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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/29/22 – THOMAS PAINE DAY!

Also called “Freethinker’s Day,” today we celebrate the man who pioneered political blogging, and remains one of the most influential freethinkers ever on NATIONAL THOMAS PAINE DAY! Free thought supports reason over faith, and rejects arbitrary authority, the very definition of the man. Thomas Paine’s self-published pamphlet […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/28/22 – LEGO DAY!

Maybe you never heard of Ole Kirk Christiansen, but you’ve handled thousands of his inventions and seen the smash hit The Lego Movie and its sequels, so this is your day too, NATIONAL LEGO DAY! Ole Kirk Christiansen (April 7, 1891 –  March 11, 1958) was a maker […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/27/22 – NATIONAL CRAPPER DAY!

No, he didn’t invent the flush toilet, as is often claimed. Worse. It was the ballcock he invented, making today NATIONAL CRAPPER DAY! As in Thomas Crapper, master plumber and proprietor of Thomas Crapper & Company in London, England, a brass foundry and plumbing supply operation. Crapper […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/26/22 – AUSTRALIA DAY!

Today we salute the Land Down Under. 234 years ago today, on January 26, 1788, a British fleet entered Sydney Cove in what is now New South Wales, Australia, and Captain John Hunter declared it a great place to build a futuristic opera house someday, making today […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/25/22 – OPPOSITE DAY!

Whatever you do, do not celebrate today’s National Day or wish anyone a happy holiday, both of which would defeat the purpose of NATIONAL OPPOSITE DAY! There’s no one way to uncelebrate Opposite Day. You can go with the George Costanza approach, who told women the exact […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/24/22 – CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAY!

They called it the “Gold Rush of ’49,” but it really started 174 years ago today, on January 24, 1848, when a huge gold ingot was found by James W. Marshall at Sutter’s Mill, in the American River near Caloma, California. John Sutter was trying to build […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/23/22 – JOHN HANCOCK DAY!

He wasn’t an insurance man, but a wealthy Boston merchant and community leader who, along with his childhood friend John Adams, came of age at a time of increasing conflict with the British Crown, with Boston as the center of revolutionary thought, making today NATIONAL JOHN HANCOCK […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/22/22 – GO FOR A SLEIGH RIDE DAY!

This comes at a good time for much of the United States, currently buried in a frosty coating of The Most Wonderful Time of The Year on NATIONAL GO FOR A SLEIGH RIDE DAY! Too bad there’s so few horse-drawn sleighs around on days like today, knee deep […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/21/22 – THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL DAY!

It wasn’t the Great American Novel, or even a very popular American novel, but “The Power of Sympathy” by William Hill Brown was the first American novel, published by Isaiah Thomas in Boston on January 21, 1789, making today NATIONAL GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL DAY! With a subtitle like […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/20/22 – AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION DAY!

If America always acted like America should, we wouldn’t need them, but, like any other great idea, there are kinks to be worked out, and wrongs to be righted. There are people who make it their jobs to ensure that America acts like America to everybody, and […]

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