“And God said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light, but the Electricity Board said He would have to wait until Thursday to be connected.”–comedian Spike Milligan
Once again we have arrived at the nondescript day of Thursday. It’s just another workday for most folks. It’s not normally dreaded like Monday, nor celebrated like Friday or the weekend days. Even Wednesday is sometimes called “hump day”. We are left with Tuesday, which I’ve already written about, and Thursday.
One noteworthy thing about today is that it’s a godly day. The name is adapted from the Old and Middle English word “Thuresday” which was derived from the antique Norse word “Þorsdagr” or Thor’s Day. Thor happens to be the God of Thunder.
If you speak one of the Romance languages, today is named after the ancient God Jupiter. The name is derived from the genitive case of Jupiter. For instance, in Spanish, Thursday is “Jueves”–for Jupiter’s Day.
Americans should be proud of Thursdays because the American Colonies declared independence from Great Britain on Thursday, July 4, 1776. Also, President Abraham Lincoln designated the last Thursdays of November as Thanksgiving Day in the United States.
Some noteworthy tragedies happened on a Thursday. The Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig sank on Thursday, April 22, 2010. The Hindenburg Zeppelin disaster happened on Thursday, May 6, 1937. Then there was Black Thursday, October 24, 1929 the beginning of the “Great Crash” that continued through Tuesday the 29th, which signaled the beginning of the Great Depression.
In Thailand, many Buddhists commemorate Thursdays as “Teacher’s Day”. They believe it is most auspicious to begin one’s education on a Thursday. Thai universities hold their graduation days on a Thursday.
There was a quaint belief in American high schools in the 1950s and 60s that if a student wore a green garment on Thursdays, it meant that she or he was homosexual. I wonder if kids all still wore green on Saint Patrick’s Day if the holiday fell on a Thursday.
For the astrologers, the ruling planet of Thursdays is Jupiter.
The best thing about Thursday is that Thursday is the first day of the rest of your life.
The Blue Jay of Happiness likes this bizarre quote from the late Apple Computer developer, Jef Raskin. “Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining.”