Happy Darwin Day, you damn dirty ape-cousins!

It's Darwin's birthday, and that means it's Darwin Day! Founded in 1993 by molecular biologist Robert Stephens, Darwin Day is recognized as a global celebration of science, humanity, and reason. A day to revel in our evolutionary nature. To marvel at the Universe. To celebrate life, new and old.

According to the International Darwin Day Foundation website:

Recognizing science as an international language accessible to all individuals and societies, the International Darwin Day Foundation provides a new global holiday that transcends separate nationalities and cultures. Darwin Day can be celebrated in many different ways: civic ceremonies with official proclamations, educational symposia, birthday parties, art shows, book discussions, lobby days, games, protests, and dinner parties. Organizers may include: academic societies, science organizations, freethought groups, religious congregations, libraries, museums, galleries, teachers and students, families and friends. In Darwin Day, we are able to recognize the diversity among us, while celebrating our common humanity and the universal understanding we share.

Hear, hear. Check out the official Darwin Day website to learn more and find out about upcoming Darwin Day Events near you. Also — fun fact — did you know Darwin shares a birthday (month, date, year) with Abraham Lincoln? Turns out 12 February 1809 was an excellent year in the history of epic men with equally epic beards.

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