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On November 20th, National Absurdity Day reigns supreme. Oddness and weirdness take over. We’re not sure why, but it does. 

Throughout history, bizarre occurrences mark the calendar.  It may seem absurd today to send your child cross country by airplane, but people do. There’s a process, attendants, an adult on the other side waiting to retrieve the precious package. When the postal service first launched in 1913, children falling within the shipping weights were sent cross country by parcel service. Mailed babies were shipped off to Grandma’s house, some for as low as 15 cents plus insurance.

This day was created as a day to recall and note some of the entirely off-the-wall and ridiculous things in history, in our country, and in our lives.

Absurdity Day is also a day to have fun and do crazy, zany, and absurd things. Use the day as an excuse to let out the silly antics hidden inside them. You can do things you have wanted to do that make absolutely no sense at all, and it will be okay because you will be celebrating this National Day.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalAbsurdityDay

Do whatever absurd things that pop into your mind. (Please keep safety in mind.) Use #NationalAbsurdityDay to post on social media. 

Educators and families, it may seem absurd, but the National Day Calendar Classroom has a project perfect for celebrating even this extra-special holiday. Be sure to check it out.

Are you looking for some serious absurdity? Check out 7 Absurd Ideas That Became Reality. 


National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this absurd holiday.

Absurd FAQ

Q. What word rhymes with absurd?
A. Besides the word word, absurd also rhymes with:

  • bird
  • deterred
  • third
  • shepherd
  • spurred
  • curd

Q. What’s an absurd fact from 1901?
A. In 1901, a 31 book set of the Encyclopedia Britannica with all the world’s absurd knowledge cost the absurd price of $1 per volume.

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