12 Offbeat Holidays to Celebrate in May

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The days are getting longer and warmer, so we know you're in a partying mood. Here are a few ways to channel that energy during the month of May. 

1. MAY 1: NEW HOMEOWNERS DAY

One could argue that getting out of the rental game is a celebration in itself, but here's a holiday for brand new homeowners anyway. (A Risky Business-style dance party would be one good way to party with all that room.)

2. MAY 6: NO HOMEWORK DAY

We assume this applies to kids and adults alike.

3. MAY 11: EAT WHAT YOU WANT DAY

The best holidays encourage you to break some dietary rules and this one might be the best of all because it encourages you to break all of them.

4. MAY 13: NATIONAL BABYSITTERS DAY

Because let's be real, their job doesn't usually look this serene.

5. MAY 13: STAY UP ALL NIGHT NIGHT

It may not look as breathtaking as this, but staying up all night pretty much always leads to some great stories.

6. MAY 14: UNDERGROUND AMERICA DAY

Underground America day honors those who make their homes not just on Earth, but in it. It was invented by Malcolm Wells in 1974 and according to the architect, those who wish to celebrate can do so by doing things like riding the subway, burying treasure, eating root vegetables, or thinking about moles.

7. MAY 16: BIOGRAPHERS DAY

This offbeat holiday celebrates the anniversary of the meeting of James Boswell and Samuel Johnson in 1763, which resulted in a biography that many consider to be among the first of its kind in terms of style. (We love any holiday that you can participate in by just picking up a good book.)

8. MAY 16: MIMOSA DAY

What would brunch be without them?

9. MAY 18: INTERNATIONAL MUSEUMS DAY

On this day, the entire planet celebrates museums and all the amazing things they have to offer. We recommend checking for events and activities in your area: Hundreds of thousands of museums joined the party last year.

10. MAY 19: NATIONAL BIKE TO WORK DAY

We can't promise you'll look as put together and carefree as these two, but we can give you permission to skip the gym after completing your cycling commute.

11. MAY 19: NATIONAL SCOOTER DAY

For riders young and old.

12. MAY 25: NATIONAL TAP DANCE DAY

The perfect day to put on your dancing shoes.

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

Happy Phi Day: The Last Day to Match the Golden Ratio for a Century

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Math whizzes may have noticed something particularly pleasing about today's date. According to Bloomberg, June 1, 2018 (formatted as 1/6/18 in many parts of the world) is Phi Day, a date that matches the first four digits of the golden ratio.

Represented by the 21st letter of the Greek alphabet, the golden ratio, which comes out to roughly 1.618 when rounded, is the number you get when you divide a line into two parts so that the longer part divided by the smaller part is the same as the total length divided by the longer part (or simplified: When the smaller is to the larger as the larger is to the whole).

Non-mathematicians might know it better as the number that appears constantly in nature, art, and architecture. The Pyramids at Giza, Leonardo da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man," nautilus shells, sunflower seed heads, and spiral galaxies all feature the golden ratio.

The golden ratio is also closely related to the famous Fibonacci sequence. In this series of numbers beginning with zero or one, each subsequent number equals the sum of the previous two (i.e., 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, etc.). The ratio of any two successive numbers in this sequence comes very close to the golden ratio. Shapes made with Fibonacci dimensions are considered pleasing to the eye, which is why they so often appear in art, either unintentionally or by design.

Unlike other math holidays such as Pi Day, Phi Day only comes once a century. You can celebrate the once-in-a-lifetime occasion by taking a walk outside and seeing how many examples of the golden ratio you can spot in your neighborhood.

[h/t Bloomberg]

It's National Pizza Day! Here Are the Chains Offering the Best Deals

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Pizza comes about as close to perfection as food can get. Now, in honor of National Pizza Day—which is today, February 9—some fine purveyors of the cheesy delicacy have made it even more irresistible. If you’re looking for a place to celebrate this glorious holiday, these are the restaurants giving away their pizza at discounted costs or at no cost at all.

At Round Table Pizza, a pizza chain in the western U.S., getting a free cheese or pepperoni personal pizza all to yourself is easy. Just order a Pepsi beverage from one of their stores between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m on Friday. Pilot Flying J, a national truck stop chain that sells pizza, is giving away slices now through February 10 to any customer who downloads their myPilot app and redeems the digital coupon. Downloading the app from Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza will get you a buy-one-get-one-free pizza deal all the way up until February 13 when you use their digital code. Chuck E. Cheese's is also going the buy-one-get-one route: Buy any large pizza there and get a free large thin-crust pepperoni pizza at no additional charge.

While nothing beats free pizza, discounted pizza is also abundant on National Pizza Day. Pizza Hut, the largest pizza chain in the U.S., is reducing all menu-priced pizzas by 30 percent for Hut Rewards members. Their biggest competitor, Domino’s, is offering a special that lets customers buy any two items from a list of goodies like wings, pizza, and cheesy bread for $5.99 total. At Papa John’s, they're celebrating Pizza Day for an entire month: Through March 5, you can order their Dual Layer Pepperoni Pizza for $12.

And if you’re a pizza lover who prefers your local by-the-slice joint to national chains, you still have options. Slice, a delivery app that connects customers to local pizzerias, will take $5 off orders of $10 or more when you enter the code “PIZZADAY.” If you can’t find your favorite spot that way, you can always give them a call and ask if they’re doing anything special to mark the big day.

[h/t Today]

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