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17 Fun and Unusual Calendars to Put Up Next Year

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The new year is sneaking up once again, and that means it's time for a new calendar. Sure, you could go with a free one you got in the mail, but why not keep track of time in a more interesting way? These calendars will get you pumped for the changing months ahead.

1. I COULD PEE ON THIS; $11

It turns out cats make pretty good poets. Francesco Marciuliano’s book, I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats, is a great collection of poems from the viewpoint of housecats. Now you can get these felines' verses in calendar form. Each month features a different cat and a corresponding poetic masterpiece.

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2. UNDERWATER DOGS; $15

Photographer Seth Casteel is known for his shots of dogs jumping into bodies of water to fetch balls and other items. It turns out all those jowls and extra skin look pretty funny when pushed up by the water. This 18-month calendar comes with 12 amazing shots of wide-eyed dogs underwater.

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3. LIL BUB; $12

It’s no secret that mental_floss loves Lil Bub. The funny little cat has been named "nature's happiest accident," and sports the most irresistible mug in the animal kingdom. This calendar comes with plenty of cute pictures of the slack-tongued feline, as well as some fun stickers to stick on your books, folders, and friends.

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4. THIS IS GUACWARD; $8

Looking for a little honesty from your calendar? New York-based illustrator David Olenick has got you covered. His new calendar is filled with delightful drawings sharing some harsh, albeit true sentiments. The simplistic designs are perfect for the realist in your life.

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5. CATS OF 1986; $12

These cats are living the glory days of the mid-'80s in this super radical monthly calendar. Who knew felines could look so good with big hair and shoulder pads? 

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6. GOATS IN TREES; $9

This incredibly specific calendar comes with 18 months, so you can start using it immediately. And it’s never too soon to start enjoying athletically skilled goats that made it up into trees.

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7. SPACE CATS; $10-$15

Evidence the world is a beautiful place: You have multiple options when shopping for the perfect space cat calendar. Choose between TF Publishing’s hallucinogenic and seasonal calendar, or Rock Point’s more straightforward alternative. Either way, you win with cats flying through space.

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8. AWKWARD FAMILY PHOTOS; $12

The novelty blog Awkward Family Photos has been around for a long time and with good reason. These real family portraits are equal parts awkward and hilarious, reminding you that it’s okay to laugh at your own blunder years. Curators Mike Bender and Doug Chernack share some extra cringe-worthy photos for this day-to-day calendar.

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9. SUPER MARIO BROTHERS; $10

For nostalgic gamers, this Super Mario Brothers calendar features all the vintage artwork you could want. Each month has a different scene of one of the many iconic levels in the game.

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10. NUNS HAVING FUN; $11

As we’ve covered in the past, nuns can totally still have fun. Enjoy pictures of nuns playing sports, taking selfies, and winning prizes at the fair. 

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11. CARTOONS FROM THE NEW YORKER; $12

If you find yourself flipping through The New Yorker just looking for the comics, you might as well cut out the middle man and buy this calendar.

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12. SLOTHS; $11

Sloths are seriously cute. You can have the cuteness all year round with this second-annual sloth calendar. Zoologist Lucy Cooke shares some of the most adorable sloth pictures out there for your monthly enjoyment.

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13. THE OLD FARMER’S ALMANAC; $10

If you’re a fan of mental_floss, then you’re definitely a fan of cool facts. The Old Farmer’s Almanac calendar is filled with just that. Learn the answers to pressing questions like: How fast can an ostrich run? And why are cashews never sold in the shell? On top of important trivia, you also get folklore, tips, quotes, proverbs, and puzzles.

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14. HYPERBOLE AND A HALF; $10

Beloved cartoon artist and writer Allie Brosh is back again with a calendar featuring some of her charming illustrations and comics. The calendar features some of the best material and characters from Hyperbole and a Half.

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15. FUN PUGS; $11

Pugs are already fun but wait until you see them Photoshopped into seasonal scenes. From a fancy date in February to dressing up in October, the situations these pugs find themselves in are pretty adorable. The 12 month calendar features 12 pugs that you definitely don’t want to miss.

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16. A YEAR OF GOOD BEER; $13

Beer connoisseurs can find new selections and celebrate old favorites with this calendar packed with facts, trivia, and beer recommendations.

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17. THE LITTLE WORLD OF LIZ CLIMO; $13

Illustrator Liz Climo creates whimsical animal comics that are almost guaranteed to brighten up your day. This calendar gives owners one new cartoon a day, so you know it’s going to be a good year.

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This story originally appeared in 2015.

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If You Love Antique Stores, This Subscription Box Is For You
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Do you love wandering the aisles of antique malls, shopping at vintage clothing stores, and filling your home with knick-knacks and ephemera from the past? Then this subscription box is for you.

Royal Treasure Chest is a curated monthly subscription that sends a package full of vintage goodies to your door, thoughtfully hand-picked based on your personal taste. The subscription box offering is an extension of Royal Treasure, an online vintage shop with a presence on Etsy and eBay and run by wife-and-husband team Denise and Royal.

Prices start at $15 for a monthly single-item box. Also available is a $40 plan (three items) and a $60 plan (five items). Your box is highly customizable. First, you select your category (or categories) from the following options: Beautiful old hardcover books, curios and knick-knacks, jewelry, tie bars and cufflinks, paper ephemera (like postcards or photographs), and ladies' or gentlemen's accessories. Then you can go into detail about your style, favorite eras, and likes and dislikes. That means it's great for indecisive people who want to treat themselves to a box of nice things every month.

To find the vintage collectibles, Royal Treasure's Pittsburgh-based team travels to estate sales in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio. Every box comes with a note printed on parchment paper recounting where your new treasures were found and gives details about the families that once owned them. (The grandfather was a World War I fighter pilot! This family of dance instructors counted a young Gene Kelly among their pupils!) It reads like a letter from a friend and gives a homespun feel to the whole operation.

I subscribed to the $40 plan and loved the items I got. Every box also included a bonus postcard with a message written by someone from another era. I definitely took Royal Treasure up on the opportunity to go into detail about my taste. One of the things I wrote was that I like dogs, and I got a lot of dog-themed stuff that made me smile. In one month's box, I got a porcelain dog figurine as well as a trinket box and a decorative plate with country scenes on them. I liked the puppy statuette and thought the box and plate were nice enough, but then I looked closer and realized they each had a tiny dog cavorting around the landscape and I appreciated them even more. Now that's attention to detail.

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Candytopia, the Interactive Art Installation Made of Sweet Treats, Is Coming to New York City
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A colorful exhibition is sharing some eye candy—and actual candy—with visitors. The sweet art pop-up, called Candytopia, is heading to New York City this summer following successful stints in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, Gothamist reports.

Candytopia feels a little like Willy Wonka’s chocolate room. More than a dozen rooms with psychedelic backdrops will be on view, as well as candy-inspired interpretations of famous artworks such as Mona Lisa and The Thinker. The installation is the brainchild of Jackie Sorkin, the star of TLC’s Candy Queen.

Many of the art installations are made from actual candy, but unlike Wonka’s lickable wallpaper, visitors will have to keep their hands and tongues to themselves. Instead, guests will be given samples of various sweet treats like gummies, chocolates, and “nostalgic favorites.”

Forbes named Candytopia one of the best pop-up museums to visit in 2018. New York City seems the perfect place for the exhibit, having formerly hosted other food-inspired pop-ups like the Museum of Pizza and the Museum of Ice Cream.

Candytopia will debut in New York City on August 15 at Penn Plaza at 145 West 32nd Street. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and they can be ordered on Candytopia’s website. Private events and birthday parties can also be arranged.

Keep scrolling to see some more installations from Candytopia.

A wing of the Candytopia exhibit
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An Egyptian-inspired statue made of candy
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A candy version of the Mona Lisa
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A shark statue
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[h/t Gothamist]

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