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Dunce Day

Thursday, November 08, 2012

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When : Always November 8th

Dunce Day celebrates the the term "Dunce" and dunce caps. Today marks the death (November 8, 1308) of medieval scholar Duns Scotus of Duns, Scotland.

Dunce Day is all about learning. So, lets get right to it and learn about dunce caps and the creator of dunce caps.

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 dunce. There was a positive side to his use of dunce caps. It motivated the wearer to learn more, so he could be rid of the 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 have a very smart and educational Dunce Day!!!

Origin of Dunce Day:
While we know about the origin of the term dunce and the dunce cap, we do not know when this special day as first celebrated.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LITTLEWIND53 11/8/2012 12:54PM


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DOUGDC 11/8/2012 9:58AM

    Great story. Probably worked as well as tin foil caps do now for enhancing or preserving intelligence. Thanks!

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PMAY0313 11/8/2012 7:57AM


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MRE1956 11/8/2012 7:33AM

    Cool trivia - had no idea! Thank you for sharing!

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PATRICIAAK 11/8/2012 7:30AM

    Learned something new today!

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DEL-AND-COMPANY 11/8/2012 7:29AM

  I'll get my pointy hat!

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SONYALATRECE 11/8/2012 7:12AM

    Wow! What a misused term (on my birthday at that)!

Thanks for sharing!


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DARJR50 11/8/2012 6:57AM


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RIDLEYRIDER 11/8/2012 6:55AM

  I didn't know that! maybe I'm a dunce!) Thanks for sharing!

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