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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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Samsung’s Star Wars Vacuums Offer Everything You Want in a Droid
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Hate housecleaning but love Star Wars? Samsung’s got the solution. In anticipation of December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the newest film in the Star Wars saga, Samsung has transformed a limited number of its VR7000 POWERbot robot vacuum cleaners into two familiar faces from George Lucas’s legendary space opera: a Stormtrooper and Darth Vader (which comes with Wi-Fi connectivity and a remote control).

In order to create a unique device that would truly thrill Star Wars aficionados, Samsung consulted with fans of the film throughout each stage of the process. The result is a pair of custom-crafted robo-vacuums that fill your home with the sounds of a galaxy far, far away as they clean (when you turn Darth Vader on, for example, you'll hear his iconic breathing).

“We are very pleased to be part of the excitement leading up to the release of The Last Jedi and to be launching our limited edition POWERbot in partnership with Star Wars fans,” B.S. Suh, Samsung’s executive vice president, said in a press statement. “From its industry-leading suction power, slim design, and smart features, to the wonderful character-themed voice feedback and sound effects, we are confident the Star Wars limited edition of the VR7000 will be a big hit.”

Be warned that this kind of power suction doesn’t come cheap: while the Stormtrooper POWERbot will set you back $696, the Darth Vader vacuum retails for $798. Who knew the Dark Side was so sparkling clean?


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Tales from the Butterball Hotline
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It’s 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day and you just realized you forgot to thaw your turkey. What do you do?

Don’t panic. You just need to call 1-800-BUTTERBALL. Yes, the Turkey Talk-Line is real. And yes, they really do have poultry experts standing by to help you with your last-minute snafus, flubs, and foul-ups. If you wake up in a cold sweat at 2 a.m. thinking about salmonella or whether you can bathe your turkey with your toddler (see below), never fear—Butterball is there for you. And it's not just about Thanksgiving. The line is open in December, too, to help you with those holiday feasts as well.

When the hotline first opened up to panicked chefs in the early 1980s, a mere six “home economists” responded to 11,000 phone calls during November and December. These days, their staff has expanded to more than 50 and they answer more than 100,000 questions. 

Those staff members have heard it all, too. They get the typical questions you’d expect turkey experts to get, of course: How long will it take to thaw the turkey? How do I stuff a turkey? Are there any allergens in Butterball products? But there’s also the, um, unexpected.

Among the more questionable calls the turkey experts have received: “Can I brine my turkey in the washing machine?” and “The family dog is inside the turkey and can’t get out.” (It was a Chihuahua, in case you’re wondering, and the Butterball expert did manage to help the owners get the dog out safely.)

Another inexperienced caller worried that her turkey wouldn’t come out of the oven because she figured it was going to rise like bread does.

One Butterball employee actually stayed on the line while her caller walked through a grocery store and painstakingly picked out ingredients for his Thanksgiving dinner.

More recently, a hotline employee was surprised to hear from a wife who came home to find the turkey floating in the tub while her husband gave the kids a bath. Believe it or not, because the turkey hadn't been removed from the package, it was salvaged—though the kids complained about the chilly water.

Don’t feel bad if you have to call the Butterball hotline for assistance, though. Even President Bartlet knows when to call in the experts:

By the way, there’s also an option for those of you who prefer assistance in the form of written word: you can text your questions to 1-844-877-3456 through December 24. The company is also answering questions via its social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter. And they've recently added Spanish-speaking experts plus their first male turkey-talker.

This post originally appeared in 2011.

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