January's offbeat celebrations
MANILA, Philippines - After the food, noise and partying of New Year’s Eve, you might be looking ahead at the rest of January and despairing at the lack of celebrations. Despair not, because January still has surprises in store!
Still in the mood to celebrate? Here are 6 celebrations that are just as official as Rizal Day (minus the state-declared non-working holiday) but are a little bit more unusual, from an article on Mental Floss.
January 8: Bubble Bath Day
Looking for an excuse to take a dip in your tub? Look no further! Turn on the faucet, dump in the bubble bath soap and let the foam rise. Make the most of this special day by lighting some candles, introducing a bottle of wine or champagne and inviting in your loved one.
For some “me” time, grab a good book (careful not to get it wet!) or turn on some relaxing music.
January 17: Kid Inventors Day (aka K.I.D.)
What do earmuffs, water skis, television, the Popsicle and a handful of smart phone apps have in common? They were all invented by kids!
On this day, celebrate the ingenuity of youth by taking your kids to an arts and crafts workshop, popular science class or buying a bagful of materials and invent something together yourselves!
Who knows, your kid might just be the next Mark Zuckerberg! Know more about this day and the kid inventors who changed the world by checking out the official Kid Inventors Day website.
January 18: Thesaurus Day
On this day in 1779, the creator of the thesaurus was born. British lexicographer Peter Mark Roget (hence, “Roget’s Thesaurus”) published the first thesaurus in 1852 aiding generations and generations after him in finding the perfect word.
How to celebrate aside from hunting down your family thesaurus and greeting it a happy birthday? Learn a new word and use it before the day ends! Play word games like Scrabble, Boggle — whatever you do, increase your word power!
January 22: Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day
Cat owners, you’d be surprised to know how many questions your cat may have for you. They range from “Why do you feed me the same cat food every day?” to “Do I really need to take baths?”
Yup, that quizzical look your cat always flashes at you actually means they want to quiz you. They’ve just been saving up all their questions for this day.
Prepare yourself by knowing cats’ most asked questions by checking Catchannel.com. (We ask: When is Answer Your Dog's Questions Day?)
January 23: 56th Anniversary of the Frisbee
American inventor Walter Frederick Morrison designed what he thought would be the world’s first flying disk and named it the “Pluto Platter.” On January 23, 1957, he sold his rights to this design to the Wham-O toy company who renamed the disk “Frisbee” after a Connecticut pie company called Frisbie.
The pie company made pie tins that were used as make-shift toys by kids in that area. Because Wham-O still owns the trademark to the term “Frisbee,” flying disks from other manufacturers are technically not Frisbees.
January 24: Beer Can Appreciation Day
Beer was first sold in cans on this day in 1935. Since then, the people of the world have brought beer cans for picnics, barbeques, movie marathons and almost any event when beer bottles are too heavy or bulky to bring.
Beer cans are collected by lovers of their form and spectrum of designs. Take this day to grab a can (or 6) and appreciate this gleaming container of goodness with your friends.
What else are YOU celebrating this month? Tell us by posting your comment below. - Rappler.com