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National Nothing Day

Updated on September 25, 2014

What do you plan to do, or rather, NOT do, on January 16th?

Fruitcake Toss Day.

Houseplant Appreciation Day.

National Blonde Brownie Day.

These are just some of the weird and wacky holidays to celebrate this January. As if the run of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day didn't keep us busy enough... we are now called to dress up our pets on the 14th, acknowledge penguins on the 20th, and do everything backwards on the last day of the month.

Perhaps the inner holi-dork in you thinks it's cute, and you do your darndest to keep up with the odd-ball observances. More than likely, it's the crazy lady in the neighboring cubicle at work that thinks it's cute, and goes so far as to scold you for forgetting to give her an unprompted squeeze on National Hug Day. Either way, a window of relief from such celebratory madness is in sight. At 11:59pm on 1/15 (National Hat Day), you may officially hang that hat up on the holiday hub-bub for a solid 24 hours. That's right: It's National Nothing Day.

How Nothing Came to Be Something.

Researching National Nothing Day was no easy task. As Holidayinsights.com puts it, "This day is an "un-event". The expectation is that we do not create or otherwise promote this day. In other words, we do nothing. And, to say anything more would contradict the purpose of this day. " Thus, there isn't much written about it, which is just how things should be.

Harold Pullman Coffin, a columnist for the San Francisco Examiner was responsible for establishing National Nothing Day. It was first observed (or should I say, not observed) in 1973. Some say it was out of his own amusement that Coffin would initiate such an oxymoronic holiday, for the notion of celebrating nothing certainly contradicts itself. Others believe he truly wanted Americans to take a breather from the rat race and live their own, personal definition of "nothing" for a day.

For Enthusiasts of Nothing

Read About Other People Who Succeeded in Doing Nothing

Doing Nothing: A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers, and Bums in America
Doing Nothing: A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers, and Bums in America

As reviewed on Amazon:

Couch potatoes, goof-offs, freeloaders, good-for-nothings, loafers, and loungers: ever since the Industrial Revolution, when the work ethic as we know it was formed, there has been a chorus of slackers ridiculing and lampooning the pretensions of hardworking respectability. Reviled by many, heroes to others, these layabouts stretch and yawn while the rest of society worries and sweats. Whenever the world of labor changes in significant ways, the pulpits, politicians, and pedagogues ring with exhortations of the value of work, and the slackers answer with a strenuous call of their own: “To do nothing,” as Oscar Wilde said, “is the most difficult thing in the world.” From Benjamin Franklin’s “air baths” to Jack Kerouac’s “dharma bums,” Generation-X slackers, and beyond, anti-work-ethic proponents have held a central place in modern culture.

Moving with verve and wit through a series of fascinating case studies that illuminate the changing place of leisure in the American republic, Doing Nothing revises the way we understand slackers and work itself.

 

"Everybody's doing something.

We'll do nothing!"

- George Costanza

Click to watch on Youtube.

Don't Click if you'd rather see nothing.

Not sure where to go to celebrate National Nothing Day? - Try Nothing, Arizona. Population: 4.

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Let's Finish with a Song: - Billy Preston, Nothing from Nothing. 1975.

What Will You (Not) Do on National Nothing Day?

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      teristazko 5 years ago

      I can't imagine such a day. I am all in favor of it though! Cute lens.

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      I did not do nothing. By the time I found out, I had already done lots of something and was far too late into the holiday to do nothing. There is always next year to do nothing and I hope to be fully prepared.

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      Nothing.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Gosh, I missed it; darn. I think there should be a "nothing" day once a week at least.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      I had a pretty relaxing day on National Nothing Day - but didn't make an effort at it!

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      BuddyBink 5 years ago

      Unfortunately I had to work on 'Do Nothing Day'. But it reminded me of a cartoon I saw years ago where a priest was worshiping a very large 'N' and the caption was 'Is Nothing sacred?' Thanks

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      Killeen 5 years ago from Warner, NH

      Might I add, National Nothing Day always falls on 1/16, whereas honoring Martin Luther King Jr. is the third Monday in January. Not the best timing to have the two holidays land on the same day! We love you, MLK.

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      Now this is a holiday to embrace! Sadly, it's a busy January 16 this year, but now you've told us about it, I shall plan ahead to celebrate Nothing Day more appropriately next year. :)

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      Killeen 5 years ago from Warner, NH

      @DesignedbyLisa LM: Thank you! :)

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      Killeen 5 years ago from Warner, NH

      @anonymous: Tis true... a lot of people have it off from work!

      Hope I didn't offend any dragons, though.

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      Killeen 5 years ago from Warner, NH

      @SandyPeaks: I was just thinking about my friend at work with a 1/16 birthday... but she has a good sense of humor, so I think she'll appreciate the holiday. :) Nonetheless, let's say that birthdays are the exception to the rule!

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      Killeen 5 years ago from Warner, NH

      @saisrinivaas: Aw, thank ya!!! :)

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      Killeen 5 years ago from Warner, NH

      @anonymous: Thanks for the great suggestion, Tipi! Just added a little video with a lot of hair. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I think I'll like this holiday! 1/16/12 will be busy, its martin luther king jr day, dragon day, and now nothing day!

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      davies86 5 years ago

      love it. would be quite funny if lens had nothing in it. lol!

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      Got a huge kick out of your lens. Original! Loved it!

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      DesignedbyLisa LM 5 years ago

      Cool holiday! Welcome to Squidoo!

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      SandyPeaks 5 years ago

      Thanks for the heads up. I'm sure I'll be celebrating nothing on that day - although I just remembered it was my (deceased) paternal grandfather's birthday so perhaps it's something after all! Welcome to Squidoo!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've been having the song 'Nothing From Nothing' playing in my head the whole time here...so we can have music on National Nothing Day.....and take nothing from it. This is a new one for me, I wonder how long before it becomes a Hallmark holiday!

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      Killeen 5 years ago from Warner, NH

      @hlkljgk: you'd better be celebrating this one all month. :)

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      Killeen 5 years ago from Warner, NH

      @Wednesday-Elf: I sure hope my kids decide to participate in this holiday, too. :)

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      Killeen 5 years ago from Warner, NH

      @seegreen: I do agree there! A great day to relish in the fact we've had soooo many Something Days recently.

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      Killeen 5 years ago from Warner, NH

      @BuckHawkcenter: ha ha! it's How Many Jokes Can I Fit Into One Comment Day, huh?

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      BuckHawkcenter 5 years ago

      Wait! I'm one of those nuts who celebrates those weird holidays! My all time favorite is Goof Off Day! But this may take second place. I have to use Think About Something Special Day to figure that out. Of course, I could use Pick Your Favorite Crazy Holiday Day to make my decision. But, Make a Useless Decision day would be a good one, too!

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      seegreen 5 years ago

      Just my style! National Nothing Day comes at a perfect time in the New Year when people are truly winding down from the Holiday season.

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I plan on doing 'nothing' on National Nothing Day. What a perfect day for procrastinators and the lazy among us! Excellent idea!

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      Marika 5 years ago from Cyprus

      Haha never heard of this day, but it sounds like fun! Welcome to Squidoo!

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      hlkljgk 5 years ago from Western Mass

      this looks like an easy one to celebrate. :)