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Commemorative Day Celebrations

While browsing in a local store which specializes in rare books, I found one which I believe will interest you.

It’s called The Ancient Book of Days.

From what I’ve read (on the internet) the book was originally written in Sanskrit, then later translated into Greek, and finally in English.

On the back cover of the book, I noticed a curious copyright symbol next to the name of a famous greeting card company. Could there be a connection? Hmmm.

The book contains some curious entries and suggestions for Commemorative Day Celebrations. The publication includes proper greeting cards suggestions.

There are also chapters which recommend gifts and “appropriate” decorations for each notable day to be celebrated each year.

I will attempt to chronicle these days in future postings.

I hope you will enjoy them and join in the celebrations and festivities.

My goal is to amuse you with these posts. And, you may even learn something as well.

The first one is called:

National Bring Your Badger To Work Day-Jan 26th

Let’s all celebrate heartily!

For those few of you out there who are not fortunate enough to have a badger, this day may be meaningless.

Of course, if you don’t have a badger of your own, I’m sure you know someone who does, (they are quite popular) so you can celebrate along with those in the know who do own one.

The badger is a member of the weasel family which is why they are most popular among lawyers, politicians, and IRS Agents.

According to Wikipedia, there are 11 species of badgers around the world. Others say there are 7 species. Frankly, does that statistic matter to anyone but badgers? I doubt it.

Badgers apparently have an excellent sense of hearing and smell, but don’t have very good eyesight.

I know this for a fact. I recently saw one at my Optometrist’s office waiting to see the doctor. I guess they are the Mr. Magoos of the forest.

The Ferret Badger may sleep in trees from time to time. So do many human Tree Huggers.

The Indonesian and Palawan Stink Badgers can squirt a foul smelling and terribly tasting substance from their anal glands to deter enemies. That is how they got their name.

Here’s a helpful hint. Never lift a Stink Badger’s tail (Or Dennis Miller’s tail) for any reason.

It was once believed that if a badger stopped in front of you and scratched the ground, you would soon die.

This is true if you are standing in the middle of a busy street or if you jump out of a high flying 747 without a parachute.

It is reported that a badger joined some people for a run and kept up with them for almost 200 feet, winning a marathon race.

The badger was eventually disqualified after it was discovered that she took a subway train to a point just before the finish of the race.

In the children’s book, The Wind in the Willows, a badger is friendly to most of the animals in the forest, including two characters named, Ratty and Mole.

It should be known, that the badger in that book was eventually dissed by the duo when he brought an inappropriate gift to a birthday party.

There are a number of sports teams named after the short legged omnivore, such as The Wisconsin Football Badgers. The Bogotá Badgers and the Beverly Badgers.

What do you bring to a Bring Your Badger To Work Day celebration?

A bag of grubs, or worms would make a nice gift, unless the badger in question is a vegetarian. In that case, bring it a nice tuber or some fresh honey.

For more information on this unique animal, look them up on line.

Hey, I can’t do everything for you.


© 2013 Ronald J. Yarosh

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