Story by Karla Pulido
Illustrations by Nathan Burgess
Did you log onto Twitter on March 23 and feel overwhelmed by your timeline full of adorable puppies for #NationalPuppyDay? You had no idea and no time to prepare for the cuteness.
Worry not. Here, ORANGE presents a list of April’s serious and strange holidays so that this month, you’ll be in the loop.
April 6 — Hostess Twinkie Day
Thank goodness Twinkies are still around.
April 8 — Draw a Bird Day
No matter what your artistic skill, draw a bird and share it with someone.
April 9 — National Cherish an Antique Day
Antiques have it rough. They once were shiny and new. But after years of being bounced around from home to home, they get stuffed in a corner or closet. Celebrate your favorite antique and remember to cherish it. Forever.
April 13 — Scrabble Day
Play the popular board game, and celebrate the birthday of Scrabble inventor, Alfred Mosher Butts. Pro tip: The word “Butts” earns you seven points if you aren’t on a special tile.
April 14 — Equal Pay Day
Women band together on this day to raise pay inequality awareness, as well as continue the conversation as to how to end the injustice.
April 15 — Rubber Eraser Day
It’s going to be the rubber erasers’ 245th birthday. Imagine a world where we’d have to commit to the answer we originally bubble in on scantrons and thank the rubber eraser for allowing us to be indecisive.
April 17 — National Day of Silence
Students around the United States go silent to raise awareness about anti-LGBT bullying and harassment.
April 18 — Record Store Day
Waterloo and Antone’s are among the dozens of stores you can visit in Austin to appreciate record stores.
April 19 — National Garlic Day
Whether you use garlic to cook or to ward off vampires, it’s time to appreciate the bulbous plant.
April 20 — Pot Smokers’ Day
Start your Monday morning off with a bowl — of weed (where it’s legal, of course).
April 21 — Bulldogs are Beautiful Day
Don’t forget to tell a bulldog they’re beautiful.
Also: National Surprise Drug Test Day
Is it really a surprise that drug tests are being distributed the day after National Pot Smokers Day?
April 23 — Talk Like Shakespeare Day
Observeth William Shakespeare’s 451st celebration of birth by imitatingeth thou sirrah’s speech.
April 24 — National Hairball Day
Although hairballs are completely gross, appreciate the self-grooming habits that our feline companions undergo.
April 25 — Eeyore’s Birthday
A holiday special to Austin, Eeyore’s birthday brings together small businesses and food vendors to raise funds for nonprofits.
April 27 — Morse Code Day
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April 29 — International Dance Day
Go to a dance recital or dance in your room to Britney Spears — either way, you're celebrating dance as an art form.