If there is such a thing, perhaps it is this. Well, no, it is not, but Happy Earth Day anyway; maybe celebrate with Burkhard Bilger's amazing article about Mars. ("I heard talk of a survey, perhaps apocryphal, which asked astronauts if they’d go to Mars on a one-way trip. Three-quarters supposedly said yes." [!])
Purim begins at sunset on Saturday — make some Hamentaschen!
Though there are a few days that claim to be THE “Day of Pie" — the U.S. House of Representatives recognized “Pi Day” on March 14th, and a second somewhat dubiously decreed “National Pie Day” on December 1st — according to the American Pie Council, today, January 23rd, is the actual “National Pie Day.” It was probably chosen so that people have at least one thing to look forward to after the pie-promises of Thanksgiving and Christmas have faded, and you’re left cold and hungry in the depths of mid-winter.
In honor, of this, we present an illustrated investigation and recipe of the legendary 4 and 20 Blackbirds Pie.[...]
Cheap blogging trick No. 43jF8p: When in doubt, look up ridiculous national holidays. For instance, today it's National Eggs Benedict Day ("a day to enjoy eggs with hollandaise sauce, canadian bacon and english muffins"), and it's National Stress Awareness Day, too (which falls on the "First Workday After Income Taxes Are Due"). There's probably a way to celebrate the two hand in hand, although "Stress Awareness Day" actually seems a little counter-productive. (Think of all that's going wrong day; list what you're messing up day.) But then it's also One Day Without Shoes day.
This Sunday, February 11, marks the start of the year of the snake, and Food52 has a nice roundup of Lunar New Year-appropriate recipes if you feel like celebrating culinarily. Epicurious has one, too, and here's an older but classic one from Serious Eats, who also ask "what are you eating during snow weekend?" Also, why not, here's a really beautiful drawing of a snake.
Incidentally, Sunday is also Clean Out Your Computer Day.
No one would deny the positive benefits of happiness
Happy International Happiness Day.
Today is apparently National Plan a Solo Vacation Day, which I am not making up, although someone is, and one of the outlets that's celebrating is the company FinderCodes, which has a nice Travel Lost and Found Kit to help keep track of your stuff.
Their tips for planning a solo vacation include 1) leave your gadgets at home, 2) try new things, 3) ask locals for tips, 4) Google ahead to look for free and cheap events/activities, and 5) to "Have at least 2 copies of your driver’s license and passport, keeping them in separate places to ensure you always have a copy. Give a family member [...]
In case you've never heard of it, froyo is a food for sore throats that can't get their tonsils on some REAL ice cream. If that sounds like your problem and you live in the LA area, you can score a free supper tonight at Yogurtland and Pinkberry in celebration of the second annual National Frozen Yogurt Day. Is this madness happening anywhere else? The internet is not making it very easy to find out. If not, here are 61 recipes for the icy, bacterially fermented slop you crave.