This song is the ultimate ballad of harried office workers everywhere, guaranteed to be heard at least once a day blaring from a desktop radio among the cubicles in just about every business in the English-speaking world. So let's cover some trivia about everyone's most-cursed day of the week:
Monday is named after the convention which literally calls this day "Moon's Day" after the old European habit of naming the days of the week after gods represented by celestial objects. You probably knew that Sunday, whose taking off makes Monday such a drag for coming back to work, was named after the sun. But did you know that the reason Christian, Islamic, and Hebrew tradition has this as [God's/Yahweh's/Allah's] day is because before any of those religions, sun worshipers took Sunday as their holy day too? Here's a gallery of sun gods
, at least one of which, Moloch, was around before the Old Testament was written, since it was mentioned there by name.
Since it seems inevitable, we'll say it for you: "Sounds like somebody's got a case of the Mondays!" The line from the 1999 film Office Space
, which the Internet at large will never, ever, ever let die.
Some people find Monday to be such a stressful day that they take an unscheduled day off. The practice dates at least to the 17th century and was called "Saint Monday" as a joke; however, Benjamin Franklin bragged about his diligence as he was "never making a St. Monday." A page from his autobiography says so
Garfield the cat, title character of the newspaper comic strip, also hates Mondays. Lord knows why, it's not like he has a job to go back to!
And then "Goodbye Blue Monday" is the alternate title of Kurt Vonnegut's novel Breakfast of Champions
, so it goes.