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HAPPY INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY!

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Yes, it's another made-up holiday. And a very obnoxious one to boot: INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY! It pokes fun of an Internet faux pas by imitating said faux pas. It's very deep.

Actually, International Caps Lock Day founder, DEREK ARNOLD -- just plain old Derek Arnold the rest of the year -- says it is not very deep at all.

"The message is to stop taking everything so seriously," he said. "Not everything's an issue."

He and some friends started the day on the MetaFilter site in 2003. He launched a Web page and updates it each year with some nonsensical message.

Last year, the page introduced the official unofficial Caps Lock Day person of the year: Billy Mays, the infomercial king who died last year, because "he talks like he's got his cap locks key on."

There are rival sites, mind you, with rival days. Billy Mays's birthday of June 28 is sometimes considered Caps Lock Day, but Arnold assures us it's only the secondary one. He'd be happy to see more caps lock days, so long as people choose another descriptor. "They can use Universal Caps Lock Day. Global. National. This is International Caps Lock Day."

SO BE IT.

CAPSLOCK DAY IS NOT FOR PLEASURE. IT IS DUTY, IT IS MAYHEM, IT IS FASCIST, IT IS OBLIGATION.less than a minute ago via

By Melissa Bell  | October 22, 2010; 11:05 AM ET
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