On this day in 1905 the Reverend Tarquin P. Chesterton suggested to the British parliament that once a term school teachers should have one day put aside for taking part in mass surveys of the species and population size of the UK’s insects. The proposal was unanimously voted in as law and since then all of Britain’s schoolteachers have participated in ‘insect days’ once a term where they are expected to dress up in gowns and motar boards and run around the school playing fields with butterfly nets.
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