By Eric Abrahamsen, published


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the mirror list makes me think pictionary in other countries is much more interesting than in the states.

i dont know many times i've needed the word Baling, so thank you philippines. Baling - Manobo, Philippines: the action of a woman who, when she wants to marry a man, goes to his house and refuses to leave until marriage is agreed upon.

flipyrface, November 9, 2007, 7:47p.m.

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The National Library's valiant attempt to reprint rare pre-Qing works made me think: Gosh, there really ought be a day to commemorate the work of hard-working librarians and archivists everywhere.

And guess what...there is!

April 17th is National Library Workers' Day (NLWD, for those of you in the know, see here for more details:

But our favorite bibliomuses won't have their holiday to themselves.

In 2008, U.S. taxpayers will find their tax deadline shifted to April 17 (because the usual date, April 15, falls on a Sunday, and Monday, April 16 is Emancipation Day in the District of Columbia). Also, depending on the year, April 17th is sometimes Passover and sometimes Easter or Good Friday and always some Syrian national holiday.

It is also (according to a website dedicated to bizarre American holidays) "National Cheeseball Day".

One can't help but think that Prez. Bush is the perfect man to throw out the first official cheeseball on this auspicious day.

For those of you looking for a reason to celebrate, check out this list, courtesy of some high school students with a glorious sense of humour:

I'm slightly upset that I missed:

Nov. 1 Plan-Your-Epitaph Day and Nov. 9 Chaos-Never-Dies Day

but greatly look forward to following faux-holidays:

Nov. 18 Occult Day (which I will be spending with B.L."Zee" Bub, Ronnie James Dio and the Chinese rock band "Tongue")

Nov. 25 National Parfait Day (just happens to be my birthday)

Nov. 27 Pins and Needles Day (we're waiting for it on...ouch, stoppit!)

Dec. 8 National Roof-Over-Your-Head Day (on which day I will be thankful)

Dec. 30 Festival Of Enormous Changes At The Last Minute and National Bicarbonate Of Soda Day (Need we say more? Burp.)

Cindy Carter, November 12, 2007, 5:46p.m.


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