Today is Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day, a new take on an old tradition.
Although we can find no origin for the practice, legend has it that at the turn of the 20th century, people in Europe and the U.S. placed a piece of cloth in their larders, cool spaces where they stored food before the advent of modern refrigeration.
Typically the cloth was taken from a blanket, sheet or nightgown in the superstitious belief that it would bring good fortune, bountiful food and abundant fertility to the household.
Larders were phased out as refrigerators became widely available. General Electric’s popular Monitor-Top refrigerator, introduced in 1927, doomed the larder and the tradition as well.
In 2013, the practice was resurrected, with a twist. A pillow and refrigerator replaced the cloth and larder. (To be precise, the pillow would go inside the fridge, but that’s a minor quibble.)
Social media has helped raise awareness of the holiday. Today, you can tweet your support of #PutAPillowOnYourFridgeDay, buy a PAPOYFD pillow to put on your fridge (so meta) and upload photos of your pillow-topped fridges on the PAPOYFD Facebook page. Who knows? Maybe Likes will bring you luck!
Happy Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day!