Things to Do Instead of Watching the Inauguration

By Sean Fischer

Volume 67, Issue II

January 20 is coming up, and we all know what that means. Not only is it Inauguration Day, but this date is also home to many other less-celebrated holidays. So instead of spending the 20 in angst, why not celebrate some superfluous days in history. First of all, it is International Sweatpants Day, perfect for any students or teachers who woke up, looked at a pair of jeans and said “no thank you!” It is also National Cheese Day, and what could be more fun than staying at home in sweatpants with a nice block of English cheddar. Most importantly, it is Take a Walk Outside Day, so if you feel gassy from all and cheese, put on some flip flops and go take
a hike

Students watch the inauguration live in AP Gov

in your classy sweatpants, showing all your neighbors that you really don’t care what they think. Secondly, I recommend spending some time honoring St. Fabian, who on January 20 in the year 250 ended his reign as pope. What an exciting day! Next, celebrate Giovanni di Sabina, who was elected as Pope Sylvester III in 1045 on this thrilling day. In addition to many pope-elections, January 20 is home to other events that should be honored and preserved for decades to come. In 1320, Duke Wladyslaw Lokietek became king of Poland, and in 1613 the Peace of Knarod ended the War of Kalmar between Denmark and Sweden. If all these anniversaries cause too much excitement, you can always relax on the sofa with a cup of hot cocoa and watch some living history, Donald Trump being inaugurated the 45th President of the United States. Oh, speaking of the U.S., on January 20 1920, the American Civil Liberties Union was founded. Incredible, no? If anyone is feeling anxious over this day, I assume it is because of the anniversary of the founding of this union. Another source of possible stress is the inauguration (unlikely). But remember, just like how some people were displeased with the election of Pope Sylvester III in 1045, many will be displeased this year. However, the Catholic Church is still alive and well about a thousand years later, even though we can all agree Pope Sylvester III was a terrifying pope. America is alive and well too, and in the words of Sylvester, “Omnia, vos mos plurimus amo in infernis arderet.”


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