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Dunce Day

Dunce Cap Day

When is Dunce Day? This holiday is always observed on November 8

Dunce Day is today, a November 8 holiday. It celebrates the term “Dunce” and dunce caps. Today marks the death (November 8, 1308) of medieval scholar Duns Scotus of Duns, Scotland. This special day is all about learning and one’s ability to absorb knowledge. So, let’s get right to it and learn about dunce caps and their creator.

Duns Scotus of Duns, Scotland was a medieval scholar. Perceptions of his views ranged from brilliant to less than complimentary. Duns Scotus believed that cone-shaped hats increased learning potential. He believed knowledge would flow from the point of the cap, down, and into the head of the wearer, making that person smarter. About all this accomplished over time, was the perception of a person wearing a dunce cap to be…… a stupid person or a dimwit. Why else would someone wear it!? There was a positive side to the use of dunce caps. It motivated the wearer to learn more, so he could be rid of the cap. Scholar critics of his work derived the term “dunce” from his name and place of birth.

Put on a Dunce Cap today and get smarter. Have a very smart and educational Dunce Day!!!

How to Celebrate Dunce Day

  • Put on a dunce cap and learn something new and exciting.
  • Be on the lookout for others who are wearing them.
  • Learn something new today.

Today's Quote

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant. ” – – Robert Louis Stevenson

History and Origin of Dunce Day

While we know about the origin of the term and dunce caps. But, we do not know when this special day was first celebrated. Perhaps we’re not really smart about this and a little dim-witted, but wouldn’t you rather celebrate the birth of Duns Scotus? It seems much more cheerful.

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