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21 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in November

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While you're busy celebrating Banana Pudding Lovers Month, National Georgia Pecan Month, Peanut Butter Lovers’ Month, Vegan Month, and National Novel Writing Month, be sure to schedule in these daily celebrations, some of which are seasonally relevant and some of which aren't relevant to anything at all.

1. NOVEMBER 1: NATIONAL COOK FOR YOUR PETS DAY

Because they do enough around the house, don't you think?

2. NOVEMBER 2: PLAN YOUR EPITAPH DAY

It's never too early to start composing your eternal tagline.

3. NOVEMBER 3: CLICHE DAY

All's fair in love and war and holidays, and what goes around comes around so have the time of your life this November 3 by celebrating this fit as a fiddle celebration. You'll be like a kid in a candy store. 

4. NOVEMBER 3: SANDWICH DAY

The birthday of John Montague, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, is as good a day as any to do what you normally do—eat a sandwich.

5. NOVEMBER 6: SAXOPHONE DAY

In celebration of all the Bill Clintons, Lisa Simpsons, and Clarence Clemonses out there.

6. NOVEMBER 7: PUMPKIN DESTRUCTION DAY

Halloween is over—it's time to smash some pumpkins. 

7. NOVEMBER 8: ABET AND AID PUNSTERS DAY

Polish up your pun gun, it's the most eye roll-worthy day of the year. 

8. NOVEMBER 8: COOK SOMETHING BOLD AND PUNGENT DAY

Also known as "spend some time alone" day. 

9. NOVEMBER 15: NATIONAL BUNDT DAY

Time to get out that pan you never use so you can justify owning it for another year. 

10. NOVEMBER 17: NATIONAL UNFRIEND DAY

Jimmy Kimmel is actually responsible for this holiday, which marks an occasion to take a good hard look at your social media connections, and then put a few on the chopping block. 

11. NOVEMBER 18: MARRIED TO A SCORPIO SUPPORT DAY

We can't personally speak to the necessity of this holiday, but the fact that it exists does not speak kindly of those born between October 23 and November 21.

12. NOVEMBER 19: “HAVE A BAD DAY” DAY

This isn't a celebration of the inevitable bad day, but rather an occasion for those working in customer service to break their usual (and tired) refrain of "have a nice day" and wish customers a bad one instead. 

13. NOVEMBER 20: NAME YOUR PC DAY

You spend enough time together. Shouldn't your best friend have a name?

14. NOVEMBER 23: FIBONACCI DAY

Tip your hat to the famous sequence by staring at the glorious spirals in nature, rectangles in architecture, or talking a stroll down a winding staircase. 

15. NOVEMBER 24: CELEBRATE YOUR UNIQUE TALENT DAY

We're not sure that anyone who would celebrate this day actually needs an excuse to celebrate this day, so let's assume it's for children. 

16. NOVEMBER 25: SHOPPING REMINDER DAY

November 25 marks exactly one month until Christmas, and this holiday is celebrated in the hope that maybe you'll actually start shopping before December 23 this year. 

17. NOVEMBER 27: NATIONAL FLOSSING DAY

PSA: This is not a suggestion to floss just once a year.

18. NOVEMBER 27: NATIONAL SINKIE DAY

A day for those who dine while standing above their kitchen sink, something you might do during your second Thanksgiving meal in the middle of the night (or the early morning hours of National Sinkie Day). 

19. NOVEMBER 28: NATIONAL AURA AWARENESS DAY

Staff writer Shaunacy Ferro

Get in touch with that quiet, colorful, and luminous energy that radiates from your body like a halo, just before the madness of the holiday season drives you completely insane. 

20. NOVEMBER 29: ELECTRONIC GREETINGS DAY

Be honest: It's been a while since you've sent someone an electronic message, hasn't it? You can save on postage fees, and help the environment by sending a text or email, so take this day to reach out via electronic device. 

21. NOVEMBER 30: STAY HOME BECAUSE YOU’RE WELL DAY

You probably just spent the last several days gorging with in-laws—you deserve this. 

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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