Have you come for some fun facts about Tuesday? Let’s find out what’s so special about this often overlooked weekday with these Tuesday facts!
There’s a quote about Tuesday in T.J Klune’s best-selling 2020 novel The House in The Cerulean Sea: “He couldn’t believe it was only Wednesday. And it was made worse when he realized it was actually Tuesday.”
Honestly, this is how Tuesday feels sometimes. We made it through the slog of Monday, but the weekend still feels far out of reach and time seems to be at a standstill. We’ve all been there, haven’t we?
Let us start making the case for why the second day of the week is one of the coolest, most underappreciated days with these fun facts about Tuesday. We think some of these will really surprise you!
First off, we have Taco Tuesday. Who can say no to a cheap deal on probably the best food ever invented? Also, did you know new video games and music are commonly released on Tuesdays? And did we mention there will be pancakes?
And let’s not forget one of the most wild, energetic, music-filled festivals of the year, Mardi Gras. This Tuesday tradition is popular throughout the world, but it is in New Orleans, Louisiana, where they take Mardi Gras to another level!
Is Tuesday a lucky or unlucky day for you? We’re about to find out with these Tuesday facts!
20 Fun Facts About Tuesday
1. Another day, another God
Like most of the days of the week, the name Tuesday comes to us from Norse mythology. We had Thor for Thursday and Freya for Friday. Now, we have Tiw for Tuesday. Tiw is the Norse God of combat, law and justice.
2. What about Roman Mythology?
In most of the Latin-based languages, Tuesday is named after the Roman God of war, Mars. This name can be seen in the French for Tuesday, Mardi. The Spanish, Martes. And the Italian, Martedi.
3. We work hard on Tuesdays
We think this is one of the more interesting Tuesday facts: we are the most productive on Tuesday.
In a survey conducted yearly by Accountemps, Tuesday always comes out on top for perceived productivity. Monday being a day to catch up, Tuesday is often when the real work for the week begins.
4. Tuesdays in Japan
If you’re ever traveling in Japan, you need to know that Tuesday is ka youbi or “fire day”. This can be linked back to the planet Mars which is known for its red glow in the night sky. Mars in Japan is known as the “fire star”.
5. What happens on Tuesday?
Does anything ever happen on a Tuesday? Yes! Uranus was discovered on Tuesday March 13, 1781.
The Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 that led to the Great Depression is referred to as Black Tuesday. And D-Day of World War II occurred on Tuesday June 6, 1944. Those are some pretty big events right there!
6. Tuesday language lesson
Let’s learn a few new ways to say Tuesday shall we? In Russian, Tuesday is pronounced vtornic, which simply translates to “second day”.
While in Sanskrit, Tuesday is Angaraka, meaning “one who is red in color.” Okay, we’re still seeing the Mars theme here!
7. Tuesdays around the world
Here’s one of the more confounding fun facts about Tuesday: it is considered both good luck and bad luck!
In Greece, Tuesday is seen as the unluckiest day of the week, because it is when Constantinople of the Greek Empire fell. Yet, in Israel, Tuesday is considered the luckiest day of the week!
8. Pink Tuesdays
In the Thai Solar Calendar, Tuesday is represented by the color pink. And guess what celestial body represents Tuesday in the calendar? Surprise, surprise, it’s Mars! Tuesday is also the day of Mangala, the Hindu God of aggression.
9. Tuesday is election day in America
In a law established back in 1845, the USA always votes on Tuesday. This law was created for rural Americans who sometimes needed a full day to reach a polling place. Voters could travel on Monday and not disturb their Sunday worship or Wednesday market day.
10. New release Tuesday
New video game releases debut on Tuesday in the US. In fact, some companies use this quirk as a marketing tool.
In 1992, before Sega’s release of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the company began calling the Tuesday release date, Sonic 2sday. The game was a best-seller so it must’ve worked!
11. Tuesday the 13th?
We already mentioned that the Greeks have a bad feeling about Tuesdays, but don’t tell them it’s also the 13th.
Unlike most other western countries who consider Friday the 13th the unluckiest day of the year, in Greece and Spain, Tuesday the 13th is the real cursed day to watch out for!
12. Why is Tuesday lucky in Judaism?
We also mentioned the good luck of Tuesday in Israel. But this belief can be found throughout the world’s Jewish population.
This superstition is linked to Tuesday being mentioned as being “good” two times within the first chapter of Genesis. Is Tuesday cursed or lucky? It’s up to you to decide!
13. Let’s eat pancakes!
Shrove Tuesday is a common celebration held before the Christian observance of Lent. In the past, a day of confession, Shrove Tuesday is now known for its pancake feast!
A final meal of indulgence before 40 days of Lent. Now this is one of the most delicious fun facts about Tuesday!
14. Patch Tuesday
On the second Tuesday of every month, Microsoft releases updates and patches for its operating and word processing systems. Not sure why they picked Tuesday. We’ll have to ask Bill Gates about this one!
15. A big fat party!
Here are the Fat Tuesday facts you’ve been waiting for! Mardi Gras is a worldwide celebration that has become most famous in New Orleans, Louisiana.
There is a parade with floats. People party on the streets into the wee hours of the morning. And beads are worn around the neck in celebration. This is a day of indulgence, debauchery and fun!
16. Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday
One of the Rolling Stones biggest hits, Ruby Tuesday, was released in 1967. The song was written by Keith Richards about his girlfriend at the time. The song was the Rolling Stones’ fourth #1 hit in the US.
17. Taco Tuesday
Think of it as happy hour for tacos! Pubs and restaurants have used the alliterative moniker Taco Tuesday to sell cheap tacos on Tuesday nights. This is definitely one of the Tuesday fun facts we can get on board with.
Interestingly, the American taco chain, Taco John’s, bought the trademark and often orders restaurants to cease and desist when they try to use the name. Come on guys, we just want everyone to have tacos!
On social media platforms, the days of the week all have special hashtags associated with them.
For Tuesday, some of the most popular are, #TechTuesday for everything digital, #TransformationTuesday for weight loss and fitness journeys, #TuesdayTunesday for new music releases, and #GivingTuesday encouraging charitable donations and volunteerism on Tuesdays.
19. Literary Tuesday
Are you looking for your next great read? Well, look no further than books inspired by Tuesday!
There’s Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. Or try a mystery with The Tuesday Club Murders by Agatha Christie. Or indulge a story or two with Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf.
20. How do you pronounce Tuesday?
Most English speakers use a hard T as in the word trumpet when saying Tuesday. However, many in the UK and the Eastern US opt for a softer CH sound as in the word cheese.
Whatever way you say it, we hope you learned something with these Tuesday facts!
21. Applying for a job? Do it on a Tuesday
How about this as a fun fact about Tuesday – if you’re applying for a job, the best day to do it on is a Tuesday.
This is because people and offices are much more productive, and it’s always good to get your application in at the beginning of the week too.
Who wants more fun facts?
If you’re looking for some recommendations, these are a few of our favorite fact books to buy. We use these when planning fun trivia nights with family and friends!
Now you know what’s special about Tuesday! Or do you have more fun facts about Tuesday that we totally missed? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll add them to this article.