National Underdog Day

On December 17th, 2012 celebrate National Underdog Day!

Established in 1976, National Underdog Day is a day to celebrate those unsung heroes and the “second bananas” of literature, movies, and more. Those people who complete some of our favorite “top dogs.”

The term underdog actually originated in the shipbuilding industry. Planks of wood were referred to as “dogs.” As they were placed, one man would supervise from above while another, the underdog, would stand below, in the dark, cutting and fitting the boards. They would be covered in soot and sawdust, in horrible conditions, while the man above would get all the credit for the work. They were the “unsung” heroes of their industry; without them, ships would not have been made correctly or would have easily leaked.

We all know stories of the underdog who came out on top. If you scan recent pop culture you can easily come up with examples (Mark Zuckerberg – the founder of Facebook or Susan Boyle – that singing sensation out of England). They are not individuals who you would have expected to come out on top, but their stories fascinate us and we watch them as we would our favorite celebrities or musicians.

Here are a list of some of our favorite “top dogs.” Can you name the underdogs that complete these duos (answers at the bottom).

– Sherlock Holmes

– Batman

– Robinson Crusoe

– Harry Potter

–  Spiderman

– Superman

– Batman (yes, he has two underdogs under his belt)

– Harry Potter (another repeat offender)

– Kermit the Frog

– Spongebob Squarepants

So don’t forget to celebrate all those unsung heroes on National Underdog Day on December 17th!

(Answer Key: Dr. Watson, Robin, Friday, Ron Weasley, Peter Parker, Clark Kent, Alfred, Hermoine Granger, Fozzie the Bear, Patrick Starfish)


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