Daily TWiP ArchivesSomething interesting has happened on (just about) every day of the year, and Daily TWiP provides the proof. An offshoot of my local events column The Week in Preview (affectionately known as TWiP), Daily TWiP was published April 2008-Aug. 2011 and is still giving readers reasons to celebrate.
More in "Daily TWiP"
- Daily TWiP - Oct. 23: National Mole Day
- Daily TWiP - June 18: International Picnic Day
- Daily TWiP - June 30, 1859: The Great Blondin crosses Niagara Falls on a tightrope
- Daily TWiP - Dec. 1, 1761: Famed wax sculptor Madame Tussaud born
- Daily TWiP - Dec. 4: National Cookie Day
- Daily TWiP - Oct. 8: National Fluffernutter Day
- Daily TWiP - Sept. 7, 1936: "Benjamin," the last thylacine, dies
- Daily TWiP - Nov. 12, 1933: First photograph of the Loch Ness Monster taken
- Daily TWiP - April 1, 1957: The BBC pulls off its infamous spaghetti tree hoax
- Daily TWiP - April 11, 1954: The most boring day of the 20th century
- Daily TWiP - May 3, 1978: The first spam email is sent
- Daily TWiP - Feb. 28, 1939: The non-word “dord” is discovered in Webster’s New International Dictionary
- Daily TWiP - March 3, 1931: "The Star-Spangled Banner," set to the tune of an English drinking song, becomes the U.S. national anthem
- Daily TWiP - May 16, 1777: The American with the most valuable autograph is fatally wounded in a duel
- Daily TWiP - May 25: Towel Day and Geek Pride Day
- Daily TWiP - June 30: National Ice Cream Soda Day
- Daily TWiP - July 22: Spoonerism Day
- Daily TWiP - Aug. 13: International Left-Handers' Day
- Daily TWiP - Aug. 23, 1784: The short-lived state of Franklin declares its independence from North Carolina
- Daily TWiP - Feb. 5, 1897: The Indiana General Assembly unanimously votes to change the value of pi
- Daily TWiP - March 10: International Day of Awesomeness and Chuck Norris' birthday
- Daily TWiP - Jan. 25: National Irish Coffee Day
- Daily TWiP - Nov. 30, 1954: Ann Hodges becomes the first person hit by a meteorite
- Daily TWiP - Oct. 6, 1582 does not happen in certain countries
- Daily TWiP - Sept. 17, 1859: Joshua A. Norton declares himself Emperor of the United States
- Daily TWiP - Sept. 30, 2004: First images of a live giant squid in its natural habitat are taken
- Daily TWiP - Aug. 27, 1896: The shortest war in recorded history is fought
- Daily TWiP - July 30, 1419: Czechs chuck politicians (literally) during the First Defenestration of Prague
- Daily TWiP - July 21, 356 B.C.: Herostratus destroys one of the Seven Wonders of the World to ensure his own fame
- Daily TWiP - May 14: National Dance Like A Chicken Day
- Daily TWiP - Jan. 26, 2004: Dead whale unexpectedly explodes in Tainan, Taiwan
- Daily TWiP - Jan. 8, 1835: U.S. national debt hits zero for the first and only time
Daily TWiP – March 10: International Day of Awesomeness and Chuck Norris’ birthday
Every once in a while, we here at Daily TWiP stumble upon a holiday that is so wonderfully TWiPpable that we practically weep tears of joy. The International Day of Awesomeness, which the creator decided should coincide with the birthday of the incredibly awesome and near-mythic action hero Chuck Norris, is one of these holidays.
The International Day of Awesomeness is a relatively recent holiday (it was created in 2007) and began, as many fun things do, with bantering between coworkers.
Freddie Maneiro, an intern, suggested that a celebration be held in honor of the awesomeness of his coworker, Kevin Lawver. Lawver’s awesomeness was a running joke amongst his coworkers, and Lawver decided that there should be a holiday to celebrate awesomeness in all its various forms.
The official tagline of the International Day of Awesomeness is that, while no one is perfect, everyone can be awesome. And today, you are encouraged to do exactly that. Be awesome, do awesome things, and appreciate the awesomeness of others.
If you’re uncertain as to what true awesomeness is, we invite you to explore the mythology of Chuck Norris. Norris himself is thoroughly human (in spite of his amazing roundhouse kicks), but thanks to the mysterious powers of the Internet, he has been credited with all kinds of legendary accomplishments, many of which have been collected at www.ChuckNorrisFacts.com.
Here are a few of our favorites, which we hope will inspire you to pursue your own unique feats of awesomeness:
- Chuck Norris can lead a horse to water AND make it drink.
- Chuck Norris can slam a revolving door.
- Chuck Norris counted to infinity – twice.
- Chuck Norris’ hand is the only hand that can beat a Royal Flush.
- Chuck Norris can divide by zero.
- Chuck Norris once kicked a horse in the chin. Its descendants are known today as giraffes.
Feeling pumped to get out there and be awesome? We certainly are. Prepare yourself, pi – today is the day we finally make you into a rational number.
– Teresa Santoski
Originally published March 10, 2010.