Annyeong hasseyo, my Korean friends. Bonjour, Guten Tag, ¡Hola!, Konichiwa, and Ni Hao.
There. If ten people read this entry, I’ve discharged my holiday duties for Friday, November 22nd, 2008.
Yes, folks, it’s World Hello Day.
Never heard of it? Don’t feel bad. Neither had I until a couple of days ago. But in my quest to find something more recent than the signing of the Mayflower Compact, and more exciting than the invention of the phonograph, I turned to Google and discovered World Hello Day.
In fact, this year is the 36th anniversary of World Hello Day, an initiative designed to emphasize the “importance of personal communication for preserving world peace.” Want to participate? Simply greet ten people. Don’t greet them in The Princess Bride vein, though. Following the word “Hello” with “My name is Inigo Montoya! You killed my father! Prepare to die!” sort of flies in the face of the whole world peace thing. …