Peculiar People Day on January 10 is our opportunity to recognize and celebrate those who refuse to conform to the world’s idea of normal. It is always the people who are termed ‘peculiar’, ‘different’, ‘strange’, or ‘abnormal’ that set the world in motion because they live “out of the box”. They refuse to accept and live by the status quo and have the courage to do and be different. Whenever the world has seen innovation, it has always been the idea and effort of someone who just didn’t accept things as they are. So, let’s honor those uniquely different people on this day.
History of Peculiar People Day
The world thinks that there is a proper way to do everything, and most people act by the common norms in society. Others like to break away from what the world terms ’normal’ and do things their way. Everyone has their peculiar habits, whether you simply dress in your style, or have a better and more daring way of doing things that others won’t do. The concept of what is right and normal differs for everyone, and artists and inventors throughout history proved this.
The origin and inventor of Peculiar People Day are unknown. The term ‘peculiar people’ is derived from the phrase ‘chosen people’ from the Bible book Deuteronomy. It means “set apart” or “treasured people”, which is a wonderful way of looking at ourselves and other people. If we see ourselves as valuable, we make valuable differences to the world around us.
Society calls the people who do things differently than others ‘peculiar’ people. Instead of it being a negative tag, it is a badge of honor, because being different takes a courageous, adventurous, and inquisitive nature. Swimming upstream brings about change, and peculiar people are particular about not accepting harsh, unfair, or unjust systems. Part of the resilience and strength of people who make a difference has been their stance to stay true to themselves and not conform. They took the punch to be real and developed their belief in themselves by staying that way.
Peculiar People Day timeline
Leonardo da Vinci, probably the smartest man of his time, is born to unmarried parents, which is scandalous.
Tesla, who had a lifelong passion for Science — which is weird — submits some of his first patents.
English actor Charlie Chaplin, the man who revolutionizes cinema and makes a peculiar walk famous, is born.
A quirky, nerdy college kid, Mark Zuckerberg, launches a website called ‘Facebook’, which changes the face of modern social interactions.
Peculiar People Day FAQs
Where does the word peculiar come from in 1 Peter 2?
A “peculiar people,” is also translated as “a people for God’s possession” in the NASB or “a people belonging to God” in the NIV.
Is it good for business to be peculiar?
Business success is different for everyone, so embracing your unique talents and ideas, gives them room to make way for you. If you work hard and persevere, success could come your way.
Is being different or peculiar a good thing?
Being different is undoubtedly good when the process is natural and positive. It is admirable because it takes courage, patience, dedication, determination to stick to the path of being different.
Peculiar People Day Activities
Celebrate those weird ones you know
Everybody has a person in their life who is strange, unusual, and always adds a little spice to everything they do. This day is your opportunity to give them the recognition they deserve.
If you’re one of the peculiar ones, don’t let anyone side-line you and tell what’s normal. Get out there and give the world a shower of your personality.
Live the peculiar life for a day
Do you have any weird fashion ideas or insane plans which have been on your mind forever? Today is the day! Go try out everything that you restricted yourself from doing just because it's weird, different, or unusual.
5 Bizarre Facts About Distinctive People
A Russian woman, Natasha Demkina, claims to have X-ray-like vision — her diagnoses have often been more accurate than doctors’.
The star had an overbite because of four extra teeth, and he believed they were part of his singing success and refused to have it corrected.
Successful cross-eyed actor
Ben Turpin (September 19, 1869 – July 1, 1940) successfully worked with Charlie Chaplin in silent movies despite being badly cross-eyed.
Expelled but brilliant
Albert Einstein did not enjoy school and was expelled, and yet excelled in all fields he attempted.
Bethany Hamilton is an American professional surfer and actress who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, and she returned to professional surfing.
Why We Love Peculiar People Day
It’s a much-needed one
Oftentimes, peculiar people are given a weird look by society and are excluded from group events or gatherings. This is the day that reminds us to celebrate them and their resilience — and include them.
People are interesting
People are interesting and on this day we can appreciate the differences and enjoy their weirdness. We could even dredge up our courage and be our kind of peculiar, and knit in public, or show the world our hidden talents.
We can meet peculiar people
This Peculiar People Day, decide to get out of your comfort zone and deliberately meet someone you would usually avoid. You will probably be pleasantly surprised at how “normal” they are behind what stands out, making them seem peculiar to you.
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