December 18th is traditionally Wear a Plunger On Your Head Day, a day that ex-bounty hunter Vern Halsey and his beloved Komodo Dragon, Felix, continue to celebrate almost entirely by themselves.
I’ve looked high and low, and while I’ve found several sources of documentation confirming this holiday’s existence, nowhere have I found any explanation and I’d settle for an implausible one for said existence.
Nonetheless, there really is something inherently funny about plungers, something that goes beyond pure potty humor, something about their clumsy shape and vaguely onomatopoetic appellation, coupled with the lack of romance to be found in their one true function.
For all the unsavory qualities of their calling, there is something friendly or at least non threatening enough about a plunger that some ninny out there would not only suction one of those terra cotta hued babies to his noggin, but declare a day of solidarity with all other such ninnies.
History of National Wear a Plunger on Your Head Day:
The plunger has had the same basic design for years, and it is unclear exactly when it came to be. This is likely because its use involves human waste, and because it is a common household appliance. By one account, Jeffrey Gunderson invented it in 1932.
But, it seems likely it was invented earlier, probably between 1850 and 1900. During this time, the main components of the plunger wood and synthetic rubber began being used more. The suction cup was also invented in the 1850s.
Toilets have S-trap pipes which allow plungers to work. These pipes have existed since at least 1852, which also points to the plunger being invented in the second half of the nineteenth century.
Plungers can be separated into toilet and sink plungers, although many people use sink plungers for their toilets as well. Sink plungers are usually red and have a flat suction cup, while toilet plungers are usually black and have a protruding funnel from the center of the suction cup.
Besides being used to free up clogged toilets, plungers have also been used as mutes by trumpeters and trombonists, and even to aid in performing CPR.
How to Observe National Wear a Plunger on Your Head Day:
Celebrate the day by wearing a plunger on your head! It is probably best to make sure you have a new and sanitary plunger. Take pictures of yourself wearing your new plunger and share them on social media.