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Pig Day to start, Easter to finish, crazy shenanigans in between!

Get excited, you guys.  March is going to blow you away.  Seriously, we're talking championship month material right here.

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Optimism at its finest. That's my kind of kitten.

Continuing in the vein of holidays and events made for KU, March is International Mirth Month!  It has all our favorite things!  Laughter and alliteration!  What more could you really want?

March is also Employee Spirit Month!  I doubt any store has more spirited employees than KU, but anyone who thinks they can beat us should totally bring it.  We will spirit you so hard, your grandmama will feel it.  Yeah, I went there.

Another great thing about March: it's Optimism Month!  I don't usually think of myself as an optimist, in so many words, but I'm usually pretty happy-go-lucky.  My attitude, I suppose, could be summed up by the words, "What's the worst that could happen?"  So I guess I'm an optimist.

Everyone remembers the recorder from their elementary school days, I'm sure.  Surprisingly, though, the recorder has a serious musical history.  Until the transverse flute gained popularity in the Renaissance and Baroque periods, the recorder was the most common woodwind instrument used in Western music.  I mention the recorder because March is also Play the Recorder Month!  I don't know about you guys, but I love Chamber Music, so I'm totally going to get me a sweet recorder and play.

Important Dates in March:

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Nothing's cuter than pigs with paint. Apparently.

1 - Pig Day:  Just say it.  We're all thinking it.  Pigs are adorable.  In a serious way.  I've thought for a long time that there ought to be a special day of porcine celebration.  Little did I know, it exists!  Also, Pig Day just has a certain, terse elegance.  Say it out loud.  Pig Day.  Hee.

2 - Dr. Seuss Day:  Dr. Seuss is deservedly one of the best beloved children's authors and illustrators of all time.  I don't think I exaggerate when I say that most writers would kill to create even one character as widely known as The Cat in the Hat, The Grinch, or The Lorax.  Lucky for you, KU has once again anticipated your card-giving needs and produced a card for Dr. Seuss Day.  Come in and pick one up!

3 - What If Dogs and Cats Had Opposable Thumbs Day: I'm not even sure I can address this.  I have really strong feelings about it.  For one thing, I don't think they should have lumped dogs and cats together for this one, because dogs having opposable thumbs would be way different than cats having them.  Way different.  As in, in one scenario, humans would all lead lives of perfect leisure and in the other, humans would all lead lives of horrible servitude.

4 - Toy Soldier Day:  The only thing I have to say about toy soldiers is that Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tale, The Steadfast Tin Soldier has always made me weep like a baby.  I'm tearing up a little right now thinking about it.

8 - Middle Name Pride Day: Speaking of days we have cards for, Middle Name Pride Day is almost upon us!

9 - International Fanny Pack Day:  Really?

10 - International Day of Awesomeness AND Mario Day AND Daylight Savings Time Begins:  Only on the internet, folks.  Only on the internet.  Visit dayofawesomeness.com for a full run down of the origins and point of this holiday.  (As if you'd need a run down.  Awesomeness is integral to your day to day life, I'm sure.)  Also, it's totally Mario Day because it's MAR.10  That's hysterical and also a little awesome.  Also set your clocks an hour ahead so you aren't late.  Being late's the worst.

11 - Johnny Appleseed Day AND Napping Day:  Talk about a match made in delicious, lazy heaven.  Historical accounts of John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed) actually seem to indicate that he was extremely industrious, but I think that American mythology portrays him as napping under an apple tree with a tin pot on his head and that's how I'd like to remember him.

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Yum. Also math. Deliciously math, one might even say.

14 - Pi Day:  Some people are really into Pi.  I knew a girl who had memorized over a hundred digits of it.  I'm not that serious, but I do think that irrational constants are fascinating.  Also I love pie.  Slightly unrelated, but pies are round and pi is about circles, so I'll allow it.

15 - Ides of March:  The Roman calendar used the term idus or ides to mark the middle of every month.  In most months, the 13th marked the ides, but in March, May, July, and October, the ides occurred on the 15th.  People remember the Ides of March because Julius Caesar was assassinated on March 15th in 44 B.C.  It's not really a holiday, but in Canada they celebrate it by drinking "Bloody Caesars", which is like the Canadian version of a Bloody Mary.  It has something called 'Clamato' in it.  A "proprietary blend of tomato juice and clam broth."  Gross.

17 - St. Patrick's Day:  Something something green beer something Irish something something bagpipes something something something complete.

18 - Awkward Moments Day:   As socially flawless as we are here at KU, even we sometimes experience awkward moments.  March 18th is a day to remember that awkwardness affects everyone at some point or another.  Best to just laugh it off, folks.

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Come in for some Easter goodies!

20 - Alien Abduction Day AND Won't you be my neighbor? Day AND The First Day of Spring:  Busy day, guys.  I mean, Alien abduction is pretty much an all day commitment anymore.  Used to be they'd pick you up, probe you, and send you on your way but nowadays with the ACLU, OSHA, PETA, the paperwork is just too much.  Then you have to be neighborly and whatever.  Thankfully we also have a card for Won't you be my neighbor? Day, so that's easily covered, at least.  Jeez.  And spring will finally be here!  Hopefully we won't all be shut-ins anymore!

25 - Tolkien Reading Day:  It's really nice that, like, every month has some sort of Tolkien appreciation.  It makes my Tolkien obsession seem way less out of place and weird.  The Tolkien Society had a variety of reasons for choosing March 25th as Tolkien Reading Day.  You can read about them here.

30 - Pencil Day:  On March 30th, 1858, the first pencil with attached eraser was granted a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office, so use this day to appreciate the humble pencil.  It's really a great writing implement (and you know how I feel about writing implements).  It's so forgiving.  Love that.

31 - Easter:  What can you say about the most important Christian holiday of the year?  Americans are reported to buy over 700 million marshmallow Peeps for Easter.  That's 2.33 Peeps per person in this country.  So many Peeps, you guys.

March birthdays:

1 - Aragorn

2 - Dr. Seuss AND John Irving  (Totally cool combo.  They should collaborate on something.  If Dr. Seuss were still alive, or whatever.)

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Topical birthday cakes are so cool.

3 -George Michael Bluth  (Be on the lookout for season 4 later this year!)

6 - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

10 - Remus Lupin

11 - Neo AND Douglas Adams (Again, awesome combination.  Can you imagine Neo in the Hitchhiker's Guide?)

12 - Homer Simpson

14 - Catwoman AND Albert Einstein  (Two words.  Power couple.  Also, how cool is it that Einstein was born on Pi Day?)

16 - Kevin Smith

20 - Fred Rogers AND Lois Lowry (One of, if not the, greatest Pittsburgh icons.  And Lois Lowry, who's pretty awesome too.)

22 - Wonder Woman AND James Tiberius Kirk  (Wait, did I say power couple already?)

26 - Leonard Nimoy

31 - Carly Moroski  (KU's own Easter Bunny!)

 

 

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