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29th February to be a public holiday

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29th February should be a public holiday - and I mean a real public holiday, with no shops open, just so that once every four years people have a day out of their normal lives.

And there will be a rule that if you leave the house on this day, you must wear a hat. The world would be a better place if more people wore hats.
hippo, Feb 11 2012

//F@€#ing JFK// http://www.nytimes....ay/jfks-intern.html
[mouseposture, Feb 12 2012]

Random person in a hat. http://0.tqn.com/d/...G/O/G/1/capone2.jpg
[DrBob, Feb 13 2012]

Another random hat wearer. http://www.pictures...7/CKSA005_YC025.jpg
[DrBob, Feb 13 2012]

Slightly more off-beat millinery but still a hat, I think. http://upload.wikim...GenghisPortrait.jpg
[DrBob, Feb 13 2012]

Another hat, another madman. http://www.wehaitians.com/amin_14.jpg
[DrBob, Feb 13 2012]

(?) Can anybody say "friggatriskaidekaphobia"? http://1.bp.blogspo...320/f-clement-v.jpg

//The world would be a better place if more people wore hats.//
I'm not convinced so far! [DrBob, Feb 13 2012, last modified Feb 15 2012]

hats if you like them... http://www.google.c...6T53QH8Pb0QGtqsyyCw
[xandram, Feb 14 2012]

Official mime costume... http://www.pacificn...nfo&products_id=152
...clearly showing a hat and a bowler at that, *not* a beret. [DrBob, Feb 15 2012]

Yet another mad hatter... http://clothesonfil...glasses_mid.bmp.jpg
He's only here for the fava beans [Canuck, Feb 15 2012]

hat fail http://failblog.org/2009/07/24/hat-fail/
[jaksplat, Feb 15 2012]

silly hats only http://www.youtube....watch?v=vEiyBbP28g8
[jaksplat, Feb 15 2012]

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       I don't love the idea but like it enough to cancel that fishbone.
AusCan531, Feb 11 2012
  

       International Ministry of Silly Walks Day.
infidel, Feb 11 2012
  

       How is that day relevant to Mangolians ?
VJW, Feb 11 2012
  

       Everyone has to leap around with hats on their feet and shoes on their hands.
rcarty, Feb 11 2012
  

       [+] Of course.
FlyingToaster, Feb 11 2012
  

       Let's see...what leaps? Oh yeah, frogs. Frogs leap. So people must wear frog hats, while leaping, for leap year. But only if you leave your house, as hippo stated.
blissmiss, Feb 11 2012
  

       The hat should be a fez. Fezzes are cool.
jaksplat, Feb 11 2012
  

       Pirates of Penzance hats?
baconbrain, Feb 12 2012
  

       // with no shops open //   

       What about pubs ?   

       Consider your answer carefully, for posession of a croissant turns upon it.
8th of 7, Feb 12 2012
  

       // The world would be a better place if more people wore hats //   

       I'm glad somebody agrees with me. F@€#ing JFK.
Alterother, Feb 12 2012
  

       //F@€#ing JFK// <link>
mouseposture, Feb 12 2012
  

       Actually, I meant how he killed the hat in American men's fashion by not wearing one to his inauguration. I take no issue with his philandering, seeing as he's dead and being offended by it would be a waste of my time. But I'm pretty bitter about the hat thing.
Alterother, Feb 12 2012
  

       Hats are good, they help make the tinfoil less obvious.
8th of 7, Feb 12 2012
  

       Not an original idea as someone in the fifteenth century said the New World would be a better place if more people wore hats.
rcarty, Feb 12 2012
  

       + I'm all for the holiday, but can go either way on the hat...I mean, maybe if it twas a very special, leap year kind of hat...
xandram, Feb 13 2012
  

       If you make it a requirement that I wear a hat, I will personally stuff your hat so far down your throat that I'll get bile on my elbow.   

       Aside from that, let the party roll! :-D
Psalm_97, Feb 13 2012
  

       I have to bone this because I know that the Powers that Be would use this new public holiday to replace one that currently falls on a different day of the year.
pocmloc, Feb 13 2012
  

       Psalm 97 must be one of those imprecatory Psalms...
RayfordSteele, Feb 13 2012
  

       [Alterother] Have you considered conversion to Judaism? Not for yourself; I mean forced conversion for everyone else.
mouseposture, Feb 13 2012
  

       // everyone else //   

       What about Sikhs ? Thay already wear turbans.   

       <aside>   

       The pubs, [hippo]. We're still waiting to hear if the pubs will be open.   

       </aside>
8th of 7, Feb 13 2012
  

       What about Geeks? They already wear turbines.   

       [DrBob]'s been at the Da Vinci Code again.
spidermother, Feb 13 2012
  

       // What about Geeks? //   

       Blessed are the Geeks, for they shall inherit the Earth ...
8th of 7, Feb 14 2012
  

       If people want to open their business, let them open. This holiday closing nonsense is getting worse. And I will wear a hat on any day I choose, or not, as the case goes.   

       I like the idea of acknowledging the day somehow but not with this required silliness. Why does everything have to be a holiday?
tatterdemalion, Feb 15 2012
  

       You kidding? Everyone likes a party. There aren't enough mandatory celebrations in the calendar. Especially at this time of year... Christmas is long past and the next mandatory celebration day is far in the future.
Psalm_97, Feb 15 2012
  

       //Why does everything have to be a holiday?//

Because life is already grim & full of despair and pointless labouring enough.
DrBob, Feb 15 2012
  

       Nothing against partying. If you want to close shop and send your workers home for Feb 29, please do so. My objection is with the requirement of it (as it is for any celebration made "mandatory").
tatterdemalion, Feb 15 2012
  

       Well, celebrating isn't mandatory, just the closing down. If it's not compulsory for everyone then the likelihood is that it won't happen for anyone. It's a bit like Sunday opening for supermarkets. In theory, working Sundays is entirely voluntary, in practise it is more like a staff loyalty test.
DrBob, Feb 15 2012
  

       I'm very pro-hat - especially *brimmed* hats - the bobble and the cap (and to some extent, the furry round russian-style hat) are not really all that rare these days - what seems to require some serious resurgence is brims.   

       Also, I hold that DrBob's evidential attempt to link hat-wearing with undesirable characteristics should be disallowed from the court as purely circumstantial. Jesus very likely wore a hat, as did Mother Theresa, Brian Blessed and a great number of Pirates, Vikings and Ninjas. Mimes rarely wear hats (the beret is disallowed, having recently been recategorised as a sausage under EU legislation) and they're bonkers.
zen_tom, Feb 15 2012
  

       Ha! A laughable attempt to disguise the evil inclinations of all hat wearers. It won't be long, I suspect, before you'll be claiming that mimes rarely get trapped in telephone boxes.
DrBob, Feb 15 2012
  

       I'm wondering why no one has mentioned *mandatory leaping*...
xandram, Feb 15 2012
  

       I sort of did. Expecting everyone to do as I say. But mandatory, no.
blissmiss, Feb 15 2012
  

       If we named it 'Some' day then we'd have a day off work to do all those things we all put off until someday.   

       Article 1: There shall be hats.   

       Article 2: Non-hat wearers shall not be persecuted, though they may be ridiculed.   

       Article 3: Free rhinoceros with any purchase $50 or over.
Alterother, Feb 15 2012
  
      
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