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National Nothing Day (January 16)

Check out the weird holiday National Nothing Day on January 16. Learn the history of National Nothing Day and get ideas on how to celebrate.

One weird holiday on January 16 is National Nothing Day. Check out the other weird January holidays!

History of National Nothing Day

In 1972, the newspaper columnist Harold Pullman offered the idea of this weird holiday in order to give people “a day where they can just sit without celebrating, observing, or honoring anything.”

This weird holiday is sponsored by Coffin’s National Nothing Foundation, which ironically doesn’t have a website – there is nothing that can be found out about that organization!

Unfortunately for Pullman (and all those who prefer doing nothing), Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on the third Monday of January. This means that about 15% of the time, both holidays will be on the same day – which kind of defeats the purpose of National Nothing Day, unless you don’t have work or school and lay around doing nothing!

The word nothing is an indefinite pronoun that means “no thing” or “not anything.” It refers to a person or thing that has no importance, interest, or consquence.

The idea of nothing is quantified by the number zero, which was discovered in the 9th century AD in India.

In more recent times, in 1956, James W. Morgan – the mayor of Birmingham in Alabama – suggested the idea of a National Nothing Week – but nothing was done about it.

Then in 1992, an episode of “Seinfield” aired that featured George and Jerry talking to a TV executive and trying to convince him to do “a show about nothing.”

Ideas for National Nothing Day

Other than sitting around and doing nothing, here are some things you can do to make this weird holiday a little more unique in its nothing-ness.

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