The Associated Press sets the style standard for much of journalism. It gathers news most reporters can't reach. Tweeting fake stories from one of its accounts can send a shiver through the stock market. It will also remind you to prepare for World Kidney Day.
100 days away: World Kidney Day (12 Mar)— AP Planner (@AP_Planner) December 2, 2014
This is the AP Planner Twitter account, an idiosyncratic guide to holidays, anniversaries, and events. It tweets a few times a day, mostly about politics, entertainment, and celebrity birthdays: yesterday's, for the record, included Pearl Jam vocalist Eddie Vedder.
Tomorrow: World Hello Day— AP Planner (@AP_Planner) November 20, 2014
The catch is that it's a collection of free samples from the far larger and more comprehensive AP Planner, a rolling calendar that other news outlets can buy subscriptions to. So instead of getting a selection of the most relevant news, you'll find a curio cabinet of pretty much random things occurring tomorrow, a week away, a month away, 50 days away, and 100 days away.
In the months and months I've scrolled back, I've found exactly one retweet from another AP account: apparently The Interview was big enough to merit its own AP Planner update.
It would make the best wall calendar ever.
Tomorrow: 3rd anniversary of death of Kim Jong Il— AP Planner (@AP_Planner) December 16, 2014
Tomorrow: Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers annual presidential address— AP Planner (@AP_Planner) December 3, 2014
Tomorrow: Spanish language production of musical "Rent" opens in Havana, Cuba— AP Planner (@AP_Planner) December 23, 2014
And it would make sure you never, ever, ever missed Christmas.
100 days away: Christmas Day— AP Planner (@AP_Planner) September 16, 2014
50 days away: Christmas Day— AP Planner (@AP_Planner) November 5, 2014
A month away: Christmas Day— AP Planner (@AP_Planner) November 25, 2014
A week today: Christmas Day— AP Planner (@AP_Planner) December 18, 2014
Tomorrow: Christmas Day— AP Planner (@AP_Planner) December 24, 2014