This can be a really annoying day if you are not aware of it. Those around you who celebrate it are sure to do something that confuses you because you did not know it was Opposite day. when I worked in the school system it seemed like every kid knew about today and always used it against we adults. We would tell them to calm down and they would say no, which at first made you mad until we realized it was opposite day!
It’s okay though, because later in the day we could tell them they did not get recess today, but since it was opposite day they then had to figure it out. Revenge is sweet sometimes. No one seems to know who came up with this day, so no one gets the blame. It is believed it came into use somewhere in the 2000’s but there are references that date back to Calvin Coolidge’s era of the 1920’s.
It also appears in Alice In Wonderland so maybe it was picked up on as early as the late 1800’s! So does that mean that Alice didn’t really fall into the hole? Perhaps she just hovered above it? I am certainly glad that we do not celebrate Opposite Day every day because we would never know if what someone told us is what they really meant or not.
And as far as wearing your underwear on the outside of your clothing, that’s now old school because half the population shows it on a daily basis. I am not sure what wearing pants around your knees does for you but if you enjoy not being able to walk normally, go ahead.
How to celebrate – Make sure you let someone know it’s Opposite Day before you do everything, or say everything, the opposite of what you mean. If you are opposite of opposite then you are no longer opposite. What is normal anyway?
I always look forward to this day. It is always so fun to try and figure out what people mean on Opposite Day. There are several Opposite Days during the year – Oh joy! This is the first for 2018.
It does make you think, no really, I don’t mean the opposite, or else I would have said it’s a day you don’t have to think about anything. At one time I did work in a school and it drove me sane (in this case meaning the opposite :)) You can clearly see how this goes, it never ends.
So if you say ‘ I Love You’ then you mean ‘I hate you’, if you say ‘Hello’ then you are actually saying ‘good-bye’ and if you say ‘Yes’ you are actually saying ‘No’….And so it goes….That’s why I love this day so much.
Some say it started in “Alice In Wonderland”. It is mentioned in the novel, dating back to the 1800’s. Others claim it started in the 1920’s, with President Grover Cleveland, because he never said what he meant. It seems to have become official in 2000. But does that mean it really didn’t become offical in 2000? Oh who cares!
How to celebrate – Do whatever you want but make sure you don’t hurt anybody today by saying something you don’t really mean. Remember there are times when confusing people can be fun but normally, it’s not. Wear your underwear over your clothing (just make sure you washed it first.)
Today is the one day of the year you can say what you mean and not mean it at all! It can also be a very dangerous day if the person you are interacting with is not aware it is opposite day. If you say that you don’t love someone, if the person is aware it’s opposite day they know you love them, but if they don’t… watch out!
Some say that opposite day was created during Calvin Coolidge’s administration in the 1920’s. Some people in the Country felt they were getting rich, but we all know they were about to lose all in the 1930’s. Some felt Coolidge was a good president, or did they?
Other say that opposite day came from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice In Wonderland”. Obviously things in the underworld were different, but were they really opposite? Of course, Lewis Carroll wasn’t really Lewis Carroll, he was really Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. The other male members of his family were nearly all military officers in the British army but he became a children’s book writer. However, if you actually read the book, was it written for children at all!?!
How it came sbout doesn’t really matter… Or does it? Because it is one more day for ys to cellebrate silliness!
How to celebrate – Don’t celebrate opposite day! Don’t enjoy the day! and by all means DON’T have any fun today (Ha, ha…you see what I did there).