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

national chop suey day

August 29 is National Chop Suey Day

Today is National Chop Suey Day. It honors the popular Chinese-American dish of uncertain provenance. Legends abound regarding the origin of chop suey. Some say it was invented in the 1860s by a Chinese cook in San Franciso who, fearing he would be beaten by a rowdy bunch of miners demanding food after hours, served them a […]

national bow tie day

August 28 is National Bow Tie Day

Today is National Bow Tie Day, inaugurated on August 28, 2012, to celebrate the quirky neck accessory. Croatian mercenaries of the 17th century tied scarves around their necks to hold their shirt tops together. French soldiers brought the style home after the end of the Thirty Years’ War. They called it the cravat, derived from […]

national petroleum day

August 27 is National Petroleum Day

Today is National Petroleum Day, also known as Oil and Gas Industry Appreciation Day. Crude oil was first pumped from the ground in China’s Sichuan Province 2,500 years ago. Its discovery in the U.S. is credited to Edwin L. Drake who, on August 27, 1859, struck oil 70 feet below the surface of Titusville, PA. The […]

women's equality day

August 26 is Women’s Equality Day

Today is Women’s Equality Day, created in 1972 to commemorate the date in 1920 when, after decades of effort by activists across the country, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, granting women the right to vote. Fifty years later, on August 26, 1970, feminist Betty Friedan led a nationwide protest called the Women’s Strike […]

thoughtful thursday

August 25 is Thoughtful Thursday

Today is Thoughtful Thursday, originated by Lorraine Jara in 1988 as part of Be Kind to Humankind Week. She created bk2hk.org after hearing about a boating accident near her hometown of Toms River, NJ. Two young men, drowning after their rowboat capsized, were pulled from the water by two young women in another small boat. They had no […]

pluto demoted day

August 24 is Pluto Demoted Day

Today is Pluto Demoted Day. On August 24, 2006, at a meeting in Prague, Czech Republic, 424 members of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) voted to enact new rules governing the classification of planets. The IAU narrowed the definition of a planet after the discovery of several worlds at the edge of our solar system.  Pluto […]

mail order catalog day

August 18 is Mail Order Catalog Day

Today is Mail Order Catalog Day. On August 18, 1872, Aaron Montgomery Ward issued the first mail order catalog of Montgomery Ward & Company of Chicago, Illinois. It was a one-sheet list of 163 items. Several years earlier, while working as a traveling salesman, Ward learned that customers in rural areas lacked access to quality […]

international wave at surveillance day

August 16 is International Wave at Surveillance Day

Today is the sixth annual International Wave at Surveillance Day, created by privacy activist Zorbitor to provide “a chance for the watched to reach out to the watchers both at home and in public venues.” First, a little history is in order. Video Surveillance In 1942, the surveillance camera was invented by German engineer Walter Bruch […]

taffy sculpting day

August 15 is Taffy Sculpting Day

Today is Taffy Sculpting Day on the boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ. It is the first competition in the city’s annual Weird Week. According to organizers, today’s “wacky, but not tacky” contest challenges participants to build a work of art from saltwater taffy. One year, an entrant modeled a Ferris wheel from the candy. Tuesday […]

tugfest

August 13 is TugFest

Today is the 30th annual TugFest. In 1987, residents of Port Byron, Illinois, and LeClaire, Iowa, decided it would be fun to have a tug-of-war. They didn’t let the fact that the towns are separated by the Mississippi River get in their way. The tradition continues today with 11 teams of 20 tuggers on either side of […]