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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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Mister Rogers Is Now a Funko Pop! and It’s Such a Good Feeling, a Very Good Feeling
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It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood for fans of Mister Rogers, as Funko has announced that, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the kindest soul to ever grace a television screen will be honored with a series of Funko toys, some of them limited-edition versions.

The news broke at the New York Toy Fair, where the pop culture-loving toy company revealed a new Pop Funko! in Fred Rogers’s likeness—he’ll be holding onto the Neighborhood Trolley—plus a Mister Rogers Pop! keychain and a SuperCute Plush.

In addition to the standard Pop! figurine, there will also be a Funko Shop exclusive version, in which everyone’s favorite neighbor will be wearing a special blue sweater. Barnes & Noble will also carry its own special edition, which will see Fred wearing a red cardigan and holding a King Friday puppet instead of the Neighborhood Trolley.

 

Barnes & Noble's special edition Mister Rogers Funko Pop!
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Mister Rogers’s seemingly endless supply of colored cardigans was an integral part of the show, and a sweet tribute to his mom (who knitted all of them). But don’t go running out to snatch up the whole collection just yet; Funko won’t release these sure-to-sell-out items until June 1, but you can pre-order your Pop! on Amazon right now.

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18 Tea Infusers to Make Teatime More Exciting
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Make steeping tea more fun with these quirky tea infusers.

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1. SOAKING IT UP; $7.49

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That mug of hot water might eventually be a drink for you, but first it’s a hot bath for your new friend, who has special pants filled with tea.

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2. A FLYING TEA BOX; $25.98

There’s no superlaser on this Death Star, just tea.

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3. SPACE STATION; $9.99

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This astronaut's mission? Orbit the rim of your mug until you're ready to pull the space station diffuser out.

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4. BE REFINED; $12.99

This pipe works best with Earl Grey.

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5. A RIBBITING OPTION; $10.93

This frog hangs on to the side of your mug with a retractable tongue. When the tea is ready, you can put him back on his lily pad.

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6. ‘TEA’ ALL LIVE IN A YELLOW SUBMARINE; $5.95

It’s just like the movie, only with tea instead of Beatles.

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7. SHARK ATTACK; $6.99

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This fearsome shark patrols the bottom of your mug waiting for prey. For extra fun, use red tea to look like the end of a feeding frenzy.

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8. PERFECT FOR A RAINY DAY; $12.40

This umbrella’s handle conveniently hooks to the side of your mug.

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9. AN EGGCELLENT INFUSER; $5.75

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Sometimes infusers are called tea eggs, and this one takes the term to a new, literal level.

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10. FOR SQUIRRELY DRINKERS; $8.95

If you’re all right with a rodent dunking its tail into your drink, this is the infuser for you.

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11. HANGING OUT; $12.85

This pug is happy to hang onto your mug and keep you company while you wait for the tea to be ready.

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12. ANOTHER SHARK OPTION; $5.99

If you thought letting that other shark infuser swim around in the deep water of your glass was too scary, this one perches on the edge, too busy chomping on your mug to worry about humans.

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13. RUBBER DUCKIE, YOU’RE THE ONE; $8.95

Let this rubber duckie peacefully float in your cup and make teatime lots of fun.

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14. DIVING DEEP; $8.25

This old-timey deep-sea diver comes with an oxygen tank that you can use to pull it out.

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15. MAKE SWEET TEA; $10

This lollipop won't actually make your tea any sweeter, but you can always add some sugar after.

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16. A SEASONAL FAVORITE; $7.67

When Santa comes, give him some tea to go with the cookies.

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17. FLORAL TEA; $14.99

Liven up any cup of tea with this charming flower. When you’re done, you can pop it right back into its pot.

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18. KEEP IT TRADITIONAL; $7.97

If you’re nostalgic for the regular kind of tea bag, you can get reusable silicon ones that look almost the same.

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