Part I: Regular readers of this weblog know just how hard I struggle to avoid taking
cheap shots at the legal profession or otherwise annoying my valued audience.
Nonetheless, time and again, I am drawn into temptation by search engine queries
that send visitors to this weblog. Today, alas, my curiosity got the better of me, and
one link led to another, until — well, until this post happened.
An unknown querist came to f/k/a today, after Googling national hug a lawyer day>.
This site had the #14 result, due to this post, where I stated that “I was particularly
inspired to go hug a lawyer” by a lugubrious Public Relations radio spot from NYSBA,
entitled “The Rule of Law.” The query immediately made me wonder whether there
might actually be a Hug a Lawyer Day (and, if so, just who sponsored it).
Here’s what I learned:
Google was not able to locate a Hug a Lawyer Day, despite
the existence of Hug Your Cat Day.
However, “Hug-a-Lawyer Day” was #9 in David Letterman’s
“Top 10 Legal Holidays in Hell” (August 2, 1991).
Less surprising, April 12 has been designated “Vote Lawyers
Out of Office Day” (see Important Dates to Remember)
Update (March 26, 2005): July 14 is Shark Awareness Day.
We apologize, if you came here after listening to a podcast,
hoping to find out about Mug a Lawyer Day. Please ask
your friendly podcaster to enunciate better.
Because we once wrote a post questioning the grassrootedness of a rally on
behalf of litigators in Madison County, Illionois; and because we discovered the
existence of Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, I have scrupulously attempted to
ascertain if there were any “Lawyer Appreciation Days” being celebrated in the
USA. Our results:
Lawyer Appreciation Day was #8 on Christian & Scot’s Top Ten
Rejected Ideas for a Holiday list.
Humorix predicted that — after lawyers sue to have calendar
equality for February (30 days instead of 28) — the new Leap
Day (Feb. 31) will be designated “Lawyer Appreciation Day.”
Squirrel Appreciation Day (Jan. 21)
Bubble Wrap Appreciatin Day (Jan 28)
Armenian Appreciation Day (April 3)
National Hair Stylist Appreciation Day (April 30)
Cow Appreciation Day (July 18)
Elephant Appreciation Day (Sept. 20)
Sunday School Teacher Day (Oct. 20)
I know these findings will hurt the feelings of many of my brothers and sisters at
the Bar. But, I’m rushing to get this post up before the end of today, March 23,
because — no kidding — today is Make Your Own Holiday Day. So, go ahead,
lawyers. Just for today, put your own interests first. Start that parade, we’ll whip
up a crowd and be right over. Honest.
so quickly they join
the human devils…
a long night–
the devil in my heart
come out and play
devil in me!
Part II. Those search engines have gotten us into trouble before. We just updated
our Inadvertent Searchee page, for the first time in 2005, and you’ll see that sickos
have landed at this website looking for Mellow Yellow, farting contests, naked
cheerleaders, Scarlet Pimpernels and more. How are we ever going to uphold our
ain’t a devil
ain’t a saint…
just a sea slug
the day is devilishly
March 23, 2005
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