Virus Appreciation Day

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renjith krishnan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Virus Appreciation Day is celebrated on October 3rd of each year. The staff at National Whatever Day was unable to locate the origin of this holiday nor any real information other than the day it is celebrated.

According to Dictionary.com, a Virus all of the following:

  • An ultramicroscopic (20 to 300 nm in diameter), metabolically inert, infectious agent that replicates only within the cells of living hosts, mainly bacteria, plants, and animals: composed of an RNA or DNA core, a protein coat, and, in more complex types, a surrounding envelope.
  • A corrupting influence on morals or the intellect; poison.
  • A segment of self-replicating code planted illegally in a computer program, often to damage or shut down a system or network.

With these different definitions it is difficult to determine what exactly the originator of Virus Appreciation Day wanted appreciated.  So, take your pick; infectious agent, corrupting influence, or illegal computer code and appreciate it.