What's with today today? 🤨
October 02, 2023

What's with today today? 🤨


Once again I am tasked with spinning some fairly uninspiring occasions into comedy gold, and once again the calendar deities that govern such things have elected to test my mettle in this pursuit. If today is your birthday, you really deserve better than the following murderer's row of buzz-killing observances.
Without further ado, "happy":
 National Custodian Day
• National Fried Scallops Day
• National Produce Misting Day
I would greatly appreciate it if all available custodians would kindly throw October 2nd and the nonsense* holidays that rode in on it straight into a dumpster.

*Except for National Custodian Day. You folks are the real MVPs!

Sweet relief for another 365 days.

GIF via Dirty Work / MGM

I did peek ahead to Wednesday and am pleased to report our not-very-long national day nightmare is almost over.


Moving along, how about a few famous October 2nd birthdays and historical facts to start the week? There's a lot to cover, so let's dive in!

• On this day in 1789 the United States Bill of Rights was sent to the various States for ratification.

• In 1967 Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first Black justice of the US Supreme Court.

• On this day in 1980 Michael Myers became the first member of either chamber of Congress to be expelled since the Civil War. An unsurprising outcome when you have a proclivity for slashing your colleagues to death with a kitchen knife. Oh, not THAT Michael Myers? A different Michael Myers, who was involved in a major bribery and corruption scandal? Oh, OK, got it. That makes more sense.

Birthday scallops (good grief, Wednesday can't arrive soon enough) all around for: Indian freedom fighter, activist, and philosopher Mahatma Gandhi (1869), actor, comedian, and mustache enthusiast Groucho Marx (1890), English novelist Graham Greene of Brighton Rock fame (1904), singer-songwriter Don McLean of 'American Pie' fame (1945), actor Avery Brooks of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine fame (1948), fashion designer Donna Karan of DKNY fame (1948), singer-songwriter and punk luminary Richard Hell of Richard Hell & The Voidoids (1949), photographer Annie Leibovitz (1949), English guitarist Mike Rutherford of Genesis and Mike & The Mechanics fame (1950), English singer-songwriter and tantra enthusiast Gordon "Sting" Sumner of The Police and solo career fame (1951), English singer-songwriter Phil Oakey of The Human League and 'Don't You Want Me' fame (1955), singer-songwriter & guitarist Gillian Welch (1967), English musician Damon "Badly Drawn Boy" Gough (1969), and actress & talk show host Kelly Ripa (1970)

Pour one out for: Founding Person and brewery namesake Samuel Adams (d. 1803; hey, he died awfully close to his birthday!), French Dadaist painter & sculptor Marcel Duchamp (d. 1968), actor Rock Hudson (d. 1985), actor, singer, and guitarist Gene Autry (d. 1998; also died shortly after his birthday!), actor & comedian Nipsey Russell (d. 2005; we just celebrated HIS birthday two weeks ago!), assassinated Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (d. 2018), and freakin' rock 'n roll LEGEND Tom Petty of "many of the best damn songs you've ever heard" fame (d. 2017)


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We'll be back here in your inbox on Wednesday with some more random holidays to observe, historical tidbits to acknowledge, and fun links to entertaining content! Until next time...

Peace, love, and better occasions on the horizon,