Talk:They Day

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I'm going to do this, October 11th. I'll find other TMBG fans...and gay people. - Doug the Aquacell Guy 19:59, 22 May 2006 (CDT)

I think I'll do this, too. Just need to hide the forehead from my parents...maybe I should get bangs just for that occasion, and pin them away from my face so peoples can see "THEY" on my forehead. But no one I know would say, "Oooh. TMBG." And definitely not, "I dig your bangs." I should shut up now. - Overjoy

Instead of hiding your forehead from your parents, you should write 'THEY' on their foreheads while they're asleep, as well as yours. When everyone meets at the kitchen table in the morning, act as clueless as them about what it is and how it got on your foreheads. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 01:49, 16 August 2006 (UTC)
My dad is well-knowledged in TMBG. He would know. As well as my sisters, who are fans, too. Overjoy
Ha! this is hilarious... next year I'll definately do this, I'd get so many stares. I live not only in Canada, but f-ing New Brunswick! People from Ontario probably couldn't locate us on a map. There are 4 TMBG fans in New Brunswick, and I've met them all. Well, there might be more that are in the closet or something. I'd like to see this in New York, where TMBG is well known.. it would be awesome. Jade

I'm gonna do this, since nobody I know is gay or knows what Coming Out Day or They Day are (or They Might Be Giants for that matter)

Any particular reason They Day is October 11 instead of, say, September 13? Spiraling Shape 15:12, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

Does anyone actually do this? I for one would never do it. I have a job though so that may be affecting my decision. --Oddjob 15:58, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

I'm doing it this year. My teacher even says I can come into school like that! I'll try to take some pictures if anyone's interested. Akagi 16:44, 8 October 2007 (UTC)
Would you please? I would do it, but Oct. 11 has been a school day since i knew of Them and I would try to this year, but my high school is a prep. Though, I could do it right after school and it will come off when I swim that night. ~~smile~~ Mr. 77

Mayhaps would'st anyone know wherefore a fellington mighst procureth a copyo of the Palm Trees EPeth? WhatTheHeckLinnell 20:29, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

I hope you know that 'wherefore' means 'why', and not 'where'. Of course, either way, I still have no idea. --McBob 01:50, 12 October 2007 (UTC)
Twould also behoovest thou to know a fellington is a unit of measurement. And as for the Palm Trees EP, I would recommend asking band member BlarJotunn. ~ magbatz 04:20, 12 October 2007 (UTC)
Is my olde time speake from the eighteen hundred and fiftieseth too muchst for thou? Seriously, I was just looking for that EP. I will contact that person you mentioned.--WhatTheHeckLinnell 15:26, 12 October 2007 (UTC)

They Day 2008[edit]

Nice! It's a Saturday! I would be really suprised if I saw a fellow Theydayer in my area, though. Pictures, too! --Mr. 77 02:02, 2 October 2008 (UTC)

This seems a little cult-like to me. I can't wait. --GPG 16:04, 2 October 2008 (UTC)

As crazy and creepy a fan I can be...this scares me. --MichelleMaBellele

I'd honestly do this on my forearm then my forehead. --ZippZapp 00:28, 3 October 2008 (UTC)

Someone should start a facebook group like last year.

Oh, man. I really want to do this for the third year in a row, but I work at WalMart and I doubt that my psycho moneygrabbing bosses would let me do it. I think I might just wear it on my lunch break. At least I leave the building at that time. --Overjoy 04:36, 11 October 2008 (UTC)

I can't believe I forgot all about it... And I started this section of the page! I may just do it on Monday as a late They Day celebration. Spread the word, Philly! --Mr. 77 20:48, 12 October 2008 (UTC)

Haha, I just thought of this, but we should pin paper hearts to our sleeves and carry around fondue forks! I'm a genius! --Mr. 77 00:17, 13 October 2008 (UTC)

I forgot about They Day =(

There's always next year! ALWAYS.

Postpone this year.[edit]

I think we should do this on Monday, October 12 to get the word out to people at school or work.

Re: We have all this week to spread the message.


It's probably tough to convince people that your not part of a cult or that your not worshiping Them. (see? that makes it even harder.) --Dunklekuh81

Didn't happen to me last year when I did it. People thought I was weird, though. (Moreso than usual, I mean.) Akagi 20:11, 5 October 2008 (UTC)
I assumed this was a cult. Yes?
"So there's these two guys who are pretty cool and they're both named John, and one of the Johns plays the accordion and they sing a lot about death..."--GPG 00:10, 9 October 2008 (UTC)
Not the best way to describe them. ;) I usually end up using the word {gasp} "quirky" to non-TMBG fans. TMBG is hard to describe...--Lemita 01:02, 9 October 2008 (UTC)
I like to believe that writing "THEY" on your arm you can show your spirit without too much question. You can also draw a head or skull on yourself somewhere and write They on it, because you are still technically writing it on your "head." You own what's drawn on you, right?... -Apollo

They day 2009[edit]

Just thought I'd start this one extra early, because I just marked my calendar... They day is a SUNDAY! This means everyone can participate, sans humilation. Unless you go to church... but I don't think they can prevent you from going to church because you write on your forehead... --Apollo 00:05, 6 June 2009 (UTC)

Im SO doing this. Just a question - Why October 11? --Raulbloodworth 21:25, 9 October 2009 (UTC)

Well, I am Happy to say, I've gotten at least six people in my school to write THEY on their arms, almost all of these people have no idea who TMBG is, but it was very amusing to walk down the hall and see others besides my friend User:Apollo, who were joining in on the They Day spirit. Muah-ha-ha! I shall convert my entire school to TMBG-ism! (okay, maybe not, but I'm tryin' on some people) - User:Izzy Palindrome Izzy

I'd do it on my forehead but my dad would kill me... So I'd just write it on my knuckles in purple. Purple symbolizing the toupee. And knuckles because it's subtle and people like to look at pianist's hands. Sadly, it's a sunday so only the peeps at the grocery store will see it... --Nerdy4ever95 00:26, 10 October 2009 (UTC)

I'm going to a show on They Day whose name has a "THEE" in it, so I'm tempted to tweak the classic headphrasing, but I think I'll be loyal and sport a nice healthy THEY this weekend. PS: black is good, but Green Magic Marker might just be the way to go. Or, if you can manage it, write THEY upside down, and then stand on your own head as you go about your day. ~ magbatz 04:34, 10 October 2009 (UTC)

Every year, I keep forgetting about They Day. So for this year and every one after, I'm prepared. I finally had it tattooed on my forehead. ~ CaptainCaustic Oct. 10, 2009

^^^That's awesome! I'm doing it today since it's my highschool's homecoming dance; everyone's gonna be confused there, teehee. --I Might Be Nate 20:40, 10 October 2009 (UTC)

Has anyone else noticed it is They Day's 10th anniversary? Apollo says happy They Day 2009!

This is really late, but here's my dailybooth picture for They Day. All the replys are from people that you may know from the wiki, but I'm not sure whether or not they would mind saying who's who. --Dunklekuh81

Boxing They[edit]

This information has been written a couple times at the end of the article: "Ideally, the day after They Day, October 12, should be celebrated as Boxing They by They Might Be Giants fans Canadian and non-Canadian alike, whereupon one draws a box around one's "They" from the previous day."

Usually I'm a fan of creative additions to pages. However, TMBW is probably a main place for people to get information about this event that's propagated mostly through the internet, and I feel our influence over TMBG culture might give us too much responsibility to arbitrarily change the (albeit almost amorphous) description of They Day. That said, if the creators of future TMBG history on this site like this new addition (or if it turns out this is a more "widespread" fact/practice than I think), we can add it if we like. Opinions/retorts? ~ magbatz

I'm gonna do this too --Raulbloodworth 21:27, 9 October 2009 (UTC)
Well if we all do it, they can't penalize us for writing it on the page, because that makes it legitimate. Apollo
And this year it makes more sense, As Boxing They is a monday, so more people will go out, unlike on they day because It's a sunday. Makes ense. I think. I need english lessons.----Raulbloodworth
I'm gonna do it. And it's picture day at my school on Monday, so that should be interesting.~~PinkoPanther
I guess I'll do it too, since everyone else is. Akagi 13:32, 11 October 2009 (UTC)

Would it not be hard to write upon one's own head? -- DidgeGuy (आ ज) 21:54, 5 October 2010

No, really, how do you do it? -- DidgeGuy (आ ज) 22:32, 5 October 2010
...a mirror? patience? a friend? -- 22:47, 5 October 2010 (UTC)
There's no magical way to write the letters T, H, E, and Y on your forehead with 100% precision. I usually have one of my friends write it for me. -- Jason DeLima - ! - 23:46, 5 October 2010 (UTC)
Great words of wisdom. I guess I'll make my brother do it (one of the benefits of not being an only child). -- DidgeGuy (आ ज) 01:00, 6 October 2010
You could write it an a prosthetic forehead first, and wear it on your real head. --Duke33 01:36, 6 October 2010 (UTC)

Social Media[edit]

Someone should start a They Day facebook group. That way we can post pics.

Can people post them to tmbw's facebook page? I'm not sure how the settings are set right now. I'm wondering if it would allow it?
yes photos are postable. -- 01:42, 6 October 2010 (UTC)
Just wanted to point out that They Day got some love on Facebook today, from They themselves! --MisterMe 16:35, 9 October 2012 (EDT)


What you don't think about is the smell of the sharpie on your forehead for the next few days. -- DidgeGuy (आ ज) 13:46, 11 October 2010 (UTC)

They Day 2012[edit]

Post your experiences here! If you'd like to upload a photo, please do so on and link to it, rather than uploading directly to TMBW. Experiences and photos can also be uploaded to our TMBW Facebook page. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 08:27, 10 October 2012 (EDT)

Here's my pic. This is only the second year I’ve done it. I’d never even heard of it before I came back to fandom in 2009 after some time off, despite it supposedly being done going back to ‘99. It’s fun but I’m a little disappointed by the lack of response. I would have been obviously really excited to see someone else who’d done it but I was not really expecting that, but I was expecting people to at least ask me about it. I WOULD SURE ASK SOMEONE ABOUT IT IF THEY HAD SOMETHING WRITTEN ON THEIR FOREHEAD, COME ON PEOPLE. I had to talk to people in my first class cos we were doing small group discussions which would have been a perfect time, but no one said anything.
But then before my second class (we were waiting in the hall talking cos the professor was late) someone finally asked, and I told her, and she said she “loves They Might Be Giants” but then when I showed her my tattoo she was like “ this?” COS “ANA NG” IS SUCH AN OBSCURE SONG OF THEIRS and then she just wanted to talk about “those science songs for kids,” UGH. Then someone else said he didn’t say anything about it cos he “thought it might be a religious thing” and he didn’t want to offend me and I was like “ACTUALLY IT KINDA IS.” Then my professor told me she “really liked it” but I’m sure she had no idea what it meant and I couldn’t explain cos she was running to get something for her next class. I went out to dinner and a record store with my boyfriend later but got no other reactions. Well, maybe I’ll have better luck next year. --Self Called Nowhere 03:08, 12 October 2012 (EDT)
For this year's They Day, my girlfriend and me decided to grab our guitar and egg shaker and make some street music (TMBG songs mostly, of course) in Salzburg, Austria (Mozart's birthplace, full of Mozart and Sound of Music related kitsch, lots of Japanese tourists). Sadly, no one really noticed the inscription on my forehead. One thing was very interesting though: the song we got the most money for from passersby was... no, not Particle Man... not even Istanbul... it was Unrelated Thing. Yeah, really. I am still puzzled about that. Frustrated men who have experienced a situation like the one described in the lyrics? Who knows. Freakiosis 05:15, 12 October 2012 (EDT)

They Day 2013: Office Drone Etiquette?[edit]

So, I would love to walk around all day on Friday with THEY on my big ol' [not-prosthetic] forehead, but my employer would not be amused. Also, I work for employment law attorneys, so I can't very well bullshit them with a religious excuse (particularly since they already know I'm a flavor of Protestantism). What is a respectable alternative? I can write on my head in eyeliner for photographic evidence and then wipe it off and go about my mundane office life, right? Or, does my doing so negate my street-cred as a TMBG fan? This is my first They Day (having only become one of the devout about a year ago), so I really do want to participate. CallMeMommyMarshmello

i have, in the past, when i was less of a bold young thing, written THEY across my forearm. much less noticeable/offensive for those figure-of-authority types. although i have done it in eyeliner as well, and it comes off very easily, so that would work too. Apollo (colloquia!) 15:38, 9 October 2013 (EDT)


Hey y'all, I made a Facebook page so people can post their photos and stuff, check it out. --Self Called Nowhere (talk) 15:15, 10 October 2013 (EDT)