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Upcoming Nerd Holidays [Sep. 16th, 2007|03:09 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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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:
  • 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.
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:
  • 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.
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:
  • 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.
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.


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?

[User Picture]From: candle_light
2007-09-16 07:17 am (UTC)
April 3, Cheese Weasel day.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2007-09-16 05:22 pm (UTC)
Of course! I knew there was an important one I'd forgotten.

Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: miss_chance
2007-09-16 09:46 am (UTC)
I'm not sure if it counts as a "nerd holiday" or not, (but then again, since I don't think Hobbits are nerdy, I don't imagine I'm a good judge of these things :) ), but coming up Wednesday, September 26 is Stanislav Petrov Day.

On September 26, 1983 he made a personal decision that what appeared to be a direct US nuclear attack on the Soviet Union must have been a satellite error. At first the defense system showed one single missile, and he reasoned that if the US were to attack we would attack with many. A few minutes later, though, the satellites were showing multiple attacks. This all in a context of heightened tensions spelled out in this Wikipedia article.

I cannot imagine his internal space when he chose to record those as false as well, and did not respond as his job required and set into motion the chain of events that might very have ended the world as we know it.

He was given a severe reprimand, intensive questioning, suffered a nervous breakdown, and was released from his job for this choice and lives now on a low government pension in a small Russian town—but not under the clouds of a nuclear winter.

I say Hurray to Stanislav Petrov and all others who make a choice to disobey orders or protocol based on their own good judgment, for the good of the world, regardless of the immensity of the potential personal cost.
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[User Picture]From: folzgold
2007-09-16 11:17 am (UTC)
March 4 is a sentence.
March fourth.
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[User Picture]From: cos
2007-09-16 11:53 am (UTC)
So we are sentenced to March 4th?
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[User Picture]From: yesthattom
2007-09-16 01:05 pm (UTC)
May 4th is "May the 4th be with you" day

Jan 29, 1998 is the day Clinton said, 'I did not have sex with that woman!'-day
(which I think should be reclaimed as some kind of poly holiday)

The first tower was struck on 9/11 at Unix-time 1000212400

I declared Feb 28th as "Update your damn LJ profile day"
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[User Picture]From: waider
2007-09-16 01:50 pm (UTC)
3/14 seems wrong for Pi day (although I'm aware it's the "official" Pi day). If you use "European" notation, 22nd of July is a far better choice of day.
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[User Picture]From: yeti_herd
2007-09-17 07:21 am (UTC)
Dresden Codak is the handle of Aaron something-or-other who draws the webcomic Dresden Codak. His infrequently-updating comic revolves around many geeky subplots, which recently have included time travelers who are unable to maintain a low-profile, despite desperately trying.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2007-09-18 01:40 am (UTC)
THAT'S why his name sounded so familiar. I figured it was a character in something that I know but don't watch/read/listen to or whatever.
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[User Picture]From: madbodger
2007-09-17 02:24 pm (UTC)
Down the Rabbit Hole day comes to mind.
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From: allessindra
2007-09-21 05:09 am (UTC)

Another for Sept 22

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[User Picture]From: kimberlogic
2007-09-26 09:24 pm (UTC)
Time Travel Day.

I really think we should have a party together for that ;>
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From: (Anonymous)
2011-09-03 11:34 pm (UTC)
July 31st! Harry Potter's birthday, of course!
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From: (Anonymous)
2011-09-19 08:51 pm (UTC)

National Heroscape Day

The third Saturday in October, this year October 15th, is National Heroscape Day. It's a miniatures board game.
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