January 25, 2023

🤢 This email stinks! Better open it to find out why...


Happy January 25th! Hard to believe it's already been a full month since Christmas, but here we are.
If you're looking for something to celebrate in its stead, you have options.
If you're one of those folks who has already dispensed with your Dry January scheme, you're in luck — today is National Irish Coffee Day! My own Dry January is (as of this typing) still going strong. I remain undecided as to whether I will continue being un-moist past January 31st. I probably should, but really the ball is in existence's court. Be less crappy and we'll talk!
Today is also Library Shelfie Day! To participate, simply snap a pic of you in front of whatever library shelf calls your name. Public, private, school, professional — all library shelves are fair game. Bonus points* if you're wearing a book or reading-themed Boredwalk tee or hoodie in it!
*As with brownie points, these are intrinsically worthless and not redeemable for anything tangible; they may just marginally increase the feeling of smugness you experience as someone who reads a lot. If you don't already have a book or reading-themed Boredwalk item, well...I have a solution for that.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it is National Fish Taco Day! One of the best things about living in SoCal is that even the plant-based among us (yours truly included) can indulge in this vital regional culinary observance. Thanks, hearts of palm!
El Gato Fish Taco gif

Pretty sure this food truck's fish tacos are NOT plant-based.

GIF via Tutimon


Since the last time I sent an email on January 25th and failed to mention it (resulting in a LOT of replies to the effect of "Matt, you're an ignorant troglodyte"), I would remiss if I didn't also acknowledge Burns Night and Burns Supper, which serve to honor the birthday of Scottish poet Robert Burns, who wrote the New Year's staple 'Auld Lang Syne.' If bagpipe music and Haggis are your thing, have at it!
Before we get to those sweet links, here are a few famous birthdays and historical facts from January 25ths of yore:
• 1890: Inspired by Jules Verne's Around The World in 80 Days, American journalist and industrialist Nellie Bly completes her round-the-world journey in 72 days — at the time, a world record
• 1915: Alexander Graham Bell inaugurates US transcontinental telephone service when he rings his buddy Thomas Watson in San Francisco from New York
• The aforementioned Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759), British playwright & novelist W. Somerset Maugham (1874), English novelist & critic Virginia Woolf (1882), American blues, jazz, and R&B singer Etta James (1938), horror cinema icon Tobe Hooper (1943), track & field legend Steve Prefontaine (1951), author Stephen Chbosky of The Perks of Being a Wallflower fame (1970), Metric singer/keyboardist Emily Haines (1974), and singer-songwriter Alicia Keys (1981) were all born on this day.
Pour one out for:
• Ignominious gangster Al Capone, who was whacked on this day by syphilitic paresis in 1947
• Legendary actress, producer, and social advocate Mary Tyler Moore, who made her final curtain call on this day in 2017. Ooh-whee-ooh, indeed.
Alright, you've waited long enough — on to the links!
The Boredwalk team dramatizes fictional news headlines submitted by our social media followers. LOLs at 11!
Comedian Christopher Barnes imagines a much different (and likely more relatable) version of reality.
...is probably SFX wig & makeup artist Vanessa Davis's favorite Misfits chorus. If you like ornate and intricate body decor, you'll love her Instagram!
Winnie is a cake artist in Luxembourg, and just in time for Valentine's Day she nailed it with her Ditsy Heart Cake Roll. Yum!
This cat-mom adopted an orphaned baby otter into her litter, and the results are about as adorable as you'd expect.
ICYMI in Friday's email, Josh and I sat down to discuss this, that, AND the other. Even better, we filmed it! Sorry in advance if looking at me turns you to stone.
OK! We'll be back here in your inbox on Friday with NEW ART, more nonsense holidays to dissect, more notable birthdays (and maybe even some notable deathdays!) to celebrate, and more witty content in general. Don't miss it! Until next time...

Peace, love, and (fish) tacos,