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14 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in August

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There's more to August than just the dog days. Celebrate all month long with a calendar full of offbeat holidays.

1. August 1: Girlfriend's Day

Forgot to plan something for this holiday you didn't know existed? It's okay—just remind her that every day is girlfriend's day so you can celebrate tomorrow.

2. August 2: National Mustard Day

Real aficionados should head to Middleton, WI where they can check out the National Mustard Museum.

3. August 3: Sisters Day

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This is Emelye Keyser, she is better than your sister.

4. August 4: Single Working Women's Day

A day to honor all women who manage to bravely get up and go to work each morning while suffering from—or relishing—singledom.

5. August 5: National Underwear Day

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Underwear emporium Freshpair founded National Underwear Day on August 5th, 2003 and since then it has grown to include events around the country. Last year, they tried to set a new Guinness World Record for largest gathering of people in their underwear. The group fell short, but 800 people gathered in Times Square in just their underwear.

6. August 8: Happiness Happens Day

Celebrated annually on the founding date of the Secret Society of Happy People, which you can join for $29.95.

7. August 9: Veep Day

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Commemorates the day in 1974 when Gerald Ford became President without ever having been elected for either Vice President or President. Ford had become Vice President after Spiro Agnew resigned due to a kickback scandal. When Nixon later resigned amid the Watergate scandal, Ford made it all the way to Commander-in-Chief.

8. August 12: Vinyl Record Day

First declared such in 2002, Vinyl Record Day is held on the anniversary of when Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877.

9. August 15: Best Friends Day

You don't need an excuse to hang out with your best friend. But it can't hurt.

10. August 18: Bad Poetry Day

Sure, poetry is subjective. But some of it is just bad.

11. August 19: National Aviation Day

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In 1939, Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Presidential Proclamation 2343 making August 19, Orville Wright’s birthday, National Aviation Day.

12. August 21: Poet’s Day

A day to soothe the bruised egos of Poets mocked just three days before.

13. August 24: Anniversary of Pluto’s demotion

Okay, this one isn't really a holiday. But Pluto deserves at least one day a year of remembrance.

14. August 26: National Dog Day

...also Women’s Equality Day.

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10 Pats Born on St. Patrick's Day
A photo from the 1919 wedding of Princess Patricia of Connaught to the Hon. Alexander Ramsay.
A photo from the 1919 wedding of Princess Patricia of Connaught to the Hon. Alexander Ramsay.
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Need some St. Patrick's Day conversation fodder that doesn't involve leprechauns or four-leaf clovers? Ask your friends to name a "Pat" born on St. Patrick's Day. If they can't, they owe you a drink—then you can wow them with this list of 10.


Princess Patricia was the granddaughter of Queen Victoria, who gave up all of her royal titles when she married a commoner. She was born at Buckingham Palace on March 17, 1886.


The Dallas star was born on March 17, 1949. And here's a totally random fact about Duffy: His nephew is Barry Zito, former MLB pitcher for the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants.


Pattie Boyd
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Pattie Boyd is well-known to lovers of classic rock: She has been married three times, including once to George Harrison and once to Eric Clapton, who both wrote a couple of the most romantic songs in rock history in her honor (including The Beatles's "Something" and Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight"). Boyd was a model when she met Harrison on the set of A Hard Day's Night in 1964; the pair were married two years later. They divorced in 1977 and she married Clapton, Harrison's close friend, in 1979. She also had an affair with Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones toward the end of her marriage to The Quiet Beatle.


Belfast-born Pat Rice is a former footballer and coach who spent the bulk of his career with Arsenal F.C. (that's "football club," a.k.a. soccer to us Americans). He joined the Gunners in 1964 as a mere apprentice, turning pro a couple of years later. He became captain in 1977 and left the club for a few years in the early 1980s to go to Watford, but returned after he retired from playing in 1984. In 2012, after nearly 30 years with the organization, he announced his retirement.


Patty Maloney is an actress with dwarfism who stands just three feet, 11 inches tall. She has appeared in many movies and T.V. shows over the years, including operating the Crypt Keeper puppet in Tales from the Crypt. She also played Chewbacca's son Lumpy in The Star Wars Holiday Special.


Michael C. Hall and Mathew St. Patrick in 'Six Feet Under'

Ok, so Mathew St. Patrick is the stage name of the actor, but he was born Patrick Matthews in Philadelphia on March 17, 1968. You probably know him best as David's boyfriend Keith on Six Feet Under.


He may not be a household name, but the recording artists Patrick Adams writes for and helps produce certainly are. Adams has been involved in the careers of Salt-N-Pepa, Sister Sledge, Gladys Knight, Rick James, and Coolio, among others.


It's possible you look at Patrick McDonnell's work every day, depending on which comics your newspaper carries. McDonnell draws a strip called Mutts featuring a dog and a cat named Earl and Mooch, respectively. Charles Schulz called it one of the best comic strips of all time.


 Singer/Guitarist Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins performs onstage during Live Earth New York at Giants Stadium on July 7, 2007 in East Rutherford, New Jersey
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Yes, you know him better as just plain old Billy Corgan: he's the face of the Smashing Pumpkins, engages in public feuds with Courtney Love, and maybe once dated Jessica Simpson. He made his debut on March 17, 1967.


Patricia Ford is a retired model probably best known for her Playboy photoshoots in the 1990s.

St. Patrick's Day By the Numbers

You know St. Patrick's Day falls on the 17th of March. And you probably know how many green beers is too many green beers for you to consume. But do you know how many boys born in Ireland are named Patrick each year? Or how many people travel to Ireland to celebrate the holiday each March? The folks at RewardExpert, a website dedicated to helping travelers find the best frequent flyer and travel credit card reward programs for their lifestyle, do. And they've gathered it all together in one handy infographic, just in time for the big day.


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