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6 Weird October Holidays

October 5, 2016

It’s the month of Columbus Day, Halloween…and National Kale Day.
Weird October Holidays

Oct. 5: National Kale Day

The holiday was created in 2012 by a kale promoting organization to promote this leafy superfood, which is one of the best plant-based sources of iron, among other vitamins and nutrients. It’s only recently become a dietary staple; throughout the 1990s, the largest purchaser of kale in the U.S. was Pizza Hut. They used it as decoration on its salad bars.

Oct. 6 Come and Take It Day

Well, frankly that sounds a little hostile. Almost like a threat. Actually, it commemorates the first day of the 1835 Texas Revolution. The first shot was fired near the town of Gonzales, Texas, which holds a Come and Take it Festival. And indeed, the phrase is a threat against hostiles.

Oct. 13 International Skeptics Day

Oh really? Is it? We’re not so sure. It is though. (Today’s the day to give attention to those things about which your mind is not entirely made up.)

Oct. 21 Count Your Buttons Day

We bring you news of these strange and silly holidays every month and this may be the most pointless one we’ve ever encountered. Which means you should definitely celebrate it. First, count your buttons. (Or maybe it’s just an elaborate suggestion to encourage people to slow down and notice the little things in life? Or to acknowledge that if you’ve got time to count buttons you’ve got time to do something more productive, like, say, read a book?)

Oct. 25 World Pasta Day

Pasta is an ancient food, but the holiday to recognize its importance is only 20 years old— established in 1995 at the World Pasta Congress, a pasta industry trade meeting…in Rome. It’s a great day to carbo load and have some spaghetti, linguini, ravioli, macaroni…

Oct. 28 Plush Animal Lovers Day

“Plush” is the official industry term for soft toy animals that are also commonly called “stuffed animals,” but with plush differentiating from the other “stuffed animals”: taxidermy. It’s a day to show appreciation to teddy bears or that other beloved childhood toy. (Give ‘em a squeeze!)

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