One weird holiday on January 2 is Run It Up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes It Day. Check out the other weird January holidays!
History of Run It Up the Flagpole Day
Run It Up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes It Day truly is a strange holiday! It brings to mind pranks from summer camp or school, like running someone’s underwear on top of the flagpole. But to quote one of my favorite movies: “I do not think it means what you think it means.”
The idiom actually stems from the 1950s in the United States, and it refers to sharing an idea with a trusted friend or two and see if they also think it’s a good idea before you submit it up the corporate food chain. A similar saying is, “Throw it to the wall and see if anything sticks” (which comes from testing to see if pasta has finished cooking).
The saying started being used frequently in advertising in New York, but then comedians latched onto it. Soon this phrase became a comedic punchline rather than a legitimate advertising idea.
We’re not quite sure how it became an actual holiday, but it’s a great day to test out new ideas with the start of a new year!
Ideas to Celebrate Run It Up the Flagpole Day
Other than sharing your ideas with a friend or colleague, we’ve got some fun ways to celebrate the day.
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