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Pumpkin Chunkin Days & Other Peculiar Holidays
How long will it take you to clean out your refrigerator on National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day? How many people will you tell to have a bad day on Have a Bad Day Day? Will you take advantage of Stay Home Because You're Well Day and stay home from work?
Have fun finding a peculiar holiday to include in your story. Make it even more fun and choose two or more of these strange days to include in what you are writing.
National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day - This is a day that we probably all need to celebrate. I know my refrigerator isn't cleaned out often enough.
What exactly is lurking in the recesses of your refrigerator? The tuna salad you made last month? Could the pickle relish you added to it have turned into a pickle monster? What about the roast that has been in there since last month? Could it have actually grown teeth and be waiting for just the right moment to attack?
Have a Bad Day Day - For those of you who are sick of people telling you to have a good day, this day is for you. Today you are supposed to tell everyone to have a bad day.
What if every word that came out of your mouth came true? What if all of those people that you told to have a bad day really did have bad days? What if you even told them how to have a bad day, and it happened just like you said it would?
Name Your PC Day - Some people name their boats, some people name their cars, some people even name their chainsaws, so why not name your PC? Why not make a PC one of your characters? Not only would this PC have a name, but it would also have a personality. Would you allow it to have feelings? Would it be a criminal? Or would it be a law-abiding PC?
Stay Home Because You're Well Day - This is the day that you are allowed to stay home, not because you are sick, but because you are feeling great. Just make sure it's alright with your boss if you celebrate this one.
Give Up Your Shoulds Day
Use Your Common Sense Day - Don't know about you, but I really thought that common sense was something we were supposed to use every day.
Pumpkin Chunkin Days -On these days, you get to destroy your Halloween pumpkins before they become a rotten, nasty mess. Way back in 1986, some guys had the bright idea of using catapults to fling these pumpkins through the sky so they would smash to the ground with force and become mush. This entertaining stunt has now turned into a 3-day event, attracting crowds of thousands, most of them dressed in orange. In 1998, The World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association became certified as a non-profit organization. They donate money to St. Jude's Children's Hospital and even give out scholarships.
Even if you can't attend the official Pumpkin Chunkin Days festivities, you can still chunk your pumpkin. Drop your pumpkin out of a window and watch gravity have its way. Just make sure your pumpkin won't smash onto anyone's head. Another way to effectively reduce your pumpkin to mush would be to run over it with your car.
There are many, many different ways to smash a pumpkin. Why not write a children's book on how to smash a pumpkin? The first pumpkin smashed could be an accident, but it takes off from there, and soon every kid in the neighborhood is taking part in finding new ways to smash these large, edible, orange-yellow pieces of fruit.
Zero Tasking Day
Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day
Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day
National Family Literacy Day - On this day, there will be readings, workshops, and family activities held at many libraries and community centers across the nation.
Book Lovers Day - This is a day to show your vast collection of books just how much you love them. Make sure their shelves are clean and the books themselves are dust free. Then make yourself a pot of coffee or a cup of tea, grab your favorite book, and read.
When you are done reading (if such a thing is possible), write a story about a character whose entire life is centered around books, and the things that have happened in them. Whenever this person needs to know how to do or needs advice, she turns to her fiction books to find the answer. One day her huge library catches on fire. What does she do?
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