Bizarre holidays for bizarre hobbies


Joseph Potts, Reporter

Valentine’s Day is coming soon, and people are already buying flowers and chocolates for their love ones. While most Americans know about Valentine’s day, there are several bizarre holidays that are celebrated throughout the year that go under the radar.

National Nothing Day is an ‘un-event’ intended for Americans to not honor, view or celebrate anything. It was created by columnist Harold Pullman Coffin in 1972 and observed annually on January 16 since 1973.

“National Nothing Day is a day that I would love to celebrate,” freshman Ryan Lantau said.

There is also THABS Day (there had always been something). It was created by the Realist Society of Canada.THABS is a religious holiday that celebrates the concept of “realization”, which means “if there was ever nothing, there would be nothing now”. Basically, it is the celebration of the concept of something happening.

Run it up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes it Day is about celebrating being creative and sharing ideas with friends. The expression means to present an idea to see what people think or notice. This day is observed annually on Jan.2.

Got a stupid question? There is a day for that as well. Occuring on Sept. 28 or the last day of school in September. Ask a Stupid Question Day was created by a group of teachers in the 1980s that realized that students were not asking questions out of fear of sounding stupid. Ask a Stupid Question Day gives students the chance to ask questions that they feel embarrassed about asking.

“I support an activity day around asking questions,” special education teacher Amanda Bohart said.

National Inane Answering Message Day is another bizarre holiday that was copyrighted and created by Thomas and Ruth Roy. National Inane Answering Message Day is dedicated to either sending meaningless messages(like prank calling) to close friends or getting rid of them. It is celebrated annually on Jan. 30.

Festival of Sleep Day, is celebrated on Jan. 3 and presents the perfect excuse for staying in bed all day.

Squirrel Appreciation Day was created by North Carolina wildlife rehabilitator Christy McKeown. The day is dedicated to celebrating the little critters that travel up and down our trees by leaving nuts and seeds out for them or just observing them outside.

Even though a lot of people don’t celebrate these holidays, it’s an interesting tradition to learn about. Everyone gets a day off on President’s Day, so maybe we should have day off on National Nothing Day, so we could all could finally have nothing to celebrate.

“People still want to celebrate tater tots and Tater Tots Day. They tweet about it, they share recipes, and it’s a trending topic that day. I just think this is the best thing ever,” fake holiday creator John Bryan Hopkins said.