Strange Holidays in June

Almost Done!

I have been working on this series of hubs for a few years now, and from time to time, I jump back to it, and work on another month. I finally decided to suck it up, and just get them done. I am close to covering every month of the year! I love writing these, but it is a huge amount of work!! I will be glad when they are done.

So, with no further ado, let's look at all the strange and unusual holidays, events, and observances that fall in the month of June! June is has so much more to offer than just Father's Day! Of course, this is, in no way a slight at fathers or Father's Day.

A shelter cat can be a lifelong friend--wikimedia commons
A shelter cat can be a lifelong friend--wikimedia commons

June Is A Month For...

June is busting with fun, month-long observances and events!! There were way to many to include them all! I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!!!

  • Adopt a Shelter Cat Month: I know a lot of shelters do their own events, because I swear I just saw a shelter cat event at my local shelter in October. If you have been wanting to adopt a cat, June is the month to do it!! Your local shelter may have discounts or other deals!
  • Audio Book Appreciation Month: I am not a fan of audio books, but I know others who love them. I bought an audio book once, and that is only because that was the only format the 'book' was available in at the time. Buy some audio books, and learn something on your car ride to work, instead of just rocking out to some 80's music.
  • Beautiful In Your Skin Month: This is the month to feel beautiful just as you are! What a great idea, but shouldn't we work towards feeling that way all the time?
  • Celibacy Awareness: For those people out there who are celibate, I am sure that they are well aware of it. I am not aware of the celibacy of others for one simple reason; it's none of my business!!
  • Children's Awareness Month: I am not sure what this is supposed to be...Should children be aware? Or should we be aware of children? I guess both are important.
  • Dairy Alternatives Month: A whole month has been set aside for the lactose-intolerant! I know people who swear by soy milk, almond milk, and other such things, but I like milk! Maybe that has something to do with being raised on a dairy farm.
  • Effective Communications Month: I know that there are a lot of people out there who would benefit from learning how to communicate more effectively. I am one of those people. Yay for this!!!
  • Fireworks Safety Month: Shouldn't this be in July instead of June? Maybe the point is to teach the safety in June, before everyone breaks out those packages of bottle rockets and M-80's.
  • International Men's Month: So, it isn't enough that they have Father's Day, now they have a whole month? Don't they have football season, baseball season, hockey season and basketball season? That takes up the whole year.
  • International Surf Music Month: Break out your Beach Boys albums!! Surf music is alive and well this month! Let's have a luau, throw on some Hawaiian shirts, and have "fun, fun, fun..."!
  • Dairy Month: Ok...so it's Dairy Alternatives Month and Dairy Month?? Couldn't they have chosen different months for each of these, or was it done on purpose? Either way...enjoy a glass of milk (or soy milk) this month! No matter which you choose, you are right.
  • June is Turkey Lovers Month: This is another monthly celebration that seems out of place. Shouldn't this be in November? I don't usually think of June when I think of turkey. Do you?
  • National Accordion Awareness Month: I think we are all painfully aware of accordions. I don't think we need a whole month to be reminded of them. Weird Al couldn't even make the accordion seem cool.
  • National Bathroom Reading Month: A bathroom is a nice, quiet place to read! Grab a book, magazine, newspaper, or even your smart phone or e-reader, and head to the head for a little quiet reading! If you have kids, this may be harder than you think.
  • National Rivers Month: How many rivers can you name? Spend a little time learning about your country's rivers. Or, maybe you could go for a canoe or kayak trip down a local river.
  • National Smile Month: I love to smile! Smiling is my favorite! he he he...Smile at everyone you see today, and see how many people smile back at you. You will make your day brighter, along with everyone else you meet. A smile is a small thing that can mean so much.
  • Potty Training Awareness Month: Yet another monthly "celebration" that is completely unnecessary. Potty training isn't fun, and every parent ever is aware of it.
  • Skyscraper Month: Visit your favorite skyscraper this month. Or build a model of a skyscraper out of popsicle sticks or little blocks. Learn interesting things about skyscrapers. Just don't ever call The Sears Tower "The Willis Tower". It's just wrong. All I can think of when I hear that, is Bruce Willis, and that makes no sense.
  • World Naked Bike Ride Month: You heard me right...naked bike riding...don't blame me. I didn't make it up. Do this at your own risk. Public nudity can land you in jail, and nobody wants to go to jail naked.

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I'm pretty sure they are aware of their vow of celibacy--wikimedia commonsI don't care what flavor it is...I don't like soy milk--wikimedia commonsFireworks are awesome!! Photo by AMB
I'm pretty sure they are aware of their vow of celibacy--wikimedia commons
I'm pretty sure they are aware of their vow of celibacy--wikimedia commons
I don't care what flavor it is...I don't like soy milk--wikimedia commons
I don't care what flavor it is...I don't like soy milk--wikimedia commons
Fireworks are awesome!! Photo by AMB
Fireworks are awesome!! Photo by AMB

Surfin' USA

Map of US lakes and rivers--wikimedia commons
Map of US lakes and rivers--wikimedia commons

What Are We Doing This Week?

The month of June has quite a few weekly observances that I found to be funny, strange or interesting. I hope you find something here you like!!

  • End Mountain Top Removal Week (1-7): Are there people going around, removing the tops of mountains? How come I have never heard anything about this? You would think it would be a side news story, at the very least.
  • National Business Etiquette Week (1-7): This one actually seems sort of important. I don't know that much about business etiquette, but I can't imagine that manners are all that different between normal life and business life. We all need to work on our manners. What would your mother say?
  • Great American Brass Band Week (6-8): This isn't a whole week. Maybe because it's only the brass section of a band, that's why it doesn't get a whole week. I think the brass section is the best part of a band. Let's celebrate by catching some free music in the park. That sounds like a lot of fun!!
  • International Clothesline Week (7-14): Are they talking about the thing you dry your clothes on, or the painful wrestling move? Either way, it doesn't really matter. I love the smell of clothes dried out on the line, in the summer sun. Save energy this week, by hanging your clothes out on the line. Don't go around clotheslining people. I promise you, they won't like it.
  • Jim Thorpe Native American Games (8-14): Ummm...I didn't know what this was, so I had to look it up. I knew who Jim Thorpe was. He was an Olympic athlete, pro football, and pro baseball player in the early 20th century. The games are held in his honor to encourage athletics in the Native American community. I think that is very awesome!!!
  • National Automotive Professionals Week (9-15): Who knew that there was a whole week to celebrate your auto mechanic? I had no idea. I know a few mechanics, and they never said anything. Maybe I should do something nice for them this week. I think I will make cupcakes, or cookies. Everyone loves cookies.
  • Worldwide Knit (and Crochet) in Public Week (9-17): I didn't know that there was such a stigma attached to knitting, that it needed to be done behind closed doors. Do you like to knit or crochet? This is the week to bring it out of the house, and show the world that you are proud of your hobby!!
  • Superman Days (12-15): I know what this is all about!!! It's a celebration for Superman, obviously. It is held in Metropolis, IL every year. They even have a statue of Superman in the town. I hear Margot Kidder will be there in 2014!! If you can't make it to Metropolis, celebrate in your own way. Watch a Superman movie or two, catch some old episodes of Smallville, or even dress up like Superman for the week.
  • Duct Tape Days (13-15): Again, this isn't a whole week. I feel that duct tape deserves not only a whole week, but maybe even a whole month! I can't even count the number of things I have fixed with duct tape. I don't ever plan on making clothes with it, though. I have to draw the line somewhere.
  • National Hermit Week (13-20): Why are we celebrating hermits? It's not like they are going to hear about it, anyway. Do you know a hermit who lives near you? Pay them a visit this week. I am sure they would love that!! OK, so maybe not. Maybe you could be a hermit for a week. Stock up on food, shut off your phone, and hide from the world for a week. That actually sounds like fun!
  • Universal Father's Week (15-21): Father's across the universe now have a whole week of celebration in June, instead of just Father's Day. I am sure the fathers of those little alien kids are happy. Honor your own father this week. Do something nice for him each and every day.
  • Meet a Mate Week (16-22): Is it a coincidence that this week falls in the month of June? June is the biggest wedding month of the year. Hmmm...how many people have really met their soul mate at someone's wedding? I doubt that it can be that many. Oh, well, go out and try to find your mate. Or, pretend you are a pirate, and then everyone will be your mate.
  • Old Time Fiddlers Week (16-21): I don't know any old time fiddlers. In fact, I don't know any fiddlers, period. I have a cousin who plays the violin, but that isn't really the same thing. I think I will play some Charlie Daniels this week!
  • Carpenter Ant Awareness Week (22-28): Trust me, I am aware of carpenter ants. We have them living in the tree in our backyard. They are killing the tree. I hate carpenter ants! I wish I were aware of a really great way to get rid of them. The pest control people were not helpful.
  • Fish Are Friends, Not Food! Week (22-28): This one made me giggle!! Finding Nemo was one of my daughter's favorite movies. I think I have seen it about one hundred times. Remember, fish are friends, not food. I guess eat some chicken this week. Save the fish.
  • National Mosquito Control Awareness Week (22-28): What I am aware of, is there is not enough done around here to control the mosquitoes. I am this close to investing in a bat house and some bats, except for the fact that I loathe bats more than anything else, even mosquitoes.
  • Watermelon Seed Spitting Week (26-29): This isn't a whole week either. If you aren't going to make it a whole week, please don't call it a week. Anyway, this was a fun thing to do when I was a kid. Our parents told us that if we swallowed a watermelon seed, one would start to grow in our stomach, so we were always careful to spit them out.
  • Water Ski Days (28-29/last weekend in June): My sister would love this!! I loved watching our local ski team put on their weekly shows. It was a lot of fun. Head out to watch a ski show, or strap on a pair of skis and take to the water, yourself. It might be fun.

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Great American Brass Band Week. 6th-8th--wikimedia commonsThe hangers make so much more sense than clothes pins...International Clothesline Week. 7th-14th--wikimedia commonsJim Thorpe in football uniform. Jim Thorpe Native American Games. 8th-14th--wikimedia commons
Great American Brass Band Week. 6th-8th--wikimedia commons
Great American Brass Band Week. 6th-8th--wikimedia commons
The hangers make so much more sense than clothes pins...International Clothesline Week. 7th-14th--wikimedia commons
The hangers make so much more sense than clothes pins...International Clothesline Week. 7th-14th--wikimedia commons
Jim Thorpe in football uniform. Jim Thorpe Native American Games. 8th-14th--wikimedia commons
Jim Thorpe in football uniform. Jim Thorpe Native American Games. 8th-14th--wikimedia commons
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Even Darth Vader was a father! Universal Father's Week. 15th-21st--wikimedia commonsPirate soul mates? Meet a Mate Week. 16th-22nd--wikimedia commons
Even Darth Vader was a father! Universal Father's Week. 15th-21st--wikimedia commons
Even Darth Vader was a father! Universal Father's Week. 15th-21st--wikimedia commons
Pirate soul mates? Meet a Mate Week. 16th-22nd--wikimedia commons
Pirate soul mates? Meet a Mate Week. 16th-22nd--wikimedia commons

Charlie Daniels- Old Time Fiddlers Week. 16th-21st

I hate mosquitos more than I hate ants. National Mosquito Awareness Week. 22nd-28th--wikimedia commons.
I hate mosquitoes more than I hate ants. National Mosquito Awareness Week. 22nd-28th--wikimedia commons.
Heimlich Maneuver on an adult and on a child
Heimlich Maneuver on an adult and on a child
I am not nearly brave, or crazy, enough to go barefoot in the snow!--Wikimedia commons
I am not nearly brave, or crazy, enough to go barefoot in the snow!--Wikimedia commons
Bubba from Forrest Gump
Bubba from Forrest Gump
It looks like everyone already left the office
It looks like everyone already left the office

Oh, Fudge....

Don't you hate it when you have an itch you just can't scratch?
Don't you hate it when you have an itch you just can't scratch?
What a cool hot air balloon!!--wikimedia commons
What a cool hot air balloon!!--wikimedia commons
1896 Olympic Marathon...lots of running...
1896 Olympic Marathon...lots of running...
Where do I find these???
Where do I find these???
The drive-in theater near where I grew up! I love this place!!
The drive-in theater near where I grew up! I love this place!!
Beautiful pencil drawing of a sleeping child
Beautiful pencil drawing of a sleeping child
Turtle races sound thrilling...
Turtle races sound thrilling...
Gone the way of the dinosaur
Gone the way of the dinosaur

Ride the Wind by Poison

Apparently, there is a character called Upsy Daisy...
Apparently, there is a character called Upsy Daisy...
Donald Duck and Daisy
Donald Duck and Daisy
Where would we be without the ball point pen?
Where would we be without the ball point pen?
A nice, tall glass of iced tea
A nice, tall glass of iced tea
Flamingo at the zoo--photo by AMB
Flamingo at the zoo--photo by AMB
Not the crowded nest they were talking about...
Not the crowded nest they were talking about...
Never Stop Loving
Never Stop Loving
Make your own jerky in a food dehydrator!-- Dennis Brown at English Wikipedia
Make your own jerky in a food dehydrator!-- Dennis Brown at English Wikipedia
"Is there any way we can blame Bush for the economic numbers, even though I have been in office for five years?"
"Is there any way we can blame Bush for the economic numbers, even though I have been in office for five years?"

The Pledge of Allegiance

Adorable Yoda hat my friend crocheted.
Adorable Yoda hat my friend crocheted.

Teach Your Children About Giving With This Great Book

"There's no crying in baseball!!"
"There's no crying in baseball!!"
Ride your motorcycle to work today, and bring along a friend.
Ride your motorcycle to work today, and bring along a friend.
Do they really sell this stuff in jars???
Do they really sell this stuff in jars???
Packaged sushi
Packaged sushi
Go fishing and catch some fish to make your own sushi!!
Go fishing and catch some fish to make your own sushi!!
Remember when you got to go outside for recess during the day? Wouldn't it be nice if you could do that at work, too?
Remember when you got to go outside for recess during the day? Wouldn't it be nice if you could do that at work, too?
Flip-flops on the rocks--Derek Baird--Wikimedia commons
Flip-flops on the rocks--Derek Baird--Wikimedia commons
My favorite Samantha, from the show Bewitched
My favorite Samantha, from the show Bewitched
Not true. The most vocal atheists try to force their views on the rest of us, by shutting down all religious expression. Expressing your religion does not force anyone to believe any more than expressing that you are gay makes those around you gay.
Not true. The most vocal atheists try to force their views on the rest of us, by shutting down all religious expression. Expressing your religion does not force anyone to believe any more than expressing that you are gay makes those around you gay.
Skate Don't Hate
Skate Don't Hate
Marine shakes hands with newly graduated Iraqi policeman.--wikimedia commons
Marine shakes hands with newly graduated Iraqi policeman.--wikimedia commons

Let It Go from Frozen-performed by Idina Menzel

Pink Flamingos at the zoo--photo by AMB
Pink Flamingos at the zoo--photo by AMB
Fairy Magic
Fairy Magic
Head to the pool and swim some laps
Head to the pool and swim some laps
I imagine this show was much better once it was in color!!!
I imagine this show was much better once it was in color!!!

The Beatles!!!!!

A day out on the water in a canoe sounds fantastic
A day out on the water in a canoe sounds fantastic
Yumm...I hear that they don't make Jell-o pudding pops anymore, so....
Yumm...I hear that they don't make Jell-o pudding pops anymore, so....

Happy Birthday!!

Set up a tent and camp out in your backyard!
Set up a tent and camp out in your backyard!
Paul Bunyan statue in MN
Paul Bunyan statue in MN

A Daily Dose of Strange

If you liked the monthly and weekly holidays and observances, keep reading to check out all the fun things that are celebrated every day during the month of June! There is a little bit of everything.

  • 1st: Heimlich Maneuver Day: Really? I know that the Heimlich maneuver is important, and all, but I don't know if it's a fun thing to celebrate. I would celebrate if it was performed on me, in order to save my life, but that's about it.
  • 1st: National Go Barefoot Day: I am really glad that this day doesn't fall in December!! Kick off your shoes today, and go barefoot! Who cares about those "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service" signs? Not me...not today!
  • 1st: Say Something Nice Day: Make sure to say something nice to everyone today; even that person in your office that you can't stand. Say something nice about a stranger; even if it's just to tell them they have a nice blouse, or you love their hair.
  • 1st: Stand For Children Day: I think I understand this, it's just the wording and intent is rather vague. I agree that we should stand up for children, but what, exactly, are they talking about here? They should be more clear.
  • 1st: Superman Day: How come Superman Day is on the 1st of June, but Superman Days are from the 12-15th? That makes no sense. Are they separate entities? Perhaps. I still think that Superman Day should be during the Superman Days. It only makes sense.
  • 2nd: National Bubba Day: Is there anyone who is actually named 'Bubba'?? Aside from the guy from Forrest Gump? Celebrate by taking your friend, Bubba, out to dinner. Or, insist that everyone call you 'Bubba' for the day.
  • 2nd: National Leave the Office Early Day: Well, it is a national holiday, so who are we to argue? It wouldn't be a national day if it weren't important. Tell your boss you are leaving after lunch. Make up an excuse if you feel you need to, or just tell him the government is making you do it.
  • 2nd: Yell "Fudge" at the Cobras in North America Day: Ummm....what???
  • 3rd: Repeat Day: So, what you should do today, is repeat everything you say. So, what you should do today, is repeat everything you say. So, what you should do...
  • 3rd: National Itch Day: Have you ever had the itch to just do something different? Today is the day to do that. Or maybe they mean this more literally. Scratch away, my itchy friends!!
  • 4th: Audacity to Hope Day: Ughh...really??? I had the audacity to hope that we didn't elect an idiot as President...I was wrong...
  • 4th: National Tailors Day: Thank you to those wonderful people who hem our pants, and take in our clothes when we lose weight...and then let them out again, when we gain it all back.
  • 4th: Old Maid's Day: Are you an old maid? Don't be ashamed. Celebrate it today. If you aren't an old maid, maybe you can play the game of the same name. I haven't played that game in years.
  • 5th: Apple II Day: I remember those old things...it seems like a million years ago. It had about half the keys we now have on a keyboard, little knobs and a floppy drive. Oh, the ancient technology that we had to deal with as kids...
  • 5th: Hot Air Balloon Day: Fun!!! I have always wanted to go up in a hot air balloon! Today is the day to do that, I guess. You know where to find me, then! Take your own hot air balloon ride today, or watch some hot air balloons.
  • 5th: National Moonshine Day: Should we really be celebrating moonshine? I know they made it partially legal, finally, but still...the stuff is terrible! Have you ever had moonshine? Yuck! Maybe it's just the stuff I had, but I am not a fan. Brew some of your own (as long as you are legally allowed to), and be careful, because it can be dangerous.
  • 5th: National Running Day: I love running, but I hurt my knee and can't do it anymore. Go for a run today, and if you don't like to run, at least go for a walk. You know it's good for you. A little fresh air and exercise never hurt anyone.
  • 6th: Doughnut (or Donut) Day: I am so glad they included both spellings, so that they could avoid confusion. Today is a day that Homer Simpson would love! So, have a doughnut/donut today and watch some classic episodes of The Simpsons.
  • 6th: Drive-in Movie Day: The drive-in theaters that once covered the American landscape are fading away. Honda recently had a contest to save some of the great American drive-ins. They gave eight or nine theaters new digital projectors. What a great way to preserve our history. I love the drive-in!!
  • 6th: Horseradish Day: I am not a huge fan of horseradish by itself, but I like cocktail sauce for my shrimp and fried clams. Whip up some cocktail sauce, and invite some friends over for a little shrimp appetizer. I suggest steak or lobster for dinner, or both.
  • 7th: National Yo-yo Day: I haven't played with a yo-yo since I was a kid. I was never very good at it. Today is the day to bust out that yo-yo and brush up on those old tricks you learned as a kid. Teach some of these tricks to your own kids.
  • 7th: Do-Dah Parade Day: If I had to guess, this has something to do with that old Disney song Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, but I guess I could be wrong. Now I have that song stuck in my head!!! I have never seen Song of the South, but for some reason, I still know the song.
  • 7th: Drawing Day or Pencil Day: Ok, so which is it? Is it Drawing Day or is it Pencil Day? You can draw with something other than a pencil. You can use a pencil for something other than drawing.
  • 7th: Turtle Races Day: This sounds like it could be a really long day. I don't think I could stand the excitement of watching an entire turtle race! I guess I could watch the start, go do some laundry, make dinner, take a nap, and still come back in time for the end.
  • 7th: VCR Day: Another day to celebrate an antiquated technology that nobody uses anymore. I haven't had a VCR for years. If you still have one that works, break it out today, and watch some really low-def movies. Show your kids what life used to be like.
  • 8th: Ride The Wind Day/ Ride For Wind Day/ World Wind Day: Apparently, the people behind this day couldn't come to an agreement on the name. I would think that would be one of the first things you would do. Such laziness...
  • 8th: Race Unity Day: Either this has to do with unity among races, which is a great idea, or it has to do with unity of racers, which may also be a good thing. I am guessing it's the first one, but racers need to be nicer to each other, too.
  • 8th: Upsy Daisy Day: Poor Daisy...she has to spend the whole day up somewhere. It doesn't say where. Run around saying "upsy daisy" every time you stand up or pick something up, even if it is just a pencil or your phone.
  • 9th: Donald Duck Day: That is kind of strange that Donald Duck Day would follow Upsy Daisy Day. Donald Duck deserves his own day. I think he would be more deserving if we could understand a little more than half of what he is saying.
  • 9th: Best Friends Day: Celebrate your best friend today. Get some cheesy best friends necklaces, make friendship bracelets, and spend the whole day together. Or, if you are a bit more adventurous, go out and get matching tattoos!
  • 9th: National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day: My grandma used to make strawberry rhubarb pie when she lived down south, but I could never bring myself to try it. I was a kid, and new things are the enemy of children. Maybe we should all try some strawberry rhubarb pie today.
  • 10th: Ball Point Pen Day: Where would we be without the ball point pen? Would we still be using fountain pens? I know we have felt tip pens, but I hate those! I haven't bought pens in years, yet I have dozens of ball point pens in my house. I am pretty sure I stole most of them, by accident. I think this is how most people get their pens.
  • 10th: Iced Tea Day: Brew up some delicious iced tea today. How do you like your tea? Plain, sweet, raspberry or peach? There are a lot more choices when it comes to iced tea. They even have brew-over-ice K-cups for your single serving brewing machine. I think I will go make some iced tea right now.
  • 10th: Public Zoo Day: Aren't most zoos public? I can't say that I have ever been to a private zoo. I guess it doesn't matter. Head to your local zoo today. Take the kids to see the zoo. Kids love that!!
  • 11th: Corn on the Cob Day: It makes sense that this day would be in the summer, but where I grew up, the corn wasn't ready until late July, so I'm not sure why they put this day in June. Either way, enjoy some delicious corn on the cob today!!
  • 11th: Write to Your Father Day: I think this one makes sense. Father's Day is close by, and what better time to write your father a letter, an email, or at least a text message. Your dad will appreciate it; trust me on this one. So, what are you waiting for? Go write to your father!
  • 12th: Crowded Nest Awareness Day: With more and more adult children continuing to live with their parents, this is a relevant holiday, to say the least. Long gone are the days of the empty nest. I know people well into their 30's who are still living at home, or have moved back home. See, now you are aware.
  • 12th: Loving Day: Aww...isn't that sweet! A whole day for loving. Loving what? It doesn't matter. Love your friends, your family, your cat, or your new pair of shoes. Love everything today.
  • 12th: National Jerky Day: Now here is something most men love. I don't know what it is about jerky that men love so much. I have heard of some interesting jerky. I have tried bear jerky, buffalo jerky, and have even heard of turtle jerky and ostrich jerky. Strange...
  • 13th: Blame Someone Else Day: I know a lot of people who celebrate this day all year round. But, for the rest of us, it's nice to blame someone else once in a while. Don't take the blame for anything today, even if it's obviously your fault. Blame the other guy in the elevator for that fart you ripped, even if it's just the two of you.
  • 13th: Work at Home Father's Day: As if Father's Day wasn't enough. Now we have a day specifically for stay-at-home dads, or dads that work from home. Do you have a Mr. Mom in your life? Stop by and bring him a cup of coffee and an aspirin. He will appreciate it.
  • 14th: National Bourbon Day: This day could be a lot of fun! Or it could be an alcohol fueled nightmare. Either way, it will be interesting. If you are a fan of bourbon, today is your day. I don't get the difference between bourbon, scotch and whiskey...but then, I prefer tequila and rum, so that might have something to do with it.
  • 14th: Pause For The Pledge Day: I remember when we did this every day. Every single day, at the start of school, we would stand up and say The Pledge of Allegiance. Nobody does that anymore. So, in honor of times gone by, stand up and say The Pledge. It only takes a minute.
  • 14th: Worldwide Knit (and Crochet) in Public Day: This one actually falls during the week that it is supposed to. I still don't understand all the secrecy behind knitting, though. Is it really that shameful? I have a friend who can crochet amazing things! She isn't ashamed.
  • 15th: Family Awareness Day: Are you aware of your family? You should be. If not, maybe you aren't spending enough time with them. Shame on you!! I am sure they are aware of you.
  • 15th: Nature Photography Day: Again, another specific holiday. If you take pictures of your children, or products, or anything else, this day is not for you. This is only for those that take pictures of nature. I know of a few great nature photographers. I will celebrate them today!!
  • 15th: Worldwide Day of Giving: This is a good thing, but again, this is something we should be doing more than just one day a year. Make sure to be extra giving today. Give your friends a hug, give that homeless guy a sandwich, and give everyone a hard time. Just kidding!
  • 16th: Ladies' Day (Baseball): "There's no crying in baseball!!" I could not help myself. You mention ladies in baseball, and my first thought is the movie, A League of Their Own. I can't help it. I love that movie.
  • 16th: Ride to Work Day (Motorcycles): Why can't they structure the names of these days better? What is with the parentheses?? It should be Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Day. That makes more sense.
  • 16th: No Orange Clothes Day: I don't even own orange clothes. So, I guess I am good! I don't know what someone had against the color orange, or orange clothes, but someone out there really doesn't want you to wear orange today. Who are we to argue?
  • 17th: Stewarts Root Beer Day: I'm more of an A&W girl, myself. In fact, I have never heard of Stewarts Root Beer. I guess if there was ever a day to try it, today would be that day. Now let's hope I can find some.
  • 17th: Eat Your Vegetables Day: Awww...Mom...I don't want to...Do I have to?
  • 18th: International Sushi Day: Oh, this day makes me smile! I love sushi! I felt so deprived because I couldn't eat it while I was pregnant. Head to your favorite sushi place and enjoy yourself today!
  • 18th: Splurge Day: I guess today is the day to indulge in more than just sushi. Is there something you have had your eye on, but thought it was too expensive? Today is the day to splurge and treat yourself.
  • 18th: Go Fishing Day: For some, this day is any day that they don't work. Trust me, I know. Head to your favorite fishing spot today, and drop in a line. Don't forget the beer, because as anyone knows, fishing is mostly about sitting around drinking beer.
  • 19th: Garfield The Cat Day: It is Garfield Day because it is the birthday of Jim Davis, creator of Garfield the cat. Watch some old Garfield cartoons, dig up some of the old newspapers you have in the basement (we all know you have some), and find the comics.
  • 19th: Recess at Work Day: I know this would make the work day a lot more interesting. Now if they only made adult sized playground equipment...When I take the kids to the park and sit on a swing, my knees almost touch the ground.
  • 19th: World Sauntering Day: Don't be boring and just walk around today. Today you should saunter wherever you go. It might take you a little longer, but think of how cool you will look.
  • 20th: American Eagle Day: I really hope this is a day for the American Bald Eagle, and not the clothing retailer. I do like their clothes, but I don't think they deserve a holiday. It's not like there is a Macy's Day or a Victoria's Secret Day.
  • 20th: Dump The Pump Day: I'm not even sure what this is all about. What kind of pump, and why are you dumping it?
  • 20th: National Flip Flop Day: In Florida, most days are flip flop days. I get upset when I have to wear socks. Since this day falls in June, it should be warm enough to wear flip flops today. So, break out your flip flops and wear them with pride, even if you have to work. Just tell your boss that it's a holiday.
  • 20th: Take Your Dog to Work Day: NO!! Just don't do it. Trust me on this! Your co-workers will not appreciate your little dog wandering around, getting into everything, and potentially leaving nasty, little surprises all over the place.
  • 21st: Ann & Samantha Day: Is your name Ann? Or perhaps Samantha? Guess what? You have your own day! Congrats to you! Celebrate by pampering yourself today. If you are not named Ann or Samantha, find someone you know with that name and give them a special gift.
  • 21st: Atheists Solidarity Day: Really? No offense, but I couldn't care less about the solidarity of atheists. I wouldn't mind so much if they made a shred of an attempt to be considerate of the fact that some people don't believe as they do, and they have just as much right to believe what they want as the atheists do. I won't be celebrating this day, but I'm not going to go around screaming from the rooftops that others shouldn't celebrate it. To each his own.
  • 21st: Go Skateboarding Day: I think I would rather celebrate this day, and I have never been on a skateboard in my life. Take your kids to the skate park today and share with them a bit of your childhood. It will be a bonding experience, as long as no one ends up in the ER. Make sure to wear your helmet and pads.
  • 21st: National Daylight Appreciation Day: I don't think it's a coincidence that this day falls on the longest day of the year. Who doesn't appreciate daylight? Unless you are a vampire. In that case, I suggest skipping this holiday.
  • 21st: World Handshake Day: If you could shake the hand of anyone in the world, who would it be? Shake someone's hand today. The handshake is highly underrated these days.
  • 22nd: Global Smurf Day: The Smurfs have their own day!! Who knew The Smurfs were such a global sensation that they deserved their own day. I loved watching The Smurfs when I was a kid!! Laa, laa, la-la-la-laa, laa, la-la-la laaa...
  • 22nd: Stupid Guy Thing Day: How many times have you questioned your significant other and his reply was that it was a "guy thing"? Here is a day to celebrate, or vent about all those "stupid guy things" that you have to deal with every day.
  • 23rd: Baby Boomer's Recognition Day: Are you a baby boomer, or do you know one? This is their day. Let's celebrate the baby boom, and all the baby boomers today!!
  • 23rd: Let It Go Day: Whatever you have been holding on to, just let it go. It will make you feel a lot better! Holding onto things that bother you, make you angry, etc, is no good for your physical and mental health. Just let it go.
  • 23rd: Pink Flamingo Day: A day my mother would love! She loves flamingos! Celebrate today's holiday by putting some adorably tacky pink flamingos in your yard, wearing a pink flamingo Hawaiian shirt, or watching that delightful John Waters movie of the same name.
  • 23rd: National Pink Day: And right in line with the previous holiday, is this one! Wear pink socks with your pink flamingo shirt. At least you will match!
  • 23rd: SAT Math Day: I don't know why anyone would want to celebrate this day at all. Who likes Algebra, anyway?
  • 24th: Celebration of the Senses: We should celebrate our senses! We take them for granted far too often. Imagine if you couldn't use one of your senses...all of them are important. Sight and hearing are often considered the most important, but imagine if you couldn't feel anything? Or smell, or taste...life would not be as wonderful, and could be dangerous.
  • 24th: International Fairy (Faerie) Day: I had to include both spellings, just to make sure no one got upset. Celebrate the fairies on this holiday! Just make sure you never say that you don't believe in fairies. Dress up like Tinkerbell, or build a fairy house with your kids in the garden.
  • 24th: UFO Day: Catch up on some classic X-files episodes today, or watch the ridiculous show, Ancient Aliens. Head out to Roswell, and see if you can spot your own UFO.
  • 24th: Swim a Lap Day: I'd rather not. But, again, to each his own. Head out to the pool today and swim a lap, heck, make it two for good measure.
  • 25th: Color TV Day: Celebrate that wonderful invention, the color TV. Before the color TV, you had two choices, either black and white, or black and white with a silly color filter over the screen that had three colors on it, in horizontal bands. I don't know why anyone thought that was a good idea.
  • 25th: Global Beatles Day: They deserve more than just one day! They deserve a whole month!! I propose a Global Beatles Month! That sounds much better! Play some Abby Road, or Sgt. Pepper's today. You know you want to.
  • 25th: LEON Day: What on earth is LEON Day? Well, it's NOEL backwards, of course. June 25th is six months before Christmas, the halfway point. Better start your Christmas shopping now. You don't want to wait until last minute again, like last year.
  • 26th: National Canoe Day: If you don't live near water, this holiday is kind of pointless. Thankfully, most people live near some water, whether it be a lake, river, or at least a creek. Rent an canoe and take a little ride down to the water today. What is more fun than a relaxing canoe ride? It's more fun if you have someone else paddle for you.
  • 26th: National Handshake Day: We already had World Handshake Day...isn't that enough? I guess not. Go around and shake some more hands today. Carry around some hand sanitizer with you.
  • 26th: National Chocolate Pudding Day: Bill Cosby approves, I am sure. I can just picture him in my head with a pudding pop. I can't help it. Share some delicious chocolate pudding with everyone today, even if they don't want any.
  • 27th: Decide to be Married Day: If you aren't married, maybe today is the day to decide to propose. Since June is the traditional wedding month, maybe set a date today. If you are already married, I hope you don't have to decide to be married. I hope you enjoy being married.
  • 27th: "Happy Birthday to You" Day: You say it isn't your birthday today? That's ok. It's everyone's birthday today!! Happy Birthday to you, and you, and you, and you!!!
  • 27th: National Bomb Pop Day: Yummm....I remember those delicious bomb pops that I used to get from the ice cream man that patrolled our neighborhood. It brings back great memories. Head out and find your ice cream man, and see if he sells them. If not, I am sure you can find some at the grocery store, though it isn't quite the same, is it?
  • 28th: Great American Backyard Camp Out Day: Camping in your backyard can be a fun way to slowly introduce your kids to camping, or a great sleepover idea. It's a lot quieter when a bunch of kids are sleeping outside, in a tent, rather than in your living room. Drag out that tent today, and camp out with your kids.
  • 28th: Paul Bunyan Day: A great fictional character! Celebrate this holiday by visiting one of the many Paul Bunyan statues scattered across the country; most of them being up north.
  • 29th: America's Kids Day: Sorry about the kids in the rest of the world. This holiday isn't for you. Better luck next time.
  • 29th: Log Cabin Day: Growing up in Illinois, I have seen my fair share of log cabins. Enough to last me a lifetime, I think. Strangely enough, I have even seen a log cabin in Florida, of all places. It is very out of place. I think we should celebrate by buying some yummy Log Cabin brand maple syrup.
  • 29th: Peter & Paul Day: What about Mary? I guess she just isn't good enough to be included in this holiday. Honor all the people named Peter and Paul today, and don't forget about Mary.
  • 30th: Descendants Day: Who are you a descendant of? What better time than today to find out. Or watch a few episodes of that show; Who Do You Think You Are? where they take celebrities and track their genealogy. I think they should do that for regular people, instead, but that's just me.
  • 30th: Please Take My Children to Work Day: I'm laughing a little at this one. Who hasn't thought that at least once? I am home with my kids all day, and I know a few times I wished my husband would take them with him to work. Not that that would be possible, but a girl can dream.

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Anna Marie Bowman 2 years ago from Florida Author

It is a bit long. I have been debating whether I should shorten it a bit. There was so much great stuff to cover, it was hard to.


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Marie Flint 2 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

You spent a lot of time on this one--it became a bit lengthy, but you covered everything. My birthday happens to fall in June. I think I loved it because school ended early in the month. How about a National "School's Out" Day? (Just a thought.)

Your sense of humor got me through the list, and I listened to three videos, even though it's January (maybe I was hoping to skip February through May).

Thank you for sharing.


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Anna Marie Bowman 2 years ago from Florida Author

EGamboa-- I bet they do!! I have always wanted to go see Albuquerque when they do the hot air balloon festival.


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Anna Marie Bowman 2 years ago from Florida Author

Wiccan-- I was surprised by that as well. I still think it should be in November. But I guess we should eat more turkey, so what better way than celebrating in June!!


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EGamboa 2 years ago from West Palm Beach

I wonder if Albuquerque celebrates Hot Air Balloon Day.


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WiccanSage 2 years ago

How informative, very cool. I didn't know there was a Turkey Lover's month, I love turkey so I guess I'll make one this June in celebration, lol. Some very interesting information here, thanks for sharing!


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Anna Marie Bowman 2 years ago from Florida Author

spartucus-- As long as you can see to drive when you wear it, I don't see why not!!


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Anna Marie Bowman 2 years ago from Florida Author

billybuc--I didn't know they made a calendar like that! That is awesome!!


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spartucusjones 2 years ago from Parts Unknown

Another awesome and amusing strange holidays hub! Got a kick out of many of the videos! I can't wait to jump on my bike in June! Can I at least still wear my luchador mask?


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I actually have a calendar that has all of these weird holidays on it so I always have something to write for customers. There really are some strange ones....great entertainment.

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