Make it your New Years resolution to observe more ridiculous made-up holidays.
The vaguely crude expression “run it up the flagpole and see what sticks” is another way of saying “throw an idea out there and see what people think.” It’s reportedly most commonly used in the advertising and newspaper industries (or at least it was 50 years ago), and is akin to “throw it against the wall and see what sticks.” This holiday, right at the beginning of a new year full of new beginnings, is your excuse to try something new…just to see what happens.
Jan. 3: Fruitcake Toss Day
Do you still receive the traditional—and traditionally, comically awful—holiday gift of a nasty, stale fruitcake? Today is the day to toss it. Adherents of the holiday say you can toss it in the garbage, or take it out to a field with some friends and see who can “toss” it the longest distance.
Jan. 4: Trivia Day
Here’s a fun trivia fact: This is Uncle John’s most favorite holiday and “most important day in the history of days.” Celebrate by sharing interesting facts with your friends, all easily procured from books such as, oh, we don’t know…
Jan. 6: Bean Day
A day honoring the common legume, often disrespected for its relation to flatulence, rarely celebrated for its dietary completeness—they’re high in fiber, and low in fat. A woman named Paula Bowen founded the holiday to honor her father, a pinto bean farmer. (She’s also a fan of the classic British comic character Mr. Bean.)
Jan. 18: Thesaurus Day
Peter Roget, author of Roget’s Thesaurus, was born on January 18, 1779, and this holiday is in the honor of the man who create the reference book of synonyms for students and writers looking for a better word—or rather one’s that preferable, superior, finer, higher quality, worthier…
Jan. 24: Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day
Sept. 19 is famously “Talk Like a Pirate Day,” but it’s just as much fun to talk like a guy named Geech or Pappy. A Facebook group started this holiday to commemorate the day in 1848 in which gold was discovered in California. Now get it to it, ya dadburn hornswaggler!