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Take it in the Ear Day – December 8, 2022

Take it in the Ear Day takes place on December 8 every year. The origins of the day are as mysterious as the meaning of the clause. No one is sure where the day originated or how it’s supposed to be celebrated. There’s a lot of doubt about whether the day has an origin at all, or whether it was simply made up by someone who was having a bad day and decided to do something silly for themselves. Regardless, the day exists and continues to feature on calendars and lists of bizarre holidays. We’re certainly not going to be the ones to stop the fun, so here we go!

History of Take it in the Ear Day

This odd holiday lacks a definite history, and every internet source we consulted was just as baffled as we were. So instead of our usual delivery of an interesting story backed by facts and figures, we’ll take a different approach this time, and give you a rundown of the various versions of the holiday’s origin we found.

The first: The phrase originates from Jim Carrey’s movie “Liar, Liar,” where he famously remarked, “Take it in the ear.” It was his reply to an argument for which he had no answer. It’s like a fairly polite way of telling someone to go away, with some rather colorful language sprinkled in between the words. The second: The holiday started as an inside joke among a group of people, and has simply escalated into a jocular holiday recognized nationwide. This version of the story, which we’re fond of, rings truer: a little joke between friends blown wildly out of proportion, and now we’re all parroting the words of some friends who thought they were just being funny.

The last story, arguably the most popular, goes thus: Take it in the Ear Day has … a typo. Now, we’re family-friendly here, but you can put two and two together and have a giggle over this. We won’t confirm or deny whether we laughed when we heard the joke.

Take it in the Ear Day timeline

1996
“Liar, Lair” Shoot

Filming for “Liar, Liar” begins in Los Angeles.

1997
Liar, Liar

The movie, which stars Jim Carrey and in which he made the iconic remark, is released.

2022
The Movie Remastered

A remastered version of the movie is released for the 25th anniversary of the film.

2022
National Today Gets Involved

Driven by confusion and curiosity, we decide to research and write an article about this bizarre holiday.

Take it in the Ear Day FAQs

How did Take it in the Ear Day start?

No one knows. There are speculations, but there’s nothing concrete to back them up.

Is Take it in the Ear Day about ear infections?

There is no concrete proof concerning what the day is about, and, certainly, no proof suggests that the day is about ear infections.

What can I do to relieve ear pain?

An odd question for a holiday blog, but some find that a hot or cold pack pressed to the ear helps.

Take it in the Ear Day Activities

  1. Take it in the ear

    We mean this completely hypothetically. Taking it in the ear can mean taking time to listen to a podcast, enjoy some music, or pay extra attention when someone is talking to you.

  2. Decorate your ear

    If you’re feeling particularly daring, why not get your ears pierced or even tattooed? There’s a variety of piercings you can get, ranging from the outrageous to the discreet.

  3. Make your tradition

    Maybe things to do with your ear don’t appeal to you. You can also use the time to start a new tradition with your loved ones. Go for ice cream, do that thing you’ve all been meaning to do, or even make up your whacky reasons for this holiday’s existence.

5 Facts And Weird Happenings Around Holidays

  1. Weird complaints

    Holidays bring out the best and worst in people, and some of the weird complaints holidaymakers have made include complaining about the color of the sand and being surprised that there are fish in the sea.

  2. No trees in the Whitehouse

    In 1901, Christmas trees were banned from the Whitehouse by President Teddy Roosevelt.

  3. Halloween spending

    Around $seven billion is spent on Halloween every year.

  4. Holidays prevent burnout

    Holidays are great stress relievers and they prevent students and employees from burning out.

  5. They are email hotspot

    Over 25% of work emails are sent during a holiday.

Why We Love Take it in the Ear Day

  1. It’s weird

    The holiday is weird. It’s okay to say it. What we love is that it’s different from anything else out there, and every time you read it, you pause for a moment to process what you’ve read. We like that it keeps you on your toes.

  2. It’s fun

    Despite how odd the day is, it does sound like fun. Having the excuse to say silly things and to respond with this phrase when you’re losing an argument all sound like fun things to do.

  3. An excuse to watch a Jim Carrey movie

    That’s right. The holiday is an excuse to binge-watch movies featuring Jim Carrey. And you should take advantage of that.

Take it in the Ear Day dates

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