Happy National Disc Jockey Day! Now, before you tire yourself out, turn that beat around and also raise your hands for National Cheese Lover's Day! In celebration, please enjoy this context-free GIF I found when I searched for "disco cheese" on Giphy:
Watch those hips, old timers — you only get the one set!
Today is also Inauguration Day. Do with that information what you will (as long as it involves peacefully watching at home and not attempting a violent overthrow of our flawed-but-fixable government).
On the birthday front we have bunch that really stand out:
• First up, happy birthday to second man on the Moon Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr., born this day in 1930! Col. Aldrin has been a tireless advocate for science and space exploration his entire life, so I imagine it warms his heart to finally see the Office of Science & Technology Policy elevated to a cabinet-level rank, effective at noon today. "Ad astra per aspera" (trans: to the stars through hardships), as my high school Latin teacher Mrs. Sleeper used to say!
• Next, a very trippy and bizarre birthday to filmmaker, musician, writer, actor, and visual artist David Keith Lynch, born this day in 1946! One of the first popular Surrealist filmmakers, Lynch has built a career out of showing weird characters doing weird things. One of these days I'll make it all the way through Dune in a single sitting.
• Moving along, a very rocking birthday to Stanley Bert "Paul Stanley" Eisen, born this day in 1952! Mr. Stanley, aka The Starchild, wrote or co-wrote most of KISS's biggest hits in the 1970s and 1980s, all while in platform boots and a not-insignificant amount of pancake makeup. I hope he rock and rolls all night and parties all day today in celebration! Key tracks: 'Strutter', 'Black Diamond', 'Rock And Roll All Nite', 'Detroit Rock City', 'Shout It Out Loud', and 'Love Gun'
• Next, a happy birthday to actor, writer, producer, and aspiring beet magnate Rainn Dietrich Wilson, born this day in 1962! Mr. Wilson is probably (definitely) best known for his thrice-Emmy-nominated portrayal of terrible deskmate Dwight Schrute on NBC sitcom The Office.
• Finally, a very, very, VERY happy birthday to musician, songwriter, producer, and bandleader Ahmir Khalib "Questlove" Thompson, born this day in 1971! Mr. Thompson is the drummer and co-frontman of hip-hop group The Roots, who in addition to their usual musical activities have been performing as the in-house band for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon since February 2014. Key Roots albums: Illadelph Halflife, Things Fall Apart, Phrenology, and Game Theory. Key Questlove-produced albums: D' Angelo's Voodoo, Slum Village's Fantastic, Vol. 2, Bilal's 1st Born Second, Common's Electric Circus, and Erykah Badu's Mama's Gun (among so many others).
Historically, it was on this day in 1971 that Marvin Gaye's classic single 'What's Going On' was released, eventually reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and selling over two million copies.
It was also on this day in 1920 that the Eighteenth Amendment of the Constitution went into effect, banning the production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcohol for the ensuing 13 years until the Amendment was repealed with the ratification of the Twenty-First Amendment in 1933. Fun fact: though the 18th Amendment prohibited the production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcohol, it did not actually ban its consumption. A lot of wealthy Americans stockpiled booze in the lead up to its enactment and didn't feel its absence nearly to the degree that the middle and working classes did. Classic rich dick move!
OK, OK...you've waited long enough. It's link time!
1. YouTuber (and mortician) Caitlin Doughty rates famous corpses of the big screen!
Caitlin's 'Ask A Mortician' channel has been going strong for a decade, and she finally brings the goods regarding which famous dead bodies of the silver screen are most lifelike...err, deathlike. Realistic. Whatever. You get it.
2. My life is complete, because there is an Indian restaurant in Manchester, England called This Charming Naan with menu items named using puns related to songs by The Smiths.
Naturally, all vegan, since meat is murder. Thankfully, though, madras is not. Other culinary hits include 'Girlfriend In A Korma' and 'Heaven Knows I'm Masala Now'. *Swoon*
3. Cartoonist Tauhid Bondia's comic strip Crabgrass is great, and you should check it out!
Aesthetically and thematically, this hits the sweet spot for 90s kids.
H/t to Bored Panda for compiling the best excerpts from the r/instantkarma subreddit. Perfect for when you really want to see some ne'er do wells get their comeuppance!
I guess that's one way to battle quarantine boredom!