If your calendar is like mine, we're both missing out. Did you know that you can celebrate a different holiday every day during the month of October? Check out the list of special holidays below, guaranteed to be thought-provoking, or just make you smile!
October 1st, World Vegetarian Day- a day when all are urged to partake in meatless menus, and for those already living the vegetarian lifestyle to celebrate the choice that safeguards their own health, protects the earth, and saves the lives of countless animals.
October 2nd, Name Your Car Day- a day set aside to choose a name for your car that suits its character. Let's just hope your car doesn't have a personality like the one in Stephen King's novel Christine!
October 3rd, Income Tax Day-I'm not sure why anyone would want to actually celebrate the day that the dreaded Federal Income Tax was made a part of our lives back in 1913, but I guess it takes all kinds of people to make the world go round.
October 4th, Visit Your Cousin in Prison Day-Who comes up with these holidays, anyway? If you do go to visit an incarcerated family member, don't forget to take the ubiquitous prison gift of a cake with a file baked into it. The old English proverb "Blood is thicker than water" rings true on this day.
October 5th, National Diversity Day, a day to celebrate and strive to understand and accept the races, religions, nationalities, disabilities, sexual orientations, ages and genders that make up our world population.
October 6th, World Smile Day- Today, give everyone you meet a big smile! Harvey Ball, who created the smiley face back in 1963, also had the idea for World Smile Day. Mr. Ball was concerned that his smiley face had become too commercialized, and decided everyone should set aside one day each year to spread smiles and random acts of kindness all over the world.
October 7th, Bathtub Day- which celebrates the initial British appearance in 1828 of the bathtub as a part of our everyday life. Be sure to include your own bathtub in today's festivities so he/she won't feel left out!
October 8th, Tube Top Day- commemorating the first appearance of the tube top, a wardrobe staple of the 70's and 80's, every guy is waiting for this one. Celebrate by going out and buying one in every color! Then go out and show them off.
October 9th, Meet A Friend for Lunch Day- Take time out of your busy work day to schmooze with your best friend!
October 10th, Tuxedo Day- celebrating the American debut of the tuxedo circa 1886 in New York City.
October 11th, You Go, Girl Day- a day for celebrating courageous women who go out into the world and accomplish their goals by never giving up.
October 12nd, World Egg Day- celebrating the egg. Yes, the humble egg, staple food of the masses. I wonder how the chickens of the world feel about this day?
October 13th U.S. Navy Day- Back in the 1970s, it was discovered that the birthday of the Continental Navy was October 13th, 1775, and this date was chosen as the official holiday.
October 14th, Monarch Day- Nature lovers in California anticipate this day when millions of monarch butterflies return to Santa Cruz, Fremont, Malibu, Big Sur, and other coastal California cities.
October 15th, is National Grouch Day- Celebrate your favorite grouch on this day! Buy him or her a small gift, and maybe they'll know longer be grouchy when they realize someone cares.
October 16th, World Food Day- First celebrated world wide in 1945, this day fosters awareness and understanding of world hunger. Forget your diet today - instead, be thankful you have food!
October 17th, Brain Cell Reduction Day- Whoever came up with this holiday obviously was missing a few brain cells already.
October 18th, Long Distance Day- a holiday to commemorate the first long-distance phone line that was established between New York City and Chicago in 1892. This would be a good day to reach out across the miles and call friends and family.
October 19th, Dress Like a Total Dork Day- How does a total dork dress? I suppose only a true dork could answer that question. In the meantime, have a happy day!
October 20th, Shampoo Day- conceived to celebrate the history of shampoo. Wash, rinse, and repeat.
October 21st, Can Can Day- which commemorates the first performance of the popular dance circa 1858 in Paris.
October 22nd, Used Car Day- The first used car dealership was opened in 1897 in London, England. This day has been set aside to recognize the beginning of what is now a time-honored way of buying a vehicle. Stay away from the lemons!!
October 23rd, Do It Yourself Day- Be motivated to choose a challenge, them go out and succeed as Blanche Scott did in 1910 when she was the first woman to make a solo airplane flight.
October 24th, Match Day- Today's holiday commemorates the day in 1836 when Alonzo Philips of Springfield, MA, first patented the invention of the household match .
October 25th, Picasso Day- Today is the birthday of the modern artist Picasso, born in 1881. Draw an abstract picture today in his honor!
October 26th, Mule Day- remembering the first mules who ever arrived in the United States in 1785.
October 27th, Boxer Shorts Day- These comfy underpants first appeared in 1901. Celebrate the day by donning a pair and relaxing!
October 28th, Statue of Liberty Day- In 1886, the Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York harbor, and this day celebrates Lady Liberty, symbol of freedom.
October 29th, the Internet's Birthday- Did you know that the Internet had a birthday? It all started back in 1979, when two college students linked computers at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which resulted in the birth of the Internet we know and love today. I was going to send the internet a card, but I'm still on dial up.....might take awhile!!
October 30th, Bodybuilder's Day- This holiday is celebrated on the birthday of Charles Atlas, the famous bodybuilder, who was born on this date in 1893. Han's and Franz is coming by your house! And they're going to.......PUMP YOU UP!!!!!
October 31st, not just Halloween! It's also National Magic day- This day honors the memory of the great magician, Harry Houdini, who died on this date in 1926.
Have a Happy October and a Spoooookkky Halllooowweeen!!! OOOOOHHHHH!!