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6 Weird September Holidays You Ought to Celebrate

September 2, 2015

Who needs Labor Day when you’ve got International Talk Like a Pirate Day?

Weird September Holidays

September 5: Be Late for Something Day

What is it about this holiday that makes us think it was supposed to be observed on September 4? At any rate, today is the one day you’ve got an excuse to show up a few minutes later then you’d promised.

September 8: Pardon Day

This holiday is a time to either seek forgiveness or to grant it, or even a chance to remember that manners are important. (Say “pardon me” or “excuse me,” once in a while.) The observance goes back to 1974: On this day in that year, newly appointed President Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon for any crimes he committed surrounding the Watergate scandal.

September 13: Fortune Cookie Day

It’s the day honoring everyone’s favorite psychic cookie. Generally served at the end of the meal in Chinese restaurants, the fortune cookie was actually invented at a Japanese restaurant in San Francisco—Makoto Hagiwara presented them at the Japanese Tea Garden in 1914.

September 15: Felt Hat Day

American men used to wear hats—and if Mad Men can be believed, they wore those felt, brimmed numbers regularly up until the early 1970s. Similar to how it was once considered uncouth to wear white shoes after Labor Day, men traditionally put away their felt hats for the year on September 15.

September 19: International Talk Like a Pirate Day

It’s a known fact that there is nothing more fun than talking like a pirate. (For example: “Argh!” and, “Avast, me hearties!”) Holiday originators John Baur and Mark Summers knew this when they created it in 1995. They were goofing around talking like pirates during a game of racquetball and decided to register a day as an official one for pirate-speak. Summers suggested September 19, because he’d easily remember it, as it was his wife’s birthday.

September 28: Ask a Stupid Question Day

This one sounds silly, but it actually goes back to a teaching concept in the 1980s. Some teachers were concerned that students weren’t learning enough, and were maybe not asking enough questions out of fear of sounding stupid. So teachers created this “anything goes” day to make it clear that students always had the right to ask for clarification.

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