National Stop Bullying Day is Also Carry Your Teddy Bear Day

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I don’t know who comes up with these random national days. Like national chocolate chip cookie day, national ghost-hunting day, and national bring your dog to work day. (And I’d like to thank the kind soul who created international bacon day.) But they majorly screwed up October 11th.

The second Wednesday in October is National Stop Bullying Day. Well, that’s great: I’m always in favor of stopping bullying. Sounds like a semi-useful national day for once. (Unlike take your dog to work day.) We can all stand in solidarity against bullies. Some people prefer to call it National Unity Day, which has a nice ring to it. Sounds good so far, right?

But wait…

But here’s where they screwed up: the second Wednesday in October also happens to be National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work/School Day. Now I’ve got nothing against Teddy Bears; in fact I think they’re pretty adorable. But anyone who brings their Teddy Bear to work or school is just asking to be bullied. In fact, it’s probably about the best thing you can do to attract bullies. This was not a smart move, people.

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To make matters worse (though how could we?) this year, the second Wednesday in October just happens to fall on the 11th. Now hold onto your hats, people. October 11th is National Coming Out Day.

Obviously I don’t support bullying someone for coming out. But you have to admit that this unfortunate coincidence just made National Stop Bullying Day 2017 a heck of a lot harder to celebrate.

Couldn’t the higher powers that declare national days into existence have consulted with each other first? I mean, this just seems like a major oversight.

Luckily, October 11th is also National Sausage Pizza Day. So after getting bullied for carrying our teddy bears around and coming out, we can all hit up the pizza joint and eat away our sorrows.

Unless you’re a vegetarian, in which case you’re just asking to be bullied all over again.