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 time, appearing back at his original location on Saturday, December 21, 1872. Of course, he encounters many adventures on his trip, and we predict everyone celebrating this holiday will have their own adventures as well.

Little Known Facts About Jules Verne

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

  • Alexandre Dumas’ son and Jules Verne revised a stage comedy called “Les Pailles Rompues.”
  • Jules Verne described an electric submarine twenty-five years before the technology was invented.
  • Verne’s novel “Paris in the Twentieth Century” describes a world 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.

When is it?
This year (2024)
December 21 Saturday
Next year (2025)
December 21 Sunday
Last year (2023)
December 21 Thursday
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