NATIONAL NOTHING DAY
Each year on January 16th, people across the nation recognize National Nothing Day.
The observance was created as a day to provide Americans with one National Day when they can just sit without celebrating, observing or honoring anything. (National Day Calendar only reports the Days, sometimes they may contradict themselves.)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on the third Monday of January which means that one-in-seven January 16th’s will fall on the same day as Nothing Day, effectively usurping the nature of Nothing Day.
While it may be a good day to celebrate nothing at all, we suppose putting nothing in a glass and setting it on a table might suffice for celebration. You might leave your diary page blank every January 16th. Don’t mark anything on the calendar on the 16th, either. It would be interesting to see what would happen if you sent a blank email dated January 16th. How many replies would you get saying, “There’s nothing here.”
For people whose birthday lands on January 16th, wrap an empty box. That should elicit a nothing response appropriate for the celebration.
When asked, “What are your plans, today?” your response should definitely be, “Nothing.” What else would your answer be on a day like today? Now that we think about it, “Nothing” works well as an answer when recognizing the day.
Q: What’s for supper?
Q: What are you reading?
A. Nothing. (Even though you’re clearly reading something.)
Q. What’s your homework assignment?
A. Nothing. (As you’re working on your homework.)
Q. What are you drinking?
A. Nothing. (As you sip on the best non-fat latte ever.)
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NATIONAL NOTHING DAY HISTORY
In 1972, columnist Harold Pullman Coffin proposed National Nothing Day. The day has been observed in all its nothingness since 1973. The observance is sponsored by Coffin’s National Nothing Foundation, registered in Capitola, California.
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