Why is Monday “Blue?”


Where did that expression “Blue Monday” come from anyway? Because Im lazy, I took Wiki’s word for it:

Blue Monday is a name given to a date stated, as part of a publicity campaign by Sky Travel, to be the most depressing day of the year.

This date was published in a press release under the name of Cliff Arnall, at the time a tutor at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, a Further Education centre attached to Cardiff University. Guardian columnist Dr Ben Goldacre reported that the press release was delivered substantially pre-written to a number of academics by Public Relations agency Porter Novelli, who offered them money to put their names to it. [1]. The Guardian later printed a statement from Cardiff University distancing themselves from Arnall: “Cardiff University has asked us to point out that Cliff Arnall… was a former part-time tutor at the university but left in February.” [2]

Arnall says the date was calculated by using many factors, including: weather conditions, debt level (the difference between debt accumulated and our ability to pay), time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling of a need to take action. Writing about the calculation, Goldacre stated: … the fact is that Cliff Arnall’s equations … fail even to make mathematical sense on their own terms. [1]

This date typically falls on the Monday of the last full week of January.

Did that guy get PAID for that??

Anyway…….Yesterday was Monday and what a comedown it was after my exuberant Sunday. My Sinful Sunday. It was so much of a bummer that I couldn’t even write this yesterday. Thats ok though, today’s gonna be a RUBY TUESDAY (Hats off to the Rolling Stones for that one).

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~ by irishgrl on August 12, 2008.

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