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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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Move Over, Star Wars Land: A Star Trek World May Be Coming to Universal Studios
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As Disney gears up for the 2019 openings of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at both its Florida and California amusement parks, there may be some sci-fi-themed competition on the horizon. According to Disney and More, there’s a rumor out there that Universal is planning a fourth Orlando theme park, which will include a land dedicated to all things Star Trek.

The blog also states that there have been rumblings that a Star Trek stage show at Universal would take the place of the now-defunct Terminator 2 3D show, but that’s just one option, with a Bourne Identity attraction being the other. Instead, the potential Star Trek show could be expanded to a whole area of the rumored fourth park, with a focus on a recreation of a sci-fi city, according to the site.

This rumored park would be the most high-profile Trek attraction since Las Vegas's Star Trek: The Experience (as seen in the main image). Housed at the Las Vegas Hilton from 1998 to 2008, Star Trek: The Experience included a restaurant based on Quark's bar from Deep Space Nine and the popular Borg Invasion 4D, which was an attraction that combined motion platforms, live actors, and a short 3D film to simulate a Borg takeover.

Any potential Star Trek land would be much further off than Galaxy's Edge's fall 2019 debut in Orlando. But with two new Trek movies on the horizon, and Star Trek: Discovery returning to CBS All Access for a second season in 2018, the venerable sci-fi franchise might just be able to ride a wave of momentum to become real competition for Star Wars—if not at the box office, then at least as a theme park.

[h/t Screen Rant]

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5 Wacky Ideas to Redesign the Skateboard
Design by Karim Rashid
Design by Karim Rashid
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Most skateboards come in a few basic shapes. They may be different widths or lengths, have kicktails or flat noses, or different imagery painted on their decks, but for the average rider, they look fairly similar. That’s not the case with the skateboard decks below, created as part of a competition during NYCxDESIGN, an annual New York City design festival.

For a competition called DeckxDesign, the award-winning design firm frog asked a group of notable branding agencies, artists, product designers, and other creative professionals to reimagine the humble skateboard.

This is the second NYCxDesign competition frog has hosted—in 2017, the agency asked designers to reimagine the dart board.

This time, individual designers like Karim Rashid and groups from firms like MakerBot, Motivate (the company behind bike sharing systems like Citi Bike), and frog itself came up with new ways to skate. There were no rules, just the simple prompt: Design a skateboard.

The results included a piece of furniture, a repurposed Citi Bike tube on wheels, a board covered in greenery, one covered in black faux alpaca hair, a skateboard made from recycled trash, and more. Below are some of the most unusual.

A white table that looks like a skateboard
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A recycled piece of a Citi Bike on wheels
Design by Citi Bike/Motivate
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A wavy skateboard with purple, spherical wheels
Design by Karim Rashid
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A skateboard covered in faux alpaca fiber
Design by Staple Design
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A skateboard covered in mounds of greenery
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All of the skateboards created for the competition were later auctioned off to benefit the New York City-based nonprofit Art Start.

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