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15 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in March

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If you're into cute animals, delicious food, beloved figures, or legendary betrayal (yeah), March is the month for you. Here are 15 offbeat holidays that celebrate a wide variety of quirky passions. 

1. MARCH 1: NATIONAL PIG DAY

Have you ever seen a more lovable oinker? We highly doubt it. 

2. MARCH 5: NATIONAL POUTINE DAY

Today, embrace this concoction—consisting of fries, cheese curds, and gravy—from our Canadian neighbors with open arms and open mouths.

3. MARCH 8: NATIONAL PROOFREADING DAY

Time to admit it: the red pen is your friend.

4. MARCH 13: NATIONAL OPEN AN UMBRELLA INDOORS DAY

This day is for facing down that age-old superstition. Open an umbrella indoors and shield yourself from the bad luck that may or may not follow. 

5. MARCH 15: BRUTUS DAY

Beware the Ides of March—and all the plotters and betrayers who might lead you to someday ask, "Et tu?"

6. MARCH 15: TRUE CONFESSIONS DAY

Speaking of shadowy plots and shocking revelations: March 15 is also a day to confess all your deepest, darkest secrets. Good luck!

7. MARCH 16: CURLEW DAY

Curlews are long-billed birds that live in the central and western parts of North America, and if you didn't know that, it's probably good that these feathered friends have their own special day. 

8. MARCH 16: LIPS APPRECIATION DAY

Pucker up and give your pout some well-deserved love and attention.

9. MARCH 18: PLAY-THE-RECORDER DAY

Limber up those fingers and celebrate this ubiquitous childhood instrument with a rousing rendition of "Hot Cross Buns." 

10. MARCH 20: WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR DAY

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Everyone's favorite neighbor, Fred Rogers, was born on March 20, 1928 and this holiday now serves as an occasion to remember the beloved TV star, and honor him by being kind, generous, and, well, downright neighborly.

11. MARCH 22: NATIONAL GOOF-OFF DAY

Relax, take a break, play hooky—or just goof off in your own quiet way at your desk. 

12. MARCH 23: NATIONAL TAMALE DAY

March 23 happens to be a Thursday, so we think this month would be a good one to institute Tamale Thursdays as a companion to Taco Tuesdays. 

13. MARCH 25: PECAN DAY

Sometimes you feel like a nut, and sometimes that nut is a pecan

14. MARCH 25: TOLKIEN READING DAY

This annual holiday was started by The Tolkien Society back in 2003, and gives you a great excuse to start reading the entire The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings saga again, or for the very first time. 

15. MARCH 30: GRASS IS ALWAYS BROWNER ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FENCE DAY

Keep your eyes on your own lawn. You'll probably be happier that way. 

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

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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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Wake Up to the Aroma of Cappuccino With This Scent-Emitting Alarm Clock
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Some people need an aggressive alarm clock to get them out of bed, like Simone Giertz's slapping robot, or the singNshock, which zaps you if you hit the snooze button. For others, a gentler wakeup call is what does the trick. That's what you get with Sensorwake, a new alarm clock on Kickstarter that gradually stimulates three of your senses to ease you into the day.

During the first minute of the alarm's three-minute wakeup process, it releases a pleasant aroma. You have your choice of scent cartridges, including cappuccino, peppermint, rose garden, chocolate factory, orange juice, and pine forest. A single cartridge lasts 30 days before it needs to be switched out.

After reviving your nose, Sensorwake activates its visual component: a soft light. For the final minute, the gadget plays sound like a traditional alarm clock, but instead of a blaring buzzer, you hear one of five upbeat melodies. If all that isn't enough to get you on your feet, you can hit snooze and wait for the cycle to start over in 10 minutes.

With more than three weeks left in its Kickstarter campaign, Sensorwake has already multiplied its original funding goal of $30,000. To reserve a clock and two scent capsules of your own, you can pledge $59 or more. Shipping is estimated for November of this year.

[h/t Mashable]

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