May 03, 2023

👻 If you've got it, haunt it!


 Although it is my most frequently considered fantasy to graduate from this mortal coil and ascend to a terrifying ghostly form, at my core I am a skeptic. This won't stop me from celebrating National Paranormal Day. I don't have to be a believer to appreciate tales of ghosts, ghouls, and goblins, and neither do you!

In honor of the occasion, here's a quick ghost story for you:
Pond Square in Highgate, London is believed to be haunted by a chicken! Sir Francis Bacon wanted to test the theory that meat could be preserved by freezing it, so he stuffed a chicken with snow to test it out. This would lead to Bacon's death by pneumonia and the spirit of a chicken allegedly flapping around ever since. I guess in the dead animal version of Rochambeau chicken beats bacon.
Ghost gif
Looks like I'm not the only one ready to celebrate Paranormal Day!
GIF via Scooby-Doo
Want a few famous May 3rd birthdays and historical facts before we get to this week's amusing links? Of course you do!
• Some people you've probably heard of who were born on this day: pop singer Frankie Valli (1934), Italian diplomat Niccolo Machiavelli (1469), singer Bing Crosby (1903), rotisserie chicken enthusiast and TV pitch man Ron Popeil of "set it and forget" fame (1935), actress Christina Hendricks (1975), Interpol singer/guitarist Paul Banks (1978), and singer/musician James  "Godfather of Soul" Brown
 Washington, DC was incorporated as a city on this day in 1802
 Walter O'Malley, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, agrees to move the team to Los Angeles on this day in 1952. The move actually occurred six years later, with the Dodgers' first season in LA being played in 1958. The New York Giants moved to San Francisco the same year. Non-Yankees fans (the best kind of people) were given the consolation prize of the New York Mets, whose team colors incorporated those of both the Dodgers (white & blue) and Giants (orange & black).
 Margaret Thatcher became the first female head of state in Europe on this day in 1979
 Truman Capote's book Breakfast at Tiffany's was published on this day in 1958
Now on to the amusing links!
Grace from the Boredwalk creator team chatted up strangers on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and asked them questions from our Delve Deck with amusing results! For more LOLs from our team be sure to follow us on Instagram, TikTok and/or YouTube.
If you need a dose of serenity watch these adorable baby ducks frolic in a tub.
This Twitter account pairs mid-century images and iconography with the shortest of science fiction stories.
This little kitty is riveted by his distant relatives on screen until the king shows up.
This Instagram account features dancers creating shifting geometric configurations using their bodies, and it's oddly satisfying!
OK! We'll be back here in your inbox on Friday with more nonsense holidays to dissect, more notable birthdays (and maybe even some notable deathdays!) to celebrate, and more witty content in general. Maybe even some new art, so don't miss it! Until next time...

Peace, love, and hauntings,