March 10th International Find A Pay Phone Booth Day

Remember back when there was a telephone booth on nearly every corner of a street? I do, but then maybe I am older than most of you. The iconic British red telephone booth was not just something we awed but became a fashion statement in some of the most expensive homes. Today, good luck finding one anywhere. The phone booth was developed by Thomas Doolittle, no relation to Dr. Doolittle, in 1878. He patent the “Cabinet” in 1883 and phones calls were 15 cents each call. At one point that went down to 10 cents each, and then back up to 25 cents each. If it got any higher that would have been after I got my cell phone. Like the Ghost Towns of the Old West, good luck finding a phone booth today!

How to celebrate – Try to get a count of how many public phone booths there are in your town. Get your own phone to decorate with. See how many people you fit in a modern day phone booth. (The record is 25)

January 30th National Inane Answering Message Day

Speaking of yesterday (Puzzle Day) why do we leave inane answering machine messages? I mean, do you like getting them when you call someone? And who actually has an answering machine anymore anyway? I guess you could call that thing on your cell phone an answering machine but us it really?

And if it’s an important call, most inane messages take forever to end so that you can actually leave he message! Now don’t get me wrong, they can be funny. There are some answering messages one just calls to hear the message, over and over again.

So inane actually means useless, meaningless or senseless. And that’s exactly what these messages are. Have yo ever called a number for the first time and wondered if you got the right person to leave a message for since no name is ever given?

I love those messages that just say, “leave a message”. For who? Is this the right number? Well it’s another of those days owned by Wellcat.com. Another of the many useless days they have chosen to copyright so that if you decide to actually use the day for anything, you owe them. At least most of their days are useless, like inane answering machine day.

How to celebrate – Create your own inane answering machine message. Thank Wellcat for creating this day. Go back to yesterday and try and figure out why they created today?