Day in honor of the shared birthday of both Frodo and Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books.
Tuesday, October 23rd is Mole Day, celebrating Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 10^23).
Wednesday, October 31st is some sort of weird dress-up celebration whose name escapes me...
Saturday, November 24th is Evolution Day, the anniversary of the first publication of Darwin's The Origin of Species.
Saturday, December 8th is Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day. Rules for Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day (ganked from tmcm, who ganked it from stupid_drawings who ganked it from this forum where someone calling himself "Dresden Codak" apparently invented it) :
Spend the day in costume and character but don't tell anyone that you're a time traveler. Other than that, anything's game.
1) Utopian/cliché Future: "If the Future did a documentary on the last fifty years, this is how badly the reenactors would dress." Think Star Trek: TNG or the Time Travelers from Hob. Ever see how the society in Futurama sees the 20th century? Run with it. Dress with moderately anachronistic clothing and speak in slang from varying decades. Here are some starters:
2) Dystopian Future: This one offers more flexibility. It can be any kind of future from Terminator to Freejack. The important thing is dress like a crazy person with armor. Black spray painted football pads, high tech visors, torn up trenchcoats and maybe some dirt. Remember, dystopian future travelers are very startled that they've gone back in time. Some starters:
- Greet people by referring to things that don't yet exist or haven't existed for a long time. Example: "Have you penetrated the atmosphere lately?" "What spectrum will today's broadcast be in?" and "Your king must be a kindly soul!"
- Show ignorance with regular technology. Pay phones should be a complete mystery (try placing the receiver in odd places). Chuckle knowingly at cell phones.
3) The Past: This one is more for beginners. Basically dress in period clothing (preferably Victorian era) and stagger around amazed at everything. Since the culture's set in place already, you have more of a template to work off of. Some pointers:
- If you go the "prisoner who's escaped the future" try shaving your head and putting a barcode on the back of your neck. Then stagger around and stare at the sky, as if you've never seen it before.
- Walk up to random people and say "WHAT YEAR IS THIS?" and when they tell you, get quiet and then say "Then there's still time!" and run off.
- Stand in front of a statue (any statue, really), fall to your knees, and yell "NOOOOOOOOO"
- Stare at newspaper headlines and look astonished.
- Take some trinket with you (it can be anything really), hand it to some stranger, along with a phone number and say "In thirty years dial this number. You'll know what to do after that." Then slip away.
Stay in character and try to fit in. Never admit you're a time traveler, and make really, really bad attempts at keeping a low profile. Naturally, the dystopian future has a little more leeway. And for the record, I've already tried out all of these in real life, in costume. It is so much fun you want to pee yourself.
- Airplanes are terrifying. Also, carry on conversations with televisions for a while.
- Discover and become obsessed with one trivial aspect of technology, like automatic grocery doors. Stay there for hours playing with it.
- Be generally terrified of people who are dressed immodestly compared to your era. Tattoos and shorts on women are especially scary.
Next year, there's Darwin Day on his birthday, February 12th.
And every March is Pi Day (3/14).
ETA: April 3rd, Cheese Weasel Day!
May 25th is Towel Day in honor of Douglas Adams' death.
June 25th is System Administrator Appreciation Day.
Any others I missed?