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19 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in April

Spring is in the air—and with these offbeat holidays, there's more than just the weather to celebrate. 

1. APRIL 1: NATIONAL FUN AT WORK DAY

Good luck with this one.

2. APRIL 2: INTERNATIONAL PILLOW FIGHT DAY

Have a pillow fight! But maybe don't wake someone up by holding a pillow over them like in the photo above ... though to be fair they seem to be having a fun time.

3. APRIL 2: NATIONAL FERRET DAY

We'll definitely be celebrating.

4. APRIL 2: NATIONAL LOVE YOUR PRODUCE MANAGER DAY

Or as Gilmore Girl fans everywhere refer to it, Sookie and Jackson Day. (OK, Jackson wasn't technically a produce manager, but let's give it up for all produce men and women everywhere.)

5. APRIL 5: NATIONAL DEEP DISH PIZZA DAY

A day to appreciate sky-high pies, or argue over the best pizza in all the land.

6. APRIL 6: SORRY CHARLIE DAY

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This holiday was inspired by Charlie the Tuna—the cartoon mascot for StarKist and the subject of an advertising campaign that ran until the 1980s. In the spots, Charlie purports to have good taste, and wants to be recruited by the company, but is perpetually rejected via a sign on a fish hook that reads, "Sorry, Charlie." (As the narrator explains, they're interested in tuna that tastes good, not tuna with good taste.) The ads spawned a national catchphrase, and this holiday seeks to recognize all those who have lived through rejection and still retain their spunk. 

7. APRIL 7: INTERNATIONAL BEAVER DAY

Ferrets aren't the only small mammals we love here at mental_floss: International Beaver Day will warrant its own party too

8. APRIL 7: NATIONAL BEER DAY

As if you needed a reason to celebrate.

9. APRIL 11: BARBERSHOP QUARTET DAY

Daniel Orthvia via Flickr // CC BY-ND 2.0

Consider a musical ode to these fearsome foursomes on their special day of the year. 

10. APRIL 11: INTERNATIONAL “LOUIE LOUIE” DAY


"Louie Louie" is, by some accounts, the most recorded rock song in history. (The most famous version was recorded by The Kingsmen in 1963.) This year, celebrate this offbeat holiday by finally figuring out the lyrics. 

11. APRIL 14: CELEBRATE TEEN LITERATURE DAY

We might have a favorite teen lit author, but on this holiday, there's no need to choose sides. Let's celebrate them all. 

12. APRIL 15: NATIONAL THAT SUCKS DAY

It's Tax Day and the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, so yeah, kind of sucky.

13. APRIL 16: NATIONAL AUCTIONEERS DAY

We suggest that you celebrate your favorite auctioneer verbally, as long as you do so very quickly.

14. APRIL 18: NATIONAL STRESS AWARENESS DAY

Founded on the very cute notion that you are not aware of your stress.

15. APRIL 21: NATIONAL BULLDOGS ARE BEAUTIFUL DAY

If you didn't already know this, you can see yourself out. 

16. APRIL 21: NATIONAL HIGH FIVE DAY

Make 'em count today, and don't forget to keep an eye on the elbow.

17. APRIL 22: NATIONAL JELLY BEAN DAY

Unclear why this offbeat holiday doesn't fall closer to Easter, or on Ronald Reagan's birthday, but no matter. When you grab a handful to celebrate this year, just make sure you don't get "BeanBoozled."

18. APRIL 25: WORLD PENGUIN DAY

Seriously, all the animal holidays are good with us

19. APRIL 29: NATIONAL HAIRBALL AWARENESS DAY


Don't become a statistic. 

Holidays found in Chase's Calendar of Events 2016. All photos courtesy of iStock unless otherwise noted.

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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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