by Allen J. Sheinman | July 28, 2016

Allen J. SheinmanIf you're a planner, we bet that at some point in your professional life you organized a meeting for Dec. 14, only to have to reschedule in a panic once you found out it was Monkey Day (see below). To help you avoid such gaffes in the future, we present the latest in a periodic List of lesser-known holidays (look 'em up, they're all sort of real).

Feb. 13: Get a Different Name Day. Not happy with the moniker you were born with? Here's a day for every Blanche, Gaylord or child born to the late musician Frank Zappa to stand up and say, "I'm not going to take it anymore!" Then have friends and family call you whatever you want them to for the remainder of the day, within reason.

Feb. 22: Be Humble Day. Don't let anyone tell you you're not humble enough -- this is a day to strut your unassuming self, brandish your humility and flaunt your modesty!

April 5: First Contact Day. This "day" commemorates the day Vulcans first established contact with Earthlings, as depicted in Star Trek: First Contact (1996).

April 29: National Shrimp Scampi Day. 'Nuff said.

May 25: Nerd Pride Day. Dating back to around 2008, this holiday lets celebrants air their inner geek on a date that marks the premiere of the first Star Wars movie in 1977. The odds are good that celebrants of this "day" have recycled their party hats from First Contact Day (see April 5).

June 4: Hug Your Cat Day. But not if your cat is anything like this one:

Aug. 12: Middle Child's Day. If you have an older and a younger sibling, you likely feel keenly bereft of the cachet attendant to being the oldest or youngest child. Well, this is your day, so give yourself a middle child's thumbs-up, and your siblings the middle -- er, never mind.

Oct. 21: Babbling Day. Not just an occasion to celebrate politicians, this is a day to honor blathering across the entire spectrum of blowhards.

Nov. 15: Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. You can celebrate this the obvious way, or take a cue from America Recycles Day, of which this also is, and repurpose your fridge as the National Museum of Decomposing Leftovers.

Dec. 14: Monkey Day. This is a day to celebrate all things simian, from animal rights to zoo practices. You can also run a special Monkey Day poker game, but don't let Cheetah play because, well, he's a Cheetah.

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