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February News 2024

Greetings, foul friends!

If you’re reading this, let us congratulate you on surviving the time vortex that is January. You are stout of heart, and we respect that.

But wait! What fresh Devilry is this? No sooner have we escaped the vortex than we’re being thrown right back in! Who had an extra day on their 2024 bingo card?

If our heads weren’t sewn to our necks with burlap, they would be spinning by now.

So join us in taking the pace down a notch by pouring a gin and taking a leisurely look through the Black Lodge diary entries for February.

Chin chin.

PANCAKE DAY

We’re not one for human traditions, but when pancakes and the number 13 are involved, we’ll make an exception.

Pancake Day is on Tuesday the 13th of February this year, and while the superstitious among you won’t go anywhere near a cooker in fear of a frying pan-related incident, we’ll be flipping away feverishly thanks to this wonderful gin and tonic pancake recipe we found on the BBC Good Food website.

The recipe calls for using a can of gin and tonic, but, to us, this is desecration. We recommend using your favourite Black Lodge Potion gin and a good quality tonic like Fever Tree if you really want to make those pancakes sing. Stock up on your essential pancake (g)ingredients here.

RECIPE LINK:  

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com
/recipes/gt-pancakes


VALENTINE’S DAY

Nothing says ‘I Love You’ more than presenting your significant other with the heads of their enemies on a pike. However, seeing as that is now an outmoded concept (bloody health and safety killjoys), might we suggest a bottle of our toe-curlingly-good artisan gin instead?

If, however, the consumerism nonsense surrounding Valentine’s Day is enough to drive you to drink, then there are plenty of blood-curdling tidbits of trivia to be found instead.

Did you know, for example, that Saint Valentine’s skull is on display in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Rome, and the rest of him is scattered around displays in England, Scotland, Ireland, France, and the Czech Republic?

Valentine’s Day is also one of the most infamous dates in history related to gangland crime. Seven members and associates of the notorious North Side Gang were lined up against a wall and gunned down on the morning of February 14th, 1929, in Chicago.

Though the perpetrators were never identified (because they wore police uniforms as a disguise), it’s widely believed that Al Capone gave the order for the hit. It was to mark the beginning of the end for Capone. Despite his reputation as a brutal gangster, the general public had always loved him, but after this sickening display of very public violence, he never again captured their hearts in the same way. Ironic, given the date, don’t you think?

See? It’s not all saccharine sweetness and forced romances.

We approve!

LEAP YEAR

As we mentioned at the start of this month’s log, 2024 is a leap year, meaning there are 29 days in February instead of the usual 28.  

But why?

We’re more partial to lunar cycles and barking at the moon, but this all has to do with how long it takes the Earth to complete one full orbit around the sun. We use the marker of there being 365 days in a year, but that’s a rounded-down number. It actually takes Earth 365.242190 days to orbit the Sun, or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 56 seconds.

If we didn’t round up those .242190 days every four years, then our calendars would be completely out of whack in no time at all.

And why is it called a ‘leap year?’

Well, let’s say that your birthday in 2023 landed on a Monday. In a ‘normal’ calendar year, your birthday would be on a Tuesday in 2024, but because an extra day has been added to account for the leap year, your birthday will ‘leap’ over Tuesday and happen on a Wednesday.

Get it? No, us neither.

What we’re basically saying is, if someone you know is celebrating their 72nd birthday on the 29th of February, maybe get them a bottle of Black Lodge Potions gin to celebrate finally turning 18 and being of legal drinking age.

UNTIL NEXT TIME…

That about wraps things up tighter than an ancient Egyptian embalmer. So until next month, sleep well, drink responsibly, and we’ll see you in March for more tall tales and delectable drinks.

Stay spooky,

Brother G and Brother T

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