One weird holiday on January 25 is National Opposite Day. Check out the other weird January holidays!
History of National Opposite Day
No one is really sure why this date was chosen as a day to celebrate opposites, but the concept itself is not unknown – how often did kids on the playground at school claim it was opposite day?
Today is a fun day to do silly things, like have dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner. Another fun idea is to wear your clothes backwards and say “goodbye” to everyone instead of “hello.” Or you could go to bed in the morning and go to work in the evening – just let your boss in on the plan.
The problem with this weird holiday is that it is a lot like Schrodinger’s Cat. If you tell someone that it’s Opposite Day, then the fact that you can only say the opposite means it’s NOT actually opposite day.
In the 1865 novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, references are made to Opposite Day.
In the 1928 election of the United States, President Calvin Coolidge made a statement to the press where said, “I do not choose to run.” He then ran for President, causing people to speculate if it was an error or if he was celebrating this weird holiday.
In 1959, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared that August 17 would be Opposite Day on request of his granddaughter. The holiday never repeated, however.
The TV show “The Odd Couple” which focuses on two main characters who appear to be polar opposites first premiered on ABC in 1970. Two years prior, in 1968, the movie version had been quite successful.
1989 boasts being the year that Paula Abdul’s song “Opposites Attract” became extremely popular. The official music video casts Abudl’s love interest as an animated character.
In the TV show “Seinfeld” which ran from 1989-1998, the fictional character George Costanza realizes his life isn’t where he wanted it, so he decided to make the opposite choice of what he normally would do in any situation. This means that he goes from being sedentary and curmodgeonly to sincere, active, and honest.
In 1999, SpongeBob Squarepants decides to celebrate opposite day in an attempt to not get a house sold. In the end, everyone starts acting like Squidward.
In 2009, the movie Opposite Day is released into theaters. Starring Billy Unger, a boy wishes on a start that all the kids could become adults because he is tired of them making all the rules tha the has to follow. His wish comes true, and the adults end up becoming the children, too! (Yes, it’s a bit like Freaky Friday.)
Ideas for National Opposite Day
While saying and doing everything opposite today may lead to chaos in your professional and personal lives, here are some ideas on how you can celebrate.
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