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15 Offbeat Holidays to Celebrate in February

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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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A Hamilton-Themed Cookbook is Coming
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Fans of Broadway hit Hamilton will soon be able to dine like the Founding Fathers: As Eater reports, a new Alexander Hamilton-inspired cookbook is slated for release in fall 2017.

Cover art for Laura Kumin's forthcoming cookbook
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Called The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating, and Entertaining in Hamilton’s World, the recipe collection by author Laura Kumin “takes you into Hamilton’s home and to his table, with historical information, recipes, and tips on how you can prepare food and serve the food that our founding fathers enjoyed in their day,” according to the Amazon description. It also recounts Hamilton’s favorite dishes, how he enjoyed them, and which ingredients were used.

Recipes included are cauliflower florets two ways, fried sausages and apples, gingerbread cake, and apple pie. (Cue the "young, scrappy, and hungry" references.) The cookbook’s official release is on November 21—but until then, you can stave off your appetite for all things Hamilton-related by downloading the musical’s new app.

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Never Buy Drawing Paper Again With This Endlessly Reusable Art Notebook
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Art supplies can get pricey when you’re letting your kid’s creativity run wild. But with an endlessly reusable notebook, you never have to worry about running out of paper during that after-school coloring session.

The creators of the erasable Rocketbook Wave have come out with a new version of their signature product meant especially for color drawings. The connected Rocketbook Color notebook allows you to send images drawn on its pages to Google Drive or other cloud services with your phone, then erase the pages by sticking the whole notebook in the microwave. You get a digital copy of your work (one that, with more vibrant colors, might look even better than the original) and get to go on drawing almost immediately after you fill the book.

An animated view of a notebook’s pages changing between different drawings.

There’s no special equipment involved beyond the notebook itself. The Rocketbook Color works with Crayola and other brands’ washable crayons and colored pencils, plus dry-erase markers. The pages are designed to be smudge-proof, so turning the page won’t ruin the art on the other side even if you are using dry-erase markers.

Rocketbook’s marketing is aimed at kids, but adults like to save paper, too. Break away from the adult coloring books and go free-form. If it doesn’t quite work out, you can just erase it forever.

The notebooks are $20 each on Kickstarter.

All images courtesy Rocketbook

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