According to Sesame Street Magazine, October 15th is National Grouch Day. Finally, an excuse to be grouchy! If you’re tired of always seeing the bright side of things, then this (kind-of-sort-of) official holiday is for you.
Legend has it that Jim Henson (creator of The Muppets) used to go to a restaurant where the waiter was so grumpy that it was almost comical. He kept going back because he was so interested in the waiter, and he eventually developed Oscar the Grouch after him. The name of the restaurant was Oscar’s Tavern! See? Grouches can be inspiring!
How does one celebrate National Grouch Day, you might ask? Well, according to Oscar the Grouch’s recent Internet posting (yes, Oscar the Grouch posts online!) you should do the following:
- When someone says, “Good morning!” respond with, “What’s good about it?!”
- If asked, “How are you feeling?” reply with, “None of your business.”
- When someone inquires, “What time is it?” tell them to go buy a watch.
Wait. What? That’s kind of mean! I know most of you are not naturally grouchy so celebrating this day might be tough. But everybody, even the nicest person in the world, gets grouchy sometimes. For today’s Writing Prompt, we want to know. . . .
—Ratha, Stacks Writer