A few years ago, Poker Chick wrote about International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Since then, it seems days are popping up everywhere. Now, since one of our favorite pastimes is food (we like it so much, we eat it every day!), we thought we'd explore the year through food holidays.
Let's talk about fresh meat, shall we?
May is National BBQ Month. It is also National Hamburger Month. This has us asking the obvious question: if you broil your burgers instead of grilling them, are you a heathen or something? If the months overlap are you committed to always cooking your burgers a certain way or else they don't count as the right kind of burgers?
Of course, this makes perfect sense. Having marketed hot dogs for several years, Poker Chick can tell you that May is also the [un]official kickoff to National Hot Dog Season. This is not good news for hamburger manufacturers, who lose money to hot dogs. So when people started breaking out their hot dogs to grill for national barbeque month, they must have all gotten together in some secret meat meeting to conspire against the hot dog makers. The result? National Hamburger Month.
One bizarre piece of the puzzle doesn't fit though. National Hamburger Day is December 21st. Good luck figuring that one out.
Now to you hot dog lovers, fear not! You can enjoy as much of the processed mystery meat as you like on National Pigs in a Blanket Day, April 24th. Apparently people like to spend their tax refunds on hors d'oevres. Who knew?
There are also other kinds of meat. If you're a chicken person you can enjoy the bird throughout the month of September, which is National Chicken Month. You can eat chicken boiled, baked, breaded, stewed, fricasseed, but make sure not to eat it fried. National Fried Chicken day doesn't take place until July 6th.
Turkeys have their own month, which is of course, you guessed it, Nov......er......June. Because that makes sense. Clearly part of the turkey growers' conspiracy to convince people it's not just for Thanksgiving. For progressive peeps who can't bear to discriminate against the two birds, you'll want to look into National Poultry Day, March 19th, which of course falls right in the middle of National Noodle Month. After all, having it fall during chicken or turkey months (or any other meat for that matter) would just be really discriminatory. Ergo the neutral noodle.
|Don't cook me! Please!|
In case you can't read in between the lines, we think this National blah-blah day has gotten just a little out of hand. We've covered half the calendar above and we haven't even gotten out of the meat section!! Think of all the other foods! Now think of diseases, memorials, secular holidays, costumes, teachers, assistants, family members, pirates, and other random nonsense. (Yes, we intentionally put pirates next to family members).
Having said that, there are a few days we will be celebrating. Pay close attention and you'll notice a theme. First reader to guess the theme wins a shoutout in the next post.
June 3rd: The aforementioned National Donut Day
April 12th (or thereabouts): National Free Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Cone Day
October: National Dessert Month
(We pretty much celebrate this all year long, just to make sure we're doing it right).
September 12th: National Chocolate Milkshake Day
Stay tuned for our announcement of National Useless Holiday Day*. In the meantime, here's wishing you a happy National Nylon Stockings Day. Or, as you may call it: Sunday.
*Wait! They already have one of those! Some peeps may know it by its more popular name. Interested parties can read more here