Hurray, hurray for the 8th of May!

from-here-to-eternityWondering why so many people have a mischievous twinkle in their eye today? Could be they’re contemplating how they’re going to celebrate National Outdoor Intercourse Day (Hurray, Hurray for the 8th of May!).

According to a story in The Easterner, Eastern Washington University’s student newspaper, National Outdoor Intercourse Day has been around since the early 1960s and most likely originated in the state of Washington, where there are more than enough rhododendron bushes and fir trees (watch those needles!) to accommodate a bit of outdoor fun.

Of course, not everyone feels obliged to wait around for the 8th of May (or the 69th of March, as some people prefer to call it). In April of this year, a couple was caught having sex on the grounds of Windsor Castle. That’s right, the Queen’s lawn. Blatantly ignoring signs asking visitors to Please Keep Off the Grass (not to mention their significant other), a man and woman, said to be in their early 30s, found a cozy spot near the castle’s Garter Tower, stripped down to their birthday suits and started having a jolly good time.

Needless to say, the couple’s coupling caused quite a stir, drawing a crowd from the nearby Harte and Garter Hotel and prompting a number of tourists to capture the act on video. After 10 to 15 minutes, police arrived and the couple was arrested and cautioned for “outraging pubic decency.” Hold on, make that public decency.

Can’t get enough stories about people having sex in inappropriate places? I’ve actually written about this a couple of times in my Seattle P-I Single Shot columns. Check out the links here and here.

2 Responses to “Hurray, hurray for the 8th of May!”


  1. 1 Singlutionary May 8, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Isn’t it awfully cold and rainy in Washington state to do the deed outside. Maybe someone has invented crotchless layers so you can get easy access without sacrificing your windproof rainproof getup. When I lived in San Francisco, having sex was such a hassle because I was always wearing so many clothes.

  2. 2 Singletude June 9, 2009 at 1:25 am

    Now what I would like to know, from a sociological perspective, is why we attach such importance to where we have sex and how it is that it’s become equated with sexual prowess? Why is it that if a guy tells his friends he got lucky with a girl in a public bathroom instead of in her bedroom that it’s something to cheer about? Is it just because it entails lawbreaking? Or is there more to it? It seems like the bragging rights hold even in places that aren’t public or illegal as long as they’re unconventional (e.g., a kitchen table, the shower). Why is it, I wonder, something to be so proud of or excited about?


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