Happy Pi Day and Other Random Holidays

Today is Pi Day! While that may or may not be a big deal to you (or for that matter make sense, 3/14, get it?), it reminds me of a wonderful notion.  We all need to celebrate more often.  In a world of seemingly endless recession, debating politicians, and a 24 hour access to bad news, it is nice to simply celebrate.

Today, if things are bad (or terrible) and you have no reason whatsoever to celebrate, take a moment and smile.  It is International Pi Day! We all need a reason to laugh and cheer. I hope that it brightens your day to think of 4 nerds on TV and millions (ok, maybe dozens) of nerds worldwide celebrating an endless number.  For me, I think Pie Day would be way more fun.  Please pass the pecan.

In the spirit of Alice in Wonderland’s Unbirthday Party, here are some other unlikely days you may want to celebrate.

National Inventors’ Day: February 11

In 1983, appreciating that “inventors are the keystone of the technological progress that is so vital to the economic, environmental, and social well-being of this country,” President Ronald Reagan proclaimed February 11, the anniversary of the birth of Thomas Edison, National Inventors’ Day.

International Darwin Day: February 12

The International Darwin Day Foundation invites citizens of the world to celebrate the life and discoveries of Charles Darwin, the naturalist who first proposed the scientific theory of natural selection in his book On the Origin of Species, on the anniversary of his birth. Many organizations and universities hold educational lectures, but you can celebrate as an individual by hosting a phylum feast, a meal appropriately made up of as many kinds of organisms as possible.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day: February 23

While women earned 47 percent of all science, technology, engineering, and mathematics bachelor’s degrees in 2009, they only earned 18 percent of all engineering and computer sciences degrees, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. As part of National Engineering Week (every third week in February), Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day—not to be confused with Introduce an Engineer to a Girl Day—aims to narrow this gender gap and spark a lifelong interest by demonstrating “how creative and collaborative engineering is and how engineers are changing our world,” according to the National Engineers Week Foundation website.

Pi Day: 3.14, March 14

Pi, the mathematical constant representing the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, is approximated as 3.14159. It’s only rational, then, that Pi Day lands on March 14 (3/14 in month/date format). Math geeks make merry the unofficial holiday by holding recitation contests and by baking eccentric pi(e)s. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology also posts acceptance decisions online on Pi Day, at Tau Time (March 14 at 6:28pm ET).288830-pi-day-3-14-march-14

Tolkien Reading Day: March 25

Launched in 2003 by the Tolkien Society, Tolkien Reading Day is an annual occasion to promote reading the works of the Lord of the Ringsauthor. But why March 25? It’s the literary date of the fall of Sauron and a date of renewal, according to the society. “Re-reading Tolkien (or, for many, reading him for the first time) will be an act of renewal, refreshening their appreciation of his works,” its site explains.

Star Wars Day: May 4

A play on the famous line “May the Force be with you,” May the fourth is recognized around the galaxy as Star Wars Day. Common festivities include watching movie marathons, participating light saber duels,reenacting scenes, dressing up as storm troopers, and channeling the Force for good. “Of course, regardless of the date, the Force will be with us…always,” said a Lucasfilm spokesperson.

Towel Day: May 25

“A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have,” wrote Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. He went on to explain the practical and psychological value of towels. Therefore, on World Towel Day, fans are encouraged to carry a towel with them at all times as a tribute to the author, who died in 2001. Forgot your towel? Don’t Panic.

Back To The Future Day: October 26

On this day in 1985, in the parking lot of the Twin Pines Mall, Marty McFly bolted into the driver’s seat of Doc’s souped-up DeLorean to escape terrorists. In his getaway attempt, Marty accidently activated the time machine and was blasted back in timeto November 5, 1955. Fans of the flick mark the day by watching the Back to the Future trilogy, but there is also a growing Facebook movement to celebrate October 21, 2015, the future date to which Marty travels.

Upgrade your Parents’ Browser Day: The Friday After Thanksgiving

Forget Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving is now a day to upgrade your parents’ archaic browsers. Your family is likely already gathered under one roof, so take this opportunity to exterminate Internet Explorer 6 from all those computers. Alexis Madrigal, a senior editor atThe Atlantic and founder of the holiday, begs, “Do it for the web developers. Do it for the designers. Do it for your parents.”

Thanks to pcmag.com for most of the above information!


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