Ask a Stupid Question Day

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Ask a Stupid Question Day
Observed bysome schools in the United States
DateSeptember 28 or last school day of September

Ask a Stupid Question Day is a holiday that is sometimes celebrated in the United States, usually by school students and teachers.[1] Although Ask a Stupid Question Day's default date is September 28, in practice it is usually observed on the last school day of September.[2]


This holiday was created by teachers in the 1980's to encourage students to ask more questions in the classroom.[3] According to, "at the time, there was a movement by teachers to try to get kids to ask more questions in the classroom. Kids sometimes hold back, fearing their question is stupid, and asking it will result in ridicule."[4]


In 2009, The Daily Telegraph reported that the day was being celebrated in Britain.[5] It has been reported as far afield as India, in The Hindu.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bizarre National Holidays – Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Suggestions for 'Ask a stupid question day' -
  3. ^ Ask a Stupid Question Day – The Spark of Yahoo! Archived November 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Holiday Insights : May 4 Holiday – Ask a Stupid Question Day
  5. ^ Chivers, Tom (28 Sep 2009). "Ask A Stupid Question Day comes to British schools". The Telegraph. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  6. ^ Gayathri, Krishnan (September 30, 2013). "What's the question?". The Hindu. Retrieved 15 January 2014.