Tuesday, January 29, 2013

January 30: Death of Gandhi and birth of FDR lose out to "Inane Answering Message Day"

M.K. Gandhi.  Image obtained from Wikipedia.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948. In India, Gandhi's death is remembered on January 30 as Martyrs' Day.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882. Most of the Usual Suspects recognize one or both of these anniversaries.

But neither worthy observance gets top billing on most sites. Rather, the consensus among the Usual Suspects is that Wednesday will be Inane Answering Message Day. Apparently the idea is to record a silly message on your voice mail for the amusement of the bill collectors and telemarketers who call your number Wednesday.

Even if you are inclined to observe this microminiholidayette, we would strongly recommend that you not put a silly answering message on your work telephone, Inane Answering Message Day or not. Potential customers may not have the same sense of fun that you do. Usual Suspect Punchbowl.com suggests that Tuesday may be celebrated as National Croissant Day. That's probably safer -- and certainly harder to spell.

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