Welcome to Worldwide Weird Holidays, where you’ll find a new reason to celebrate every day of the year.

prevent plagiarism day

February 19 is Prevent Plagiarism Day

Today is Prevent Plagiarism Day, created by freelance writer, columnist and “Queen of Holidays” Jace Shoemaker-Galloway to call attention to the rampant problem of high-tech theft of words, images and ideas that is all too easy in the Internet age. When does copying and pasting from a source constitute plagiarism? The Harvard College Writing Program’s guidelines help students define […]

cow milked while flying in airplane day

February 18 is Cow Milked While Flying in an Airplane Day

Today is Cow Milked While Flying in an Airplane Day.  This self-explanatory holiday commemorates the first documented flight of a cow. (It’s possible one snuck aboard an earlier flight disguised as a businessman but we can’t confirm it.) On February 18, 1930, a cow known as Nellie Jay to locals in Bismarck, MO (then Elm Farm […]

national champion crab races day

National Champion Crab Races Day

Today is National Champion Crab Races Day. How did it get its start? “There’s only one Kentucky Derby, there’s only one Indy 500, and there’s only one crab race – the NCRA.” So says Jim Morgan, who founded the National Crab Racing Association (NCRA) in 1979. His first act was to appoint himself “Commissioner for Life,” […]

Worldwide Weird Holidays

Do a Grouch a Favor Day

Today is Do a Grouch a Favor Day. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary gives this definition of grouch: Noun /ˈgrau̇ch/: A habitually irritable or complaining person Origin: probably alteration of grutch grudge; from Middle English grucche, grugge, from grucchen First Known Use: circa 1895 Synonyms: bear, bellyacher, complainer, crab, crank, croaker, crosspatch, curmudgeon,fusser, griper, grouser, growler, grumbler, grump, murmurer, mutterer, sourpuss, whiner […]

Susan B. Anthony Day

February 15 is Susan B. Anthony Day

Today is Susan B. Anthony Day. Susan Brownell Anthony, born February 15, 1820,  was an American abolitionist and feminist who fought for women’s rights, including the right to vote, until her death in 1906. The only weird thing about this holiday is that it is officially observed in only five states: Wisconsin, Florida, West Virginia, New York […]

national ferris wheel day

February 14 is National Ferris Wheel Day

Today is National Ferris Wheel Day, a holiday that celebrates the birth of George Washington Gale Ferris on February 14, 1859. At age 33, he designed the first Ferris Wheel, which was introduced at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. The exhibition was also known as the Chicago World’s Fair and commemorated the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ […]

get a different name day

February 13 is Get a Different Name Day

Today is Get a Different Name Day.  Why did Ruth and Tom Roy of Wellcat create this holiday? “For the pity of millions of us who hate our birth names. On this day, we may change our names to whatever we wish and have the right to expect colleagues, family and friends to so address us.” […]

national lost penny day

February 12 is National Lost Penny Day

Today is National Lost Penny Day but its timing is no accident. Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809. In 1909, President Theodore Roosevelt introduced a one-cent piece to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great Emancipator’s birth. It was the first American coin to bear the likeness of a real person. Fifty years […]

pro sports wives day

February 11 is Pro Sports Wives Day

Today is the 11th annual Pro Sports Wives Day, a national day of recognition for the contributions of pro sports wives to their husband’s careers and the community. According to Statista, which gathers statistics from more than 18,000 sources, 2014 revenue of U.S. sports markets totaled 60.8 billion dollars. Pro Sports Wives Day was instituted in […]

plimsoll day

February 10 is Plimsoll Day

Today is Plimsoll Day. It celebrates the birth of Samuel Plimsoll (Feb. 10, 1824— June 3, 1898), a British merchant, politician, author and reformer whose tireless efforts saved many sailors’ lives. Plimsoll realized that the power to bring ship owners to account rested with the government. So he ran for a seat as a member of Parliament (MP) […]