September 2019 Bizarre Bibliotheca Box

International Rabbit Day

  • Black Rabbit Hall Book
  • Ceramic Bunny Teapot
  • White Rabbit Bookmark

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October 9th Leif Erikson Day

Leif Erikson was a Viking, Norseman and the first person to set eyes on the North American soil. He sailed from Greenland, his home, and saw many different lands though it was not in his interest to land where their was nothing visible to be pillaged. It is known he set sail in 1002 A.D. and during this voyage he sailed by North America but did not set foot on land as he saw little of use to him. So Columbus still gets credit for landing, though over the years people have deemed that something they would rather forget. Congress created a resolution celebrating Leif Erikson Day in 1964. It makes you wonder who else might have discovered the America’s perhaps even before Erikson. We will never know but if not for these daring individuals, we might have no history to celebrate.

How to celebrate – Pretend to be a Viking. Read about Leif Erikson. Learn how to sail.

October 8th American Touch Tag Day

Kids have been playing tag since time began. At first it was probably out of fear as playing tag with a dinosaur wouldn’t be much fun. The game requires no tools or devices to play, only the energy to run around seemingly aimlessly. It is a fun game unless you are really slow, that tends to always make you “it” and there is little chance of capturing someone else to end your turn. (I know, I was that kid!) Still, it is better than just standing still and doing nothing and it is great exercise! Maybe adults should play tag to get themselves back into shape! Since there is an American tag day I have to assume every country has it’s own day of tag. Except maybe those places where running from someone is believed to be a pretense to criminal activities.

How to celebrate – Play tag today. Make up your own version of tag by adding a few challenges. Play tag with your pets.

October 7th Bald And Free Day

Every morning one gets up, brushes their teeth, has a cup of coffee and combs their hair… that is, if they have hair. There are advantages to not having hair, it’s a least one step less every morning of your daily routine. It also tends to make you look meaner so people don’t mess with you as much and some think it makes a person look smarter. It has become very fashionable to be bald. I am not sure why. Many women are choosing to be bald these days as well. It does make a statement! One true advantage is that you are generally cooler in the summer (though you will have to wear a hat to keep from getting sun burned), but then in the winter, your head is colder. Compromise, wear one side of your head with hair, the other without. You’ll get noticed!

How to celebrate – Wear a bald cap for a day to see how you would look. See how many celebrities you can name that are bald. Be free!

October 6th Mad Hatter Day

Besides Alice, the Mad Hatter is probably the best known character in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I have to wonder what drug Lewis Carrol was on when he wrote this story. Maybe he was a little to close to his local hat maker, since most hats were made using mercury early on in history, and hat makers often went mad – hence the Mad Hatter. The 10/6 in his hat is probably the cost of the hat, 10 shillings and a sixpence. Today was created in 1986 by a computer group in Boulder, Colorado, who were probably bored, and maybe even driven a little mad themselves! Okay, maybe a lot. The intent of the day is being silly for the day, which can be fun for everyone, so long as it does not get carried away.

How to celebrate – Be silly! Wear the Mad Hatter’s hat. Read Alice in Wonderland.

October 6th National Mad Hatter Day

Oct. 6th National Mad Hatter Day

We all know the Mad Hatter from Lewis Carroll’s, “Alice In Wonderland”. The artwork originally was all done by Sir John Tenniel for Carroll concerning the Mad Hatter.  Since this all came from the late 1800’s they may have actually engaged in business with Mad Hatters. Haberdasheries made their hats with mercury, which prolonged use generally drove the hat artist insane. While we view this as humorous in Alice’s world, I doubt it was the same in the real world! The 10/6 in the Mad Hatter’s hat probably stood for the price of the hat, 10 schillings and a 6 pence. However, if you look at most of the characters in Alice In Wonderland it’s interesting to think he may have been one of the more sane citizens of the land.

How to celebrate – Dress up like the Mad Hatter. Read Alice In Wonderland. Pretend to be Alice!

October 5th World Card Making Day

There is nothing better than getting a handmade Christmas, Birthday or any holiday card. Kids love to make cards for their friends and family. It gives them hours of enjoyment thinking up who to send them to, how to design them and then the act of mailing them out. And frankly, I think a hand made card means more than those bought in the store. (Not that the store bought ones are bad.) With Christmas coming up it’s a great time to start making those cards for the holidays. Actually you don’t need a holiday to send a card, you don’t need a birthday or wait for someone to get sick, just go ahead and send out a card because you are thinking of someone.

How to celebrate – Plan a card making day. Get your list of those you want to send cards to. Write a poem to put inside your card.