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15 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in July

In the month of our country's Independence, you're free to celebrate all kinds of unusual holidays. 

1. JULY 3: COMPLIMENT YOUR MIRROR DAY

If you haven't quite gathered it yet, this holiday isn't about the mirror (wink). 

2. JULY 7: TELL THE TRUTH DAY

Especially if you're this guy.

3. JULY 9: BALD IS IN DAY

He looks skeptical, but the calendar doesn't lie.

4. JULY 10: DON’T STEP ON A BEE DAY

Stepping on a bee is bad for a lot of reasons (and for both parties involved), which is why it's good that these furry friends usually stick to the skies.

5. JULY 13: EMBRACE YOUR GEEKNESS DAY

We are all for this offbeat holiday, especially if this is the uniform and we're expected to carry a keyboard like a boom box.

6. JULY 16: NATIONAL WOODIE WAGON DAY

Truly a thing of beauty.

7. JULY 17: NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY

No matter how you eat it—or how often you eat it—be sure to celebrate everyone's favorite frozen treat on this day.

8. JULY 20: TAKE YOUR POET TO WORK DAY

If you have a real-life poet friend, this could probably apply to them (let's face it, they probably haven't been to work in a while), but this holiday is meant to be for pocketing your favorite famous lyricist and taking them to your place of business (seriously). Tweetspeak Poetry even has custom illustration cutouts to help.

9. JULY 22: RAT-CATCHER’S DAY

On the supposed anniversary of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, a day to honor exterminators of all shapes, sizes, and species. (We know that's a mouse, don't @ us.)

10. JULY 23: HOT ENOUGH FOR YA DAY

Well, is it?

11. JULY 23: NATIONAL DAY OF THE COWBOY

It's time to head a hoedown, lasso some cattle, queue up your favorite Western, or simply sport the famous fashions of those beloved frontier folk.

12. JULY 24: NATIONAL DRIVE-THRU DAY

As with every food or beverage-related holiday, you're probably celebrating this anyway, but now you have a reason.

13. JULY 24: NATIONAL TELL AN OLD JOKE DAY

We can't promise anyone will like it, though.

14. JULY 24: COUSINS DAY

It's also Auntie's Day, so get the whole family together and take a selfie (or whatever families do).

15. JULY 27: TAKE YOUR HOUSEPLANTS FOR A WALK DAY

It doesn't matter if your neighbors think you're crazy. Set those plants free!

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

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Can You Find the Money in Santa’s Sack in This Hidden Image Puzzle?
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Vouchercloud, a website and app for online deals, brings us this holiday-themed test of your vision just in time for Christmas. Hidden among all the identical Santa Clauses carrying sacks of presents, one financially-savvy Santa is carrying a big sack of money. Can you figure out where he is? (Warning: Spoilers below.)

Spot him yet? If you’re stumped, check out the solution below. If this one was a breeze for you, try out a few more hidden-object puzzles here, here, and here. Or if you’re looking for something with a little more real-life relevancy, try to figure out where the snake is in this photo. Happy hunting!

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Inside the German Town Where Advent Is the Main Attraction
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The German town of Gengenbach takes Christmas very seriously. So seriously that it counts down to the holiday with one of the biggest Advent calendars in the world.

Two decades ago, the town of 11,000 people on the edge of the Black Forest set out to bring in more tourists during the holiday season. So to make its holiday market unique, Gengenbach began turning its town hall into a building-sized Advent calendar.

Now one by one, every night from November 30 to December 23, the windows of Gengenbach’s Baroque city hall light up with artistic creations inspired by a yearly theme. At 6 p.m. each evening, the lights of city hall go up, and a spotlight trains on one window. Then, the window shade pulls up to reveal the new window. By December 23, all the windows are open and on display, and will stay that way until January 6.

Gengenbach's city hall lit up for Christmas
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Each year, the windows are decorated according to a theme, like children’s books or the work of famous artists like Marc Chagall. For 2017, all the Advent calendar windows are filled with illustrations by Andy Warhol.

According to Guinness World Records, it’s not the absolute biggest Advent calendar in the world. That record belongs to a roughly 233-foot-high, 75-foot-wide calendar built in London’s St Pancras railway station in 2007. Still, Gengenbach’s may be the biggest Advent calendar that comes back year after year. And as a tourist attraction, it has become a huge success in the last 20 years. The town currently gets upwards of 100,000 visitors every year during the holiday season, according to the local tourist bureau.

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