Earth Day (14)

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Don't Panic!

So Earth Day happens every year on the planet "Earth" (mostly). It's usually celebrated on April 22 because that's the day (mostly) that college students didn't have scheduled exams or spring breaks and everyone else didn't have religious holidays ( Easter or Passover) to compete with. April 22 also occurs late enough in Spring to have decent weather (mostly).

The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul

So, in 1970 it started and 192 countries (on Earth) now celebrate how not polluted the planet has become... wait, that can't be right. Hold on a sec while we do a quick Google search... ["Born to Be Wild" plays in background].

Life, the Universe and Everything

Yep, we were right, it's 192 Earth countries. Anyway, It should really take place a month earlier during the planet (Earth)'s "equipoise". That's like an official start of Spring in the top-half of the planet and Fall in the bottom part (or "yummy-side" which is how the Australians refer to this part of the planet).

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

There's even a Earth Day anthem! Wanna hear it? â?¦Tough! We're doing this! Ready? And ah 1, and ah 2, and ahâ?¦:
Joyful joyful we adore our Earth in all its wonderment
Simple gifts of nature that all join into a paradise
Now we must resolve to protect her
Show her our love throughout all time
With our gentle hand and touch

We make our home a newborn world
Now we must resolve to protect her
Show her our love throughout all time
With our gentle hand and touch
We make our home a newborn world

NICE HUH?!â?¦Then YOU write your OWN damn "Earth Day" song!

Mostly Harmlessâ?¦ And Another Thingâ?¦

Well, that's about it. Send a Rubber Chicken Earth Day card today. Assuming today is April 22nd. If you really wanna give Mama Earth her "props", then celebrate the "Equinoctial" Earth days (see the next paragraph for details). These occur twice a year on March 20th and then again on September 23. So there's THREE times a year you can use RCC's Earth Day cards! And sucking up to the planet you currently live on isn't such a bad idea. Considering all the crap (literally) we dump on her every day. Both dates coincide with the moment (mostly) when the Sun appears directly about the Earth's equator. And the equator's easy to find: it appears as a HUGE red line floating out in the middle of the ocean, just like it looks on any globe. We're Geography majors, can you tell?! Oh wait, no, we're Geometry majors, but what's the diff, really?!

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

The "equinoctial" Earth Day is celebrated on the March equinox (around March 20) to mark the precise moment of "astronomical Spring" (that's an INCREDIBLY LARGE metal spring that repels incoming meteorites back into space!) in the Northern Hemisphere, and of "astronomical autumn" (we don't have a joke [yet] for this one, feel free to roll your own) in the Southern Hemisphere. An equinox in astronomy is that point in time (not a whole day) when the Sun is directly above the Earth's equator, occurring around March 20 and September 23 each year. In most cultures, the equinoxes and solstices are used to identify the beginning and endings of the seasons.
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