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National Opposite Day

It is unknown when National Opposite Day started, or who started it. Some say it stems from a playground game where children trick each other with funny questions and opposite answers. There are some references to it having its roots in a statement President Calvin Coolidge made when he decided not to run for reelection in 1928, when he simply said, "I do not choose to run for President in 1928." The statement came as a shock to many in the public, which led them to wonder if he was really saying what he meant. Regardless of when or how the day started, today is for doing and saying the opposite of what is usually done, or saying the opposite of what is meant.

How to Observe National Opposite Day

There are countless ways to celebrate the day. Here are a few ideas:

  • Get up on the wrong side of the bed.
  • Have dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner.
  • Eat desserts first instead of last.
  • Try to put your shoes on the wrong feet.
  • Dress in a way you don't normally dress.
  • Do everything with your non-dominant hand.
  • Say "goodbye" when greeting people, and "hello" when leaving them.
  • Call everyone by their last name instead of first name.
  • Mean the opposite in everything you say—e.g. say "left" when you mean "right."
  • Do something positive you usually don't do—volunteer, shovel your neighbor's driveway, or pay for the next person in line at the coffee shop.

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