It seems like every morning when I flip on the news as I am getting ready for work, the anchor is telling me it is National Something Day. This morning I was duly informed that it was National Take Your Daughter and Sons to Work Day. Well, my daughter and sons live many miles away, are in their 20’s, and have jobs of their own. So, I don’t think I’ll be observing this one. However, it got me to thinking. Who decides what the National Days are? Google, can you help me out with this one? *click click clickity clack* OK, Google told me that the consensus were these people at the National Day Calendar. When I visited the site and clicked on the What’s Going On Today button I learned that it was more than just one National Something today. It’s also:
National Babe Ruth Day – I’m not much of a baseball fan so I won’t be observing this one.
National Prime Rib Day – Now this one I can get behind. Love me some prime rib. Medium Rare with the outside seasoned and brown and the inside bright pink. Oh yeah, guess what I’m having for lunch? Not even waiting for dinner.
National Tell A Story Day – Ah, most apropos since that’s kind of what I’m doing here. This also reminds me of a scene in the movie 48 Hours.
Oh, that’s my favorite. I’m getting off track here. Maybe it should be International Mind Wandering Day as well.
As I continued to browse the National Day Calendar it seemed like every day was filled with multiple national something or other days. This got me to wondering if there was a National Nothing Day? So back to Google I went and it told me, why yes Ari, January 16th is National Nothing Day. I went back to the National Day Calendar and looked up January 16th. Not that I don’t trust you Google, but, well, I don’t trust you. In this case the calendar confirmed that Google was right. But I also saw this:
What the fuck? How can there be other National Somethings on National Nothing Day??? MLK Day happened to fall on January 16th this year due to the fact that it’s always the third Monday in the month. It’s also a real holiday celebrating a visionary, so I can’t complain about that. But what about the other ones? Fig Newtons? Not my favorite. They’re OK, but eat them another day! Religious Freedom Day, Without a Scalpel Day? All deserving days I am sure, but why on this day? Maybe they should bring that scalpel back and cut out these three days and paste them somewhere else on the calendar.
So what are your thoughts? Think National Nothing Day should be just that? You have a favorite National Something Day? Think there are WAY TOO MANY national somethings? Let me know in the comments.