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National Absurdity Day – November 20


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Do something absurd today, just because you can.

Le'Mia Spencer, Staff writer

National Absurdity Day, November 20, is a day that we celebrate by doing the most absurd things we can think of. Go on, be weird, get silly, be absurd! Just be sure you don’t break any laws or do anything harmful.

What might one consider “absurd”? Well, Michael Lotito, aka Monsieur Mangetout, actually ate an airplane. According to National Day Calendar, Lotito was a French entertainer born June 15, 1950. From 1978 to 1980, he ate an airplane, one bite at a time. (His French alias means “eats all.”) He also has reportedly ate things like bicycles, shopping carts, beds, chandeliers, television sets, a small section of the Eiffel Tower, and a coffin. On June 25, 2007 he passed away from natural causes that aren’t specifically named, but it had nothing to do with his eating habits. Doctors determined that Lotito also had a thick lining in his stomach and intestines which allowed his consumption of sharp metal without suffering any injury.

If eating an airplane was more impressive than weird in your opinion, then this next person should really make your jaw drop. . According to, Diogenes, a Greek philosopher born in 405 BC in Sinop, Turkey, did things like, act like a dog in public, urinate on those who insulted him, eat old food off of the ground, and worse. The people of Greece realized something was wrong with him when he threw out all of his belongings to purposefully live like a beggar.

People say that his goal was to influence people’s thoughts and behaviors, but it is questionable whether these absurd behaviors helped him reach his goals.

Nowadays, we are only too happy to record our absurd behavior and share it on social media. Perhaps you will make a video of you eating a giant burger in thirty seconds. Or maybe wear a peculiar costume as you run your errands.

So, what can you do to celebrate? Share your ideas here.

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