I love a good holiday. This week I am highlighting three strange ones in the month of September. Unfortunately, none of them are the paid kind.
1. National Punctuation Day
- (September 24) - As a writer, I hold punctuation in the highest regard. Apparently, so does Jeff Rubin, the founder of National Punctuation Day. He offers these suggestions for celebration:
Take a long shower or bath.
Go out for coffee and a bagel (or two).
Read a newspaper and circle all of the punctuation errors you find (or think you find but aren’t sure) with a red pen.
Take a leisurely stroll, paying close attention to store signs with incorrectly punctuated words.
Stop in those stores to correct the owners.
If the owners are not there, leave notes.
Visit a bookstore and purchase a copy of Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style
Look up all the words you circled.
Congratulate yourself on becoming a better written communicator.
Write an error-free letter to a friend.
Take a nap. It has been a long day.
What I find really hilarious is that he has a recipe for cooking the Official Meatloaf of National Punctuation Day
2. National Talk Like a Pirate Day
- (September 19) Sure, pirates were the scum of the earth, no matter how sexy and tender-hearted they've been portrayed by Disney. However, a couple of guys decided to dedicate one day a year to talking like them. Here are a couple of pirate pick-up lines I found amusing.
"Pardon me, but would ya mind if fired me cannon through your porthole?"
"Prepare to be boarded." LMAO.
3. Salami Day
- (September 7) This odd observance was started by the Salami Appreciation Society. Although I love salami, I probably wouldn't actively celebrate the day. However, if you are so inclined, here are some suggestions the SAS suggests:
Pin the tail on the Salami
Bobbing for Salami (even more delightful when floating in a tub of hot butter, watch out for your arteries, though!)
Salami Day costume contest
Salami party hats
A knitting/crocheting party, to make doilies and coverlets for your salami
Salami sculpture contest
Salami trivia games
Play 'Name that Salami!' by having a blindfolded taste test
Personally, I think a good game of Hide the Salami is always fun. LOL
If you were to invent your own holiday, what would it be? How about Buy Your Wife Jewelry Day? Sounds good to me. It probably already exists and was sponsored by Tiffany.