IT'S EARTH DAY!
Since 1970, humans have been pretending to care about the planet for this one random day in April, while we spend the other 364 days of the year being the most destructive species on our ailing blue marble.
If you're hoping to honor Earth today, here are some tips:
1. Shop at a local farmers market, or at the very least visit your nearest apothecary for locally sourced deadly nightshade and eye of newt.
2. Take a break from using gas powered transportation — instead ride a bike or just traverse the astral plane for an exciting outer body and outer limits experience; it's the perfect choice for when you kinda wanna go out but also kinda wanna stay in.
3. Take up composting — those skulls in your basement will break down beautifully and really help your hemlock garden thrive!
4. Reduce, reuse, and recycle — shop a local antiques dealer, maybe you'll get lucky and find the perfect enchanted amulet this weekend! Vintage never goes out of style.
5. Use LED bulbs.
Brooms are the original zero emissions mode of transport.
And now to wrap it up, a few famous April 22nd birthdays and historical facts:
• Actor and filmmaker Jack Nicholson was born on this day in 1937. With an acting career spanning over 50 years you've probably seen him in classics like Easy Rider, The Shining, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. I hope his day is all play and no work.
• Author Vladimir Nabokov was born on this day in 1899. He's probably best known for his creepy 1955 novel Lolita, which got him a mention in a Police song, so I guess he's pretty famous?
• Pin-up model Bettie Page was born on this day in 1923. Her iconic bangs and jet black hair have been a popular aesthetic ever since she rose to fame in the 1950s, with women emulating her style to this day.
• Filmmaker, writer, actor, and artist John Waters was born on this day in 1946. I don't even know where to begin with describing my adoration for Mr. Waters. I have been a huge fan since my late teens and he's made some of the most influential cult films of the last 50 years.
In addition to making movies like Female Trouble, Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, Serial Mom, Pecker, and Cry-Baby, he's also authored books like Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America and Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder. I ran into him at a bar many years ago and shamelessly fawned over him like a star-struck groupie. If you are not familiar with his work already, I really cannot recommend it enough.
It was also on this day in 1976 that Barbara Walters became the first female US nightly network news anchor.
OK, you made it to the end of this long and winding email — congrats! If you plan to stock up on Boredwalk goodies this weekend, don't forget to save 10% on orders of $100 or more when you use the code YAY10 at checkout!
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We'll be back in your inbox Monday with a new Boredwalk Community Q&A, more famous birthdays, a random holiday or two, and other assorted entertainment!
Until next time...
Peace, love, and hugs for trees,