Celebrate Backward Day Jan 31st
Celebrate Backward Day on Jan 31
January 31st has a wacky holiday called Backward Day. This is your chance to do everything backwards. Say goodbye to your friends when you meet them and say hello when you part ways. Have your breakfast in the evening and your dinner in the morning. Wear your clothes inside-out, talk and walk backwards.
As silly as all of these may seem, there are many things in life where reversal is the norm. This lens celebrates these unconventional backward behavior on Backward Day.
Hummingbirds can fly backwards
Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards aside from flying up and down, left and right and even upside-down. By slanting the angle of its wings and using its powerful chest muscles, a hummingbird can tip up and fly backwards. All other birds use the down stroke to power their flight.
Leonardo da Vinci chose to write backwards
Inventor, scientist, sculptor, architect, engineer, naturalist
It was believed that Leonardo Da Vinci wrote backwards or used mirror writing to avoid theft of his ideas. Writing backwards was also his way of hiding his controversial scientific beliefs which were frowned upon by the teachings of the powerful Catholic Church. He was also dyslexic and left-handed. But he wrote backwards by choice and not because of his dyslexia.
Why did Leonardo Da Vinci write backwards?
- THE REAL LEONARDO DA VINCI
THE REAL LEONARDO DA VINCI ?I have some opinions about Leonardo and his work. I have often thought I would like to write about what I believe he was like and how he had the same kind of problems promoting his ideas as many inventors do.
- Molecular Expressions: Science, Optics and You - Timeline - Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci was a painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, scientist and genius who best represents the ideals of the Renaissance period. He was one of the greatest painters of all times. The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa are two of his best kno
- Did Leonardo da Vinci's dyslexia help him to be a master painter?
It seems the word blindness can also bring the keen spatial awareness that makes the difference between a jobbing painter and a master of art.
Famous People with Dyslexia
Heyoka, the Lakota backward sacred clown
The word HeyÃ³kha (alternative spellings "Haokah", "Heyoka", "Heyokha") refers to the Lakota concept of a contrarian, jester, satirist or sacred clown. (Source Wikipedia)
In the Lakota Sioux Native American culture, the Heyoka is a sacred clown, a teacher and a trickster who does everything backwards. Heyoka were contraries, speaking, riding and walking backwards, dressed in bizarre clothing and exhibiting inversion and reversal as elements of satire.
By doing everything backwards, the Heyoka is showing people how their own expectations limit their behavior.
Excellent video of the Heyokah, Lakota sacred clown
Famous folk philosopher has been riding his donkey backwards since the 13th century
Why did he ride the donkey backwards?
Nasreddin Hodja was a Seljuq philosopher and wise man who lived during the 13th century and remembered for his humorous stories and anecdotes. His folk wisdom are well-known throughout the MIddle East and other cultures of the world, and has been told and retold in teahouses, homes, and on the radio.
Nareddin Hodja is most remembered for this story about why did he rode the donkey backwards.
One day when Hodja was going to the mosque with his mullahs, he decided to ride his donkey backwards.
The mullahs asked, "Why are you riding your donkey backwards? You must be very uncomfortable?"
He answered, "If I sat facing forward, you would be behind me. If you went in front of me, I would be behind you. Either way I would not be facing you. So, this is the most logical way!"
Aging backwards and getting younger - A man who is unable to stop time.
This is a wonderful movie to watch on Backward Day. Travel through time with Benjamin Button, a frail 80-something man who was born old, ages into middle age, blossoms into a strapping young lad and then into an infant. Set in New Orleans at the end of WWI in 1918 into the 21st century, “Benjamin Button,” is a grand tale of a not-so-ordinary man and the people and places he discovers along the way, the loves he finds, the joys of life and the sadness of death, and what lasts beyond time.
The technical and visual effects wizardry and make-up artistry will intrigue and dazzle the audience from beginning to end.
An engaging and fun picture story book for the little ones
This is a fascinating picture story book for the little ones-- with a simple story line that is charming and timeless. A young boy wakes up and declares that day to be backwards day. Everything he will do will be backwards. So he wore his socks over his shoes, his underwear over his pants, went downstairs backwards, sat in the breakfast table with his back turned. He greeted his mom and dad with goodnight at the breakfast able. His parents went along with the quirky idea fun until it was time to break the spell at the end of the day.
The timeless elegance of Marc Simont's 1940's drawings of the family is charming and will keep young and old peeled to the pages. It is a read-aloud book with large pictures and fonts which will only take 10 minutes to complete from beginning till end. Children will be amused, delighted and want to read this story over and over again.
Fun books to read on Backward Day
Backward Day ideas and activities
- Backwards Party Ideas, Decorations, Games & Activities, Foods & Recipes
Your guide to the best sites for the best backwards bash ideas.
- Education World: Backwards Day
Plan a Backwards Day on April Fool's Day, as a Halloween alternative, for an end-of-state-testing reward, or just for fun.
- Celebrating Backward Day at Home
Shake things up around your house! Plan a day when you do everything backwards, just for fun.
Take this quick poll
Have you ever done anything backwards?
There are words that read the same forward and backward.
The word palindrome is derived from the Greek palÃndromos, meaning running back again (palÃn = AGAIN + drom-, drameÃ®n = RUN). A palindrome is a word or phrase which reads the same in both directions. Some simple examples are:
RACECAR DEED LEVEL PIP
ROTOR CIVIC POP MADAM
EYE NUN RADAR TOOT
Find palindromes here - How many palindromes do you know?
- Neil/Fred's Gigantic List of Palindromes
Neil/Fred's Gigantic List of PalindromesEditor's Note, December 1996Well, when I started this page, there weren't, as far as I know (or knew), any other palindrome lists on the web.
Weird Al Yankovic's song "Bob" - It's an ultimate Palindrome song
Every line in the lyrics is a palindrome. It can be read forward and backwards. What a great song for Backward Day.
Too Hot to Hoot:
Funny Palindrome Riddles
Go Hang a Salami! I'm a Lasagna Hog!:
and Other Palindromes
Get hooked talking backwards
A game for Backward Day
This is a fast-paced game that will leave the players in stitches. Players take turn pronouncing these funny-sounding backward words and shouting out the correct forward pronunciation. The first player to pronounce the forward word correctly moves forward---or backwards.
BACKWORDS SDROWKCAB A Giant Step Backwards in Board Games
It takes skill to play the piano backwards - Watch and be awed
AMBULANCE backward Humor Dark T-Shirt by CafePress
Backwards kids/adults Kids White T-Shirt by CafePress
PAUL IS DEAD Backwards Logo Women's tee Shirt in 6 Colors Small thru XXL
Write backwards in a jiffy
Convert what you write backwards in a flash HERE!
Thank you Squidoo
On Jan.31, 2012, this lens was bestowed a Purple Star Award. I wholeheartedly thank the lensmaster who nominated this lens to be worthy of this honor.