Thursday, June 30

 

Wednesday, June 29

Live From the Internet: Star Spangled Banner Edition

by Kathleen Richards

Well, well, well, friends. 4th of July is soon upon us and it's time for me to share one of my favorite yearly traditions with you: watching internet videos of people butchering the national anthem.

Yes, our national anthem is a patriotic masterpiece. Yes, it's a beautiful poem and a beautiful piece of music. But it's also very hard to sing and very hard to remember the words to.

Which is great news for those of us who can't get enough of these videos where people can't hit any of the notes or remember any of the words. Let's start off with a classic.

 

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Tuesday, June 28

The Debunker: Was "No Irish Need Apply" a Myth?

by Ken Jennings

Since 2014, June has been Immigrant Heritage Month in the United States, a time for Americans to remember our status as a nation of newcomers. So celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month along with us, until President Trump cancels it! After all, if you're here and you're not fully Native American, we guarantee that either you or an ancestor qualifies! As an extra bonus, we have Ken Jennings of Jeopardy! fame (and English/Welsh/Scotch-Irish stock) to school us about all the things we thought we knew about our ocean-crossing forebears.

The Debunker: Was "No Irish Need Apply" a Myth?

"I'm a decent boy just landed from the town of Ballyfad,
I want a situation, yes, and I want it very bad.
I have seen employment advertised. 'It's just the thing,' says I,
'But the dirty spalpeen ended with NO IRISH NEED APPLY.'"

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Monday, June 27

Music Monday: Rock N Roll Questions

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! There are many questions in music. Today Scott's gathering five of them. Will they be answered? WHO CAN SAY? But let's ask anyway.

Iron Maiden - Can I Play With Madness?

 

Maiden wasn't the first question in rock history, but for people of a certain age, it might be the most famous. I recall this song only appearing on MTV late at night, and every authority figure I had telling me how this sort of music would ruin my life. I grew up to write for a website owned by a larger company so... maybe they had a point?

Question everything! Especially after the jump...

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Saturday, June 25

 

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Tuesday, June 21

The Debunker: Is Cinco de Mayo Mexico's "Fourth of July"?

by Ken Jennings

Since 2014, June has been Immigrant Heritage Month in the United States, a time for Americans to remember our status as a nation of newcomers. So celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month along with us, until President Trump cancels it! After all, if you're here and you're not fully Native American, we guarantee that either you or an ancestor qualifies! As an extra bonus, we have Ken Jennings of Jeopardy! fame (and English/Welsh/Scotch-Irish stock) to school us about all the things we thought we knew about our ocean-crossing forebears.

The Debunker: Is Cinco de Mayo Mexico's "Fourth of July"?

Boy oh boy do we white people look forward to the fifth of May! That's when we can wear sombreros and drink frozen Margaritas and feel like we're saluting diversity! After all, Cinco de Mayo is a pretty important holiday in Mexico. It's like their independence day, or something.

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Monday, June 20

Music Monday: Songs About Beginnings

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Today we're going to discuss beginnings. And guess what? Nobody's first song is EVER about beginnings. Maybe that's because you don't always know where you began until after you've reached the middle.

Smashing Pumpkins - The Beginning Is The End Is The Beginning

 

I gotta be honest here, although they were loved by many of my peers, I never really cared for the Smashing Pumpkins. So when this song came out (on the Batman And Robin soundtrack, no less!) I sort of dismissed it. It wasn't until Watchmen picked it up again that I actually had to admit: I kinda like it!

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