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13 Offbeat Holidays to Celebrate in April

Spring has finally sprung, but there's more than melting snow to celebrate this month. Here are 13 quirky (but totally important) holidays to throw a party for.

1. APRIL 3: TWEED DAY

As we've already hinted: SUMMER IS COMING. Dust off your favorite tweed clothing item and get in one last wear before it's crop top and linen season.

2. APRIL 6: TARTAN DAY

... and grab your kilt while you're at it.

3. APRIL 7: INTERNATIONAL SNAILPAPERS DAY

You might not know the term "snailpapers," but it refers to newspapers (the name works both for the rolled-up shape and the relatively slow news delivery in the internet age)—and this offbeat commemoration is a good excuse to grab a piece of print.

4. APRIL 10: NATIONAL SIBLINGS DAY

Celebrate the ones who drive you mad and keep you sane—often all at the same time.

5. APRIL 11: NATIONAL LIBRARY WORKERS DAY

A day to honor the hardworking shushers and Dewey Decimal devotees who help us all on our reading journeys.

6. APRIL 12: NATIONAL LICORICE DAY

This offbeat holiday—designed to celebrate black licorice specifically—will surely be a contentious commemoration. For those of you who cringed, please enjoy your Twizzlers.

7. APRIL 12: WALK ON YOUR WILD SIDE DAY

Whatever it means for you, today's the day to get wild.

8. APRIL 18: INTERNATIONAL AMATEUR RADIO DAY

Observed every April 18, this holiday is for radio amateurs and pioneers worldwide. It also celebrates the anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union, which was formed in Paris in 1925.

9. APRIL 23: NATIONAL ENGLISH MUFFIN DAY

It may not be as flashy as a bagel or as versatile as sliced bread, but the English muffin deserves some serious accolades (just look at it).

10. APRIL 26: HUG AN AUSTRALIAN DAY

It does not say they have to be human.

11. APRIL 26: NATIONAL PRETZEL DAY

The beer is optional.

12. APRIL 27: NATIONAL LITTLE PAMPERED DOG DAY

The pampered pooch in your life probably doesn't need more attention, but this offbeat celebration isn't just about them. It's also about recognizing the lives and needs of less fortunate dogs and fostering goodwill toward the many canines of the word.

13. APRIL 29: WORLD TAI CHI AND QIGONG DAY

A day to calm your mind and discover that the seniors in your local park are in far better shape than you.

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

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Custom-Design the Ugly Christmas Sweater of Your Dreams (or Nightmares)
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For those of you aspiring to be the worst dressed person at your family's holiday dinner, UglyChristmasSweater.com sells—you guessed it—ugly Christmas sweaters to seasonal revelers possessing a sense of irony. But the Michigan-based online retailer has elevated kitsch to new heights by offering a create-your-own-sweater tool on its website.

Simply visit the site's homepage, and click on the Sweater Customizer link. There, you'll be provided with a basic sweater template, which you can decorate with festive snowflakes, reindeer, and other designs in five different colors. If you're feeling really creative, you can even upload photos, logos, hand-drawn pictures, and/or text. After you approve and purchase a mock-up of the final design, you can purchase the final result (prices start at under $70). But you'd better act quickly: due to high demand, orders will take about two weeks plus shipping time to arrive.

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Watch Astronauts Assemble Pizza in Space
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Most everyone enjoys a good pizza party: Even astronauts living aboard the International Space Station.

As this video from NASA shows, assembling pizza in zero gravity is not only possible, it also has delicious results. The inspiration for the pizza feast came from Paolo Nespoli, an Italian astronaut who was craving one of his home country’s national dishes while working on the ISS. NASA’s program manager for the space station, Kirk Shireman, sympathized with his colleague and ordered pizzas to be delivered to the station.

NASA took a little longer responding to the request than your typical corner pizzeria might. The pizzas were delivered via the Orbital ATK capsule, and once they arrived, the ingredients had to be assembled by hand. The components didn’t differ too much from regular pizzas on Earth: Flatbread, tomato sauce, and cheese served as the base, and pepperoni, pesto, olives, and anchovy paste made up the toppings. Before heating them up, the astronauts had some fun with their creations, twirling them around like "flying saucers of the edible kind,” according to astronaut Randy Bresnik.

In case the pizza party wasn’t already a success, it also coincided with movie night on the International Space Station.

[h/t KHQ Q6]

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