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National Goof Off Day on March 22nd each year gives everyone the opportunity to have a little extra fun. The day is also known as International Goof Off Day.

It is a day to relax, enjoy and goof off. Do something fun and leave the work until tomorrow. Everybody needs to take a break from time to time. It is often so easy to get so involved in the work and pressures in our lives. So stop, take a break, find something different! 

Let any goofy idea pop into your head. Make paper airplanes from seed packets. Doodle pictures of poodles in puddles in Peru. Play a game of Jenga with randomly stacked spice jars. Or do the obvious and spend the day in your pajamas doing nothing.

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There are many different things that a person could do. Catch up on some sleep or read a good book. You might also watch a good movie or even play a board game. Maybe even get caught goofing off with some of your friends.

5 Great Ways to Goof Off With Your Kids
  • Sock Races – When things have gotten mind-numbingly boring, this goofy game will bring about some giggles and definitely burn off some boredom. Empty out the sock drawers. Preferably mom and dad’s because the bigger the better. Make a pile on the floor. Each child starts with bare feet and the goal is to put as many socks on their feet before the sock pile is gone. They’ll look goofy doing it and goofy when they’re done, too. And, all the while they were playing, they were goofing off.
  • Play Dress-Up – It doesn’t matter what age our kids are, playing dress-up allows them to act out. Bring out some old makeup, old clothes and use a hairbrush as a microphone. Crank up the music and let the lipsyncing begin. Share a few videos, laugh and make some memories, too. 
  • Charades – Play an old fashioned game of charades. Set a few parameters by selecting a set topic that will keep your children on course. For example, you may want to only act out one of these topics: Disney movies, international travel, or national days.
  • Blanket Fort – This classic way to goof off can lead to naps, reading books or playing with other toys. But it’s also a surefire memory maker, too. 
  • Write a Song – Take a song the whole family likes and write a new verse to it. 

Strictly speaking, goofing off is the avoidance of work. So whatever you do, try not to look like you are working.

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Monica (Moeller) Dufour of Davidson, MI founded National Goof Off Day.  According to official records, the first celebration took place in 1976.  In an interview with the Detroit Free Press in 1983, Moeller suggests the first event may have been a few years later.  Whenever the inaugural day took place, it’s no surprise National Goof Off Day was created by a kid with the direction to do things out of the ordinary.



Serving up a light and airy dish, March 22nd annually recognizes National Bavarian Crepes Day.

Bavarian crepes are a delicious, very thin pancake-like dessert. They are typically made from wheat flour or buckwheat flour, then filled, rolled, and then often topped with a glaze, fruit, chocolate or whipped cream. In Bavaria, crepes are called palatschinke. While similar to a French crepe, the Bavarian crepe batter doesn’t need to rest before using.

Both types of crepes lend themselves to delicious desserts and fresh breakfast settings. They even make for a light brunch with a savory touch. However, crepes shine when it comes to delivering delicate and beautiful desserts. Whether they are filled with cream, mousse, or jams, the results are almost always spectacular. 

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Try your hand at making this delicate dish. It’s worth taking up the challenge. While you’re at it, invite some other chefs into the kitchen, too!

Enjoy one of the following recipes and have a wonderful day:

Bavarian Crepes from iFood.TV
Bavarian Crepes from Show Me the Sugar

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National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of the sweet food holiday. 

In 2017, National Day Calendar® began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. Many states have their own state celebrations, and National Day Calendar’s observances in no way replace them. There’s so much more to explore, we can’t help but celebrate our beautiful country even more!



National West Virginia Day on March 22nd recognizes the last state to be created from one of the original thirteen colonies.

When Virginia voted to secede from the Union, Western Virginians held firmly to their Union loyalties, created their own constitution and approached Congress for statehood. West Virginia, the 35th state, was admitted to the Union on June 20, 1863. It was the only state formed from another state and one of two created during the Civil War.

The original thirteen colonies created a total of eighteen states. Vermont once was a part of New York. Kentucky was also once included in the colony of Virginia. Tennessee was formerly part of North Carolina. Maine and Massachusetts were joined at one time.

At Harpers Ferry, the North meets South. From John Brown’s rebellion to Stonewall Jackson’s Confederate victory, Harpers Ferry is ripe with abolition movements and Civil War History.

The Mountain State

Also known as The Mountain State, West Virginia is dominated by three magnificent mountain ridges. The Allegheny, Appalachian, and the Blue Ridge Mountains also provide the state with seventy-eight percent forest over its total terrain. Within the rugged mountains, massive amounts of bituminous coal stores have made West Virginia the largest producer of coal east of the Mississippi River.

Not only do the West Virginia hills create spectacular views and jobs, but their natural landscape lends to small, isolated populations with deep roots. Their culture and heritage can be heard infused in the thrum of a banjo or the lyrics of a gospel chorus. It also influences the warm earthy flavors of their cooking and inspires artisans to masterpieces.

Life moves at a slower pace in West Virginia. Time doesn’t exactly stand still, but if you’ll sit a while and listen to some of the folk stories, you might hear about John Henry and Big Ben Mountain. Someone could take you mushroom hunting, or they might fry up a few and share with you what they found that morning. Not very many are willing to give up their favorite hunting spots.

You could get invited to the largest festival in West Virginia, Bridge Day. It takes place at New River Gorge Bridge on the third Saturday of October. The bridge was completed on October 22, 1977, and it’s the longest steel arch bridge in the western hemisphere.

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March 22nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


The first Stanley Cup championship series begins. Montreal defeats Ottawa.


The National Football League (NFL) officially adopts the 2-point conversion rule. The rule gives the offense the option to scrimmage after a touchdown from the 2-yard line to the endzone for 2 extra points versus kicking for a single extra point.


At the age of 14 years 10 months, Tara Lapinski becomes the youngest World Figure Skating Champion. Less than a year later, she would also become the youngest Olympic figure skating gold medalist when she competes at the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan.


The first international pillow fight flash mob took place in 25 cities around the world.

Recipe of the Day

Mexican Beef & Bean Dip
Prep: 20 mins.
Cook: 15 mins
Servings: 12 – 15



1 lb ground beef
1 15 oz can Refried Beans
1 15 oz can Stewed diced Tomatoes
1 Can Green Chilis
1 Package Taco Seasoning
8 oz Shredded Cheddar
6 – 8 Green Onions

Instructions:Add taco seasoning with ground beef into sauce pan, brown and drain. While ground beef is cooking slice and green onions while cooking.

On low heat, add refried beans, stewed tomatoes and green chilis into browned ground beef, stirring occasionally until mixed well and warm.

Place in serving bowl, cover with shredded cheese, serve with tortilla chips and enjoy. Alternately, place dip into small warming crock to keep dip warm while enjoying.


March 22nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Randolph Caldecott – 1846

The British illustrator is known for his contributions to children’s literature and his influence was so far-reaching that the American Library Association created the Randolph Caldecott Medal in his honor to award the most distinguished picture books created each year.

Louis L’amour  –  1908

Louis L’amour’s frontier novels bring to life western North Dakota and rural living. Along with short stories and poetry, his novels Hondo, Walking Drum and Last of the Breed are some of his most popular works.

Yayoi Kausama – 1922

The Japanese contemporary artist rose to prominence during the 1950s incorporating what is now her trademark polka dots into abstract forms, canvas and everyday objects.

William Shatner – 1931

The Canadian actor of stage and screen became a pop culture icon when he was cast in the role of Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek in 1966. Shatner has also put on the director’s hat and published several books. He is also known for his role as Denny Crane in Boston Legal.

James Patterson – 1947

The prolific American author has written over 100 best-sellers. Patterson writes a variety of genres including science fiction, thrillers, and mystery. Among his best-sellers are books from his Alex Cross series.

Andrew Lloyd Webber – 1948

The British composer of 21 musicals first brought the world Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 1967. Since then, he’s stunned us with award-winning hits on the West End and Broadway including Evita, Cats, and Phantom of the Opera.

Stephanie Mills – 1957

The Grammy-winning actress, singer-songwriter dazzled audiences in 1974 as Dorothy in the musical The Wiz on Broadway. In 1981, she won the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for the song “Never Knew Love Like This Before.”

Nancy Lopez – 1957

Early in her career, Nancy Lopez dominated the links. She turned professional at the age of 21 in 1977. In 1978, she became the only woman to win LPGA Rookie of the Year, Player of the Year, and the Vare Trophy in the same season. During her career, she won 48 LPGA Tour events, though she never won the U.S. Open.

Reese Witherspoon – 1976

The award-winning actress made her film debut at the age of 14 in 1991’s The Man in the Moon. Since then, Witherspoon has tackled a variety of genres including comedy (Legally Blonde), dramatic musicals (Walk the Line), science fiction (A Wrinkle in Time), and horror (American Psycho).

Notable Mentions

Ruth Page – 1900
Gabrielle Roy – 1909
Wolf Blitzer – 1948
Bob Costas – 1952
Dexter Fowler – 1986

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