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Silly and Fun August Holidays

Natalie, a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, is a freelance writer who is always searching for what lies within the potential.


It’s August and the summer is starting to wind down (if you are in the Northern Hemisphere, that is). August is the time for last-minute summer vacations and pool parties, and for taking the kids to the amusement park before school starts up again. It’s the month people often celebrate with abandon, since many feel as though the new year begins in September.

Send the summer (or winter, if you live below the equator) off with a bang by celebrating some of these fun and crazy holidays.

Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie

Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie

August 1: Homemade Pie Day

Let them eat . . . pie. Okay, so that’s not exactly how the saying goes, but today is Homemade Pie Day (not to be confused with Pi Day which is on 3/14 or 3.14, or National Pie Day, which falls on January 23).

Celebrate Homemade Pie Day by making any type of pie you like, sweet or savory. Make sure eating it is part of the celebration. Make an extra one to share with family or friends. Don’t worry if you prefer tarts or flans to pies. They’re in the same family and close enough. Besides, today’s your homemade pie celebration, so design it any way you’d like with whatever mouthwatering creation you choose.

If you need some help, try one of the sweet or savory pie recipes included at the bottom of this article.

August 5: National Underwear Day

Perhaps your mother always warned you to wear clean underwear since you never know when you may be in an accident. There are likely many other better reasons to wear clean underwear and National Underwear Day is one of them. There are all types of underwear from basic, white, functional versions to intricate, high fashion versions that some people will wear out on the town. Madonna is probably the one who should be credited with wearing underwear as if it were regular clothing, but today you can take a page from her book and do the same. Those who are really brave can post a picture of themselves in their underwear on social media with the appropriate hashtag. If you are shy, celebrate by wearing your underwear around the house and learning to feel comfortable in your own skin.

If you don’t have any underwear you really love, today’s the day to buy something spectacular, cozy or just plain comfortable. Be sure to enjoy watching the movie Risky Business, which includes the iconic scene of Tom Cruise dancing in his underwear.

National Underwear Day is a great opportunity to appreciate your body and gain a sense of rightness of your body type. Coming to appreciate all types and shapes of bodies will go a long way to helping with many of the problems poor body image can cause.

August 6: Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day

How many times have you gone out to buy more aspirin for a headache caused by the inability to open the tin of pain relievers already in your possession? If you have ever found yourself fighting to open a sealed child-proof medicine bottle, triple-coated plastic container of batteries, or shrink-wrapped food container that seems impervious to even the sharpest knife, this day is for you. Today you can protest drinks with perforated caps which don’t budge and shipping boxes which you are still trying to tear open 25 minutes later along with all forms of impossible packaging that has you throwing the item against a wall while yelling profanities at the top of your lungs.

There are several ways to celebrate Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day. The most obvious, of course, is to simply avoid any item that seems unlikely to yield to your attempts at opening it. If you can’t even determine how to go about opening something you see in the store, put it back on the shelf and pick up one made by a competitor. Put away anything that is “labeled tamper resistant.” Return anything you may have ordered that comes in a box that is clearly ten times the size of the actual object. Anything you can’t open in a single try, likewise can be assumed to be item non grata today.

What is welcomed today is anything that has no packaging whatsoever such as fresh fruit and vegetables, Have you been wanting to buy some new electronic gadget or household item? Buy a floor sample which not only comes package free it also is usually discounted. Look for cheap store brands which often save money by forgoing the excess packaging.

If these strategies don’t make you feel better and you need to blow off some steam send a message to the manufacturers of whatever you bought that was particularly preposterously packaged. Just make sure you put it in at least seven boxes, each sealed with permaglue and enclosed in three layers of plastic wrap completely covered with the strongest packing tape you can find.

August 8th is National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day!

August 8th is National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day!

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August 8: National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day

Anyone who has had a garden and grown zucchini, also called courgette, know that during this late summer month the squash tend to grow like crazy. The will reach a gargantuan size is not harvested. It is not unusual for zucchini left on the vine to grow to over three feet in length. They are generally harvested at an immature stage when they are about six to ten inches so the growth spurt that often occurs in August means that even gardeners with only a plant of two could be picking several courgette daily. The obvious problem then, is after eating, freezing, pickling and gifting the harvested squash what do you do with what’s still left over?

A native Pennsylvanian came up with an answer which turned into a holiday celebrated on August 8 and designated as National Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day. If you have had your fill of zucchini bread, quiche, and cake and your friends and relatives turn off the lights and hide when seeing you come up their walk with a bag of newly picked squash, this is the day to do something about it. To celebrate this holiday all you have to do is wait until late at night when everyone should be asleep, and quietly sneak up to your neighbor’s door then leave plenty of zucchini for them right outside. Of course, if your neighbor is a gardener as well, you just might find they have returned the favor and you are no better off. You can also plan ahead to rid yourself of the huge pile of squash that you amass this time of year. Call local soup kitchens or food pantries to see if these might be possible outlets for your excess courgette. A single day’s harvest from a plant or two can easily feed dozens of people. If you have a particularly large bumper crop, you might even find area farmers markets where you can sell your excess squash and turn a profit. Sometimes you can team up with other gardeners who might have other fruits or vegetables to sell and split the fee for a table. This will decrease the cost and increase your profit with a larger variety of produce to sell.

Some Fun Facts About Zucchini:

  • Not all zucchini are uniformly green. For example, Gourmet Gold and Clairmore Yellow are bright gold, Romanesco are beige with bright green stripes, Zephyr are two-toned, colored green on the bottom and yellow on the top, Caserta or Heirloom are light greenish grey, and Magda are a green so pale as to appear white.
  • Zucchini is plural. A single one is called a zucchina.
  • Not all zucchini are long and cylindrical shaped. For example, ‘Ronde de Nice is shaped like a small globe, Golden Egg Squash is shaped like an elongated egg and Pattypan Squash looks like a flattened flying saucer, with scalloped sides.
  • Zucchini plants produce yellow flowers which are edible. Small ones can be used in salads to provide a unique taste and to add color. Unopened flowers can be stuffd with a variety of other vegetables, fruits and cheeses to create a wonderful appetizer. Try filling them with a puree of brie cheese, peeled dates and walnuts or feta cheese, shredded cucumber and fresh, minced mint leaves.
  • Zucchinis are rich in a number of nutrients. These squash are full of Vitamin A, Thiamin, Niacin, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Magnesium, Potassium and Manganese. They have more Potassium than bananas and are a great source of dietary fiber and protein.
  • Zucchinis have lots of health benefits. They are good for heart health, can help with weight loss, lower cholesterol, aid in maintaining eye health, decrease the likelihood of developing diabetes and asthma, keep the immune system healthy, helps fight respiratory problems, can act as an anti-inflammatory, improve nervous system functioning, strengthen teeth and bones and improve the appearance of the skin.
  • The largest zucchini ever grown was almost 70 inches long and weighed over 65 pounds. It was grown by Bernard Lavery of Plymouth Devon, UK.

August 11: National Presidential Joke Day

One of the great American past times is making fun of the President. Today is a day to recognize the humor found in the oval office. Make sure to take note of and appreciate the major gaffes and hysterical mistakes the president makes. Think back to all the Presidents and call up your memories of them. You can add in any Presidential candidates you choose. If the current President triggers your funny bone, have at him.

National Presidential Joke Day started in 1984. In the middle of a soundcheck for a radio broadcast, President Ronald Reagan joked, “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” Although the networks had come to an agreement that any comment made during a soundcheck were off the record, it was leaked to the public and CBS broadcast the recording. Critics attacked the President for being unprofessional.

August 18: Bad Poetry Day

Bad Poetry Day encourages you to try writing poetry even if you don’t believe that you can. Many of us are intimidated by the thought of writing poetry because we don’t think we know how. Yet, we all have a natural ability to put thoughts and feelings into informal verse by putting pen to paper and letting yourself write some terrible poetry. Don’t judge what you write, just enjoy it. Don’t think too hard, just go with whatever comes to mind. If you’re feeling especially mean today, you could read your awful poetry to friends, family and colleagues. If nothing more, it will help them appreciate good poetry more in the future.

Watch the video below of the Bad Poetry Contest for some amazingly terrible verse to help encourage your own.

August 24: Pluto Demoted Day

Many of us remember when there were nine planets in our solar system, which were Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. But then in 2005, an icy object about the same size as Pluto was discovered just beyond its orbit was discovered which was named Eris.

There was debate as to whether Eris should be included as the 10th planet and whether two of Pluto’s moons should be counted as the 11th and 12th planets. However, it was determined that adding three planets would be too cumbersome and that the best idea would be to cut Pluto from the lineup.

New criteria for planets were created which included that the planet had to be the only major body in its orbit. Since there were a number of other objects in Pluto’s orbit it was determined that Pluto was no longer a planet and it was downgraded to a dwarf planet, leaving us with only eight planets in our solar system.

Pluto Demoted Day is a great chance to learn about space and our solar system along with Pluto itself. Go to a nearby planetarium and take in an exhibit or a show. Once the sun goes down get out a telescope, spread a blanket on the grass and stargaze. Discover the various bodies in space nearby to our own home planet.

August 27: Just Because Day

One of my favorite holidays, Just Because Day is when you get to celebrate any way you choose—just because. We all have busy, sometimes stressful lives filled with obligations and responsibilities. Today you have the opportunity to do something without rhyme or reason.

Have you always wanted a garage door opener? Buy it... just because. Maybe you want to take a vacation day to read that new novel you haven’t had time for. Do it... just because. Maybe you feel like buying a rose for an older woman dining alone, just to make her smile. Go ahead and make her day... just because. Sing at the top of your voice with your windows down, act like a street mime, do cartwheels in the front yard. Today is your day and you can do all these things... just because.

Easy Vegetable Pot Pie

Easy Vegetable Pot Pie

A Few Pie Recipes to Inspire You

Sweet Pies

No-Bake Frozen Peanut Butter Amaretto Pie


  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 heaping teaspoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons amaretto extract
  • 1 package (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 chocolate crumb crust (8 inches)
  • Chocolate syrup


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, peanut butter, granulated sugar, confectioners sugar, amaretto, and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Fold in the whipped topping carefully, until combined.
  3. Spoon pie filling into the crust. Drizzle with chocolate syrup.
  4. Cover and freeze for 4 hours or until set.
  5. Remove from the freezer 30 minutes before serving.

Easy Maple Pecan Bourbon Pie


  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract (or two tablespoons real maple syrup)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chips
  • 9-inch prepared pie crust, unbaked


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Whisk together corn syrup, brown sugar, butter, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla extract, maple extract (or syrup), bourbon, and salt.
  2. Mix in pecans and butterscotch chips.
  3. Pour mixture into the pie crust and bake until the center is set but not firm, about 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool before serving. This pie is great served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

Savory Pies

Tuna Pot Pie


  • 1 large can tuna (12 oz) light or white, drained
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (you can also use ½ cup frozen, chopped onion, thawed)
  • 12 oz frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic minced (you can also use 1 teaspoon of fresh store-bought minced garlic in a jar)
  • 1 cup chopped cooked potato (you can also use frozen chopped potato)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 can (7 ½ ounces) refrigerated biscuits, quartered


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Heat soup and milk in a saucepan on medium heat until smooth.
  3. Stir in mixed vegetables, mushrooms, onion, tuna, potato, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  4. Continue cooking until mixture comes to a low boil.
  5. Transfer to a 1 ½ or 2-quart glass casserole dish and top with biscuits.
  6. Bake about 20 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown.