Darwin Gets His Own Day


*cross-posted from Teen Skepchick*

Since most of our readers are science nerds (or at least know something about science and evolution), I’m sure it’s not news to you that tomorrow is International Darwin Day! If you’re not familiar with the celebration, I guess I’ll take the several minutes to explain what’s going on. Because I love you guys.

Charles Darwin was born on February 12 in 1809, which is why that date has been chosen to honour him. His work and life have been celebrated on and off since his death on April 19, 1882, and Darwin Day as we now know it started in the late 90’s/early 2000’s. The idea is not only to highlight Darwin himself but also his theories and the achievements of science as a whole, as well as acknowledging our common humanity.

There are a millionbillion ways to celebrate Darwin Day. You can make foods like “primordial soup,” go to a lecture, host a party, or check out this page of lots of local events. If you’re American, you might like to contact your representative (even though it’s a bit late) asking for their support on making Darwin Day an official holiday.

I will be commemorating the event by wearing my L’il Darwin shirt and telling all my friends about science and evolution and how great Darwin was. Some other time, maybe next Darwin Day (or way before that, whatever), I’ll be getting this adorable bag which also has an unbearably cute chibi Charlie on it.

Happy Darwin Day to all!

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