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

pencil day

March 30 is Pencil Day

Today is Pencil Day but it is not, as the name might imply, the date of its invention. On March 30, 1858, Hymen Lipman patented his addition of an eraser to an existing design. ***** Fun Fact: The first known usage of the word “pencil” occurred in the 14th century, derived from Old French pincel, meaning “artist’s paintbrush.” Pincel  […]

smoke and mirrors day

March 29 is Smoke and Mirrors Day

Today is Smoke and Mirrors Day. It is sometimes referred to as National Smoke and Mirrors Day or the Festival of Smoke and Mirrors although, perhaps fittingly, we know of no festival occurring today. Magicians have long used distracting bursts of smoke to mask the extension or retraction of mirrors. The props help them make […]

March 28 is Respect Your Cat Day

Today is Respect Your Cat Day. We would argue that every day is Respect Your Cat Day. Why is today singled out for this observance? Legend has it that on March 28, 1384, King Richard II outlawed the consumption of cats. We use the word “legend” because there doesn’t appear to be a lick of […]

national joe day

National Joe Day

Today is National Joe Day. We have been unable to track down the source of this unofficial observance but that shouldn’t keep you from having fun with it. Is your name Joe? Congratulations. Inform your friends, family and coworkers about today’s holiday, then sit back and wait for the accolades to come your way. If […]

make up your own holiday day

Make Up Your Own Holiday Day

Today is Make Up Your Own Holiday Day, created by Thomas and Ruth Roy of Wellcat Holidays and Herbs. Thomas is an actor perhaps best known for his role as a preacher in 12 Monkeys. Ruth is the proprietor of Wellcat Herbs, selling her own products online and at Pennsylvania Renaissance Faires. Together, they have invented […]

pecan day

March 25 is Pecan Day

Today is Pecan Day, not to be confused with National Pecan Day (April 14) or National Pecan Month (also April). As the only nut tree native to North America, the pecan has been a source of pride since the founding of the United States. The pecan tree was declared the State Tree of Texas in 1906; […]

national chocolate covered raisins day

National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day

Today is National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day. In 1927, the Blumenthal Brothers Chocolate Company had the brilliant idea of covering dried California grapes with chocolate. It named the results Raisinets and they’ve been a favorite of moviegoers and vending machine gourmands ever since. The formula changed hands several times before being purchased by Nestlé in […]

near miss day

March 23 is Near Miss Day

Today is Near Miss Day. On March 23, 1989, an asteroid passed uncomfortably close to Earth. Asteroids fly by Earth fairly often, with no deleterious effects. If NASA notified us of every space rock in our general vicinity, we’d spend all our time: watching Discovery channel disaster porn about the killer rock that’s probably on […]

cute kitten day

March 23 is Cuddly Kitten Day

Today is Cuddly Kitten Day. We have been unable to locate its creators and can only assume they felt there were not enough photos, videos, books, magazines and websites dedicated to felines already. Perhaps our profile of National Cat Day on October 29th fell short of their expectations, too. A day like this can be very […]

international talk like william shatner day

March 22 is International Talk Like William Shatner Day

Today is International Talk Like William Shatner Day (ITLWSD). In 2009, Maurice LaMarche and Doug VanHorn bumped into each other on Facebook while each was attempting to have March 22nd–Shatner’s birthday—designated as ITLWSD. Though initially sworn enemies locked in a Lazarus-like battle over who’d thought of it first, the men eventually joined forces to promote […]