9 Weird and Wonderful 2016 Calendars
It's almost 2016! Time to get a new calendar for your wall. Whether you're into traffic circles or morbid anatomy, there's one out there for every taste.
The Yoga Cats and Yoga Dogs calendars have been very popular in the past few years. For a change of pace, you can try out the Cow Yoga Calendar. The whimsical illustrations may make you feel graceful in comparison while you attempt Side Crow.
The British Roundabout Appreciation Society unites people who admire the traffic circles of Britain and around the world. They’ve selected a dozen of the best to feature on their 2016 Roundabouts of the World Calendar. You can order the calendar from Amazon, and see pictures from it here.
3. GO COMMANDO CALENDAR
There is no shortage of calendars illustrated by fit young people posing partially or fully naked to benefit charities—all it takes is an image search for “charity calendar” to reveal hundreds of them. One that stood out is the Go Commando Calendar, which features shirtless Royal Marines. Proceeds from the calendar go to the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund, which provides services for injured servicemen and the families of those killed in action. Order your calendar here.
4. BOYS OF HAMPDEN WALL CALENDAR
When three Hampden, Baltimore business men wanted to raise funds for the Hampden Family Center—which, according to CBS, "centers on building community relations via youth programs for families to intertwine, assisting families with teen pregnancy and drug abuse, and providing services for senior citizens and any other residents that need help"—they came up with a fun idea: a parody calendar featuring local merchants.
They put out a call for other local businessman to contribute photographs, saying that "the men could dress as provocatively as they wanted with a vehicle or non-vehicle," one of the businessmen, Lou Catelli, told Baltimore Style. "Come as little dressed or as much dressed as you want." They got so many submissions that they produced two calendars: the Boys of Hampden and the Boys of Hampden (Boys Gone Wild). The latter features somewhat less clothing. You can order either the wild or mild version here. See more of the boys at their Facebook page.
5. AMERICA'S BEST LOOKING TROOPER CRUISERS CALENDAR
The American Association of State Troopers made a calendar that appeals to their own aesthetic sensibilities. They had a contest to decide the best-looking cruiser from among all the state police forces, and they're featuring the top 13 vehicles in their calendar America's Best Looking Trooper Cruisers Calendar. The top winner was West Virginia, with Ohio, Massachusetts, and Minnesota following. Did your state make the cut?
6. MORBID ANATOMY MUSEUM CURIOUS COLLECTIONS CALENDAR
Brooklyn's Morbid Anatomy Museum has all manner of books and objects from old medical collections. The Morbid Anatomy Museum Curious Collections 2016 Wall Calendar features their favorite items from museums all over the world.
Dave Engledow runs the website World’s Best Father, where he posts complicated and humorous photos of the things he does with his daughter Alice Bee. Fans can have those photos on their wall with the calendar available from Amazon and from Willow Creek Press.
Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal published a book of cat wisdom and humor in 2012 called How To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You. For 2016, there’s a calendar under the same name featuring various cat comics from Inman. Learn the various signs of kittens preparing to take over the world, and other indications that your cat is out to get you.
9. CALENDARIO ROMANO
The Calendario Romano, or the Roman Priest Calendar, is advertised as a souvenir of Rome with information about the Vatican for those who aren't in the know. The cost is only 10 euros (plus shipping), and you can order yours by email.
There are also calendars we’ve featured in past years that have 2016 editions you might want to check out.