Published on October 29th, 2012 | by Kylen Mills0
If You Haven’t Heard of National ‘Mean Girls Day,’ You Can’t Sit With Us
Kylen Mills, Contributor
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The immensely popular comedy “Mean Girls,” starring Lindsay Lohan, has all too many quotable moments as it navigates through a 21st-century high school “girl world.”
The movie follows transfer student Cady Herron, played by Lohan, as she tries to fit in after moving from Africa, and the hilarious situations she encounters along the way. After seeing a scene where her crush asks her what day it is on Oct. 3, viewers took the quote and ran with it; and thus, a national holiday was born.
This year, the “Mean Girls” frenzy took over social media, with quotes from the film exploding on Facebook as well as Twitter. On Twitter specifically, the hashtags “#NationalMeanGirlsDay” and “#Meangtweet” were trending all day Oct. 3.
National “Mean Girls Day” isn’t the only quirky observance the U.S. celebrates in October, just one of the most popular. In addition to Sweetest Day and Boss’ Day, Tuxedo Day, Be Bald and Be Free Day and Wolf Awareness Week all fall in October.
Year round, there are days, weeks and months celebrating unique causes. For example, Be Bald And Be Free Day on Oct. 14 calls for all those with toupees, wigs and headscarves to remove those items, be proud and go bald for the day.
Found in “Chase’s Calendar of Events” published by McGraw Hill, a comprehensive guide of
more than 12,000 observances, each month has its own set of entertaining festivities.
For example, January isn’t just the start of the New Year; this month holds National Bubble Bath Day, Compliment Day and Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day.
One of the more eccentric holidays, Purina started Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, and it quickly spread throughout the cat-lover community. On Jan. 22, cat owners or those near a feline are supposed to pay closer attention to their cats. According to Purina.com, those participating are supposed to take notice when their cat is trying to ask them something.
September is one of the busiest months with holidays and observances. A popular celebration is National Talk Like a Pirate Day, which takes place Sept. 19. Coined by two friends, John Baur and Mark Summers, in 1995, this day picked up steam in 2002 when famous columnist Dave Barry wrote about it, according to “Chase’s Calendar of Events.”
Now with its own website, talklikeapirate.com, this day simply calls for participants to utilize pirate slang in their conversations. Enthusiasts can even dress like pirates or incorporate other pirate themes in their everyday life.
If you’re planning on traveling to Seattle, just make sure you don’t do it in September. Sept. 16 is national Stay Away From Seattle Day.
Originated by Seattle’s own and now widely recognized by entities such as Hallmark and MSN.com, residents designed this day to keep tourists away because they’re sick of tourism, crowds and development, according to a report from CBS Seattle.
Other fun observances in September include National Elephant Appreciation Day, Blame Someone Else Day and Video Game Day. For those without a significant other, the end of September even has an entire Single’s Week.
If you could make up any holiday, what would it be?
“The day the U.S. wins the World Cup should be a national holiday, so everyone has to celebrate soccer,” said graduate student Daniel Walsh.
Sophomore Ellie Gambla might be a person to celebrate Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, because she said she would make a day revolving around kittens.
Even though there are only two months left in the year, there are still many fascinating holidays to celebrate.
Be sure to make your favorite sandwich or head to your favorite deli on Nov. 3, because it’s National Sandwich Day. Get your refrigerator organized before the holidays on National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day Nov. 15. On Nov. 26, show friends or family your appreciation with an e-card to observe National Electronic Greetings Day.
For more interesting and obscure holiday throughout the year, be sure to check out “Chase’s Calendar of Events.”