October 13th International Skeptics Day

Is today International Skeptics Day or isn’t it? Well, it may or may not be because this day sort jumps all around the calendar. It falls on either January 13th, October 13th or the first Friday the 13th of the year. So the first thing we can be skeptical about is whether or not Skeptics Day is the day we are celebrating it on. If you doubt anything might be real or not, no matter what that thing is, you are a skeptic. Now some people are skeptical of skeptics. No doubt this is a day we need to be skeptical of. Or do we?

How to celebrate – Doubt everything. Make someone prove what they say. Make a list of things you are skeptical of.

August 27th Just Because Day

Have you ever done anything just because you were allowed to (or maybe not even allowed to but because you could)? There always seems to be something satisfying about doing something that maybe you shouldn’t be doing. Now that doesn’t mean illegal or dangerous, just something different from the norm. It could be as simple as taking a train ride just to go or as complex as visiting every tall building in your town. And it’s all “Just Because”. It is believed that Joseph J. Goodwin created today somewhere back in the late 1950’s or early 60’s. This may or may not be accurate but then, who cares, let’s believe that… Just Because.

How to celebrate – Do something you normally would not do. Take a safe risk today. Start a “Just Because” club.

August 27th National Just Because Day

Today came about because of “Because Day” which is the third Weds of in May. Some one added the word Just to Joseph J. Goodwin’s creation.  But just because it is today, we’ll act like it stands alone. It is a day to celebrate all those things you can do, just because you want to.

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I mean, there is really no good reason for hang gliding. I guess if you silently want to invade a country that might work but with those gliders either being bright red or blue normally I think you might get caught. So if you hang glide, you probably do it just because you can.

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Again, is there really a good reason to walk a tight rope? I guess if you need to get from one place to another in a hurry you might try it but I wouldn’t bet on getting too far. One walks a tight rope just because it’s there and they can, or can’t as the case may be.  Personally, I find it difficult enough to walk on the sidewalk!

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Or how about singing in an opera!?! Yes you get to show off your talent and tell a story that no one understands in America. In a lot of cases, it also allows you to have a profession where you can eat a lot! But you don’t really need to singing outrageously in order to tell a story. So you do it.. just because you can.

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And streaking… well technically this is illegal so you really can’t but, who cares. Those who do, do it just because, they can. So it makes me wonder if you can streak while hang gliding while on a tight rope and singing opera! Well, why not! After all, it’s Just Because Day.

How to celebrate – Do something today, just because you can. (Make sure it’s legal first) Try a food you’ve never had before. Pretend you are someone famous… just because you can.