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13 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in June

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We missed the chance to implore you to celebrate "Say Something Nice Day" with us on the first of the month (and "National Leave the Office Early Day" yesterday), but there are plenty of other holidays you can observe this month.

1. June 6: National Donut Day

This is not some part of a new dessert trend. In fact, the holiday, annually the first Friday in June, was founded in 1938 to honor the role the sweet treat played in World War I. Members of the Salvation Army, who became known as "Doughnut Dollies," distributed donuts to soldiers to supplement their rations. Years later, during the Great Depression, the Salvation Army created the holiday to remember these earlier services and encourage fundraising.

2. June 8: World Oceans Day

In 2008, the United Nations officially designated June 8 as a day to honor the part of the planet covered in water. Which is to say, most of it. Even before that it was celebrated by the Ocean Project and the World Ocean Network. These days, it's a growing global event with a focus on education and preservation.

3. June 12: National Jerky Day

This is just the third annual celebration of dried meat snacks. Although it should be noted that the enthusiasm such a holiday implies is tempered by the fact that it is sponsored by the Wisconsin Beef Council.

4. June 13: Blame Someone Else Day

This is celebrated on the first occurrence of a Friday the 13th each year. There is always at least one Friday the 13th in a year, and never more than three. Fun fact: fear of Friday the 13th is known as paraskavedekatriaphobia.

5. June 14: World Juggling Day

Celebrated by juggling clubs around the world, presumably by juggling things.

6. June 16: Bloomsday

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Each year, on the anniversary of the day that James Joyce's Ulysses takes place, fans of the author celebrate his life and work in cities around the world as part of a holiday named for the protagonist: Leopold Bloom.

7. June 18: International Sushi Day

Any food worth its salt, or umami, has its own holiday. But if you're looking for an excuse to eat sushi, June 18th seems as good a day as any other.

8. June 19: Recess At Work Day

Between this and National Leave Work Early Day on June 2nd, there seems to be a celebratory push for less actual work hours in the month of June.

9. June 20: Take Your Dog To Work Day

But if you do have to be in the office, better bring the dog along. I hope the puppy-parents of mental _floss will be celebrating this.

10. June 21: Summer Solstice

Summer kicks off for the Northern Hemisphere with the exact solstice at 6:51 AM, EDT. Daylight lasts from 12 hours eight minutes at the equator to the full 24 hours at the Arctic Circle.

11. June 24: National Columnists Day

A day to send along a friendly note of appreciation to your favorite newspaper columnist. Or mental_floss staff writer.

12. June 27: Decide To Be Married Day

I'm not sure nearly-newlyweds need another day of celebration but here's a day to honor not just the fact that they're getting married, but that they decided to do it. Based on the poem by Barbara Gaugghen-Muller:

“It’s in the deciding to be united in love,
to express your joyful oneness to every person you meet,
and in every action you take
and together a perfect marriage you’ll make.”

13: June 29: Log Cabin Day

This is annually celebrated on the last Sunday in June in Michigan with a series of old timey festivities and, presumably, lots of Lincoln Logs.

For an even more exhaustive list of holidays, historical anniversaries and notable birthdays, check out Chase's Calendar of Events.

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Everything You Need to Know About Record Store Day
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The unlikely resurgence of vinyl as an alternative to digital music formats is made up of more than just a small subculture of purists. Today, more than 1400 independent record stores deal in both vintage and current releases. Those store owners and community supporters created Record Store Day in 2007 as a way of celebrating the grassroots movement that’s allowed a once-dying medium to thrive.

To commemorate this year’s Record Store Day on Saturday, April 21, a number of stores (a searchable list can be found here) will be offering promotional items, live music, signings, and more. While events vary widely by store, a number of artists will be issuing exclusive LPs that will be distributed around the country.

For Grateful Dead fans, a live recording of a February 27, 1969 show at Fillmore West in San Francisco will be released and limited to 6700 copies; Arcade Fire’s 2003 EP album will see a vinyl release for the first time, limited to 3000 copies; "Roxanne," the Police single celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, will see a 7-inch single release with the original jacket art.

The day also promises to be a big one for David Bowie fans. A special white vinyl version of 1977’s Bowie Now will be on shelves, along with Welcome to the Blackout (Live London ’78), a previously-unreleased, three-record set. Jimmy Page, Frank Zappa, Neil Young, and dozens of other artists will also be contributing releases.

No store is likely to carry everything you might want, so before making the stop, it might be best to call ahead and then plan on getting there early. If you’re one of the unlucky vinyl supporters without a brick and mortar store nearby, you can check out Discogs.com, which will be selling the special releases online.

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What Is the Meaning Behind "420"?
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Whether or not you’re a marijuana enthusiast, you’re probably aware that today is an unofficial holiday for those who are. April 20—4/20—is a day when pot smokers around the world come together to, well, smoke pot. Others use the day to push for legalization, holding marches and rallies.

But why the code 420? There are a lot of theories as to why that particular number was chosen, but most of them are wrong. You may have heard that 420 is police code for possession, or maybe it’s the penal code for marijuana use. Both are false. There is a California Senate Bill 420 that refers to the use of medical marijuana, but the bill was named for the code, not the other way around.

As far as anyone can tell, the phrase started with a bunch of high school students. Back in 1971, a group of kids at San Rafael High School in San Rafael, California, got in the habit of meeting at 4:20 to smoke after school. When they’d see each other in the hallways during the day, their shorthand was “420 Louis,” meaning, “Let’s meet at the Louis Pasteur statue at 4:20 to smoke.”

Somehow, the phrase caught on—and when the Grateful Dead eventually picked it up, "420" spread through the greater community like wildfire. What began as a silly code passed between classes is now a worldwide event for smokers and legalization activists everywhere—not a bad accomplishment for a bunch of high school stoners.

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