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This week the theme is Ask A Stupid Question. (Please note that the official Ask a Stupid Question Day is usually celebrated the last school day of September.)
The teachers wanted students
Lots of questions to ask,
But getting students to do so
Was proving quite a task.
The students were all worried
They didn't want to look
Like they didn't know stuff
End up sounding like a schnook.
The teachers said, Ask anyway!
We really do not care,
If you ask a stupid question,
At least you've taken the dare!
So, why are newborns ugly?
Your looks would have a flaw,
If you spent 9 months in water
Then squeezed out through a straw.
How big's the Specific Ocean?
You need to more specific be,
If you're meaning the Pacific,
It's 60million square miles of sea.
What's worse, ignorance or apathy?
Well those two are quite a pair,
But this I tell you honestly,
I neither know nor care.
What's the meaning of procrastination?
This question sounds like a baiter,
But I tell you what, kid,
I'll answer you later.
See how easy it can be
To get the hang of it?
So please ask a stupid question
So I won't be the only nitwit.
Ancestor Appreciation Day -- sponsored by the Ancestor Appreciation Day Association of Ann Arbor, MI, US
Canterbury South Provincial Anniversary Day -- Canterbury South, New Zealand
Crush a Can Day -- internet generated, so have fun seeing how many (safe) ways you can crush a can, and how flat you can get it!
Dominion Day -- New Zealand (Obs.)
Family Day - A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children(TM) -- US (sponsored by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, encouraging everyone to have a meal with the family, because all the studies show it's good for you!)
Feast of Mashíyyat (Will) -- Baha'i
Fun and Fancy Free Day -- go out and have a great day, in honor of the release on this day in 1947 of the Disney film Fun and Fancy Free
French Community Holiday -- French Community of Belgium
Independence Day -- Turkmenistan
Meskel -- Ethiopian/Eritrian Orthodox Christian (True Cross Day)
National Corned Beef Hash Day
National Milk Chocolate Day
Queen's Birthday Holiday -- WA, Australia
Shemini Azteret -- Judaism (Jewish completion of the annual cycle of reading of the Torah; begins at sunset, through sunset tomorrow)
Shut Up and Let Somebody Else Talk Day -- begun by someone with an overly verbose spouse, perhaps?
St. Vincent De Paul's Day (Patron of charitable societies/charitable workers, charities, horses, hospital workers, hospitals, lepers, prisoners, spiritual help, volunteers; Brothers of Charity; Saint Vincent de Paul Societies; Sisters of Charity; Vincentian Service Corps; Madagascar; Richmond, Virginia; for finding lost objects; against leprosy)
Thanksgiving Day for Disappearance of Kelp-Koli Again -- Fairy Calendar
World Tourism Day -- World Tourism Organization
Google is founded, 1998
Avril Lavigne, 1984
Gwyneth Paltrow, 1972
Bello Nock, 1968
Sophia Milos, 1965
Shaun Cassidy, 1958
Mike Schmidt, 1949
Marvin "Meat Loaf" Aday, 1947
Delores Taylor, 1939
Claude Jarman, Jr., 1934
Greg Morris, 1934
Wilford Brimley, 1934
Sada Thompson, 1929
Arthur Penn, 1922
William Conrad, 1920
Jayne Meadows, 1919
Thomas Nast, 1840
Raphael Semmes, 1809
George Muller, 1805
George Cruikshank, 1792
Samuel Adams, 1722
"The Tonight Show"(TV), 1954
Strike Up The Band(Film), 1940
"Rip Van Winkle"(Bristow opera), 1855
Today in History:
Severe earthquake in the Gulf of Chili, China; reports of 100,000 killed, 1290
Jesuits founded by Ignatius Loyola, 1540
John Adams negotiates peace terms with Britain, 1779
Constitution submitted to the states for ratification, 1787
Jean-Francois Champollion announces that he has deciphered the Rosetta Stone, 1822
The Stockton and Darlington Railway opens, and begins operation of the world's first service of locomotive-hauled passenger trains, 1825
The physics journal Annalen der Physik published Albert Einstein's paper "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?", introducing the equation E=mc²,1905
The first production of a Ford Model T automobile rolls off the line at the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan, 1908
First test of a twin engine airplane, in France, 1910
Native American Day is first celebrated, 1916
Democratic National Committee votes to allow female members, 1919
The first Santa Clause Training School opens in Albion, NY, 1937
The Balinese tiger is declared to be an extinct species, 1937
Sierra Leone joins the United Nations, 1961
Richard Stallman announces the GNU project to develop a free Unix-like operating system, 1983
East Timor joins the United Nations, 2002
CNSA astronaut Zhai Zhigang becomes the first Chinese person to perform a spacewalk while flying on Shenzhou 7, 2008
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity discovers direct evidence of a fast-moving stream bed, showing a prior water source on the Red Planet, 2012
Thai Ex-Prime Minister Yingluck is found guilty of criminal negligence in a rice subsidy scheme and sentenced to 5 years in absentia, 2017