Thursday, January 24, 2013

Opposites attract?

If you believe that they do, Friday may be your day: Most of the Usual Suspects proclaim January 25 as National Opposite Day.

We should note, as a public service, that Usual Suspect places National Compliment Day on the 25th, not on the 24th like most of the other Usual Suspects.

Nevertheless, is with the majority on Opposite Day. But... wouldn't this render any compliment received on the 25th suspect? Might it not mean the opposite of what it seems to say?

We strongly encourage the Usual Suspects to think these things through more carefully.

The Jewish holiday, Tu B'Shevat, begins at sundown Friday. Tu B'Shevat marks the new year for trees. Why trees need their own new year is beyond the scope of The Blog of Days. If you're curious, contact your friendly neighborhood rabbi.

Robert Burns (image from Wikipedia).
The Scots celebrate Burns Night on Friday evening. Robert Burns, the national poet of Scotland, was born on January 25, 1759. Even if you think you've never heard o' Robbie Burns, you've heard his poem (and song) "Auld Lang Syne." Probably just a few weeks ago, remember?

The Scots may want to eat haggis tomorrow. Let them. We think a sip of a nice scotch would be more than sufficient.

A few of the Usual Suspects also mention that Friday will be A Room of One's Own Day. This doesn't sound like a particularly social observance to us.

According to Usual Suspect, Thailand declared war on the United States and Great Britain on January 25, 1942. The Thais had hopes of gaining territory in China and French Indochina. Those ambitions pushed Thailand toward the Axis camp.

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