What Do Star Wars, Melanoma & Candied Orange Peels have in Common?
By Tobi Schwartz-Cassell
I am writing this on May 4, 2015.
And if you’re a Star Wars fan—and especially if you’re Howard Yermish fan—you already know what is meaningful about today. It’s National Star Wars Day, and according to the Toronto Public Library, it was developed by Toronto Underground Cinema of Toronto in 2011, and so named for today’s date, as in, “May the Fourth be With You.”
If you haven’t guessed yet, the commonality among Star Wars, Candied Orange Peels and Melanoma is that they all share this day as a “National Day.”
While we know the roots of National Star Wars Day, no one is quite sure how National Candied Orange Peels Day came about. But I am sure we can all agree that it’s a rather unusual item to celebrate. As for me, I’d rather shine a spotlight on chocolate covered pretzels.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that National Melanoma Day was created by The American Academy of Dermatology. And truth be told, that is not the actual name of this “celebratory” day. It is really National Melanoma Monday, designated as the first Monday in May, which is otherwise known as National Melanoma Month. This one is close to my heart because I am lucky. I am a melanoma survivor. #sighofrelief
So this evening, while you’re celebrating these three completely unrelated days, think about this. If I’d written this post yesterday, it would have been a lot funnier because May 3 has been designated as:
• National Raspberry Pop Over Day
• National Two Different Colored Shoes Day
• National Specially-Abled Pets Day
• National Garden Meditation Day
• and my personal favorite, National Lumpy Rug Day
What would you like to designate as a National Day? What’s the craziest National Day you’ve ever heard of? Please share in the comments section below. Thanks!