Sunday, October 2, 2016

A New Month, Really!

The start of October is so different than the start of September.  September is the month of a new grade for students and new projects and activities for adults.  October is the month for Canadians to celebrate thanksgiving, for the annual plants to demise with the first hard frost, and then it concludes with the time change to EST and the escapism of Halloween.  Lots happens in October, after all.  

October is the eighth month in the old Roman calendar so its name comes from the Latin word 'octo' meaning eight.  It is now the 10th month of the year.  Perhaps that leads into October being National Sarcastic Awareness Month. 

"October is a month for us to pause and be aware of the growing trend of sarcasm. Really. It’s become an epidemic and if we’re not careful, we’re going to have a situation on our hands that we won’t be able to control. We’ll end up with squirrels in charge. On second thought, maybe that’s not much worse than what we’ve got now."

One has several chances during the year to be sarcastic.  June 14th is National Sarcasm Day, according to one site:

"How Is The Date For Sarcasm Day Calculated?

The day shown for 'National Sarcasm Day' is based on how much chitter-chatter and buzz there was on June 14, 2015 across social media making references to 'Sarcasm Day'. Our algorithms examine all of the references to National Days across social media and updates hourly, with our homepage displaying the current national day. This crowdsourcing of data method to assess the National Sarcasm Day date is used as opposed to being connected with any Government sanctioned lists :D Hurrah for democracy by consensus!"

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