January 10, 2024

Too busy disposing of baddies to water? 🌱


Happy National Bittersweet Chocolate Day! The way these food-related occasions keep coming fast and furious in January makes me think Big Sugar really does experience a sales slump related to New Year's resolution-making. Big Sugar is relentless!
Today is also Houseplant Appreciation Day, which is a great thing to celebrate! Houseplants are soothing, and even if you're cursed when it comes to keeping plants alive, studies show that faux plants are just as therapeutic as their chlorophyll-rich counterparts!
Leon the professional walking plant GIF
Be kind to house plants — you never know if their bestie is a contract killer!
GIF courtesy of Léon: The Professional
Alright, before we get to those links let's acknowledge some notable events and famous birthdays from January 10ths of yore. Maybe yours! If it is, happy birthday! 
• In 49 BCE Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon river with his army against the command of the Roman senate, signaling the start of civil war. The phrase "crossing the Rubicon" has survived as a reference to committing oneself to a risky course of action, similar to "passing the point of no return." Fun with revolutionary linguistics!
• In 1776 political activist Thomas Paine published his pamphlet Common Sense, advocating for the independence of the thirteen original colonies from British rule
• In 1927 Fritz Lang's futuristic expressionist sci-fi film Metropolis was released in Germany
 Birthday chocolate all around for: Iconic music journalistic and producer Jerry "More Bass" Wexler (1917), actor Sal Mineo of Rebel Without a Cause fame (1939), singer-songwriter Jim Croce of "Time in a Bottle" and "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" fame (1943), British singer-songwriter Rod Stewart (1945), singer-songwriter Donald Fagen of Steely Dan fame (1948), boxer, actor, and indoor grilling enthusiast George Foreman (1949), singer-songwriter Pat Benatar of "Love Is a Battlefield," "Heartbreaker," and "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" fame (1953), singer-songwriter & guitarist Shawn Colvin (1956), and actor Evan Handler of Sex and the City and Californication fame (1961)
 Pour one out for: Soldier, hunter, and NFL team namesake William "Buffalo Bill" Cody (d. 1917), novelist, playwright, and Nobel Prize laureate Sinclair Lewis (d. 1951), detective novelist & screenwriter Dashiell Hammett (d. 1961), French fashion designer Coco Chanel (d. 1971), blues singer-songwriter & guitarist Howlin' Wolf (d. 1976), English singer-songwriter, producer, actor, and Goblin King David Bowie (d. 2016), and English guitarist & songwriter Jeff Beck (d. 2023)
Now on to the amusing links!
Spending your days screaming on the inside? Same.
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2. 👩🏻‍🎨 No brush? No problem!
Quebecois artist Alex is a wildlife painter who utilizes a variety of everyday objects to bring her subjects to life in unexpected ways. Check her out!
Humorist Matt Mitchell has the low-down. Turns out some cups are just lucky enough to be from hospitals!
Well, you're about to be reminded! Humorist Alex Cascio shows us what the next 11-ish months of news media are going to look like.
Comedian Dan Donohue does, too, and he's got the skincare hookup you desperately need!
OK! I am STILL in the weeds trying to get our Facebook & Instagram ads to stop sucking, but I am also STILL hoping to spend SOME time this week working on new art for your lovely torso. Wish me luck!

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. Until then...

Peace, love, and houseplants,