July 10: Teddy Bear Picnic Day
“When you go out in the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise…” Sorry, but if today really is the day the teddy bears have their picnic, it’s entirely up to you to make it happen. It’s a day of appreciation for the first and most famous of all stuffed children’s toys. The Teddy bear was invented by toy sellers Morris and Rose Michtom who got the idea after President Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear cub while on a camping trip in 1902.
July 13: Embrace Your Geekness Day
“Geek” isn’t quite the dirty word it once was. A geek is a smart person passionate about their interests (a geek is not a nerd). Today is the day to admit and show off your expertise and/or fandom for whatever it may be, from Doctor Who to playing the didgeridoo.
July 14: Pandemonium Day
Sometimes chaos is a part of life, and it can lead to moments of sheer excitement or big change. Take this day to acknowledge the craziness innate in life…although it seems kind of ironic to have a scheduled holiday with which to do so.
July 22: Rat-Catcher’s Day
This holiday revolves around the famous German folk tale of “The Pied Piper of Hamelin.” As the story goes, the town of Hamelin was so rat-infested that the Pied Piper was promised a large sum of money if he could play his flute and lure the rats out of town. He played, the rats followed him into the river, and drowned. After he was done, the mayor refused to pay, so the Piper lured away the town’s children into a cave and returned with them weeks later…after the mayor finally paid up. Legend says that the children came back to Hamelin around July 22, 1284.