White Gorilla Day
Safganian folklore, had long spoken of
the existence of the fabulous White Gorilla,
a creature of immense beauty, strength and endurance, yet
with a playful, even puckish nature. But
until relatively recently, little or no evidence had been found
that there actually was a White Gorilla.
But (according to the March, 1967, National
Geographic magazine) on October 1st, 1966,
an actual, living, breathing, white-haired, blue-eyed
baby gorilla was discovered by
a hunter in Equatorial Guinea. He
was given the name Copito de Nieve (Snowflake)
and he lived at the Barcelona Zoo
for over 37 years. The gorilla, that is.
Not the hunter.
Because Snowflake was found on October 1st, this
date has been celebrated every year since as White Gorilla Day.
But what is the most fitting way to celebrate
White Gorilla Day?
October 1st (White Gorilla Day)
is exactly opposite
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
-- Proverbs 17:22
(April Fools Day) on the calendar.
Is this a coincidence? Maybe. Or maybe not! Perhaps
in the great grand scheme of things
it was all planned this way, to provide
a badly-needed balance to April Fools Day.
No one is laughable who|
laughs at himself. -- Seneca
because the object of April Fools Day is to make a fool
of others for one's own amusement,
(a questionable practice at best!)
the object of White Gorilla Day clearly
should be to amuse others by making
a fool of oneself.
If you can't laugh at yourself,|
someone else will do it for you, and
you won't enjoy it nearly so much.
So go ahead!
There are many ways to celebrate.
Tell a stupid joke.
Even better, tell a
Gorilla joke. Or two.
Put a stuffed White Gorilla in the window of your
car or house.
a White Gorilla costume,
and go from door to
door in your neighborhood giving out candy,
especially white chocolate candy.
Bake sugar cookies in the shape of White
Gorillas, and take them into work.
Laughter is the|
Hang plastic bananas on your apple tree.
Hang plastic bananas on your neighbor's apple tree.
Take a day of vacation
to do something you've always wanted to do, but
haven't because others might consider it too "frivolous."
Perhaps you could even visit
the Zoo. If you're like most people,
a lot has changed since you were there last.
You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself.
-- Ethel Barrymore
A little nonsense now and then|
is relished by the wisest men.
White Gorilla Day is an excellent excuse to take advantage
of the nice fall weather before winter sets in.
||Are there any precautions one should take
when meeting a white gorilla?|
||Yes. Never touch a white gorilla. That, and that
whole index finger right eye thing.
But, above all, never touch a white gorilla.
||Under what circumstances is it safe to touch a white gorilla?|
||Are there any books or movies about White Gorillas?|
||There is one rather awful movie, entitled
The White Gorilla, which was re-released on DVD in 2004 for
reasons I cannot fathom. There is also
The White Gorilla, Asylum Falls and the somewhat darker
The White Gorilla: Graves Quary
by Bruce Holmberg,
both of which I found to be quite entertaining.|
||Where does a 900-pound White Gorilla sleep?|
||Anywhere it wants to.|
||Where can I find what I need to properly
celebrate White Gorilla Day?|
||White Gorilla Day is not one that
should be celebrated
in anything resembling a proper manner. As for the items you may need
to "do it up right," try a
Google, or other
Internet search for the
words "White Gorilla." Be sure to include the quote
marks around the phrase "White Gorilla."|
||How many White Gorillas does it
take to change a light bulb?|
||Only one.  But it takes a lot of
||Did Snowflake have any children?|
While at the Barcelona Zoo, he fathered twenty-one baby gorillas,
and they in turn have produced ten or more "grandchildren," but alas,
none of them are white.
||What do you get if you cross a white gorilla with a parrot?|
I don't know, but if it talks, you had better listen!|
||Is Snowflake still alive?|
Sadly, Snowflake developed skin cancer,
and when his vets saw that he was in pain, and there was nothing they could do for him,
they put him to sleep
on November 24, 2003.
White Gorilla Day is one way of keeping his memory alive.|
||Where can I get some White Gorilla Day Informational Literature?|
to download a White Gorilla Day flyer (PDF format) you
can print (landscape, double-sided, no page scaling) fold (Z-fold, as
seen at right) and leave
in public places for other people to discover.
||OK, seriously, what is White Gorilla Day really about?|
It is the brainchild of two High-School buddies
back in the 1960s,
based on the original White
and the then-recent discovery of an actual white gorilla. Even though
they are both now old enough that they ought to know better,
the tradition lives on! |