Corndogs, Thrift Shops and Donald Duck: 12 Weird Holidays to mark into your calendar

“If we took a holiday
Took some time to celebrate
Just one day out of life
It would be, it would be so nice” – Madonna

Every March is National Make Up Your Own Holiday Day, so on Tuesday March 28, The Fictionals are doing that with the first-ever National __________  Day! In honour of our latest Improv X comedy mashup, we discovered some Weird Holidays celebrated around North America and the world! Check them out!

1) Old Rock Day – January 7

Kick off the new year by celebrating the old rocks in your life. This holiday is a time to acknowledge and learn more about old rocks and fossils, and for children to find their first Pet Rock. Don’t be uptight, be anthracite!

2) Toothache Day – February 9

A day to remember why flossing is important. Toothache Day promotes teeth, gum and mouth health, and educates on ways to keep toothaches away. Important as National Tooth Fairy Day is weeks away on February 26

3) Corndog Day – First Saturday of March Madness

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Photo: IntangibleArts

All hail the hot dog in a stick! Corndog Day combines many American pastimes: battered foods, basketball, tater tots and beers. Occuring on the first Saturday of NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship, official parties are held across the United States.

4) National Talk Like Shakespeare Day – April 23

Every year on William Shakespeare’s birthday, friends, Romans and countrymen honour by the playwright by speaking like him. With 37 plays and 154 sonnets to choose from, there is Shakespeare inspiration for everyone!

5) No Socks Day – May 8

Free your feet and loose your toes! No Socks Day encourages everyone to go sans socks. A perfect time to break out the summer sandals.

6) Donald Duck Day – June 9

A tribute to everyone’s favourite Disney duck. Donald made his tv debut (in The Wise Little Hen) on this day in 1934, and has gone on to become an entertainment legend. Wear some blue, bring some bread to a local duck pond, and don’t forget to wear pants!

7) Take Your Plants For A Walk Day – July 27

Take your indoor greenery into the great outdoors! Take Your Plants For A Walk Day is the perfect opportunity to introduce your plants to your neighbours. Just be careful when shaking paws with a cactus.

8) Thrift Shop Day – August 17

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Image: Kimco Realty

Make like Macklemore and head down to your local second-hand store for Thrift Shop Day. Whether you’re a seasoned bargain hunter or just looking for the perfect tie for a summer wedding, Thrift Stores have what you’re looking for. Plus many do amazing charity work for our communities, so wear that new-to-me shirt with pride.

9) Be Late For Something Day – September 5

Are you one of those people who are always late, no matter how hard you try? Set that big appointment for September 5 and you’ll have the perfect excuse for running behind. BLFSD was founded by the Procrastinators’ Club of America, who encouraged people to look at the positive effects of procrastination.

10) Dictionary Day – October 16

Dictionary: a reference source in print or electronic form containing words usually alphabetically arranged along with information about their forms, pronunciations, functions, etymologies, meanings, and syntactic and idiomatic uses.

Dictionary Day: A day to celebrate the birth of Noah Webster.

11) World Hello Day – November 21

A holiday with a very important message. World Hello Day started in 1973 in response to the conflict between Egypt and Israel. In the 45 years since, people in 180 countries have said hello to 10 different people on November 21 to demonstrate the importance of communication in preserving peace.

12) Chocolate Covered Anything Day – December 16

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Just in time for the holiday partying season! Chocolate Covered Anything Day challenges you to chocolatize all your favourite foods. Sure we have chocolate covered cookies, pretzels and cake, but what about chocolate covered lasagna?

For more wild and wacky holidays, join us on March 28 at Cafe Deux Soleils for Hot Improv Tuesdays! We also want to celebrate your successes, some come ready to share your wins!

Doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8 pm, and tickets just $7 or $5 for students!

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