7 Holidays More Obscure than Pi Day

Mar 14, 2013 at 1pm
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Happy Pi Day! This holiday is a celebration of the mathematical constant π. It's commonly celebrated by math teachers who give out extra credit to students who bring in pies and who wear horrible puffy paint t-shirts that say things like "Big πmping" to class. The first large-scale Pi Day celebration was at the San Francisco Exploratorium in 1988 (they still celebrate; today's Pi Day party happens from 1-3 p.m.),  and the holiday was officially recognized by the House of Representatives in 2009. 

The high school me appreciated Pi Day because it was a Get Out of Math Free Card, but now I wonder how many second string holidays like this can exist before it gets ridiculous. I've heard other people complain about the number of poser holidays and awareness months and decided to look into other celebrations I didn't know about. Here's a list of holidays that make Pi Day look damn good:

1. Belly Laugh Day, Jan. 24

This is a global holiday to celebrate laughter. Participants wait for 1:24 p.m. on Jan. 24 to smile, throw their arms up in the air, and laugh like a freaking maniac. Yeah, I've never heard of it either.

2. Sweetest Day, Oct. 19

This holiday was created by 12 candy makers to sell more crap, aka exactly what people talk shit about Valentine's Day for. The idea is to buy gifts and candy for people you care about. It's mostly celebrated in the Great Lakes region where people must be nicer or something. 

3. Grandparents' Day, Sept. 8

Seems like Mother's and Father's Day should have the old people covered, but maybe they forgot...

4. StepFamily Day, Sept. 16

Is it just me or does this holiday reinforce the whole "you're not my real mom" thing?

5. Citizenship Day, Sept. 17

This sounds like a day to honor people who have become citizens, but it actually honors the adoption of the Constitution, because America loves America.

6. Boss's Day, Oct. 16

This is a day for employees to thank their bosses. It sounds suspiciously like every day. May I suggest celebrating Rick Ross instead? Luckily, there is also Intern Appreciation Day on July 9 which means interns plan things to celebrate themselves and hopefully their bosses pay for it.

7. Helen Keller Day, June 27

This holiday commemorates the achievements of Helen Keller by telling tasteless jokes at her expense.

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