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18 Offbeat Holidays to Celebrate in January

It’s a New Year, which means 12 new months to observe some offbeat, obscure and just plain odd holidays. Like these!

January 7th: National Old Rock Day
Have you thanked a veteran rock today? Though no official creator has stepped forward, paleontologists must be behind this holiday honoring the fossils and rock formations that are as old as time.

January 9th: National Static Electricity Day

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Grab your balloons and sweaters! It’s time to build up your static charge and conduct some electrons. This is the perfect holiday to occur in the dead of winter, when the air is extra dry – the optimal conditions for storing up those negative charges that shock you at the most unexpected times.

January 10th: Peculiar People Day

This holiday commemorates the unicorn in all of us. Although there is no official origin story, National Whatever Day theorizes PPD may have spun off from an obscure Christian denomination in England known as “The Peculiar People.”

January 14th: National Dress Up Like Your Pet or Dress Up Your Pet Day
There are conflicting reports as to the specifics of this holiday, but January 14th is definitely either a day to make your beloved pet extra fancy or a day to dress up similarly. For the latter, it is unclear whether this means matching outfits or literally donning a full fur suit.

January 16th: National Nothing Day
A non-holiday created in 1972 by journalist Harold Pullman Coffin, National Nothing Day requires you to not observe, celebrate, honor or commemorate anything. Which might prove tricky this year as it coincides with Martin Luther King Day. However, for most Americans it is a work holiday, providing the perfect opportunity to at least do absolutely nothing.

January 17th: Kid Inventors Day
The Kid Inventors Day website attributes television, water skis, earmuffs and the Popsicle to the minds of brilliant minors. Technically the man who invented the first working television, Philo Farnsworth, applied for the patent at age 21 in 1927. But, he showed an early design for his TV to his teacher at age 14. The purpose of Kid Inventors Day is to celebrate and encourage the ingenuity of children — so the Farnsworth blueprint counts!

Fun Holiday Fact: the name of the holiday makes the acronym KID.

January 18th: Thesaurus Day
On this day in 1779, British lexicographer Peter Mark Roget was born. He is most famous for publishing The Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases (aka “Roget’s Thesaurus”) in 1852. This holiday is a day to honor, celebrate, extol, laud, praise, revere or salute his contributions.

January 20th: Penguin Awareness Day
Not to be confused with World Penguin Day on April 25th, this holiday encourages you to cultivate even more knowledge of the Spheniscidae family. For example, there are between 17 and 20 species of penguins in the world. Or were you aware that contrary to popular belief, some penguin species are only monogamous during mating season – not for life? There’s so much awareness to go around!

January 22nd: National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day
If animals could talk, what would they say? We may never know the real answer, but January 22nd is a day to remember the thoughts and feelings of your domestic feline. Don’t worry if cat whispering isn’t your forte. Cat-oriented websites like Cat Channel offer some great icebreakers to get the conversation started. For example, “Are hairballs a common malady? What can my human do to prevent them?”

January 24th: Beer Can Appreciation Day
77 years ago to the day, the first beer was sold in cans. Since then the beer can has become a barbecue staple, a collector’s item and a maligned receptacle for some beer snobs. Today, pause before chugging, shotgunning or crushing and take a moment to reflect on what your beer can means to you.

January 25th: National Opposite Day
January 25th is definitely not national opposite day.

January 27th: Thomas Crapper Day
Often incorrectly credited with inventing the toilet, Thomas Crapper was a plumber and businessman who did, in fact, champion the modern wash closet and also invented the ballcock — that floating ball in the body of your toilet. His apropos surname was just a coincidence; the word “crap” already existed in the English language at the time of his birth.

January 28th: National Kazoo Day
Founded by Chaplin Willard Rahn of the Joyful Kazoo Band, National Kazoo Day celebrates 162 years of this plastic instrument. The organization behind the holiday, Kazoo America, hopes to one day make the kazoo “America’s official musical instrument.” They ask that you please remember the kazoo is definitely NOT related to the Vuvuzela.

January 30th: National Inane Answering Message Day
Officially, this holiday’s purpose was to assign a day for people to clean out old and pointless voicemails on their answering machines. However, some people have since interpreted it as a day to leave inane voicemails for others. With the proliferation of text messages and decline of landlines, take the opportunity to observe this holiday now before it becomes as obsolete as home answering machines!

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January 1st: First Foot Day
A Scottish New Year tradition, the first person to step into someone’s home is called the “first-footer” and is thought to represent good fortune entering the household—in the form of gifts including coal, whiskey, cash and/or cheese and bread. Sorry ladies and blond men, in order to be considered lucky the first-footer should always be a dark-haired man.

January 3rd: Fruitcake Toss Day
Although it may sound like a culinary Olympic event, Fruitcake Toss Day just marks the time when it is finally socially acceptable to trash all of the holiday fruitcakes you received. If you choose to turn the event into a throwing contest, make sure to have paper towels handy.

January 4th: World Hypnotism Day
According to the official website, World Hypnotism Day was created to educate the people of the world that hypnotism is more than just staring at a swinging gold watch whilst being told how sleepy you are getting. To further your learning, you can download audio clips from the site or search for events in your area.

January 4th: National Trivia Day
Here's how we celebrated this year: 119 Amazing Facts for National Trivia Day.

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It's National Pizza Day! Here Are the Chains Offering the Best Deals
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Pizza comes about as close to perfection as food can get. Now, in honor of National Pizza Day—which is today, February 9—some fine purveyors of the cheesy delicacy have made it even more irresistible. If you’re looking for a place to celebrate this glorious holiday, these are the restaurants giving away their pizza at discounted costs or at no cost at all.

At Round Table Pizza, a pizza chain in the western U.S., getting a free cheese or pepperoni personal pizza all to yourself is easy. Just order a Pepsi beverage from one of their stores between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m on Friday. Pilot Flying J, a national truck stop chain that sells pizza, is giving away slices now through February 10 to any customer who downloads their myPilot app and redeems the digital coupon. Downloading the app from Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza will get you a buy-one-get-one-free pizza deal all the way up until February 13 when you use their digital code. Chuck E. Cheese's is also going the buy-one-get-one route: Buy any large pizza there and get a free large thin-crust pepperoni pizza at no additional charge.

While nothing beats free pizza, discounted pizza is also abundant on National Pizza Day. Pizza Hut, the largest pizza chain in the U.S., is reducing all menu-priced pizzas by 30 percent for Hut Rewards members. Their biggest competitor, Domino’s, is offering a special that lets customers buy any two items from a list of goodies like wings, pizza, and cheesy bread for $5.99 total. At Papa John’s, they're celebrating Pizza Day for an entire month: Through March 5, you can order their Dual Layer Pepperoni Pizza for $12.

And if you’re a pizza lover who prefers your local by-the-slice joint to national chains, you still have options. Slice, a delivery app that connects customers to local pizzerias, will take $5 off orders of $10 or more when you enter the code “PIZZADAY.” If you can’t find your favorite spot that way, you can always give them a call and ask if they’re doing anything special to mark the big day.

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25 Dapper Outfit Choices for Fashionable Pets
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Lavishing your furry friends with adorable attire is a benefit of pet ownership that they don't mention on the adoption forms. Whether you prefer practical clothing like sweaters and jackets or statement pieces like bow ties and tutus, these dapper duds are perfect for a howl-iday or "gotcha day" gift, or simply for saying, "Who's the cutest little pupper in pajamas? You are!"

1. CASHMERE DOG SWEATER; FROM $165

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Canine Styles

This classic cable-knit cashmere sweater is a sophisticated look for Fido or Finn. Get it from Canine Styles, a luxury dog emporium in New York City that has plenty of posh and preppy outfits.

Find It: Canine Styles

2. TOGGLE DOG COAT; $85

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Canine Styles

This toggle coat (available in orange, navy, and tan) is as fashionable as it is warm. Made of Melton wool, it has Velcro closures to make getting dressed easy. It's great for long walks in the country.

Find It: Canine Styles

3. DOG TUXEDO; FROM $90

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This satin tuxedo is perfect for the canine members of your wedding party, though it will brighten up any other occasion as well. The custom, handmade outfit comes complete with a snappy bow tie.

Find It: Etsy

4. DOG BELLE DRESS; FROM $45

Dog Belle Dress
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The queen of your castle can feel like a Disney princess in her very own version of Belle's iconic yellow dress from Beauty and the Beast. This ball gown is made from yellow crepe satin with chiffon overlay on the bodice and features hand-painted gold detailing on the skirt. Enchanted rose not included.

Find It: Etsy

5. POODLE SKIRT OUTFIT FOR DOGS; $26

Rubies Pink Fifties Girl Pet Costume
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What if you could buy a 1950s poodle skirt for your poodle? This retro dress is comprised of a pink poodle skirt, striped bodice, and sequined belt, and comes with a bow headband.

Find It: Amazon

6. RIBBED CROCHET BUNNY SWEATER; $25

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Etsy

Your snuggle-bunny will look like a little fancy-pants in this ribbed crochet sweater. Choose from seven colors, including this dashing deep red.

Find It: Etsy

7. BESPOKE MONOGRAM DOG SWEATER; FROM $155

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Ruby Rufus

Bespoke clothing isn't just for humans: British luxury dog clothing brand Ruby Rufus will make your pooch a custom monogram sweater made with 100 percent Italian cashmere. You can even order it in your dog's favorite color.

Find It: Ruby Rufus

8. HOT PINK DOG TUTU; $17

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Tutus look absolutely adorable on tiny humans and animals alike. If your pooch wants to get in touch with its inner ballerina, then grab this hot pink number from Etsy. Rave reviews are a sure thing.

Find It: Etsy

9. PINK DOG POLO SHIRT; $35

Dog Pink Polo Shirt
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This pink polo shirt is perfect for your preppy fur baby. It features not one but a veritable multitude of crocodiles. They'll be the most dapper dog at the country club.

Find It: Canine Styles

10. DOG BARN COAT WITH BROWN CORDUROY COLLAR; $85

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When it's time for a walk, your dog will look effortlessly chic in this fancy barn coat. It comes in navy, cranberry, orange, hot pink, and loden and features convenient pockets for anyone with opposable thumbs.

Find It: Canine Styles

11. WHITE PET NECK RUFF; $26

Pet Neck Ruff
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Your canine or kitty will look like their painting belongs in London's National Portrait Gallery with this Elizabethan neck ruff.

Find It: Etsy

12. CHICKEN SWEATER; $25

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Chickens can get cold when they're strutting around outside. A sweater (well, more like sweater vest) for your bird can also help prevent feather picking during molting season. Or, it can simply keep them warm while they stare pensively across a snowy landscape.

Find It: Etsy

13. PET CIRCLE SCARF; $15

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An infinity scarf is a perfect burst of color on a dreary early morning walk. The proprietor of Mitten Made on Etsy originally designed this wool snood for her miniature Dachshund to help keep her warm during the long, cold winters in Michigan.

Find It: Etsy

14. FAB DOG TRAVEL RAINCOAT; FROM $18

Fab Dog Travel Raincoat
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This timeless yellow rain slicker will look great on any puppy when it's raining cats and dogs. It's made of 100 percent waterproof nylon shell that keeps fur dry. Bonus: It's perfect for an It Halloween costume.

Find It: Chewy

15. LACE CAT OR DOG COLLAR; FROM $10

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This handmade, white lace collar is a must-have for fancy felines. It's also embellished with a large rhinestone.

Find It: Etsy

16. FITWARM PENGUIN PAJAMAS FOR DOGS; FROM $10

Fitwarm Cute Penguin Xmas Dog Pajamas
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Keep your pupper warm on cold winter nights with these penguin PJs. They're great for doggie sleepovers or lazy weekends on the couch watching Netflix.

Find It: Amazon

17. PLAID CASHMERE DOG COAT; FROM $225

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Canine Styles

Your dog will look like a proper gentleman in this smart plaid peacoat. This fine garment is made of cashmere with a faux fur lining and leather buttons, and is a perfect shield against chill and fog.

Find It: Canine Styles

18. SATIN PET BOW TIE; FROM $8

Satin Bow Tie for Dog
Etsy

This satin doggie bow tie is perfect for any occasion. It comes in several colors and features a Velcro fastener that makes it easy to attach to a collar. Plus, 10 percent of every sale goes to charity: specifically to SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and Feeding Pets of the Homeless.

Find It: Etsy

19. RED DOG DRESS; FROM $34

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Your good boy or girl will look red carpet-ready in this elegant gown. The voluminous tulle skirt is to die for, and each bow is embellished with beads. Custom orders are also available.

Find It: Etsy

20. DOG TIE; FROM $13

Dog tie
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Your pooch will be ready to stun at any black tie event. This tie is designed like a collar, making it easy to dress your four-legged friend. This Etsy store gives back: 10 perfect of all sales are donated to an animal protection association.

Find It: Etsy

21. NAUTICAL DOG DRESS WITH MATCHING LEASH; $20

Dog sailor dress
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Perfect for a day on the town or setting sail in a schooner, this is the sailor outfit you never knew your best furry friend needed. This vintage throwback also comes with a matching leash.

Find It: BaxterBoo

22. TARTAN FLANNEL PET BOW TIE; $5.50

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Your dog or cat will turn heads in this flannel tartan bow tie. It has a convenient elastic loop that slides over your pup's collar.

Find It: Etsy

23. PUCCI DOG SHIRT; $23

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Only the fanciest dogs wear, err, Pucci. Grab this punny "designer" t-shirt for your pup. This high-quality cotton statement piece is perfect for small breeds.

Find It: Etsy

24. PINK POLKA DOT AND LACE DOG HARNESS DRESS; $20

Pink Polka Dot and Lace Designer Dog Harness Dress
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This feminine pink polka dot dress is simply adorable. It features a convenient built-in harness and comes with a matching leash.

Find It: BaxterBoo

25. PET SWEATER VEST; $6

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Your dog or cat will look like an erudite Oxford professor in this sweater vest. Note that the button on the pocket is shaped like a bone.

Find It: Amazon

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