Hyperculture II

One of the most fascinating, and possibly most ridiculous, consequences of hyper-culture is when pieces of culture get shared with ostensibly the wrong people. Dutch dreadlocks? Australians with a hunger for cajun food? Young white boys with lines shaved in their eyebrows? Romanians celebrating Cinco de Mayo?

None of the borrowing or sharing is wrong any more than it was before technology made the sharing much faster. Consider the sharing of cultures by people who traveled collecting souvenirs. Russian nesting dolls, or Eiffel Tower miniatures, for instance. However, it does get ridiculous when every day is a holiday, or a remembrance day, or a pride-of-existence day for someone or some thing.

Because of the interconnectedness of everyone in the world we now have “International Dacha Day” even though dachas aren’t an international item. We also have everything from “Antique Day” to “Zippo Day”.

Some of these aren’t half bad. I can adore a day set aside for grapes, but I’d rather not know about a day for raisins. Raisins don’t need a day of their own. That’s only my opinion, of course. There’s probably someone who wants to celebrate “Raisin Day”, and it’s probably the same person who would celebrate “Prune Day”.

There’s a day for Star Wars, but it has more to do with a pun than the actual movies.

There are multiple Star Trek days, including the day of the first interracial kiss on television on November 22nd. How do you celebrate that particular day?

There’s Ant Man Day and Batman Day and Spider Man Day. All those? What about the women?

Well, for women there’s Women’s History Month (March).

There’re also a few fun days like “High Heel Shoe Day” or “Nail Polish Day”, although that last one is one that a few misguided dudes want to steal from the women. Just let the women have it.

Along with the fun ones, there are a lot of days devoted to women’s health. Most of these have the word Awareness injected in the middle of them. Hopefully the campaign is working.

Other than the days for men and women, the most observed days are the days revering food.

So many of these food days are superfluous. Some folks celebrate “Donut Day” every day. “Why bother having only one?”

That reasoning goes with anything. If it’s important to you, why wait? Or if it’s on someone else’s calendar, you can still observe it your way. Thirsty for water, but it’s “International Skunk-mouth Beverage Day”? Have that glass of water, and have a tall one.

Published by Kurt Gailey

This is where I'm supposed to brag about how I've written seven novels, twelve screenplays, thousands of short stories, four self-help books, and one children's early-reader, but I'd rather stay humble. You can find out about things I've written or follow my barchive (web archive, aka 'blog) at xenosthesia.com or follow me on twitter @kurt_gailey. I love sports and music and books, so if you're an athlete or in a band or you're a writer, give me a follow and I'll most likely follow you back. I've even been known to promote other people's projects.

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