Friday, July 27, 2012

2012 Olympics, Walk on Stilts Day, Creme Brulee Day, more

July 27th, 2012, is 2012 Olympics, National Talk in an Elevator Day, Barbie in a Blender Day, Take Your Houseplants for a Walk Day, Take Your Pants for a Walk Day, Walk on Stilts Day, System Administrator Appreciation Day, National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, and National Creme Brulee Day.  

The 2012 Olympics in London begin today and continue through August 12th. Can't wait - this year brings more viewing opportunities than ever, with apps, webcasts, and DVR viewing. The Opening Ceremony takes place on the evening of July 27th, London time, but the tricky little secret is that some events are held in advance. Let's just hope that the games take place without incident, focusing on the true spirit of fair competition and camaraderie. Here's a schedule of events.

National Talk in an Elevator Day pokes fun at social taboos. When I was in college, friends who studied sociology were assigned to turn around and face the other riders in elevators. Similar idea.

Barbie in a Blender Day is..... um.... perhaps not as sick as it first sounds. The day is inspired by photographer Tom Forsythe, who was sued by Mattel as a result of his Food Chain Barbie images. Forsythe began by trying to make a statement about branding, body image, and modern culture, but ended by showing corporations that they could not always stop the little guy. Mattel ultimately lost the case. Okay, I hear you - enough seriousness. Here's a Barbie in a blender, for those of you who are not too squeamish:

Now that we're done desecrating Barbie, it's time to celebrate Take Your Houseplants for a Walk Day. Used to be that watering them was enough. Then we were told to talk to our plants. And now this. Well, I'm drawing the line here. I will not take my houseplants to the houseplant park or play fetch with them.

Perhaps (IMHO) as a result of lazy typing or a typo, the above holiday evolved into another celebration, Take Your Pants for a Walk Day. No matter the origin of the holiday, I recommend wearing the pants while you walk them.

Continuing with today's theme of holidays about walking, today is Walk on Stilts Day. If you can somehow walk your pants, walk your houseplants, and walk on stilts simultaneously, you should post on YouTube.

The thirty-fourth annual Gilroy Garlic Festival, in Gilroy, California, begins today and runs through July 29th. Some day I've gotta try garlic ice cream.

The last Friday in July is System Administrator Appreciation Day, so if you have a SysAdmin in your life, show a little love!

July 27th is National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day. In the words of President Obama in 2011: "Today, we honor the tens of thousands of service members who gave their last full measure of devotion to protect the people of the Republic of Korea.  We also pay tribute to the generations of Americans who have guarded the border since hostilities concluded.  It is our sacred duty as a grateful Nation to care for all those who have served, and to provide for our veterans and their families." Thank you, brave veterans.

Today we honor an elegant dessert with a hard, caramelized top. On National Creme Brulee Day, raise your creme brulee torch and say "Ooh la la!"

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