National Opposite Day – January 25, 2019

Fri Jan 25

What is National Opposite Day?

Most experts agree that National Opposite Day is observed on January 25th. but other experts claim it is celebrated on January 7th. Still others believe that it is to be celebrated every month of the year on the 25th day. Either way children across the country rejoice in this day as they declare they mean the opposite of whatever they say. I would love to do the dishes! Broccoli is my favorite food! I didn’t push my brother in the mud! Here is a serious question… What is the opposite of Opposite Day?

History of National Opposite Day

National Opposite Day has been declared for January 25 but its advent and development is legendary, at minimum. Considered a “children’s philosophy course,” Opposite Day has wormed its way into our jokester hearts by creating a perfectly comprehendible self-referential paradox. 
 
By declaring today is opposite day it is not, in fact, opposite day because the opposite of opposite day is a normal day. So is it actually opposite day? 
 
One of the truest pop-cultural moments in opposite day history has been the George Costanza method of “doing the opposite.” George, realizing his life has gone nowhere, decides to do the opposite of whatever he would typically be doing in any situation. The end result is that the typically horizontal, curmudgeon George suddenly becomes an active, sincere, and honest person. 
 
Whether you choose Opposite Day to derail your workplace’s productivity with philosophical logistics, or to create better habits that help you realize a healthier version of yourself, Opposite Day’s history is one of mischief, humor, and profound realizations. 

National Opposite Day timeline

August 10, 2018

Freaky Friday Premier

Freaky Friday, where a woman and her teenage daughter swap bodies, created a lovable and fun story of having the opposite kind of day you expected. 

November 28, 1989

"Opposites Attract" by Paula Abdul

This mega-hit from Paula Abdul was released in 1989 and slowly climbed its way into one of the biggest of the following year, 1990. 

September 24, 1970

Odd Couple air date

Just three days after the first op-ed was published the "Odd Couple" - a show for which the entire conceit is based on the fact that the two main characters are opposite - premiered on ABC following the success of the film version in 1968, which followed the success of the stage play in 1965.

September 21, 1970

Op-Ed first publication

The Op-Ed, which actually stands for opposite of editorial, was first published in the New York Times on September 21, 1970. 

Traditions of National Opposite Day

Declare that it is indeed Opposite Day
This is a pretty basic one, but a strong tradition in Opposite Day culture is to declare loudly to anyone within earshot that it is, in fact, Opposite Day. Oftentimes posing it as a question is a great way to break the ice with someone. 
 
Compliment somebody
And then tell them it is actually Opposite Day, so the previous compliment is then nullified leaving the recipient both confused and humored. 
 
Brutally insult somebody
And then inform them its Opposite Day, leaving the insult null and void and giving the recipient a keen sense of relief and a little adrenaline kick to get back at you for the initial panic. 

Fun Opposite Day Stats

100%
The amount of times someone is fooled by an Opposite Day. They never fail and everyone always loves them. 
 
5
The approximate age in which the philosophical conundrum of Opposite Day starts to dawn on us. 
 
1
The approximate amount of minutes it takes for someone to tell you its Opposite Day for you to figure out whether it actually is or is not Opposite Day. Generally solved by looking up whether it’s January 25. 

National Opposite Day FAQs

What day is national opposite day?

National Opposite Day is every year on January 25, providing a source of truth for whether it is or is not opposite day. 
 

How do we celebrate National Opposite Day?

By doing the opposite of what you normally do, by saying something and then doing the opposite of that, or by doing nothing… or doing everything!
 

What does Opposite Day mean?

Opposite Day means everything you say or do means or is the opposite of what it usually means or is.
 

What is National Florida day?

National Florida Day is, in fact, on the same day as Opposite Day (January 25) but that’s a day to celebrate the Sunshine State and all its glory… or is it?! 
 

National Opposite Day Activities

  1. Call in Sick For Work, Then Show Up Anyway

    Your boss will be confused for a minute, then it will dawn on them. Plus you shouldn't lose your job for this one, nor should you lose one of your sick days.

  2. Say Goodbye When Greeting People

    The confusion on their faces will be worth it. If you pair this with the number one on our list, it will only get better.

  3. Don't Do Anything for Opposite Day

    Saying it's Opposite Day negates that it is opposite day. So don't do anything for opposite, but know in your heart that it really is National Opposite Day.

Why We Love National Opposite Day

  1. The Pranksters in All of Us Rejoice

    Class clowns who grew up to be office jokesters, and even that really quiet co-worker on the third floor can enjoy opposite day. There is a built in excuse for joking, pranking, and tricking, everyone you know. You are only limited by your imagination.

  2. It's Kind of Like, April Fools' Day Has An Awesome Little Sibling

    What's better than pranking someone and saying you didn't prank someone. The answer is nothing is better than that. "No, I didn't turn all our appliances around and flip your furniture upside down."

  3. Spongebob Squarepants Has an Episode About Opposite Day

    Nothing says cultural relevance like a children's TV show creating an episode about a holiday. Spongebob + Opposite Day = entertainment for all ages.

National Opposite Day dates
YearDateDay
2019January 25Friday
2020January 25Saturday
2021January 25Monday
2022January 25Tuesday
2023January 25Wednesday