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9 Weird and Wonderful 2016 Calendars

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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.

1. COW YOGA CALENDAR

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.

2. ROUNDABOUTS OF THE WORLD CALENDAR

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

Boys of Hampden via Facebook

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

American Association of State Troopers (AAST) via Facebook

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.

7. WORLD’S BEST FATHER CALENDAR

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.

8. HOW TO TELL IF YOUR CAT IS PLOTTING TO KILL YOU CALENDAR

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.

Heavy Equipment Calendar

Hooters Owl Calendar

Toilets of the World 

Goats in Trees

Extraordinary Chickens

Passive-Aggressive Notes

Hot Guys and Baby Animals

New York City Taxi Drivers

The Warwick Rowers

Nuns Having Fun

Kittendales

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A Simple Trick For Figuring Out the Day of the Week For Any Given Date
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People typically remember anniversaries in terms of dates and years, not days of the week. If you can’t remember whether you got married on a Saturday or Sunday, or don't know which day of the week you were born on, there’s a simple arithmetic-based math trick to help you figure out sans calendar, according to It's Okay To Be Smart host Joe Hanson.

Mathematician John Conway invented the so-called Doomsday Algorithm to calculate the day of the week for any date in history. It hinges on several sets of rules, including that a handful of certain dates always share the same day of the week, no matter what year it is. (Example: April 4, June 6, August 8, October 10, December 12, and the last day of February all fall on a Wednesday in 2018.) Using this day—called an “anchor day”—among other instructions, you can figure out, step by step, the very day of the week you’re searching for.

Learn more about the Doomsday Algorithm in the video below (and if it’s still stumping you, check out It’s OK to Be Smart’s handy cheat sheet here).

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Why Was February Chosen for Black History Month?
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Every February since 1976, the United States has celebrated the achievements of African-Americans during Black History Month. The month-long celebration puts those accomplishments and milestones in focus via the media and in classrooms.

But why February? Was that part of the calendar chosen for any specific purpose?

It was. Black History Month began as “Negro History Week,” a label applied by historian Carter G. Woodson in 1926. Woodson was bothered by the fact that many textbooks and other historical reviews minimized or ignored the contributions of black figures. Along with his Association for the Study of Negro Life and History—later the Association for the Study of African American Life and History—Woodson earmarked the second week in February to raise awareness of these stories.

Woodson chose that week specifically because it covered the birthdays of Frederick Douglass (February 14) and Abraham Lincoln (February 12). The ensuing publicity led many mayors and college campuses to recognize the week; through the years, the groundswell of support allowed the occasion to stretch throughout the entire month.

In 1976, President Gerald Ford made Black History Month official, saying that he was urging everyone to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

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