Boy, do I hate this day! I use to work with the school system and whenever this day came around it was horrible. Beside the underwear being worn on the outside, which was gross, no meant yes and stop meant walk. It led to all sorts of issues meant to be funny, but didn’t end up that way.
How to celebrate – Do everything opposite if the way you would normally do them today. Have supper for breakfast. Forget today and get on with your life.
This can be a really annoying day if you are not aware of it. Those around you who celebrate it are sure to do something that confuses you because you did not know it was Opposite day. when I worked in the school system it seemed like every kid knew about today and always used it against we adults. We would tell them to calm down and they would say no, which at first made you mad until we realized it was opposite day!
It’s okay though, because later in the day we could tell them they did not get recess today, but since it was opposite day they then had to figure it out. Revenge is sweet sometimes. No one seems to know who came up with this day, so no one gets the blame. It is believed it came into use somewhere in the 2000’s but there are references that date back to Calvin Coolidge’s era of the 1920’s.
It also appears in Alice In Wonderland so maybe it was picked up on as early as the late 1800’s! So does that mean that Alice didn’t really fall into the hole? Perhaps she just hovered above it? I am certainly glad that we do not celebrate Opposite Day every day because we would never know if what someone told us is what they really meant or not.
And as far as wearing your underwear on the outside of your clothing, that’s now old school because half the population shows it on a daily basis. I am not sure what wearing pants around your knees does for you but if you enjoy not being able to walk normally, go ahead.
How to celebrate – Make sure you let someone know it’s Opposite Day before you do everything, or say everything, the opposite of what you mean. If you are opposite of opposite then you are no longer opposite. What is normal anyway?
I always look forward to this day. It is always so fun to try and figure out what people mean on Opposite Day. There are several Opposite Days during the year – Oh joy! This is the first for 2018.
It does make you think, no really, I don’t mean the opposite, or else I would have said it’s a day you don’t have to think about anything. At one time I did work in a school and it drove me sane (in this case meaning the opposite :)) You can clearly see how this goes, it never ends.
So if you say ‘ I Love You’ then you mean ‘I hate you’, if you say ‘Hello’ then you are actually saying ‘good-bye’ and if you say ‘Yes’ you are actually saying ‘No’….And so it goes….That’s why I love this day so much.
Some say it started in “Alice In Wonderland”. It is mentioned in the novel, dating back to the 1800’s. Others claim it started in the 1920’s, with President Grover Cleveland, because he never said what he meant. It seems to have become official in 2000. But does that mean it really didn’t become offical in 2000? Oh who cares!
How to celebrate – Do whatever you want but make sure you don’t hurt anybody today by saying something you don’t really mean. Remember there are times when confusing people can be fun but normally, it’s not. Wear your underwear over your clothing (just make sure you washed it first.)