April 18: Pet Owners' Independence Day, Animal Crackers Birthday, Adult Autism Awareness Day, National Stress Awareness Day, National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day

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Pet Owners' Independence Day

If your job is so easy a monkey could do it, there's a holiday just for you. On Pet Owners' Independence Day trade places with your cat or dog (sorry, monkeys). Spend the day cleaning yourself, eating and napping a lot and chasing random shadows and sounds around your yard. Your pet is supposed to go to work for you, according to Wellcat. Your pet may not be able to get to the office, buy you can certainly spend a day lazing around the house like your favorite pet.

Animal Crackers Birthday

Speaking of monkeys, April 18 is the day to celebrate animal crackers. In 1902 consumers went wild for animal crackers, thanks to the colorful packaging of Barnum's Animal Crackers by the National Biscuit Co. Animal-shaped cookies were a popular baked treat in the 1800, according to Food Timeline. But when the circus wagon box with the practical string came along, popularity of the holiday treat soared.

Although the brand uses the name of the well-known P.T. Barnum, Barnum had nothing to do with the cookies and has never earned any money from the cookies bearing his name. Cookies in the shapes of monkeys, giraffes, cougars, elephants, hippos, kangaroos and even farm animals like sheep have been found in the box.

Adult Autism Awareness Day

People living with autism face challenges in higher education, independent living and their careers according to the holiday's originator, AHEDD. The organization helps those with learning disabilities, high-functioning autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Non-Verbal Learning Disorder, and Attention Deficit Disorder. The organization "was developed in cooperation with Equal Opportunity Services of Carnegie Mellon University." It is "designed to address students' inherent social, communication, and organizational issues, and helps students develop individualized strategies to manage their college careers independently." (AHEDD)

National Stress Awareness Day

This much-needed holiday typically occurs the day after taxes are due. Because April 15 falls on a Sunday, federal taxes are due on April 17. If you're still struggling to meet that government deadline, remember to find time to relax. National Stress Awareness Day is part of Stress Awareness Month, so you still have the second half of the month to relieve your stress.

Try these:

* Best foods to relieve stress

* Ways to relieve job stress

* Seven ways to slash stress

National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day

National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day is always the first work day after taxes are due. College and high school kids already do it, and elementary school kids get to do it once or twice a year in some school districts. Now it's your turn to wear your pajamas to work. Remember to keep it modest and don't get yourself in trouble by ignoring strict dress codes.


* Button-up flannels and bunny slippers

* Feet pajamas

* A long nightshirt for men, worn with jeans or yoga pants

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