Set your geeky holiday phasers to STUNNED! Yes. I WENT THERE. With the advent of commercial greeting card companies exploiting beloved holidays such as Valentine’s Day and Chrismahanukwanzakah, I thought I would share with my Krisrael Geek Chic readers the TOP geeky holidays you need marked on your calendar to celebrate our geeky ways with pride and style!
BINARY CODE DAY: any date that has digits represented in binary code
Fortunately for all of you coding geeks, Binary Code Day can be celebrated on any date that uses the famous 101010 combination. It is one of those rare dates on which the day, month and year form a binary number.
The most historic date was 10/10/10. Bizarrely the date (101010) when converted into binary produces the number 42, the famous answer to life, the universe and everything as found in Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
When’s the next binary day? Not until January 1, 2100 (1/1/00). (You can see a full list of binary dates from 2010 and 2011 at ExploringBinary.com.)
MOLE DAY: October 23
“From 6:02 in the morning until 6:02 in the evening on 10/23, many scientists celebrate the unofficial holiday National Mole Day. The Mole is a standard international unit of measure, and refers to the amount of a substance that has exactly 6.02 x 1023 particles in it. This number was derived by Amedeo Avogadro in the early 1800’s and its significance lies in the fact that one mole of atoms of an element will weigh exactly the atomic weight of that element when expressed in grams. For example, 6.02 x 1023 atoms of hydrogen will weigh exactly 1.01 g, while 6.02 x 1023 atoms of oxygen will weigh exactly 16 g.” (I know that was a mouth full. Try saying THAT three times fast!)
In 1991, Maurice Oehler, a High School chemistry teacher, established the National Mole Day Foundation as a way of promoting the idea. The unofficial holiday has grown into a national educational celebration, in which activities and events are held across the country and even around the world as a way to increase interest in and understanding of science and chemistry.
My first experience with Mole Day was when I was a junior in high school sitting in my Honors Chemistry class. (Hey don’t judge, you know I wouldn’t be a legit geek expert if I wasn’t in an honors or AP science class!) I honestly liked learning about the history of Mole Day, but what I enjoyed even more was how we celebrated it: geeky science experiments.
PI DAY: March 14
March 14 (3.14), known to math enthusiasts everywhere as “Pi Day.” Pi is a mathematical constant that describes the circumference of a circle, divided by its diameter. And Pi Day is an excuse to flaunt our geekiness. Wow, my high school Honors Geometry teacher would be proud that I remembered the definition. (Yes, I said Honors Geometry. Don’t hate the player, hate the game.)
But there are other ways in which we can celebrate Pi Day. For example…
1. Solve a problem: Math-lete style.
Challenge yourself with not just Calculus problems, but logic games. Logic games such as Sudoku can help increase your memory and thinking skills.
2. Bake a pie.
Pi is an “irrational” number, so make some irrational pie. Might I suggest a pie that includes fortuitous amounts of bacon?
3. Memorize pi.
As I said above, pi is an irrational number, but what does “irrational number” mean anyway? Simply put, it’s a number that can’t be expressed as a simple fraction. Pi has been calculated to 10 trillion digits and the numbers still don’t repeat.
My math hero Marc Umile likes to test his mental prowess by memorizing pi. He memorized pi to 15,314 digits. Unfortunately, I am not that dedicated however, I would suggest memorizing pi to at least 10 digits for your next geek chic party trick. P.S. It’s 3.1415926535.
And the .14th way to celebrate Pi Day…
.14. Do some serious math.
There a multitude of unsolved problems that have frustrated even the most brilliant minds for years, if not centuries. Good news: Solve these problems and you can win $1 million. Oh, and of course supreme mathematical glory.
STAR WARS DAY: May 4
Star Wars Day is an unofficial holiday that is completely fan created! This holiday occurs every year on May 4, because Star Wars fans like myself love saying “May the Fourth be with you.” Get it? Instead of “May the Force be with you.” Gotta love puns!
Although this day isn’t officially sanctioned by Lucasfilm, it doesn’t stop millions of fans from celebrating the holiday. Well, by at least remembering its existence and perhaps reposting something witty and nerdy O.G. Trekkie George Takei has to say on his Facebook Fan Page.
Ironically, there actually is a “Star Wars” Day on the official record: the Los Angeles City Council declared May 25 to be “Star Wars” Day because that was the day “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” was released in 1977. The George Lucas classic has its 35th anniversary later this month.
To celebrate “Star Wars” Day, I suggest a few options: you can watch “Star Wars” (just the original holy trilogy, not their ugly step-siblings); you can make a few bad “Star Wars” jokes at work (“These are not the memos you’re looking for…”); or you can post on your Facebook page top Star Wars fan created Youtube videos such as this:
GEEK PRIDE DAY: May 25
May 25th is Geek Pride Day! (yes it exists, you non-believers!) When someone asks me what Geek Pride Day celebrates, this is my usual go-to answer: “It is the Cinco de Mayo for geeks and nerds. Your true geeky colors shine and you don’t care if everyone is watching. In fact, everyone is embracing the geek!” This holiday originated in 2006 in the most unlikely country: Spain.
So what do you do on this special day? Believe it or not, there is a manifesto.
Our rights as geeks:
1. The right to be even geekier.
2. The right to not leave your house.
3. The right to not have a significant other and to be a virgin.
4. The right to not like football or any other sport.
5. The right to associate with other nerds.
6. The right to have few friends (or none at all).
7. The right to have all the geeky friends that you want.
8. The right to not be “in-style.”
9. The right to be overweight and have poor eyesight.
10. The right to show off your geekiness.
11. The right to take over the world.
If we have rights, then we have responsibilities as well:
1. Be a geek, no matter what.
2. Try to be nerdier than anyone else.
3. If there is a discussion about something geeky, you must give your opinion.
4. Save any and all geeky things you have.
5. Do everything you can to show off your geeky stuff as though it were a “museum of geekiness.”
6. Don’t be a generalized geek. You must specialize in something.
7. Attend every nerdy movie on opening night and buy every geeky book before anyone else.
8. Wait in line on every opening night. If you can go in costume or at least with a related T-shirt, all the better.
9. Don’t waste your time on anything not related to geekdom.
10. Befriend any person or persons bearing any physical similarities to comic book or sci-fi figures.
11. Try to take over the world!
I know that didn’t really answer the question, but tune in next week when I share a whole post dedicated on how to honor and celebrate GEEK PRIDE DAY right!
Until next week: Stay true. Stay YOU. Stay geek chic! –Mo