Last week, after writing about nearly missing National Lasagna Day, I got thinking. Actually, a comment from a reader got me wondering about whether a calendar of national holidays existed. My trusty sidekick, Google, and I did some research and found that many calendars with offbeat holidays exist. And because I know that I am your “go to” source for the latest, most vital information, a responsibility which I take very seriously, I am bringing information about another wacky holiday to you. This time, I am giving you the notice to properly celebrate.
I am not going to tell you that August 6th is Wiggle Your Toes Day. I am not even going to tell you that August 13th is Left Hander’s Day–which would actually be appropriate, because I am left handed. I am here to tell you about the holiday that is August 8th–Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day.
Yes, Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day is an actual holiday. After I realized that sneaking zucchini onto someone’s porch wasn’t a euphemism for something dirty, I learned that this holiday kind of makes sense.
According to gone-ta-pott.com, Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day was established by Tom Roy from Pennsylvania in an effort to deal with the annual abundance of zucchini that he and his wife faced. In my “research” I discovered two important facts. First, gardeners and zucchini growers typically grow more of this particular vegetable than they can consume. Second, zucchini seems to be the neglected vegetable of the garden, as friends and neighbors do not seem to willingly accept gardeners’ offerings of their zucchini surplus–thus the need to pawn it off secretly under the cover of darkness.
Basically, the holiday is for zucchini growers to sneak out in the night and abandon baskets of zucchini on the porches of their neighbors. All while hoping that their neighbors are not negating their efforts by doing the same. Sounds fair. Anyone gonna gather their zucchini and get out there?
At this point, I don’t have a garden, so I’m out. But you can be sure I will get a giggle next time I see a zucchini.