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Jan 25 – Opposite Day

on January 19, 2013

Happy Opposite Day, or if you’re reading this on Jan 25th, Unhappy Opposite Day. Or would that be Unhappy Non-Opposite Night? The possibilities are endless, and possibly even parodoxical…the result of which could cause a chain reaction that would unravel the very fabric of the space-time continuum and destroy the entire universe (Back to the Future quotes come in so handy!).

I couldn’t find the origin of the day, only the description of it as the day to do the opposite of what you usually do, and say the opposite of what you mean. The Altius Directory offers some ideas for family fun to celebrate the day, including eating breakfast for dinner and eating dessert first. Yes, this is an excellent time to practice Jacques Torres’ advice, that “Life is short, east dessert first!” During my search of Opposite Day’s history, I found a post that suggested moving your birthday to Opposite Day, so your age can be counted backwards each year. I wish I had that author’s name (my computer crashed, losing the link to this nugget of wisdom.

There are even a few videos you can get to watch to celebrate the day. My favorite (and actually the only one I have seen) is SpongeBob’s Opposite Day. “Big and Small” and “Casper’s Scare School” each has an Opposite Day episode, a short film entitled “Opposite Day” exists, and “Opposite Day” is a full-length movie (starring Pauly Shore, no less!).

 

 

 

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