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10 Ridiculous Made-Up National Holidays

Lemon meringue pie day. Feet day. Chucky (the doll) day. Where does it end?!

Happy National Lemon Meringue Pie Day! You didn’t know it was National Lemon Meringue Pie Day? Neither did we. This year, it seems that every day has become a national holiday. Love ice cream? Well, August 18th is National Ice Cream Pie Day. But don’t confuse that with National Soft Serve Day on August 19th or Banana Split Day on August 25th. Can you see an ice cream theme going here?

Eating healthy? Make sure to mark down National Trail Mix Day on August 31st because, yeah, that’s a thing. Social media and corporations are turning 365 days into national celebrations for something or another -- and who doesn't wanna celebrate? Here are 10 ridiculous made-up national holidays to keep on your calendar for the rest of 2015.

1. I Love My Feet Day!

August 17

Feet. Let’s be honest, they’re useful but weird. On 30 Rock, Liz Lemon often complains about hating her feet (which hilariously forces her to wear socks in the shower and to the beach). Lots of women feel her pain. Many are so grossed out by their tootsies that the so-called “Cinderella” plastic surgery  is gaining popularity. Whether you’re feet belong to Cinderella or Shrek, on August 17th, walk, skip and hop proud and free.

2. Brazilian Blowout Day

August 21

Get your hair did on August 21 for National Brazilian Blowout Day. The smart folks behind the trendy hair procedure apparently created a holiday for themselves. The Brazilian Blowout treatment is said to improve the health of your hair by creating a protective protein layer around the hair shaft to eliminate frizz and smooth the cuticle. Straight hair plus no damage? Now, that’s something to celebrate. Hopefully this day comes with deals and discounts.

3. Kiss and Make Up Day

August 25

Let bygones be bygones. Once your hair is looking right after National Brazilian Blowout Day, forgive someone on National Kiss and Make Up Day. This holiday to end feuding and fighting likely has its origins in the flower industry. End an argument, feud or beef with a smooch and a dozen roses. 

4. Chicken Boy's Day

September 1

Happy Birthday Chicken Boy! Who is Chicken Boy? We had no clue but after some research, we found out that he (or it) was a statue advertising a fried chicken restaurant in Los Angeles in the 1960s. Chicken Boy has the head of a chicken and the body of a human, holding a bucket of chicken. Freaky. It was removed in 1984 but has since resurfaced as a 22-foot fiberglass monument on Route 66.  

5. One Hit Wonder Day

September 25

What do Skee Lo and Milli Vanilli have in common? They had one song define their careers. On September 25, you can celebrate them and other one-hit wonders. Dust off your old CDs and cassettes and relive classics like “Macarena” by Los del Rio and Vanilla Ice’s classic “Ice Ice Baby.”

6. Grouch Day

October 15

Grrr. Feeling grouchy? On this day, you’re totally allowed to be a pain, stick-in-the-mud and a grump. The day was inspired by Sesame Street’s famous Oscar the Grouch but puppets and non-puppets alike can celebrate.

7. Chucky Day

Just a few days until Halloween is the perfect time to celebrate Chucky, the iconic film killer. The psychotic toy is the star of the Child’s Play horror series and continues to inspire nightmares in kids and adults alike. Turn the lights low and relive his madness on this day.  

8. Men Make Dinner Day

November 5

Men, get in the kitchen! Whoever dreamed up National Men Make Dinner Day is a hungry genius. Today, the dudes don the aprons and make us grub. No bbq allowed either, boys. Apparently, this day was created for the men who don’t know their way around the kitchen and for the women in their lives who need a break from slaving over a hot stove. Yes, please!

9.  Buy Nothing Day

November 27

The day after Thanksgiving is usually one of the biggest shopping days all year as folks get started on their holiday haul. Black Friday goes into Cyber Monday, which leads to credit card bills and stress. Skip this by celebrating National Buy Nothing Day. Yep. Ignore the deals, coupons and door buster lines and chill out.

10. Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day

December 8

If you could go back in time, when would you go? Would you relive Studio 54 in the glittery 70s, dance at Woodstock in the 60s or drive the first Model T car? On December 8, set your watch back and pretend you’re a time traveler. Extra points for rocking time-appropriate clothing and using old tyme slang. Groovy, man.

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