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13 Offbeat Holidays to Celebrate in April

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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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Adult-Sized Little Tikes-Inspired Car Spotted in UK
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Remember scooting around town in your red and yellow Little Tikes toy car? The fun plastic vehicle offered accessible mobility like a tricycle, but with the sophistication of a real car. It was never meant to be driven outside of the cul-de-sac, but what if there was a grown-up version that could be taken out on the road?

Mechanic John Bitmead and his brother Geoff of Attitude Autos created just that back in 2015, with an oversized spin on the classic kid wheels. It's road-legal and fully functional, looking somewhat similar to a Smart Car (but way cooler). The car was adapted from a Daewoo Matiz and took 16 weeks to make. Despite its small size, it can go up to 70 miles per hour.

This nostalgic creation eventually wound up on eBay for bids of at least £21,500 (roughly $33,000). It only had 5000 miles on it. Sadly, it seems the vehicle went unsold. But Bitmead doesn't appear to be finished with his unique customs. His Instagram page features a post-apocalyptic roadster with a bright pink Hello Kitty paint job. If you live in the UK, perhaps one day you'll see the two racing during your morning commute.

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A Hamilton-Themed Cookbook is Coming
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Fans of Broadway hit Hamilton will soon be able to dine like the Founding Fathers: As Eater reports, a new Alexander Hamilton-inspired cookbook is slated for release in fall 2017.

Cover art for Laura Kumin's forthcoming cookbook
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Called The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating, and Entertaining in Hamilton’s World, the recipe collection by author Laura Kumin “takes you into Hamilton’s home and to his table, with historical information, recipes, and tips on how you can prepare food and serve the food that our founding fathers enjoyed in their day,” according to the Amazon description. It also recounts Hamilton’s favorite dishes, how he enjoyed them, and which ingredients were used.

Recipes included are cauliflower florets two ways, fried sausages and apples, gingerbread cake, and apple pie. (Cue the "young, scrappy, and hungry" references.) The cookbook’s official release is on November 21—but until then, you can stave off your appetite for all things Hamilton-related by downloading the musical’s new app.

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