1. says

I suppose I get to be the pedantic history guy who points out that in the old Roman Julian calendar, the year began in March. New Year’s was moved back two months early in the modern era (England, in 1688, was one of the last to do so). Thus, it’s the eighth day of the eighth month. That’s the explanation behind that odd sequence of sept- (seven), oct- (eight), nov- (nine), and dec- (ten) at the wrong place in our month names.

2. Chet says

I’ve got my eight-ended purple ribbon all picked out.

3. says

John McKay:

And that, of course, is the reason why we can say the following. Note that 31 in octal is 3*8 + 1, or 25 in decimal. Id est, 31 Oct(al) = 25 Dec(imal), or in other words, Halloween equals Christmas.

4. Katrina says

The move to the Gregorian calendar was actually because the Julian calendar (named for Caesar) had been “creeping” over time and the month we call January was occurring around the spring equinox. As I understand it, the original Julian calendar had 365 days in it, with a leap day every three years instead of four.

The naming of the months did, however, come from the Roman calendar, which started the new year in what we now call “March.”

5. ABR says

Celebrating on October 8th is fine for the Octopodiformes crowd, but doesn’t it discriminate against the Decapodiformes? Perhaps this celebration should be held over a three day period from October 8th to 10th.

6. says

Katrina,

The change to the Gregorian calendar shifted the date less than two weeks (it’s currently 13 days out of sync with the Gregorian). The Julian calendar also used a four year leap correction, but dealt with the century year differently than the Gregorian. The Gregorian only has a leap day on the century year if the year is divisible by 400. So 2000 was a leap year but 1700, 1800, and 1900 were not. That means the Julian calendar creeps ahead three days every 400 years.

Moving New Year’s from March to January was a separate adjustment from fixing the leap year calculation. For some reason, it was decided to be better to begin the year near the Winter Solstice instead of near the Spring Equinox. Why they didn’t start the year right on the solstice is yet another mystery. In England, both moves were made at the same time, but in other countries the two were made separately.

7. Mike from Ottawa says

Monday is Thanksgiving Day here in Canada. In honour of International Cephalopod Awareness Day, maybe instead of turkey I’ll serve octopus – everyone gets a drumstick!

8. Damon B. says

Everyone else get kraken…

9. SEF says

International Cephalopod Awareness Day

Everyone had better watch out for those aware cephalopods then. ;-) They could be anywhere – taking over the world, or just the internet.

10. David Marjanović, OM says

Why they didn’t start the year right on the solstice is yet another mystery.

When Charlemagne was crowned, the year started at Christmas. That’s right, within the month of December.

BTW, originally the Roman calendar didn’t have any months between December and April. After all, what for? Why keep track of details of time when there’s nothing to do in the fields?

11. David Marjanović, OM says

Why they didn’t start the year right on the solstice is yet another mystery.

When Charlemagne was crowned, the year started at Christmas. That’s right, within the month of December.

BTW, originally the Roman calendar didn’t have any months between December and April. After all, what for? Why keep track of details of time when there’s nothing to do in the fields?

12. Alice Shortcake says

Good God, I can’t believe that International Cephalopod Awareness Day is so little-known. Surely we should all be campaigning to make it a public holiday?

“I can’t believe that International Cephalopod Awareness Day is so little-known.”

Maybe we need an International Cephalopod Awareness Day Awareness Day?

14. craig says

“elebrating on October 8th is fine for the Octopodiformes crowd, but doesn’t it discriminate against the Decapodiformes? Perhaps this celebration should be held over a three day period from October 8th to 10th.”

8th day, 10th month. everyone’s covered.

15. JohnnieCanuck, FCD says

Why haven’t the stores been full of cephalopodic goodness, these past months. It must be a conspiracy!

16. says

Why haven’t the stores been full of cephalopodic goodness, these past months. It must be a conspiracy!

Has anyone notified Bill O’Reilly about the War on International Cephalopod Awareness Day?

17. Pete says

“elebrating on October 8th is fine for the Octopodiformes crowd, but doesn’t it discriminate against the Decapodiformes? Perhaps this celebration should be held over a three day period from October 8th to 10th.”

8th day, 10th month. everyone’s covered.

Good call, craig.
Plus there would be that very awkward Oct. 9th…what would you do then?

18. ABR says

“8th day, 10th month. everyone’s covered”

You’re right, of course. I was originally thinking of a three day celebration. If this ever becomes a federal holiday, it could be three days off instead of one, though…

19. Don Smith, FCD says

Another Holiday… I just finished celebrating international comb jelly day on Thursday.