Phileas Fogg Win A Wager Day

Observed on December 21st, Phileas Fogg Win A Wager Day is a holiday that commemorates a character from a classic novel. In the book by Jules Verne “Around the World in Eighty Days,” Phileas Fogg is a man who is bet by a peer that he can’t travel around the world in 80-days.

He accepts this bet and departs on Wednesday, October 2, 1872. He does manage to travel the world in the allotted amount of time by appearing back at his original location on Saturday, December 21, 1872. Of course, he encountered a lot of adventures on his trip and we predict everyone celebrating this holiday will have their own adventures as well.

Little Known Facts About Jules Vern

Below are some interesting facts about Jules Vern that we think everyone observing this holiday is probably going to like. Let’s take a quick peek at them before moving on with the rest of this holiday article.

  • Alexandre Dumas’ son and Jules Vern revised a stage comedy called Les Pailles Rompues.
  • Jules Verne described the electric submarine twenty-five years before the technology was invented.
  • Verne’s novel Paris in the Twentieth Century describes a world that is very similar to the modern world with high-speed trains, skyscrapers, and a worldwide communications network.
  • Jules Verne’s nephew Gaston tried to kill him with a pistol.
  • After Verne published his work, he went out and bought a boat.
  • Verne’s works have been translated into 140 different languages during the 20th century.

Observing Phileas Fogg Win A Wager Day

Grab yourself a copy of Around the World in Eighty Days and give it a read on this day. Or, if you would rather not read the book, you can check out either the 2004 film or the 1956 film. While observing this holiday, be sure to use the hashtag #PhileasFoggWinAWagerDay on this holiday.

When is it?
This year (2023)
December 21 Thursday
Next year (2024)
December 21 Saturday
Last year (2022)
December 21 Wednesday
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