Consider Monkey Day a break from the traditional holidays and month-long sales and shopping. The creators of Monkey Day offer plenty of reasons to celebrate the day and fete "all things simian." Some are serious and some are as silly as, well, a monkey.
One theory claims "Monkey Day began as a scientific backlash to all of the religious holidays permeating the month of December." Or that the holiday was "brought on by the drunken debauchery of several young hooligans with a special affinity for monkeys, spending the first Monkey Day touting their simian virtues and screaming obscenities at the local pub," according to Monkey Day.
To mark the day:
* Read an excerpt from Darwin's "The Origin of Species."
* Spend the day monkeying around with your friends.
* Spread the joy with a monkey e-card.
* Watch your favorite movie with a monkey or simian. There are so many choices, including "Curious George," "Space Chimps" or "Every Which Way But Loose." OK. Clyde is an orangutan but this one is a classic.
South Pole Discovered: 100th Anniversary
It's not the location that made the South Pole so hard to locate; it's the conditions. The discovery of the South Pole is relatively young compared to other expeditions' findings. On Dec. 14, 1911, Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen led his four companions and 52 sled dogs to the South Pole, according to the Royal Norwegian Embassy. Unlike previous expeditions to the South Pole, the Amundsen team made the three-year trip without any casualties.
Nostradamus: Birth Anniversary
Maybe you already saw this one coming: Dec. 14 is Nostradamus' birthday. It's also the death anniversary of the first president of the United States, George Washington, who died in 1799. Michel de Notredame, a.k.a. Nostradamus, was born on Dec. 14, 1503, in Provence, France. Although he was a physician some consider him a seer thanks to his book of rhymed quatrains of astrological predictions, "The Prophecies" (published in 1555).
The Science Channel assembled a list of his top 10 predictions, which run the gamut from the French Revolution, the Kennedy assassinations, the atomic bomb, to 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina.
National Bouillabaisse Day
If it was good enough for Vulcan, the Roman God of fire (Greek god Hephaestus), then it may be good enough for you. "Venus served bouillabaisse to her husband Vulcan in order to lull him to sleep while she consorted with Mars," according to Clifford A. Wright's account of the origin of bouillabaisse as told by the Marseillais. Bouillabaisse is a flavorful fish stew spiced by any combination of garlic, bay leaves, tomatoes, fennel and dry white wine.