Sunday, September 30, 2012

What's today? Ask a stupid question...

No, wait. Don't take offense. According to Usual Suspects American Greetings and Holidays for Everyday, today is Ask a Stupid Question Day.

(For those who claim there's 'no such thing' as a stupid question, we suspect that none of them has ever watched a presidential debate.)

Wikipedia reports that Ask a Stupid Question Day was created by teachers in the 1980s to encourage students to ask more questions in the classroom. Today is Sunday; school is not in session.

Wikipedia explains that, ordinarily, Ask a Stupid Question Day would be on the last school day of September. (And, yes, if you were paying attention, we did mention Ask a Stupid Question Day in Friday's post). So, with all due respect to our cited Usual Suspects, we don't think today should be Ask a Stupid Question Day.

So what else is there?

There's some support for today being Chewing Gum Day, but we can't say for sure that this will stick. (Nor can we say whether the chewing gum will lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight.)

We are obliged to report that today has also been designated Blasphemy Day, a day set aside, according to Wikipedia, for individuals or groups "to openly express their criticism of, or even disdain for, religion."

The Blog of Days is not going to recommend this as something to celebrate. In fact, on this subject, we'd rather remember what Thomas Jefferson said, namely, "It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are 20 gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." We'd also cite this quote from Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho: "In order to have faith in his own path, he does not need to prove that someone else's path is wrong."

No, if you want something to really celebrate today, today is the 85th anniversary of the day on which a former Boston Red Sox hurler turned right fielder, George Herman Ruth, hit his 60th home run of the season. Also on this day 40 years ago, another right fielder, Pittsburgh Pirate Roberto Clemente his his 3,000th (and last) hit.

Both of these feats are worth remembering.

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