Is today International Skeptics Day or isn’t it? Well, it may or may not be because this day sort jumps all around the calendar. It falls on either January 13th, October 13th or the first Friday the 13th of the year. So the first thing we can be skeptical about is whether or not Skeptics Day is the day we are celebrating it on. If you doubt anything might be real or not, no matter what that thing is, you are a skeptic. Now some people are skeptical of skeptics. No doubt this is a day we need to be skeptical of. Or do we?
How to celebrate – Doubt everything. Make someone prove what they say. Make a list of things you are skeptical of.
So, do you know who created trivia day? Do you know who created trivia? Do you know who created the day? Well today is the day to find out. (Not that it will really matter since it’s all trivial anyway!) It’s amazing what useless information we can fill our heads with. Well Robert L. Birch of the Grand PunScorpion Pun Corp added another bit of trivia we can all add to that useless list, having to remember today! Remember Trivial Pursuit? Does anyone play that anymore? And who determines what’s trivial and what isn’t?
How to celebrate – Create some new trivia. (Can you actually do that?) Remember what is trivial to one is important to another. Play Trivial Pursuit!
Experience is generally a good thing, for a farmer it is a necessary thing. We learn from other’s mistakes and farming is generally best learned from those who have both failed and succeeded. The older farmers know more than any book can teach and if farming is going to be your profession you really should pay attention.
They are generally quiet, keep to themselves but when they do choose to say something it’s normally pretty astute. The don’t have time to waste it on stupid things like what color the drapes should be or which movie was he best. They are busy living life and growing things so others can put food on the table.
American society came out of agriculture. Some of those people, like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson helped form this country between rotating crops in the field. True, they probably didn’t plant or harvest the fields themselves but they still had to carry the knowledge that only those who farm can know and pass on.
I grew up on a farm and I know of no one wiser than my father who worked from sun up to sunset. I have not retained all he tried to teach me (which was a lot!) but I know he knew as much as any Supreme Court Judge about life… and maybe even more.
How to celebrate – If you know an older farmer, thank them for what they have done. Listen to what older farmers have to say. Find out how many of our leaders have come from a farming background.