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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This Crafty Bicycle Can Knit a Scarf in 5 Minutes
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George Barratt-Jones, Vimeo

Knitting can be a time-consuming, meticulous task, but it doesn’t need to be. At least not if you’re George Barratt-Jones. As The Morning News spotted, the Dutch designer recently created a human-powered automated knitting machine that can make a scarf while you wait for your train to arrive.

The Cyclo-Knitter is essentially a bicycle-powered loom. As you pedal a stationary bike, the spinning front wheel powers a knitting machine placed on top of a wooden tower. The freshly knitted fabric descends from the top of the tower as the machine works, lowering your brand-new scarf.

Cyclo Knitter by George Barratt-Jones from George Barratt-Jones on Vimeo.

“Imagine it’s the midst of winter,” Barratt-Jones, who founded an online skill-sharing platform called Kraftz, writes of the product on Imgur. “You are cold and bored waiting for your train at the station. This pedal powered machine gets you warm by moving, you are making something while you wait, and in the end, you are left with a free scarf!”

Seems like a pretty good use of your commute down-time, right?

If you're a fan of more traditional knitting methods, check out these knitting projects that can put your needles to work, no bicycle required.

[h/t The Morning News]

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Move Over, MoviePass: AMC Is Launching a $20 Per Month Subscription
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Attention serial movie-watchers: There's a new subscription service vying for your attention. Nearly a year after MoviePass brought its fee down to less than $10 a month to see one movie a day, AMC Theatres is rolling out its own monthly plan as an alternative. As Variety reports, you can now see three movies per week at any AMC cinema if you pay $19.95 a month.

The new program, called AMC Stubs A-List, has some clear disadvantages compared to MoviePass. AMC's monthly fee is nearly twice as high and it's good for less than half the amount of movie tickets. And while AMC Stubs A-List only works at AMC locations, MoviePass can be used at pretty much any movie theater that accepts Mastercard.

But once you look at the fine print of both deals, AMC's selling points start to emerge. A subscription through AMC gets you access to films shown in 3D, IMAX, Dolby Cinema, and RealD—none of which are covered by MoviePass. And unlike MoviePass subscribers, people with AMC can watch multiple movies in a single day, watch the same movie more than once, and book tickets in advance online. (That means actually getting to see a big movie on opening weekend before it's been spoiled for you).

There's another reason MoviePass users may have to jump ship: Its critics say its business model is unsustainable. For every movie ticket that's purchased with MoviePass, the company has to pay the full price. That means MoviePass actually loses money as more people sign up.

This has led some people to speculate the service is on its way to collapse, but MoviePass insists it has a strategy to stay afloat. Instead of relying on money from subscriptions, it wants to use the consumer data it has collected from its millions of customers to turn a profit. It's also investing in movies through its MoviePass Ventures arm (the company helped fund the new movie Gotti, which is currently making headlines for its zero percent Rotten Tomatoes rating). But if those plans aren't enough to quiet the hesitations you have about the company, you'll have the chance to make the switch to AMC on June 26.

[h/t Variety]

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