JUST PUTTING IT OUT THERE
If anybody could appreciate my idea for "National Eat Like A Viking Day", it's you Dave. Anyone who could turn Talk Like A Pirate Day into a national phenomenon has no need of The Force or help of Kathleen Sebelius to get this thing rolling.
Some background: the pipes froze at work and so we couldn't run the dishwasher this week; we were out of forks and spoons, nothing left but knives. Rather than eat leftover ravioli with my fingers and get tomato sauce all over my keyboard, I elected to use one of the knives and it was a wonderful experience! Something primordial awakened when I stabbed that pasta/meat(?) product. The urge to chew with my mouth open, wipe the excess sauce on my sleeve, and belch loudly was uncontrollable.
I know Hallmark probably won't be on board with this, but maybe the fine folks at Oneida could be persuaded to help promote Eat Like A Viking Day and get the word out. Commemorative table knives with horned helmets on the ends? Sponsoring a lutefisk eating contest? The company logo proudly displayed on that Swedish Chef muppet's apron?
Low profile government workers like me have limited audience access (and appeal); I have complete faith in your experience with these kind of things and thank you in advance for your efforts.