Revellers take part in a giant pillow fight in Trafalgar Square on "International Pillow Fight Day" on April 6, 2013 in London, England. An event is set for 3 to 5 p.m. in Los Angeles' Pershing Square.
There's a constant drumbeat on the Internet, in the form of memes and jokes and animated gifs, and it says basically this: Remember when kids, and all people for that matter, went outside and horsed around a whole lot more than they do now? Like the good old golden days?
We don't disagree with this -- twirling really fast and then falling on some grass is probably the easiest way to solve most issues in life. But opportunities to be silly, for free, outdoors, in a vaguely old-fashioned way, are few. (Internet, you're right on that.)
But there is an exception: International Pillow Fight Day. The springtime thwack-tacular is all about free fun of the sort people have participated in, in the privacy of their own homes, for centuries. Smooshing your friends with soft squares filled with stuffing, and laughing about it, is the name of the day.
A few notes: Make sure your pillow is squishy and downy and not filled with prickly feather tips. Make sure you are OK with getting some pillows swung your way. And make sure you have a camera; this thing tends to be social media gold.
And, yep, "International" is in the beautifully highbrow name. Madcap revelers really will be swinging pillows far and wide around the globe. There's a question we've never seen answered: How many pillow-fighters does it take to circle the planet at least once?
Philosophers, we leave that to you. Unless you're too busy pillow-fighting with other philosophers. Which everyone totally knows is what goes down during philosophical coffee breaks.