Yesterday was National Grouch Day, with October 15 the official celebration of grouchiness, grumpiness, storm cloudiness, and general Oscar-like behavior… but everyone was probably too busy celebrating without us to let us know.
National Grouch Day is the brainchild of Sesame Street Magazine, and its purpose isn’t precisely clear. Perhaps it’s to allow kids to understand everyone has green furry days they’d prefer to just pop up out of a trash can every so often to tell the world off. And that’s okay!
The Muppets’ Wiki explains National Grouch Day’s inspiration:
“A Grouch’s mission in life is to be as miserable and grouchy as possible, and pass that feeling on to everyone else. Only then will a Grouch feel in touch with his or her world and be happy… Even though a Grouch may show happiness at anyone’s misfortune (including his or her own), a Grouch would never admit to being happy. Such is the stability of a Grouch’s life: so balanced, and yet so unbalanced.”
Maybe it’s just to celebrate Oscar and his eternal grouchiness, quite a feat on the normally cheery Sesame Street. I mean really, it’s kind of like a happiness bomb went off and covered its residents in glee and joie de vivre. Ew.
Whether or not National Grouch Day had or has a specific purpose and whether there were all sorts of parties people probably forgot to invite us to, Twitter and Facebook embraced the neolo-day with full grump de vivre and disdain… because isn’t that what National Grouch Day is all about?
Even ungrumpified Ellen DeGeneres got in on the anti-fun, tweeting about the Oscar-centric day:
It’s National Grouch Day. I’m sick of all these ridiculous national days. I’m not participating in this one. Nobody can tell me I can’t.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 15, 2013
We are kind of with this woman, who had a good idea about the holiday:
— jencoleslaw (@jencoleslaw) October 16, 2013
Specific grievances were aired in the true spirit of Grouch Day:
Today is National Grouch Day lol im still grouchy at the fact that A GROUP OF KANGAROOS IS NOT CALLED A “KANGACREW”
— BILL_NYE_THO (@Bill_Nye_Tho__) October 16, 2013
Sesame Street also marked the occasion:
Wishing you and yours a grouchy National Grouch Day. (Now scram!) pic.twitter.com/lZVcB8wRtU
— Sesame Street (@sesamestreet) October 15, 2013
What did you get left out of on National Grouch Day? I bet there was a cake.