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Weird and Wacky September Holidays You Ought to Celebrate

September 1, 2016

Sure, Labor Day is great—it celebrates the workin’ folks and a lot of us get the day off. But what other holidays does September offer? Plenty…if you consider these observances to be “holidays”
International Bacon Day and Other September Holidays

Sept. 1: Emma M. Nutt Day

It’s a celebration of an important woman with a fantastic name. Nutt was the first female telephone operator in the United States. She started work in Boston on this day in 1878, and did it for 33 years. (Her employer eventually started hiring only women to work as telephone operators.) The holiday is mean to acknowledge people who work in the communications industry, not just Nutt who once quipped that she was “thankful that my first name was not Imma.”

Sept. 3: International Bacon Day

Here at the BRI, we thought every day was Bacon Day (the “B” could stand for “bacon”), but apparently there’s an official day for it. Celebrated the Saturday before Labor Day, it was created in 2000 by three students from Bedford, Massachusetts, long before the “bacon craze” of the last few years. How can you celebrate? Eat some bacon! (Or turkey bacon, soy bacon, Canadian bacon…)

Sept. 16: Collect Rocks Day

It’s a definitive, simple pleasure of childhood: collecting rocks. But just because you’re a grown up doesn’t mean you can’t still have a rock collection. Today is a good day to slow down, look down, and notice pretty rocks. Then take them home and proudly display them on a shelf!

Sept. 22: Hobbit Day

According to J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy classics The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, September 22 is the birthday of the brave little Shire-dwelling hobbits Bilbo Baggins and his nephew Frodo Baggins in the equivalent of the years 1290 and 1368, respectively. The observance was created in 1978 by the American Tolkien Society as part of a weeklong celebration of Tolkien Week.
Here are some birthday wishes from Leonard Nimoy.

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