Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Brett's Monthly: January 2019


It’s that time of the month, indeed in this case the year, when Brett B from the US (to distinguish from Brett B of Oz, a friend and subscriber) sends his list of the coming month’s bizarre and unique holidays. Thanks, as always, Brett. 

The lists appear below, click on the daily ones to expand. 

By the way #1 . . . 
The first two in the list, for January 1, are obvious – Hangover Day and New Year’s Day. I feel there should be a third for January 1 called Pain in the Arse Day (or, for those in the US, Pain in the Ass Day), when we are allowed to strike those people who continue making comments shortly after midnight on New Year’s Eve (and for the rest of the day) such as “This is the first drink I have had all year”, “This is the first phone call I have received all year”, '"I haven't seen you since last year. . . 

By the way#2 . . .
The day for January 2 – Run it up the flagpole and see who salutes day – reminded me immediately of the discussion about that phrase in the superb film Twelve Angry Men: 

Juror 12: 
“. . . in an ad agency when a point like this is reached in a meeting, there's always some character ready with an idea, see. It kills me. It's the weirdest thing, the way they sometimes precede their idea with a phrase. Like, some account exec will get up and he'll say: ‘OK, here's an idea. Let's... run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes it.’ I mean, it's idiotic, but it's funny.” 

When the above comment is made, it is slightly forced, contrived. 

Later in the film, more casually and natural, Juror 12 says: 

“If nobody else has an idea, I might have a cutie here. Let's throw it out and see if the cat licks it up. 
“The cat licks it up? “ 
“Yeah. The boy . . . “

Lists:

Month:
  • National Bath Safety Month
  • National Blood Donor Month
  • National Braille Literacy Month
  • National Hobby Month
  • Hot Tea Month
  • National Oatmeal Month
  • National Soup Month
Week Celebrations:
2nd Week Letter Writing Week

January 2019 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days:
National Take the Stairs Day - second Wednesday of month.
18 Winnie the Pooh Day -The Birthday of Winnie's author A.A. Milne
21 Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday  , celebrated on the third Monday
23 Measure Your Feet Day- we only ask...."Why!?!"
28 Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day - last Monday of month

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