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Twit Happens: Welcome to BPAL’s Weekly Link Roundup

2016 August 26
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Welcome to our weekly roundup of cherished news bits, coming at you via the Black Phoenix Gazette. This week’s batch:

☠ Attention early Christmas shoppers: Truman Capote’s ashes are heading to auction!

☠ To celebrate a stage production inspired by The Twits, a brewery has concocted a beer made from Roald Dahl’s body yeast, gathered from scrapings of his favorite armchair.

☠ Today in geography: learn how Zzyzx, California got its name.

☠ Artist Sigalit Landau submerged a black dress in the Dead Sea for two months. The result is a crystallized thing of beauty!

☠ Explore the hidden world of tenement fortune tellers in 19th century Manhattan.

☠ Before you hop in that time machine, peruse these ten truly disgusting facts aboutancient Roman life.

☠ This ancient Egyptian papyrus contains the earliest known sighting of Algo, the demon star.

☠ Class act: NYC’s Flame Con asked cosplayers to ditch prop guns in honor of Orlando’s Pulse nightclub shooting.

Sir Patrick Stewart goes undercover as a woman in the new trailer for Blunt Talk season 2.

Shall I Compare Thee to a Winter’s Stew? It’s BPAL’s Weekly Link Roundup

2016 August 19
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Welcome to our weekly roundup of cherished news bits! This week’s batch:

This guy found (and interviewed) Carmen San Diego!

Ridley Scott’s son is about to make a movie about the Donner Party, adapted from a book proposal (that’s right, the actual book hasn’t been written yet).

Phylicia Rashad is directing the August Wilson classic Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom next month in Los Angeles!

☠ Breitbard: a McSweeney’s list of William Shakespeare’s works filtered through extreme right-wing talking points.

☠ Atlas Obscura takes us inside the world’s only surviving tattoo shop forMedieval pilgrims.

☠ Listen to The Epic of Gilgamesh being read in the original Akkadian!

☠ Ever wonder why it was Turkish Delight in particular that caught C.S. Lewis’ fancy?

☠ Let this go down in history as the week Kyle MacLachlan summed up all ofDune in one tweet – using only emoji.

☠ If you meet a family of skunks on the road, remember: they have all the power.

Welcome to BPAL’s Weekly Link Roundup!

2016 August 12
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Welcome to our weekly roundup of cherished news bits! This week’s batch:

The Wire’s Michael K. Williams is volunteering to play Black Manta in the upcoming Aquaman movie!

Masayoshi Matsumoto’s insanely detailed balloon animals are truly works of art.

☠ Of course, if you want your giant isopod to last more than one night,  you’re better off investing in the pillow version.

☠ Check out these rare pics of screen siren Gloria Swanson vamping it up in her NYC home circa 1972.

☠ Archaeologists in Serbia have unearthed a set of magic spells inscribed on tiny rolls of gold and silver, found alongside skeletons of people buried almost 2,000 years ago.

The Getty Museum tried an ancient form of divination from one of their manuscripts – and it worked!

☠ A door to memory: nine quotes from authors celebrating World Indigenous People’s Day.

☠ Relive the glory days of Nabisco’s 1971 “X-Rated” horror toy scandal.

☠ Don’t touch that dial – you’re about to spend the rest of your day listening to this 10-hour Pacman music remix.

Sink or Swim With BPAL’s Weekly Link Roundup

2016 August 5
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Welcome to our weekly roundup of cherished news bits! This week’s batch:

☠ Scientists aren’t sure why Corpse Flowers all over the US seem to be blooming simultaneously.

☠ Fans of iconic artist Tom of Finland want to turn his Echo Park house into a historic landmark.

☠ The Neolithic mine at Grime’s Graves is about to host its very first Flint Festival!

☠ A long lost 16th century engraving by Albrecht Dürer was just discovered at a French flea market.

Here’s an Ancient Roman recipe for garum, a delicious fish sauce that was used more frequently than salt.

☠ Enjoy the fascinating history of vellum and parchment, originally intended as substitutes for papyrus.

☠ How Holly Frey and Tracy Wilson, the women behind Stuff You Missed in History Class,became unlikely celebrities.

A royal palace has been discovered in the area believed to be King Arthur’s birthplace.

☠ The latest stop-motion animation film from Laika, a samurai fantasy entitled Kubo and the Two Strings, comes out this month! Check out the fantastic trailer below:

 

Welcome to BPAL’s Weekly Link Roundup

2016 July 29
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Welcome to our weekly roundup of cherished news bits, coming at you via the Black Phoenix Gazette. This week’s batch:

☠ Pop quiz: Is this the name of a Pokemon, or an early church heretic?

This new orchid species appears to feature the face of Satan!

☠ Someone made this 4m x 4m cube by condensing an entire amusement park.

☠ Soothe your ravenous reblogging urges with the sumptuous (and mostly NSFW) Vintage Occult.

A witch prison has been discovered in 15th century Scottish chapel.

☠ Fast forward to this month, when Di Paolo’s 1435 painting of The Annunciation is being celebrated in a new series of boots and outerwear by Doc Martens.

☠ The Century Guild has mostly run out of BPAL’s series inspired by Gail Potocki’s FREAKS, but a few bottles remain of our perfume inspired by Fedor Jeftichew, aka Jojo the Dog-Faced Boy.

☠ Could this possibly be the actual skull of Mary Magdalene?

☠ Beachtime fun in Karwia, Poland, as a wild boar emerges from the sea and starts bowling over sunbathers. (Believe it or not, yet another boar crashed through the ceiling of a shopping center in Hong Kong last week.)

Pokémon Invading Your BPAL Stash? Send a Pic to Enter Our Contest

2016 July 16
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Bulbasaur sniffing around your cache of Snake Oil? Meowth lurking amongst the imps?

Between now and August 1st, Pokémon GO players can snap pics of critters invading their BPAL stash and enter to win a $40 gift credit! Share your photo evidence on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags #BPAL and #GottaSmellEmAll (yes, both), and we’ll randomly draw a winner from the pool.

Get at least one bottle or product in the shot! Multiple entries are fine, but please don’t submit more than one pic per beast. We can’t wait to browse all the extra-smelly wildlife photography.

Ready… set… GO!!

Give Us This Day Our Weekly Links: BPAL’s Friday Roundup

2016 July 15
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Welcome to our weekly roundup of cherished news bits! This week’s batch:

☠ Creepy artist Gavin Mackey has transformed Pokemon into nightmare creatures.

Is this magical Greek gemstone recovered from the Black Sea merely an amulet, or is it a miniature handbook?

☠ You haven’t lived (or screamed) until you’ve met the bizarre beasties living in Romania’s poison cave.

Shall we take a walk along the UK’s old Corpse Roads?

☠ Hubble’s snapped a pic of the heart of the Crab Nebula that will make you weak in the mandibles.

☠ Be sure to plan your next vacation around this map of Britain’s most haunted Tube stations.

☠ Steep yourself in the bizarre history of household beauty and medical products – with pictures!

☠ Let us pray: the earliest known Marian prayer dates back to the year 250.

☠ It has recently come to Chloe Sevigny’s attention that she trusts the moon. Check her out (as played by Drew Droege) below!

Hello, Dolly! Welcome to BPAL’s Weekly Link Roundup

2016 July 1
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Welcome to our weekly roundup of cherished news bits! This week’s batch:

A tiny set of rare dinosaur-era bird wings have been found trapped in amber.

☠ Zounds! A giant corn dolly has descended on a village in Northeastern England in anticipation of a Baal bonfire.

☠Next time you’re walking among the dead, you might want to consult this visual guide tocommon cemetery symbols.

☠ Scientists are scratching their heads over a strange, low-pitched sound that’s emanating from the Caribbean Sea.

☠ An ancient Japanese tradition produces these animal-shaped lollipops which are too beautiful to eat.

☠ Feeling vulnerable? Make like one of these ancient bugs, and disguise yourself in the exoskeletons of the less fortunate.

☠ Archaeologists in northern Israel may have unearthed a sanctuary of the Greek god Pan in the ancient city of Hippos.

☠ People of Polynesian descent are having mixed reactions to Disney’s portrayal of the god Mauiin the new animated film Moana.

☠This colossal dragon puppet might just restore your faith in humanity. Watch below!

Keep Calm and Bioluminesce With BPAL’s Weekly Link Roundup

2016 June 24
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Welcome to our weekly roundup of cherished news bits! This week’s batch:

Neil Gaiman, J.K. Rowling, and others respond to Britain’s exit from the European Union.

☠ Halo effect: Swimmers in Thailand surrounded by clouds of bio-luminescent phytoplankton.

☠ A bunch of Tony Robbins seminar attendees had to be hospitalized for burns after walking across coals.

The discovery of these 400-year-old artifacts may provide information about the lost Roanoke colony.

This colorful chart ranks the pain of stinging insects, from “Caustic” to “Blinding.”

Forging the Body of the Witch: A lecture by Peter Gray from London’s 2016 Occult Conference.

Some of history’s most beautiful combs were actually made for lice removal. 

Here’s a peek inside Margaret Atwood’s new graphic novel, Angel Catbird.

☠ Behold, a history of horror in which 1 year = 1 film! Enjoy below.

Sleep With Danger Via BPAL’s Weekly Link Roundup

2016 June 17
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Welcome to our weekly roundup of cherished news bits! This week’s batch:

☠ Pick your footing carefully around Bolton Strid, the stream in Yorkshire that swallows people whole.

☠ Hold the phone – reviewers are saying that James Franco’s lesbian vampire remake of Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? is actually pretty good!

Japan is using their best robotic technology to reanimate 19th century author Soseki Natsume. Because why not?

☠ Good news for horror writers: Tales From the Crypt is inviting fans to collaborate as episode screenwriters. (New host suggestion: The Copyright-Keeper?)

Mongolia’s new address system gives every location a poetic three-word name.

☠ More from Atlas Obscura: “I tried a Medieval diet, and I didn’t even get that drunk.”

W. B. Yeats and Joyce Carol Oates both had birthdays this week. Here’s a mashup of memorable quotes from both of them!

The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown just donated a crapload of money to make texts from theBibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica available online.

☠ Um, why are these giant spider crabs amassing off the coast of Australia?