National Dunce Day - November 8
Tue, Nov 8, 2022

National Dunce Day

National Dunce Day is celebrated every year on November 8th. The event appeared on the calendar in honor of the anniversary of the death of the Scottish philosopher John Duns Scotus. The scientist became famous for putting forward views so simple that they seemed ridiculous. For example, he said that a pointed hat increased learning efficiency and improved memorization abilities. It is obvious that the statement does not make sense.


It is not known for certain who and when came up with National Dunce Day, however, it is celebrated every year to motivate people to learn, as well as reveal the true meaning of the word “dunce”. John Scott was a Catholic priest, philosopher, theologian, and taught at the university. The scientist was born in 1265 (in some sources – 1266), and died suddenly on November 8, 1308. According to one version, he was buried alive, because at the time of death his servant was not around, who knew that John Scott was predisposed to a coma. This version is not supported by facts.

The scientist is included in the list of the most significant philosophers of the Middle Ages who lived in Western Europe. His teachings greatly influenced religion and secular life.

Interesting Facts

  • John Scot offered arguments supporting the existence of God, as well as evidence for the virgin birth of the Virgin Mary.
  • After his death, Duns Scott was posthumously awarded the “Doctor Subtilis” award for an incredibly subtle way of thinking.
  • In 1993 Pope John Paul II beatified the Scottish scholar.
  • Did you know that until 1878 girls did not have the right to study in Oxford, and during the Civil War the city was the capital of England.

How to celebrate

Wear a stupid hat on this day – make one for yourself and your friends who share your hobbies. Read more about the life of a scientist from Scotland, unfortunately, not much is known about him, but if you go to the archive or library, you will surely find interesting information. It is known that John Scott was a versatile person, follow his example and find a new hobby for yourself – start mastering a new hobby or learning a foreign language. National Dunce Day motivates us to start learning, take the time and sign up for a master class, online course or seminar.

When is National Dunce Day celebrated in 2022?

National Dunce Day is observed on November 8 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Tuesday November 8 2022
Wednesday November 8 2023
Friday November 8 2024
Saturday November 8 2025
Sunday November 8 2026

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