National Nothing Day

January 16, 2012 by staff 

National Nothing Day, January is jam-packed with wacky, weird and wonderful observances, so let’s get right

to it!

Jan. 3 – Festival of Sleep Day, Fruitcake Toss Day: According to two new surveys by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) more than one-third of American adults get fewer than seven hours of sleep each night. Many experts agree the average adult needs between seven and nine hours’ sleep. In another survey, among people who got less than seven hours shut-eye, 23 percent said they had trouble concentrating, 18 percent had difficulty remembering things, and nearly 38 percent unintentionally dozed off during the day (5 percent said they did so behind the wheel.) YIKES!

When you wake up from your Festival of Sleep Day nap, why not buck the “pass the fruitcake” tradition by tossing it instead? Throw it away or throw it out the window.

Jan 6 – Bean Day: The origin and meaning of this day are shrouded in mystery (meaning that a quick Internet search yielded no details on the event). However, celebrate today by having a bean feast, if you wish. Lima, lentil, soy, pinto, navy, northern or garbanzo, kidney or frijoles negros! For today even coffee beans and jelly beans count.

Jan. 10 – Peculiar People Day: Acknowledge the strange and uniquely odd people in your life today (or maybe they’ll be celebrating YOU). After all, variety is the spice of life … and some people are pretty spicy!

Jan 13 – Blame Someone Else Day, International Skeptics Day: Always held on the first Friday-the-13th of the year, Blame Someone Else Day is the perfect day to pass the buck, do some finger pointing, and leave someone else holding the bag. Nothing is your fault today … unless someone else blames you. As for International Skeptics Day, I’m not sure it’s even a real holiday. I mean, what kind of a holiday is that? Seems questionable to me.

Jan. 14 – Dress Up Your Pet Day: What’s cuter than a puppy? A puppy in a sweater, of course! If you follow this philosophy, then this holiday is right up your alley. Put a cowboy hat on your Yorkie, socks on your Tabby, or a coat on your retriever.

Jan. 16 – National Nothing Day: Created in 1973 by newspaperman Harold Pullman Coffin, today is more of an un-holiday. Celebrate it this year by doing absolutely nothing, or as much nothing as you can stand.

Jan. 17 – Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day: Well, you’ve given it a couple of weeks, but let’s face it, those resolutions just aren’t going to happen. Admit defeat today and give up on that diet and exercise regimen, forget about getting that new haircut or starting that new job. There’s always next year!

Jan. 18 – Thesaurus Day: Created to honor Peter Roget, author of Roget’s Thesaurus, born on this day in 1776, Thesaurus Day celebrates this useful writing tool, which offers synonyms and antonyms to help keep your speeches and letters fresh.

Jan. 23 – National Pie Day: The American Pie Council started National Pie Day in 1986, and sponsors the National Pie Championships. If you are a whiz in the kitchen, you may try whipping up a delicious pie and entering. Who knows? You could win the “National Pie Council’s Best Pie in America” award!

Jan. 24 – Beer Can Appreciation Day: Today celebrates the day in 1935 when beer was first sold in cans. You can observe this holiday by drinking a can (or six) of beer, or maybe recycling those cans as some kind of arts & crafts project. (Beer can robot, anyone?)

Jan. 25 – Opposite Day: For me, Opposite Day first popped onto my radar while watching “SpongeBob Squarepants” with my young children, who loved the idea of Opposite Day so much that they celebrated it nearly every day! Celebrate today by saying one thing and meaning another. Tell your baker friend how much you “hated” the pie they baked the other day.

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