I Would Like to Avoid National Sleepy Head Day

@Corbin5 (123374)
United States
December 5, 2018 10:45am CST
You do not want to be the last family member to wake up on National Sleep Head Day in Finland. If everyone else is up in the morning in your home, and you are not, you will be doused with water, and wake up you will. Now, in some families, the family member who is the only member still asleep in the household on the morning of July 27th, he or she may be tossed into a lake or into the ocean. Talk about a rude awakening. National Sleepy Head Day is based on a legend regarding seven to eight Christian soldiers who slept in a sealed cave for 200 years to avoid being forced to participate in pagan sacrifices. Due to this legend, the people of Finland should not oversleep on July 27th due to possibly remaining asleep for 200 years. The folks in Naantali, Finland, have added a bit of a twist to National Sleepy Head Day every July 27th. A celebrity is chosen to be the one who is thrown into the sea at exactly at 7 a.m. on July 27th. No one in town knows who that celebrity will be until that 7 a.m. hour. Mayors of the city of Naantali have been tossed in the sea as have well-known artists, writers, and politicians.
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@Nevena83 (5245)
• Serbia
5 Dec
Very interesting post. I've never heard of it.
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
5 Dec
I was surprised to learn of this day too.
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@Nevena83 (5245)
• Serbia
5 Dec
@Corbin5 I heard a lot of new and interesting news here in a couple of days.
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
5 Dec
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@sofssu (18785)
6 Dec
Reminds me of Rip Van Winkle.. I wake up very early.. I will never have a rude awakening.
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
6 Dec
Oh good, I am so glad you are an early riser!! You are safe!
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@sofssu (18785)
7 Dec
@Corbin5 But just think of this i could dump a bucket of water on a few heads That would be fun.
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
7 Dec
@sofssu Yes, in case someone's behavior has not been that good lately, their being doused with water may just be the thing they need.
@JudyEv (142367)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec
I think I would die as I hit the water if it were me!
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
6 Dec
If the water is cold, heart failure would do me in!
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@JudyEv (142367)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec
@Corbin5 I really cannot cope with cold showers. I absolutely loathe them.
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
7 Dec
@JudyEv I cannot tolerate a cold shower either.
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@amadeo (78915)
• United States
5 Dec
Good afternoon and yes same here.
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
5 Dec
Yes, no way would I want to be doused with water or tossed in the sea.
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@amadeo (78915)
• United States
5 Dec
@Corbin5 that is for sure.I think that the priest drowned me.Noticed the wrinkles. What do I know and taste awful
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
5 Dec
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@DianneN (92603)
• United States
6 Dec
I will ask our Finnish friends. Lol!
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
6 Dec
Glad we do not live in Finland.
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@DianneN (92603)
• United States
8 Dec
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@CarolDM (9328)
• United States
5 Dec
I would want to avoid that one too. Wow!
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
5 Dec
Definitely a startling experience.
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@CarolDM (9328)
• United States
5 Dec
@Corbin5 Absolutely!
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@bluesa (15242)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
6 Dec
I barely sleep as it is, then to still have to have the angst of a July 27th heading a persons way, oh no, nah ah, that wouldn't work for me. I would so be on vacation far far away on July 27th!
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
6 Dec
Yes, I think it best for us to hide from all humans on that day.
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• Midland, Michigan
5 Dec
Interesting and different. I'm thinking if you lived in that city where they did that then it may be better to just stay up all night or find a night job for that week, lol.
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
5 Dec
Yes, the night job would come in very handy!!!
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@moffittjc (47555)
• Gainesville, Florida
6 Dec
I've never heard of this, but it is a pretty interesting day. I wouldn't have to worry about being doused with water or thrown into the sea, because I'm always the first one up in my household every day. But my daughter, she's in trouble! haha
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
6 Dec
Oh dear, yes your daughter is in trouble!!
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@moffittjc (47555)
• Gainesville, Florida
8 Dec
@Corbin5 She would sleep all day long if I let her!
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
8 Dec
@moffittjc Our son did that. I have no idea how he earned an MBA in finance/marketing while living on his own. It is still a mystery to me. Who woke him up for classes??? I will never know.
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@aureliah (20780)
• Kenya
5 Dec
What? I would always be the first one to wake up. I would not like to be tossed into an ocean
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
5 Dec
I would be the first one to wake up too so that I could avoid being tossed in the water.
@aureliah (20780)
• Kenya
8 Dec
@Corbin5 Its not funny
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
8 Dec
@aureliah Yes, to some it is not funny at all.
@Kuttu_007 (1202)
• India
5 Dec
Oh my god that sounds weirdly amazing...the legend sounds really some kinda convincing... Let's wait till the July to see which is going to be thrown into the sea.
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
5 Dec
Yes, we must wait to find out who will be thrown in the sea on July 27, 2019. I will definitely look that up.
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@Kuttu_007 (1202)
• India
6 Dec
@Corbin5 don't forget to remind me..
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
6 Dec
@Kuttu_007 I will!!
@just4him (132954)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
8 Dec
That explains the swim trunks on the person in the photo. I wouldn't want to receive that kind of awakening.
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
8 Dec
I would not want to be a town celebrity due to those folks being chosen to be tossed in the sea with onlookers enjoying every bit. I would like to be an onlooker, however. It is a fun festival, but all the videos on YouTube were not in English so could not use one here.
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@just4him (132954)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
9 Dec
@Corbin5 I'd rather be an onlooker too.
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@dgobucks226 (14868)
6 Dec
Interesting? Kind of like the New Years Day polar bear plunge. Wonder who has the colder water
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
7 Dec
I think the polar bear plunge has the coldest water. I would not do the polar bear plunge, but it is most often done for a good cause, so maybe.
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@dgobucks226 (14868)
8 Dec
@Corbin5 Yes, we have them in quite a few towns in my area all for charities...
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@Hannihar (46584)
6 Dec
@Corbin5 I am glad I do not live there. I would hate to be the one that has water thrown on me.
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
6 Dec
Yes, and I don't water dumped on me when I am sound asleep in my bed. A few folks put youtube videos of doing just that to a sleeper on July 27.
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@Hannihar (46584)
9 Dec
@Corbin5 That is not fun.
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@sharon6345 (148144)
• United States
6 Dec
I would beat someone so bad if they wet me in my bed. I don't care what they believed. get out of my way. I would stay up all night if I lived there.
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
6 Dec
I would stay up all night too, just to be safe.
@sharon6345 (148144)
• United States
6 Dec
@Corbin5 That is good I am all for safety.
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@FayeHazel (22116)
• United States
6 Dec
Hahahaha oh dear. That is interesting. Happy I'm not from Naantali
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
6 Dec
I would stay awake all night long and into the morning if I lived in Naantali.
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@FayeHazel (22116)
• United States
6 Dec
@Corbin5 I think I would too
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@Tampa_girl7 (27614)
• United States
8 Dec
That would be quite a shock
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
8 Dec
I think so too. Not pleasant at all.
@Icydoll (27959)
• India
8 Dec
Never heard of such day... Interesting Deborah
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
8 Dec
I think the town has a lot of fun on this day. I wanted to post a video, but it was not in English.
@Courage7 (22080)
• United States
7 Dec
Strange people lol
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
7 Dec
Humans do some weird stuff.
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@Elizaby (4193)
• Pensacola, Florida
6 Dec
Glad it is only one day a year that you'll get doue woth water if you oversleep in Finland
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
6 Dec
Quite a startle being doused would be!