As a nerd, I'm prone to remembering very random lines from my favorite books and movies. Whereas my co-workers are likely to make up funny things to say, I'm more likely to quote a funny line (probably from Family Guy) for dramatic effect, but the things I truly find funny are far from everyone else's scope of entertainment. Also, I flatter my self that I'm very widely read.
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Back to the ninth day.
The line from the PBS adaptation of Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast goes like this: Secretary Barquentine reads from the Tomes to the Earl of Groan (in the book, Barquentine's father reads from the Tome). The Earl, in accordance with the rituals, eats certain foods at each meal for each day of the year. That day's meal happened to fall on the ninth day of the month.
"The ninth day of the month," Barquentine says to the Earl. The servant places each piece of food on the Earl's plate as Barquentine speaks. He puts a red egg down.
"The ninth. Didn't I say the ninth?"
"The egg should be blue, not red!"
My co-workers and friends, upon hearing this seemingly irrelevant statement, stare at me in wonder.
Now that I have laid out the foundation for my weird recitation, I would like to declare the ninth day of the month an official occasion. Every ninth of every month I will conduct an interesting play-by-play of facts and tidbits pertaining to important Ninth Days, even my own. And so, in the spirit of Gormenghast, let me be the first to announce that from this Ninth forth, the egg shall be blue, not red!