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

Google.com Day

September 15 is Google.com Day

Today is Google.com Day. On September 15, 1997, Larry Page and Sergey Brin registered the domain. Page and Brin met at Stanford University in 1995. The following year, they collaborated on a search engine they named BackRub because it analyzed websites’ backlinks to determine their relative importance. It ran for a year but eventually took up so […]

national cream-filled donut day

September 14 is National Cream-Filled Donut Day

Today is National Cream-Filled Donut Day. We don’t know who created this holiday and first celebrated it. We aren’t even certain who invented the cream-filled donut, but who cares? Take a look at this: It is an edible work of art meant to delight the senses in its fleeting existence. There are millions like it right […]

Roald Dahl Day

September 13 is Roald Dahl Day

Today is Roald Dahl Day. September 13, 2017, would have been the beloved children’s book author’s 101st birthday. Dahl is best known for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG, Matilda and Fantastic Mr. Fox. His dark, twisted sense of humor has endeared him to generations of young readers. ***** A lesser-known […]

national video games day

September 12 is National Video Games Day

Today is National Video Games Day. In 1971, a company named Nutting Associates released Computer Space, the first commercial arcade video game. Although it wasn’t a huge financial success, it began a fruitful partnership between creators Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney, who left and opened their own outfit called Atari. They introduced Pong the following year. […]

international creepy boston dynamics robotic horse day

September 10 is International Creepy Boston Dynamics Horse Day

Today is International Creepy Boston Dynamics Horse Day. On September 10, 2012, Boston Dynamics released footage of a rough-terrain robot it developed with funding from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the U.S. Marine Corps. The robot’s official name is The Legged Squad Support System (LS3). Its sensors allow it to follow a human […]

Tester's Day

September 9 is Tester’s Day

Today is Tester’s Day. This unofficial holiday for technicians everywhere is not without controversy. The Story On September 9, 1945, Grace Hopper, a computer scientist at Harvard University, was running tests on the Mark II Calculator (designed by Howard Aiken) when she found a moth that had landed between two solenoid contacts, shorting out an electromechanical relay. Hopper […]

Pardon Day

September 8 is Pardon Day

Today is Pardon Day. On September 8, 1974, President Gerald Ford issued a controversial pardon to Richard Nixon, who had resigned on August 9, 1974 (a.k.a. National Veep Day.) What follows is an excerpt. Read the full proclamation here. As a result of certain acts or omissions occurring before his resignation from the Office of President, […]

September 7 is National Buy a Book Day

Today is National Buy a Book Day, created in 2010 by author Philip Athans to support bookstores, writers and the publishing industry. He chose September 7 as the date of its observance because it falls on his birthday. Athans described his inspiration in science fiction/fantasy blog Grasping at the Wind: It started with a tweet, which warned […]

fight procrastination day

September 6 is Fight Procrastination Day

Today is Fight Procrastination Day, created by an unknown person at an indeterminate point in human history. We’ve been unable to track down the source of this important, unofficial holiday. Procrastination is no joke, according to two of the world’s leading experts: Joseph Ferrari, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at De Paul University in Chicago, […]

international bacon day

International Bacon Day

Today is International Bacon Day, celebrated on the Saturday before Labor Day since 2009 as indicated on a blog which includes helpful translations for the globetrotting bacon lover: English – Can I have some Bacon? Dutch – Kan ik wat Bacon hebben? French – Est-ce que je peux prendre du lard ? German – Kann ich […]