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National “Joe” Day

gijoeMarch 27 is National “Joe” Day! Since the list of obscure and ridiculous holidays keeps growing (seriously – yesterday was “Make Up Your Own Holiday Day“), why not add another silly day to the mix to celebrate anyone or anything with the name Joe?

The origins of this weird holiday are unknown, but we’re going to take a wild guess and say that someone named Joe probably invented it. The name “Joe” likely came from the Scottish word jo or joe, which means “sweetheart.” Since then, Joe has also come to mean a regular guy or everyday average man. The first documented usage of the name Joe was in 1846, and Joseph was a popular name for babies in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Use of the word “joe” in common phrases is thought to have started in the 1930s. In 1935, “G.I.” was used to denote “Government Issue,” and soon became a common term used to refer to lower ranking soldiers. “G.I. Joe” first appeared in Private Breger comic strips and was then used to describe the average soldier. The character soon became popular and was used in a cartoon series and then later took on action figure form. Joe can also refer to a cup of coffee i.e. “cup of joe.” Customers began using this phrase in the 1940s when ordering coffee. It’s likely that “joe” is a derivative of java or jamoke, which are other terms used to describe coffee.

woodstock-snoopy-joe-coolOver the years there have been several other well-known Joes in popular culture, but probably one of the most beloved is Snoopy the dog’s alter ego “Joe Cool.” When Snoopy would slip on a pair of sunglasses and walk on two legs, he was suddenly transformed into “Joe Cool.” There was even a song recorded for the Peanuts character called “Joe Cool” by B.B. King.

Whether you do something special for your friend named Joe, rename yourself Joe for the day, enjoy a nice hot cup of joe, buy a G.I. Joe, or watch your favorite Peanuts shows or movies featuring Snoopy as Joe Cool, there are plenty of ways to celebrate today. Happy National “Joe” Day!

Sources: AnythingArts.com, Yahoo News, Examiner.com

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National Goof Off Day

GoofsNSpoofsFILMMarch 22 is National Goof Off Day! Today should be a day of no work, and all play! Let go of your responsibilities and embrace a life of carefree silliness.

We’re not sure who created this brilliant holiday, but we love them regardless. Have you been hard at work with your eyes burning from being glued to a computer screen or has your nose buried in a textbook? Have you spent hours doing demanding physical labor? Have you been sitting in an office, a classroom, or a library for just a tad too long? Whatever stress your job or life entails, it’s time to let go of it all and do something completely irresponsible, but 100% fun! You deserve a day to unwind and act silly, irrational, and do something that will amuse your tired self.

What can you do on this, the goofiest of days? We’ve come up with a little list for you!

  • If you’re at work or school, goof off by playing a practical joke or prank on one of your classmates or co-workers! Just make sure they know it’s all in good fun.
  • Instead of straining your eyes doing work on your computer, why not take some time out to play a computer game? You can find TONS here!
  • Is that textbook you’re studying a total snooze fest? While you’re at the library, why not pick up something to read for pleasure instead? There’s nothing better than diving into a great new book!
  • Sitting inside all the time can be stuffy and confining – venture outside today! Go to your favorite park, take a walk, or even a bike ride around your favorite parts of the city you live in.
  • If you’re getting a little too tired of the town or city you live in, talk some of your best friends to going on a day trip to another nearby town or city with you, or take a nice relaxing drive to somewhere new on your own.
  • Don’t just limit yourself to the car either – take a train, plane, or even boat to somewhere new!

These are just a few suggestions, and we’re sure there’s plenty more you’ve been wanting to do today stored up in your brain. Sift through those stored away fun times, and let loose! There is no better day than today to let your inner wild child loose!

Sources: Holiday Insights, Examiner.com, Yahoo News

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Everything You Do Is Right Day

March 16 is Everything You Do is Right Day! Could there be a more perfect day than one where everything decision you make is the right one? We think not.

We’re not sure who came up with this holiday, but who cares? We all know that there are certain moments that are terrible and you wish never happened, and other times when everything seems wonderful and perfect. There’s no doubt about it – I think we’d all pick the latter. Life has it’s ups and downs, and today is one where we celebrate all the good because everything will go our way!

It actually happens that yesterday, March 15, was Everything You Do Is Wrong Day, so now that you got all your blunders out of the way, it’s time to pick up the pieces and do everything the correct way.

We hope you got out of bed on the right side of the bed this morning! Now go have an amazing breakfast with someone you love, do everything right at work (or play), and enjoy the day.

Sources: Holiday Insights, Yahoo News, Examiner.com

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Worship of Tools Day

OutsetMarch 11 is Worship of Tools Day! If it weren’t for tools, how would we have built the world around us? Celebrate every tool in its glory today!

We can thank our Neanderthal ancestors for the invention of tools, who used tools made from stone, like hand axes and cleavers, to hunt, kill, and skin their food. They also used tools to carve pictures into stone. Though the origin of this strange holiday remains unknown, we can use this day to appreciate the tools we use regularly use (as well as the ones that are lonely in our toolbox) for all the things they have helped us create, build, and fix over the years.

You can celebrate today by carefully thinking about what needs to be repaired in your life, and showing your tools love by using them to complete these old projects. Even if you don’t have anything that needs to be fixed, you can get crafty and think of a new DIY project to use what tools you have at your disposal. Help others celebrate by buying your loved ones some new tools and helping them take on projects of their own.

Happy Worship of Tools Day!

Sources: Holiday Insights, Examiner.com, Delaware County News Network, Zillow

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Middle Name Pride Day

March 10 is Middle Name Pride Day! This day is meant to celebrate and encourage people to take pride in their often not known and seldom used middle names.

Middle names are given to children by their parents as a way to make their names unique. This holiday was created by a man named Jerry Hill, who thought that by creating this day, he could help those who are ashamed of or hate their middle names to instead embrace their unique middle names and take pride in them.

It just seemed that people can tend to hide a middle name. They might do so for any number of reasons. What MNPD represents is a chance to let a person’s middle name receive the recognition that its giver most likely intended for it.

- Jerry Hill

Parents often pick middle names to honor a family member or friend. Sometimes bolder middle names are given to children if their parents feel the name might not work as a main name. Your middle name is just as much a part of your name and who you are as your first or last name, so even if it is cringe-worthy or strange, today is the day to put your shame aside and shout our your middle name with pride!

If you’re not sure what the origin of your middle name is, then celebrate today by finding out from your parents. The story may be more interesting than you think! You can also celebrate today by calling your friends and having them call you by your middle name. You might learn something new about some of your closest friends that you might not have known otherwise.

Happy Middle Name Pride Day!

Sources: Examiner.com, Holiday Insights, Days of the Year

 

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Old Stuff Day

antiquesroadshowMarch 2 is Old Stuff Day. There is some confusion about what the true meaning of this day is, but it has been broken into two different celebratory forms. The first involves the celebration of old stuff – antiques, vintage items, and things that have been around for a while. The other meaning revolves around the fact that today we should not do the same “old stuff” that we usually do.

adventuretimeIf you’d like to take the first route to celebrating today, then you should spend it appreciating or acquiring some new old items in your life. Pull out some old photo albums and have a nostalgic romp into your past or the past of your family or friends. Take a trip to an antique store, vintage shop, or flea market and look for some antique pieces to add to your collection. Generally items are considered “vintage” or “antique” when they are 20 years old or older. You could also take today to travel to an older relative’s home and have them recount stories of their past to you.

The second way to celebrate this day involves first figuring out if you or someone you know is always doing the same “old stuff.” If your life or the life of someone you know has gotten a bit redundant, it’s time to shake things up. Do something you’ve always wanted to or go someplace you haven’t been to. Try out a new hobby and get out of your daily routine. Go on an adventure, wear something you wouldn’t normally, or try some new foods! Basically, take whatever you normally would do, and do the opposite.

Sources: Examiner.com, Holiday Insights, National Whatever Day, eHow, Days of the Year

 

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National Tooth Fairy Day

tooth-fairyFebruary 28 is National Tooth Fairy Day! The tooth fairy is a mythical winged being who visits sleeping children in the night who have lost their baby teeth. The children place their lost teeth under their pillows and in exchange, the tooth fairy will leave the child a small gift.

The legend of the tooth fairy stemmed from traditions surrounding the loss of baby teeth that have existed for hundreds of years. In early European times, parents buried their children’s lost baby teeth so they could not be used by witches or evil spirits for their spells. They believed that if a witch possessed your tooth, she could potentially take control over you. Some even burned their baby teeth to avoid the possibility of a witch getting hold of their teeth, and to save children from hardship in the afterlife. Northern Europeans believed in the tann-fé or tooth fee, which was paid to children after the loss of their first tooth. The Norse believed that items belonging to children, including their baby teeth, were good luck in battle, and they would often pay their children for their lost teeth and make jewelry out of them to wear on the battlefield.

Modern versions of the tooth fairy we know today, who flies into children’s rooms and leaves small gifts or money under their pillows in exchange for their teeth first appeared in a children’s play in 1927. The tradition has become as widespread and popular with children as Santa Claus and the Easter bunny, though debates as to the tooth fairy’s appearance have sprung up over the years. While studies show that 74% of people think the tooth fairy is female, some believe the mythical being to be male or neither.

Many parents use the myth as a way to soothe or put at ease children who experience fear or pain over losing a tooth. Some even use it as a way to improve their children’s dental hygiene by telling them that the tooth fairy pays more for healthy teeth than teeth that are decayed.

Though we’re not sure who created this day, you’ve got two days to celebrate with your little ones – National Tooth Fairy Day is also celebrated on August 22!

Sources: Punchbowl, National Day Calendar, Examiner.com, Wikipedia

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Polar Bear Day

PrintFebruary 27 is Polar Bear Day! This day celebrates these large majestic carnivores who inhabit both of Earth’s polar areas.

Polar bears are the world’s largest carnivorous creatures and are a popular attraction at zoos around the globe. They can grow up to 10 feet tall when standing on their hind legs and can weigh up to 1,500 pounds. They mostly survive on marine animals, as they are not usually fast enough to catch prey on land. Polar bears have adapted to the cold weather climates they live in and usually can’t survive well in temperatures that are above 50 degrees.

Because of this climate adaptation, the polar bear population is heavily affected by human carbon emissions. Carbon emissions lead to climate change, and as climates raise, the polar ice caps, also known as the polar bear’s home, starts to disappear. Polar bears need the icy climates to survive, and without these colder conditions in the polar regions of Earth, the polar bear may cease to exist.

polarbears2Polar Bears International has taken it upon themselves to help spread awareness concerning these issues. Every February 27th, they use Polar Bear Day as a way to call people to action, and help reduce their carbon emissions. They ask people to reduce their footprint by taking the Thermostat Challenge. This challenge requires that you either turn your thermostat up or down (depending on where you live and what the weather is like) to decrease the amount of harmful greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere. The Thermostat Challenge is part of PBI’s SOS! (Save Our Sea Ice) campaign. PBI encourages us to make the Thermostat Challenge part of our normal routine by keeping our thermostats properly adjusted and making other energy saving efforts like insulating your home. They also ask that we speak with our representatives about reducing the price of carbon. If we can slow or reverse the global warming, we can keep sea ice from melting and keep polar bears alive and well.

Celebrate today by brushing up on polar bear facts and participating in environmentally friendly activities like SOS! Happy Polar Bear Day!

Sources: Polar Bears International, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Holiday Insights, Wildlife Promise

 

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International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

February 23 is International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day! Although we humans cannot appreciate dog treats, we can spend today appreciating how happy our canine friends become after consuming a tasty biscuit!

Some form of dog treat has been around since Roman times. Back then, they were called “dog’s bread,” and were made from bran, moldy bread, and rotting leftovers. In the nineteenth century, the English began to add various vegetables, but the consistency was still  rock hard. After taking a trip to England in the mid-1800s, James Spratt saw stray dogs scavenging for food and created a cake-like bone that contained vegetables and meat. He claimed it gave dogs enough endurance that they no longer needed to eat other dog food.  He called them “Meat Fibrine Cakes.”

Spratt dominated the market on dog treats until 1907. F.H. Bennett created a bone-shaped treat that contained minerals, milk, and meat products. Calling his new product “Milk-Bone,” Bennett took over the market, and in 1931 his company was bought by Nabisco.

You can help your pups celebrate today by buying them some of their favorite treats, or by making some of your own. Check out the dog biscuit recipes we found below!

Sources: Holiday Insights, Examiner.com, Wikipedia

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International Tug-o-War Day

CompetitionFebruary 19 is International Tug-o-War Day! Tug-o-war is a competitive sport played between two people or two teams in which each team tugs on both sides of a rope to test who is stronger.

The competition of strength has roots in many ancient civilizations, but its precise origin in unknown. Reference to this and similar physical tests have been seen in old carvings and artwork made by many including ancient Egyptians and vikings. It started out as a way to settle disputes between individuals and groups over things like food and clothing before evolving into the competitive sport it is today. Legend also surrounds the game likening it to the constant battle that took place between the Sun and the Moon, fighting daily over whether the world should be shrouded in light or darkness.

When tall ships were a common form of transport and travel on the high seas, sailors who needed to stay fit for their rigging duties began to play the game as a form of practice and an entertaining rivalry. The name “Tug-o-War” may have originated from crews who practiced and played the game on Man-o-War ships. Tug-o-war became an organized sport in the late 19th century when clubs began to form around competing. It became a featured sport at the 1900 Olympics in Paris, and remained a part of the Olympic games until 1920. Countries began forming associations for tug-o-war after the sport was trimmed from the Olympic program, with the first popping up in Sweden in 1933. Other countries across the world soon followed suit.

In 1960, the Tug-of-War International Federation (TWIF) was formed and as of 2008, 53 countries were a part of the federation. Each year the federation holds a world championship game.

To celebrate today, grab a rope, some buddies, and compete in a good old-fashioned game! If you want to have an official by-the-book game, check out the rules here.

Happy Tug-o-War Day!

Sources: Days of the Year, USATOWA, Wikipedia

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