There seems to be a strange holiday for each day of the year. The month of November, for example, is Adopt A Senior Pet Month; Banana Pudding Lovers Month; International Drum (Percussion) Month; National Inspirational Role Models Month; National Family Literacy Month; National Novel Writing Month; National Peanut Butter Lovers Month; and Beard Month (AKA No Shave November AKA NoSHAVEmber).
Meanwhile, today alone is Cliche Day, Give Someone a Dollar Today Day, National Housewife Day, and National Sandwich Day. Why? Well, there isn't a real reason why, aside from the fact that humans like to celebrate. So if you're looking for some fun holidays to celebrate throughout November, check out these 15:
- November 4, 2013 is National Candy Day.
Celebrities will do pretty weird things to promote their movies, but that's okay because then we get videos like this one, where the stars of "Last Vegas" reading the lyrics to popular songs. Morgan Freeman reads the lyrics to the Ylvis song "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say)" while Robert De Niro tackles Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball", Kevin Kline does One Direction's "Best Song Ever" and Michael Douglas reads "Chinese Food."
Those who sometimes enjoy tuning in to the Puppy Bowl during the Super Bowl (um, who doesn't?) received a nice surprise recently when it was announced that every cat lovers' dream would come true with the Kitten Bowl.
As any Puppy Bowl watcher might know, kittens were previously relegated to a darling half-time show, while puppies were the obvious star players during the actual game. Hallmark, however, decided this wasn't enough and announced the Kitten Bowl, to premiere for the first time during the 2014 Super Bowl.
As if that information wasn't enough, further details about the Kitten Bowl have emerged. For starters, a whopping 60-70 kittens will take part in the Kitten Bowl. (By comparison, the Puppy Bowl typically has around 40 puppies in it. But it also has kittens, so!) On top of that, Beth Stern, talk radio host Howard Stern's wife, will host the event, with Yankees radio announcer John Sterling giving the event's play-by-play.
Cat and dog lovers can finally live in peace.
DID YOU KNOW IT'S CAPS LOCK DAY? APPARENTLY THIS HOLIDAY HAS BEEN CELEBRATED FOR MORE THAN A DECADE NOW. HONESTLY, THIS IS A STRANGE HOLIDAY, BUT WE'LL ROLL WITH IT.
That said, there are many reasons we don't always write in caps lock, including the fact that reading caps lock makes you feel like your brain is on fire from all the yelling. But there are some instances when caps lock is perfectly acceptable. Here are 3 of those times.
#1 You're Angry
Sometimes you just need to vent — about the jerk who cut you off in traffic this morning, about the person who ate the last doughnut at work, about how tired you are of hearing that same Pink song on the radio because IF YOU HEAR IT ONE MORE TIME THERE WILL BE A PROBLEM. In instances like these, CAPS LOCK IS OKAY. Necessary, even! It makes you feel like your insides are screaming, even if you look perfectly composed from the outside. (I don't recommend using caps lock when you're fighting with people on the internet in a public forum. Caps lock just looks kind of sad then.)
What makes a band a "boy band"? We know groups like 'NSync, Backstreet Boys, and One Direction are definitely boy bands.
But what makes them so unequivocally boy band-ish while groups like Blink-182, who also sing semi-pop-friendly songs (sometimes) and are comprised of boys, aren't technically "boy bands"? Is Blink-182 a boy band? Is Slipknot a boy band? Is Flight of the Conchords a boy band? According to the trusted source, Wikipedia:
Boy band - A boy band (or boy band) is loosely defined as a vocal group consisting of young male singers, usually in their teenage years or in their twenties at the time of formation. Being vocal groups, most boy band members do not play musical instruments, either in recording sessions or on stage, making the term somewhat of a misnomer. However, exceptions do exist. Most boy bands dance as well as sing, usually giving highly choreographed performances.
The truth is most "boy bands" do not like to be referred to as such. There's a stigma attached to being a "boy band" — that they really exist to be poked fun at, that they aren't making serious music, whatever.
Some argue that bands don't qualify as a "boy band" if they play their own instruments. But does that then make it so that Hanson and the Jonas Brothers aren't a boy band? I don't think so. To me, you know a band is a boy band just by looking at them. They're all boy bandy. (Quite frankly, I don't see anything wrong with boy bands.)
Fan, anti-boy band enthusiast, or just someone who accidentally ended up here: check out some boy band history below.