Sunday, October 7, 2012

Bizarre And Strange October Holidays

In last week's blog, I shared some historical events with you that occurred during the month of October.

This week I'd like to present you with some weird and bizarre October holidays.  While not necessarily celebrated, they are at least acknowledged. And many may leave you shaking your head and wondering how in the world it actually became a holiday. :)

Let's start out with causes (some serious, others frivolous) dedicated to month-long events.

October is Apple Jack month, Awareness month, Breast Cancer Awareness month, National Sarcastic's month, National Kitchen and Bath month, Computer Learning month, Cookie month, National Pizza month, National Vegetarian month, National Popcorn Popping month, and American Pharmacist month.  Hmmm…apple jack, cookie, pizza, vegetarian, popcorn and even kitchen.  Do we see a pattern here that seems to relate to food?

Oct 1           World Vegetarian Day, Chinese Moon Festival, Fire Pup Day, and Magic Circles Day

Oct 2           Name Your Car Day, National Custodial Worker Day, World Farm Animals Day, World Habitat Day

Oct 3           Virus Appreciation Day (this one confuses me, to appreciate something indicates we are in favor of it), Oktoberfest in Germany ends (date varies)

Oct 4           National Golf Day, National Frugal Fun Day

Oct 5           National Storytelling Festival, World Teacher's Day, Do Something Nice Day

Oct 6           German-American Day, Come and Take It Day, Physician Assistant Day, Mad Hatter Day, National Diversity Day

Oct 7           Bald and Free Day, National Frappe Day, World Smile Day.

Oct 8           American Tag Day, Cosmopolite's Day

Oct 9           Moldy Cheese Day, Fire Prevention Day, World Post Day

Oct 10         National Angel Food Cake Day

Oct 11         It's My Party Day, Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day

Oct 12         International Moment of Frustration Scream Day, Cookbook Launch Day, Farmer's Day, Emergency Nurses Day

Oct 13         National Peanut Festival, International Skeptics Day, World Egg Day

Oct 14         Be Bald and Free Day, National Dessert Day

Oct 15         White Cane Day

Oct 16         Dictionary Day, Bosses Day

Oct 17         Gaudy Day

Oct 18         No Beard Day

Oct 19         Evaluate Your Life Day

Oct 20         National Brandied Fruit Day

Oct 21         Babbling Day, Count Your Buttons Day, Sweetest Day

Oct 22         National Nut Day, Mother-In-Law Day (fourth Sunday in October), National Color Day

Oct 23         National Mole Day, TV Talk Show Host Day

Oct 24         National Bologna Day

Oct 25         Punk-For-A-Day Day

Oct 26         Mule Day

Oct 27         Sylvia Plath Day, Navy Day

Oct 28         Plush Animal Lover's Day, National Chocolate Day (just in time for Halloween)

Oct 29         Hermit Day, National Frankenstein Day (also just in time for Halloween)

Oct 30         National Candy Corn Day (and another one just in time for Halloween)

Oct 31         Halloween, Carve A Pumpkin Day, National Magic Day, Increase Your Psychic Powers Day.

And one last item:  As usual, Turner Classic Movies cable television channel is running classic horror movies every Wednesday through Halloween.  Check out the TCM schedule at their website.  Always fun fare for the season.

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