This is what comes of all those April showers.  Worth it.

This is what comes of all those April showers. Worth it.

Hurray!  It's May!  May is really great, you guys.  Everything's all spring-y, the flowers are out in force, the outdoors are constantly beckoning.  Basically it rocks.  KU has everything you need to make your spring (and summer!) awesome, so come on down and stock up on fun! Click READ MORE to find out what all is happening in the wide world this month!

It SAYS Alicia Keys gets caught reading, but she's clearly looking at the camera, so that book might just be a prop.  Don't be like Alicia Keys!  Read books!

It SAYS Alicia Keys gets caught reading, but she's clearly looking at the camera, so that book might just be a prop. Don't be like Alicia Keys! Read books!

May is Get Caught Reading Month!  Now.  Getting caught doing something generally implies that you shouldn't be doing it.  But here's the thing.  You should be reading.  All the times.  Because reading is the best thing.  So sure, let them catch you, I guess.  And if they want you to stop, just be like, "Ha!  No."

Important Dates in May:

1 - May Day AND Batman Day AND Mother Goose Day AND No Pants Day AND Tuba Day:  Far be it from me to limit anyone's celebrations, but I have to say that this day seems almost impossible to do justice to.  Like.  That's just so many things.  And sure, I guess that several of them can be enjoyed simultaneously (Tuba Day and No Pants Day seem to fit well together, imo) but that's still a huge amount of celebration to try and accomplish by day's end.  I don't know, I guess what I'm saying is that you might be better off picking one or two and sticking with them.

2 - Kentucky Derby:  One of the most famous American Sporting events!  And one of my all time favorites purely for the horse names.  Top contenders for best name this year are: Itsaknockout (all one word!  wtf!), Ocho Ocho Ocho (A: I really hope this horse is secretly owned by Chad whatever-his-name-is-now.  B: I really really hope this horse gets to wear number 8), and Toasting Master.  Love it.

4 - May the Fourth:  May the Fourth be with you.  The Fourth will be with you always.  Use the Fourth, Luke!  Et cetera.

4-8 - Teacher Appreciation Week:  Teachers are the absolute best.  So appreciate them!

4-10 - Children's Book Week:  I think all of us have favorite books we read (or that were read to us) as kids.  My grandmother always used to read me The Story About Ping and that Dr. Seuss book about the Sneetches.  I still love those books.

5 - Cinco de Mayo:  Not to be confused with Cinco de Cuatro, the ACTUAL important holiday this time of year.  Oh, Lucille Bluth.  You are my hero.

9 - National Miniature Golf Day AND World Belly Dance Day:  Oh man, what a double whammy.  I haven't been mini golfing or belly dancing in SO long, you guys.  Let's do it!  I'll meet you on the green!  Wear a grass skirt, or whatever one wears to belly dance.

I love that this is just someone's kitchen.  Celebrate Craft Beer Week in the home!

I love that this is just someone's kitchen. Celebrate Craft Beer Week in the home!

10 - Mother's Day:  Are moms not the absolute best?  Apparently there's a bit of a discussion around KU's imaginary water cooler about exactly whose mom is the absolute best.  Many of us claim that it's our mom, obviously.  Is your mom the absolute best?  Come tell us about it!

11-17 - American Craft Beer Week:  Craft beer is great because big beer companies are the reason that people think beer is horrible.  I used to think beer was horrible, honestly.  But it turns out that I had only ever tried horrible beer!  So if you think you hate beer, try one more, but make it a tasty craft brew and prepare to be amazed!

12 - Limerick Day:  Not enough people appreciate the poetic genius of the humble limerick.  This day aims to change that.

14 - National Chicken Dance Day:  I don't really know why we need a specific day for the Chicken Dance.  Have these people never been to a wedding?  Now, granted, doing the CD at weddings seems to be falling a little out of style.  I went to several weddings last year and none of them had it.  So I guess maybe we do need Chicken Dance Day.  Huh.

15 - National Chocolate Chip Day AND National Pizza Party Day:  Alright, here's the plan.  We have a pizza party, right?  And then we get a cookie cake and we call it a chocolate chip pizza!  It's genius!

You guys knew that Towel Day was a Hitchhiker's Guide thing, right?

You guys knew that Towel Day was a Hitchhiker's Guide thing, right?

16 - National Sea Monkey Day:  Ahh, Sea Monkeys.  They're just brine shrimp, you guys!  I don't know what the big deal is.  They're fish food!

18-25 - National Backyard Games Week:  Aw, man.  Cornhole tournament time!

20 - Eliza Doolittle Day:  I'm going to assume that you guys have seen My Fair Lady, because if you haven't we can't be friends.  Rex Harrison was the greatest, amirite?

25 - Memorial Day AND Geek Pride Day AND Towel Day:  Another busy day!  In the midst of all the greatness and geekery, don't forget to remember the sacrifices that have been made to provide us with our way of life.  That debt can never be paid, only acknowledged.

28 - Sierra Club Day:  Join the Sierra Club and help preserve America's (and the world's) wild places!

Yummmmmm.

Yummmmmm.

May Birthdays!

1 - Joseph Heller

4 - Alice Liddell

5 - Leo Lionni

6 - Sigmund Freud

8 - Thomas Pynchon AND Katniss Everdeen AND Peter Benchley

9 - J.M. Barrie AND Kermit the Frog AND Lisa Simpson

13 - Robert Pattinson AND Stephen Colbert AND Daphne du Maurier

14 - George Lucas

15 - L. Frank Baum AND Kristen Kershner

18 - Tina Fey

22 - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

23 - Scott O'Dell

24 - Sookie Stackhouse

25 - Cookie Monster

27 - Dashiell Hammett

28 - Ian Fleming

30 - Mel Blanc

 

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