Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Inconvenience Yourself Day, and Other Don’t Miss Holidays

I was doing some research the other day—OK, I was noodling online instead of doing what I was supposed to be doing, like writing—and I stumbled across lists of crazy holidays**. Or as one site titles them, “observances, awareness days, theme days, and celebrations.”

We all know Talk Like a Pirate Day, right? That’s September 19, in case you’re wondering. You’ve got another seven months before it be time, matey. But you wouldn’t believe the treasures this week alone offers:

Tuesday, February 22, was Single-Tasking Day. Honestly, I know some people for whom every day is single-tasking day. This didn’t excite me much.

Wednesday, February 23, is not only Curling is Cool Day (!), but also Inconvenience Yourself Day. I’m going to spend a lot of time Wednesday thinking about how to truly and best celebrate Inconvenience Yourself Day … which may be its own answer, really.

Thursday, February 24, is National Chili Day (I know what I’m having for lunch!) and National Personal Chef Day. That’s simply not nice. Why make me feel inferior because I can’t celebrate it?

Friday, February 25, is … nothing! Nothing, according to the bible of all weird days. But my backup Web site offered up this gem: Pistol Patent Day.

And that begs the question—about not only Pistol Patent Day, but National Tortilla Chip Day (Feb. 24), Be Humble Day (Feb. 22), and all the other days—do we really need these? OK, I could argue for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Feb. 24), but the rest? What do you think? And what are your favorite “holidays”?

I leave you with February 26, For Pete’s Sake Day.

**After a bit of research (hey, this turned into its own quest), I decided that the most legitimate resource was the one published as a book for purchase (or available online daily): Chase’s Calendar of Events. Though occasionally I got distracted by crazy days from other sites … I mean, who doesn’t like International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day?


  1. As a library we own Chase's Calendar of days, the children's co-ordinator uses it to help with programming (i.e. January 31 was National Bubble Wrap Day and we bought a roll of bubble wrap for her 1st grade after school program!)

  2. I honestly considered buying it, just for the daily amusement value. Great use as a library!

  3. Thanks for the fun read, Tammy. I had chili today before I even knew that's what I was "supposed" to eat. :o)

    I agree that we're becoming too obsessed with weird celebratory days/months. Some are terribly crowded too.

  4. Thanks, morganalyx. I guess the issue, and the possible downside, is if we make every day special, are any of them then special? On the other hand, fun to find someething to celebrate in every day. Good work on the chili!


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