Do you celebrate National Onion Rings Day? What about Be Kind to Animals Week? Do you know what you're buying your significant other for Talk Like a Pirate Day? It's not just your imagination - there really are more unofficial holidays than ever before.
Most of them have been started by advertising firms who are just trying to sell you stuff. But contrary to popular belief, fake holidays didn't start with the Internet era. We have to go back much further, plumbing the depths of consumer culture in the second half of the 19th century.