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15 Offbeat Holidays to Celebrate in February

Don't let the dead of winter get you down: February has all kinds of offbeat reasons to party hard.

1. FEBRUARY 1: NATIONAL CANDY-MAKING DAY

We're not the boss of this holiday, but we're pretty sure you can celebrate with good old fashioned candy eating.

2. FEBRUARY 2: HEDGEHOG DAY

It might technically be Groundhog Day, but just look at this cuddly creature. He also needs celebrating.

3. FEBRUARY 3: WORKING NAKED DAY

A PSA on behalf of everyone: If you plan on participating, please stay home.

4. FEBRUARY 6: NATIONAL BARBER DAY

A holiday to honor those who keep men looking presentable, and hipsters looking like hipsters.

5. FEBRUARY 7: WAVE ALL YOUR FINGERS AT YOUR NEIGHBORS DAY

In other words, consider actually interacting with the people that live nearby, whether across the street or in the apartment below you. We know it's asking a lot—be brave!

6. FEBRUARY 11: SATISFIED STAYING SINGLE DAY

Why have a significant other when you can have an awesome solo dance party like this?

7. FEBRUARY 13: GET A DIFFERENT NAME DAY

If you're called Phil, but you always wanted to be named something a little more flowery (say Barnaby), or unusual (how about Pilot Inspektor?), or hip (hello, Noah), today's the day to take the plunge and give yourself a new moniker.

8. FEBRUARY 13: MADLY IN LOVE WITH ME DAY

On the eve of Valentine's Day, take some time to love you.

9. FEBRUARY 13: NATIONAL WINGMAN’S DAY

Also on the eve of Valentine's Day, take some time to love the men and women who make our dating regrets possible.

10. FEBRUARY 14: EXTRATERRESTRIAL CULTURE DAY

On the most romantic day of the year, this New Mexico holiday asks that you redirect your ardor to the alien culture of past, present, and future. Sounds sexy to us.

11. FEBRUARY 20: NORTHERN HEMISPHERE HOODIE-HOO DAY

On this day, residents of the Northern Hemisphere take to the streets at noon, toss their hands in the air, and exclaim, "Hoodie Hoo!" It's meant to chase away winter, and while it might sound ineffectual, we challenge you to come up with a better idea.

12. FEBRUARY 23: CURLING IS COOL DAY

As if anyone needed convincing.

13. FEBRUARY 23: NATIONAL CHILI DAY

With about a month to go until spring, be sure to enjoy some piping hot bowls while it's still prime chili season.

14. FEBRUARY 25: OPEN THAT BOTTLE NIGHT

Whether it's that one you've been saving or one that you grabbed on your trip home from work, today's a good day to pop a bottle.

15. FEBRUARY 28: NATIONAL TOOTH FAIRY DAY

Smile wide and celebrate everyone's favorite tooth collector.

Holidays found in Chase's Calendar of Events 2017. All photos courtesy of iStock.

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Listen to What Darth Vader Sounded Like On the Star Wars Set
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The voice of Darth Vader, provided by James Earl Jones, is one of the most iconic aspects of the original Star Wars movies. But James Earl Jones wasn't the actor wearing that outfit—it was British actor David Prowse, who was cast in part because he was huge (reportedly 6'5" and a former body-building champion).

George Lucas always intended to replace Prowse's voice, but it's still a bit of a shock to hear a muffled British voice coming out of Darth Vader's helmet. Here's video showing what Darth Vader sounded like on the set before James Earl Jones re-recorded the dialogue.

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A New Roller Coaster is Whizzing Through Colorado's Rocky Mountains
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There are plenty of ways to explore the majestic Rocky Mountains, but few offer the adrenaline rush of the Rocky Mountain Coaster, a brand-new roller coaster that sends riders soaring along the range’s natural twists and turns.

As Urban Daddy reports, the Rocky Mountain Coaster recently opened at Copper Mountain, a mountain and ski resort that’s located near the tiny town of Frisco, about 75 miles west of Denver. Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the vacation spot is ideal for hikers, skiers, and mountain bikers. Now, visitors looking to enjoy the surrounding scenery without breaking a sweat can cruise for roughly a mile down to the resort’s high alpine Center Village.

The ride’s raised track “runs along the natural curvature of the mountain, with zigs, zags, dips, and 360-degree turns for guaranteed thrills,” according to a press release. Each personal car is equipped with manual hand brakes to control the ride’s pace, but the coaster does feature a 430-foot drop, so be careful with your phones while Instagramming the view.

The Rocky Mountain Coaster is open-year round, though it will initially mostly only be open on weekends. Solo rides cost $25, and a two-ride pass can be purchased for $35. (Resort guests get an exclusive discount.)

[h/t Urban Daddy]

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