HAPPY INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY
Everybody knows a serial caps lock abuser, whether it be the older, less Internet-savvy but ultimately well-meaning person, the drama king or queen (wHo MaY aLsO tYpE lYkE dIs), or the 13-year-old wannabe troll. Today, we celebrate these people, and the key that allows them to broadcast their particular brand of crazy to the Internet. Today is International Caps Lock Day.
So, why do these people think that TYPING IN ALL CAPS is appropriate in any kind of written communication? Is it because they feel that All Caps adds emphasis in ways that bolding and “unnecessary quotation marks” simply cannot? Is it because lower case letters are too weak and puny to contain their rage? We may never know. We can, however, still make fun of them.
The first International Caps Lock Day, celebrated on October 22nd, 2000, was created by software developer Derek Arnold, who described it thusly:
“International Caps Lock Day is in fact a testament to the small mindedness of certain Western individuals: the majority of the world’s population writes in scripts which have no concept of letter casing. Therefore, it is advised to laugh at anyone who invokes this day as an excuse to dismiss local typographical conventions: they are simply making an ass out of themselves.”
An extra day of celebration was added on June 28th to memorialize the death of beloved shouter and personification of the Caps Lock key, Billy Mays.
Check out the official website for International Caps Lock Day here. It will hurt your eyes, but it will also take you on a delightful journey back to 1998.