Star Wars Day and more pseudo-holidays we like
By Patrick Kevin Day
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National Gorilla Suit Day( Stephen Dunn / Getty Images )
Date: January 31
Origin: Mad Magazine artist Don Martin created the idea of National Gorilla Suit Day for a 1963 comic strip in which a character mocks the holiday and is then assaulted by gorillas and people in gorilla suits. Since that time, the holiday has been semi-celebrated every year by fans of Mad Magazine and Don Martin by dressing up in a gorilla suit. In 2007, Martin's widow asked one of the holiday's biggest cheerleaders, writer Mark Evanier, to cease promoting it and to remove all mentions of Gorilla Suit Day from his website.
Pictured: An Oakland Raiders fan dressed as a gorilla stands on the field.