I'm not sure when it began. I'm only interested in when it will end.

The practice of naming a National Day for everything under the sun. And probably for the sun itself. There is a group that tracks 'national days' and they maintain there are over 1,500 of them. Keep in mind since there are 365 days in a year, most days are piggybacking one stupid day on top of other stupid days.

Wednesday, September 13th, is National Peanut Day. I could talk about how important peanuts are to our economy. I could talk about how there were two American presidents who were peanut farmers; Jimmy Carter and Thomas Jefferson. I could mention that 90% of Americans report having peanut butter in their home and how 60% of them prefer creamy over crunchy. But I think it's more important to add one more National Day to the list.

National Day To End National Days.

At random I looked at nationaldaycalendar.com and checked out March. Ah, March 9th. Quite an important day. You see not only is it National Barbie Day, celebrating the anniversary of when the Barbie doll made its debut in 1959, it is also National Crabmeat Day, National Meatball Day, as well as National Get Over It Day.

Oh, I'm over it alright.

Sure we can sometimes have some lighthearted fun pouncing on something from the National Days list, and I'll admit I will probably be guilty of it again in the future. But honestly, isn't it just another dumb distraction when we have so many serious things going on in New Jersey and the world? North Korea says it has nukes pointed at us and we have no great reason to doubt them. Yet on March 13th we're somehow supposed to take a moment to reflect on National Earmuff Day, National Open An Umbrella Indoors Day, and National Coconut Torte Day?

Oh no, I see here looking at their calendar that I just missed National Ants On A Log Day. That's the second Tuesday every September set aside to pay tribute to the healthy snack of celery with peanut butter and covered with raisins. Great. Now I have to wait another year.

Seriously, this needs to stop. It's not hurting anything you might say? I say it's hurting our collective intellect to pay attention to things so stupid. Looking ahead to Thursday September 14th for example, it's National Cream Filled Donut Day, and it's National Eat A Hoagie Day. So when - wait a minute. Hoagie? What they call a sub in North Jersey? And in South Jersey they stupidly call it a hoagie? Just like jimmies and sprinkles on ice cream? Hmmm. I smell topic here. You know what? Forget everything I said. Long live National Days.

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