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It’s National Chicken Wing Day — hope it’s a good one!

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State Rep. Chris Latvala wants to wish all his constituents a very happy National Chicken Wing Day from “the wing capital of Florida.” That would be Clearwater, where both Winghouse and Hooters were started and are currently based.

That’s the message Latvala tweeted to followers Wednesday morning with a picture of a smiling chicken that also looks slightly homicidal. The homicidal part would make sense considering Mr. Chicken is probably hoping to save himself from being deep friend and covered in buffalo sauce. Or honey barbeque. Whichever his captor prefers.

There’s also a graphic an an actual cooked wing that looks more like a pile of doggie doo.

As of Wednesday morning, his tweet was shared nine times and favorited eight.

On that note, let’s take a look at some other obscure days we could celebrate throughout the year.

chicken wing day

Wednesday is also Rain Day. Sitting inside instead of poolside, I concur. Tuesday was Milk Chocolate Day – sorry I missed that one – and Thursday is Paperback Book Day.

Some wackier, probably made up days include a Wiggle Your Toes day on August 6, Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day on August 8 and a Race Your Mouse day on August 28. There are days for trail mix, watermelon, working like a dog, sisters, daughters, middle children and one titled “Just Because Day.”

Why do all these wacky days exist? Because people and companies, including card companies like Ecards, just make them up and some of them stick.

In any case, I’m going to be a rebel and wiggle my toes today just to spite the whole system. I think I’ve also got some cold wings left over in the fridge I could retrieve in celebration and solidarity with Chris Latvala. Oh, and dance in the rain.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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