For about a week now, the hosts of my favorite morning radio show have been promoting National Commando Day today. Sometimes the tangents they go off on are not… the cleanest. They stated that when a woman goes commando it’s called climando. I think that’s disturbing. (Which begs the question, why did I include it here?) I know what that means and I’d prefer not to think about it.
Anyway, I wondered what this National Commando Day thing was all about. I mean, it seems like every day is some sort of national day of something (though I have no idea who decides.) Today the LOLCats seem to think it’s National Popcorn Day:
But can we have competing national days? Am I supposed to kick back and watch a movie while eating disgustingly over-buttered popcorn while not wearing any underpants? I’m confused.
I did a search for “National Commando Day” on Google and the first item in the results says National Commando Day 2009. In 2009, there was a National Commando day, but it was July 31st. Later I found there was also a National Commando day on July 29th, 2010. Nothing on 2011 and certainly nothing about today. The link points to www.nationalcommandoday.org/ a website that focuses on bringing attention to Prostate Cancer and the need for early detection. OK, I can get… ahem… behind… that.
The next relevant result was for GameStop. September 20, 2011 was a GameStop-declared “National Commando Day”, but it clearly was not the same thing. Apparently, that was the day that Gears of War 3 came out. I’m not so sure I’m amused by their use of “commando” for their purposes, but that’s just me.
There’s a link to a Facebook group for National Commando Day, but it’s the same organization and it appears to refer back to the 2009 date. And there’s a link to a site called http://www.prostateconditions.org/ which then has a link back to National Commando Day.org. Nothing about a 2012 event. There is, of course, a link to “going commando” on Wikipedia and not entirely surprising, there’s a link to the Sarah & Vinnie podcast from just this morning discussing National Commando Day, where supposedly, all of the on-air personalities of the show were going commando (or climando – ew) today.
At one point Sarah & Vinnie mentioned something about Betabrand which I’ve never even heard of before this week. A quick search for Betabrand on Google reveals that the clothing manufacturer (who happens to be here in San Francisco) does make a product called Couch Commando Drawstring Pants.
Okay! Now I get it. I just click on the link to Betabrand’s website. Apparently, I’ve had it wrong all along. Today is actually Intergalactic Commando Day. Here’s the deal. According to Betabrand’s website, lots of authoritative, know-it-all types (like the Farmers Almanac, among others) agree that today, January 19th, is the coldest, most brutal day of the year, here in the northern hemisphere. A quick downward swipe on the face of my iPhone tells me it’s about 50 degrees outside, so… I guess I’ll take their word for it. The challenge is:
On this auspicious and frigid date, men around the world (and beyond) are encouraged to spend the day 100% underwear-free. Our modest goal is 100 million participants: a massive, free-balling force of spirited gentleman dedicated to showing Old Man Winter who’s really boss. (Tropical commandos are welcome to join this effort in spirit.) In addition, Betabrand is asking all available women to report for spot-check duty in order to enforce the (un)dress code.
It’s actually a joint effort with an organization called Veterans Expedition. I’m not really clear on what Veterans Expedition does, and I’m tired of reading other websites instead of writing on my own, so I’m just going to say that it’s an organization that does something that benefits Veterans, and that’s never gonna be a bad thing. Anyway, for every purchase of Betabrand pants that occurs(ed) on January 18 & 19, 2012, they will donate $10.00 to Veterans Expedition…
And now I have jokes about what the crossed purposes of prostate cancer screening and Veterans Expeditions might be and exactly what kind of expeditions we’re talking about, going through my head and begging to get out my fingers, which… no! Just no.
Anyway, as I said, I’m not saying I’m not wearing underwear, but… anyway you look at it, it seems like it would be for a good cause… 😉