Take A Wild Guess Day – April 15, 2022

National Take a Wild Guess Day is celebrated every year on April 15. It is a day that celebrates all kinds of hunches and guesses — even the wild ones. In a world where we are always looking for the right answers, guesses are sometimes the key. A hunch can help us land on what our analytical skills might miss.

History of Take A Wild Guess Day

It is nearly impossible to trace our way back to the very first guess in history. We cannot even attempt to guess this one. However, it is safe to assume that guesses and hunches have been around since the beginning of time. Today, we have a plethora of information and analytical tools, but we still tend to rely on guesses for a fair share of things. Thinking of a time back in the day where information was more limited, hunches and instinctual decisions were probably the most common.

While the word ‘guess’ has an associated uncertainty that comes with it, it is essential to the world as we know it. The discipline of science, which is considered the most reliable, is nothing but a series of educated guesses which are then tested out to draw conclusions and observations. From history and computer science to games and literature, guesses play a vital role in society.

At one point or another, we have relied on our hunches. Whether it is following your gut feeling and canceling a plan, playing guessing games, or guessing the author’s intention in an English class, guessing is a part of our lives in various ways.

Professional speaker, Jim Barber, came up with National Take a Wild Guess Day. The day falls on Tax Returns Day, which is when Barber realized that most people take wild guesses. After his declaration for April 15 to annually be celebrated as National Take a Wild Guess Day, the holiday became a huge success and took on a broader meaning.

Take A Wild Guess Day timeline

Early 1300s
The Origin of the Word

Coming from the Middle English word, ‘gessen,’ the word ‘guess’ first originates, according to records.

Mid-20th Century
Scientific Guess

The notion of hypothesis is advanced by Karl Popper.

1979
Guess Who

The famous identity guessing game is manufactured.

2010
Take A Wild Guess

Jim Barber declares Take a Wild Guess Day.

Take A Wild Guess Day FAQs

What does ‘take a wild guess’ mean?

Taking a wild guess means making a guess based on little to no knowledge or information.

What is an educated guess?

An educated guess is defined as a speculation based on experience or knowledge.

What does it mean to make a lucky guess?

A lucky guess is merely a guess that turns out to be the correct answer or has a positive outcome.

Take A Wild Guess Day Activities

  1. Take a wild guess

    This one is a no-brainer. Only guess things today — what the weather will be like, what your kids would like for lunch, where your significant other would like to go for a date, how many marshmallows you can fit in your mouth — ANYTHING!

  2. Host a wild guess party

    Invite your friends and family to have a National Take a Wild Guess Day party. Have mystery snacks in hidden bowls, have everyone show up as a character that others have to guess, and have a full schedule of guessing games such as charades, Guess Who, Taboo, Hangman, and more.

  3. Make others take a wild guess

    Get your loved ones to join in on the festivities. Find fun questions, puzzles, and riddles. Have your friends and family take a wild guess and have fun with it!

5 Guessing Games That Will Give You A Throwback

  1. Charades

    The famous word and movie guessing game.

  2. Pictionary

    Inspired by charades, this game tested all of our drawing skills.

  3. Twenty Questions

    This deductive reasoning game serves as a great ice breaker.

  4. Mastermind

    A colorful code-breaking guessing game.

  5. Battleship

    This strategy-based guessing game gets intense.

Why We Love Take A Wild Guess Day

  1. It is light-hearted

    Some of us, especially the control freaks and overthinkers, tend to place a ton of weight and pressure on the most minute, harmless decisions. National Take a Wild Guess Day is a nudge for us to relax, let go, and take a wild guess.

  2. It can be just what we need

    At times even the most thorough research and reasoning can fail to provide the correct answer. Taking a wild guess and following our instinct can help us to get exactly where we need to be.

  3. It can be enlightening

    Our gut instinct is more accurate than we give it credit for. Our bodies can sense things that our brains cannot sometimes. Hunches can lead to eye-opening discoveries. This does not apply to everything, of course, but take a wild guess and you might be surprised.

Take A Wild Guess Day dates

YearDateDay
2022April 15Friday
2023April 15Saturday
2024April 15Monday
2025April 15Tuesday
2026April 15Wednesday

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