If you were wondering who comes up with all of these ridiculous Facebook holidays, you are definitely not the only one. Since 2013, National Day Calendar's #CelebrateEveryDay crusade has been celebrating, well, anything you want! Absolutely anyone can register a National Day or Month and receive a special press release with the designation as well as annual inclusion in the daily post on the National Day Calendar website, Facebook and Twitter.
From 'National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day' to 'National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day' there's no lack of creativity in these nationally-recognized celebrations. So naturally I had to go in search of the most ridiculously absurd days registered and celebrated annually, and here is what I found:
• April 20th: National Lima Bean Respect Day
My personal choice for winner of the 'Most Ridiculous National Day Award' goes to April 20th, National Lima Bean Respect Day. That's right, the United States of America has a day specifically designated for respecting lima beans. Does that mean the other 364 days of the year most of us are disrespecting lima beans? Why don't pinto beans get any respect? What about deliciously sweet baked beans? The questions are seriously endless.
The following "National Days" came as close runners-up:
• April 21st: National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day
However, just regular ol' 'National Cashew Day' is celebrated on November 23rd.
• May 9th: National Lost Sock Memorial Day
A national day of mourning for single socks and their long-lost matches, seems necessary.
• May 13th: National Crouton Day
Not gonna lie, I think I can get on board with this one!
• June 8th: National Upsy Daisy Day
This day was created to "encourage you to face the day positively and to get up ‘gloriously, gratefully and gleefully’ each morning." The complete opposite of "National Wake Up On the Wrong Side of the Bed Day" (okay, I made that one up but all I really need to do is register it to make it a real thing).
• June 10th: National Ballpoint Pen Day
Because who wouldn't want to take an entire day to recognize the bold contributions of ink and plastic?
• June 14th: National Pop Goes the Weasel Day
National Day Calendar tells us to celebrate the day singing “Pop Goes the Weasel” because that's not weird.
• July 22nd: National Rat Catcher's Day
This day was actually created in appreciation of exterminators and in remembrance of the Pied Piper. I may have to write in and have Aleksandr Petrovsky's name recognized as well (he did kill the mouse in Carrie's kitchen with a frying pan!).
• July 29th: National Talk In An Elevator Day
Because apparently most of us are rude and don't usually chat with complete strangers while sharing an elevator for less than 30 seconds.
• August 3rd: National Grab Some Nuts Day
And no, it's not what you're thinking! There are many 'nut' days throughout the year including National Almond Day, National Pistachio Day, National Pecan Day but on July 29th we embrace our love for all nuts, collectively.
• August 8th: National Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbor’s Porch Day
No, I didn't make this one up - and if you don't believe this is actually on the National Day Calendar, click here.
• August 21st: National Brazilian Blowout Day
I wonder if this a Nationally-recognized "holiday" in Brazil as well?
• September 2nd: National Blueberry Popsicle Day
Sept. 2nd gets an award for the 'Most Obscurely Random Day' registered.
• September 7th: National Neither Snow Nor Rain Day
This one is super confusing as it would seem from the name that it will never snow nor rain on Sept. 7th, ever. However, the day was actually established to remember the day the NY Post Office opened which leads me to question whether this should really be celebrated on a National level?
• September 19th: International Talk Like a Pirate Day
This one is an Internationally recognized day guys, that must mean it's legitimate!
• October 19th: National Hagfish Day
Anyone ever heard of a hagfish? Anyone? Anyone at all? According to the NDC, "Hagfish are considered to be the ugliest of species so the day is to encourage everyone to look beyond the exterior and appreciate how highly evolved they are." Google hagfish, they aren't wrong.
• October 25th: National Chucky, the Notorious Killer Doll Day
This one is disturbing, just who felt it necessary to commemorate this terrifying toy? According to the National Day organization, this is a good day to watch the Chucky movies.
• November 14th: National Spicy Guacamole Day
Apparently plain ol' guacamole wasn't important enough to get it's own day of recognition?
• November 20th: National Absurdity Day
This day was created as a day to recall and note some of the totally and absolutely absurd things in history, in our country and in our lives. So basically on this day, we celebrate the National Day Calendar organization and all of their continued efforts in recognition of all absolutely absurd things?
• December 5th: International Ninja Day
Another internationally recognized day y'all, created by Ninja Burger as a way to celebrate the Ninja speed with which their burgers are delivered - 30 minutes or less!
• December 18th: Answer the Phone Like Buddy the Elf Day
Which completely ridiculous National Day is your vote for Most Absurd? Sound off below!