15 Apr

This Post Sucks

There are a lot of things that suck: Tax­es, vac­u­ums, and pay­ing cov­er fees, just to name a few. Or, if you have the men­tal­i­ty of a thir­teen-year-old boy, pret­ty much every­thing sucks.

Well, April 15th is Nation­al That Sucks Day. It’s the day to let the world know just what you think real­ly sucks. Sucky exes, sucky group projects, sucky knock­off brand prod­ucts. But to put your own sucky expe­ri­ences into per­spec­tive, it might be good to know some of the things that have actu­al­ly hap­pened on That Sucks Day. His­tor­i­cal­ly, Fri­day the 13th real­ly has noth­ing on That Sucks Day.

  1. Tax Day. Yes, this year’s tax day is actu­al­ly April 18 since April 15 is a Sat­ur­day, but while tax returns can be fun, and some tax­es go to real­ly great stuff, in gen­er­al, tax day just caus­es a lot of headaches and frus­tra­tion.
  2. Pres­i­dent Abra­ham Lincoln’s Death. Hon­est Abe was pro­nounced dead at 7:22 a.m. on April 15, 1865, the morn­ing after being shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s The­ater. He was the first pres­i­dent to ever be assas­si­nat­ed. Co-con­spir­a­tors failed to assas­si­nate Vice Pres­i­dent Andrew John­son and Sec­re­tary of State William H. Seward, so I guess that sucks a lit­tle less.
  3. HMS Titan­ic sinks. The leg­endary “unsink­able” ship hit an ice­berg a lit­tle before mid­night on April 14 (per­haps also one of the suck­ier days in his­to­ry). The ocean lin­er, car­ry­ing about 2,200 peo­ple, took two and a half hours to sink, mak­ing its offi­cial sink day April 15, 1912. It was on its very first jour­ney.
  4. Most peo­ple read­ing this will also remem­ber the Boston Bomb­ing, on this day in 2013.

The thing is, even sucky days can’t suck all the time, right? Plen­ty of good stuff has hap­pened on April 15, too. Now that I’ve got­ten you a bit down, let me prop you back up with some not-so-sucky things about April 15 his­to­ry:

  1. Jack­ie Robin­son, 28, takes the field for the Brook­lyn Dodgers on this day in 1947. 42 forever.
  2. The first bot­tle open­er is invent­ed in 1738 (to help us get through those That Sucks Days).
  3. In 1923, insulin becomes gen­er­al­ly avail­able to the pub­lic, which is def­i­nite­ly a good thing.
  4. Rand McNal­ly pub­lish­es its first road atlas in 1924, launch­ing the dreams of road trip­pers every­where.
  5. William Shat­ner, Leon­dard Nimoy, and DeFor­est Kel­ley are induct­ed into Nation­al Asso­ci­a­tion of Broad­cast­ers Hall of Fame in 1992, for their work on the ground­break­ing series, Star Trek.

So there you go. That Sucks Day is a day to com­mis­er­ate about all the sucky things in the world, but also a day to remem­ber that may­be every­thing doesn’t suck quite as bad as it seems.

Here’s hop­ing your That Sucks Day doesn’t suck.

So, what do you think?