Monday, December 22

 

Tuesday, December 16

The Debunker: Does the Gulf Stream Keep Britain Warm?

by Ken Jennings

If you're an anglophile, a lover of all things British, then this time of year must be like Christmas for you. Well, it's real Christmastime as well, but you know what I mean, right? If you have a soft spot for Dickensian carolers, candlelit mince pies, snow-covered country villages, special episodes of inexplicably popular TV shows like Downton Abbey and Doctor Who... well, in December, we all become a tiny bit British, don't we? But not everything we think we know about life across the pond is strictly "pukka." We've enlisted Sir Kenneth Jennings, VC, GBE, DJO (Distinguished Jeopardy! Order) to help us "mind the gap" between fact and fiction when it comes to Merrie Old England.

The Debunker: Does the Gulf Stream Keep Britain Warm?

Travel due west from the United Kingdom, and what's the first U.S. state you'd hit? Virginia? Massachusetts? Maine, maybe? A quick look at a world map will probably surprise many: the whole of the British Isles lies to the north of the northernmost point in the contiguous 48 states. Due west from London, you'd reach the New World at the subarctic forest of southern Labrador, Canada. The only state you could hit traveling west from anywhere in the U.K. is actually Alaska! In short, Britain is a lot farther north than a lot of people think.

read more…

 

Monday, December 15

Music Monday: Happy Hanukkah!

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Even though Jewish songwriters are responsible for nearly every major breakthrough in modern pop music, there's only like five to seven Hanukkah songs out there! So let's make a deal, readers: if you know a Hanukkah song that Scott couldn't find, put it in the comments.

Eyal Bitton - Rock Me Maccabeus

 

I don't normally let singing YouTubers qualify for Music Mondays, but I gotta make a small exception here. This Falco parody covers the history of the Maccabees and that's pretty important to this time of year, I think. Plus if I gave the top spot to Adam Sandler again I might get throttled by a loyal reader.

More to come after the jump! Happy Hanukkah!

read more…

 

Tuesday, December 09

The Debunker: Did Ye Olde British People Really Say "Ye Olde"?

by Ken Jennings

If you're an anglophile, a lover of all things British, then this time of year must be like Christmas for you. Well, it's real Christmastime as well, but you know what I mean, right? If you have a soft spot for Dickensian carolers, candlelit mince pies, snow-covered country villages, special episodes of inexplicably popular TV shows like Downton Abbey and Doctor Who... well, in December, we all become a tiny bit British, don't we? But not everything we think we know about life across the pond is strictly "pukka." We've enlisted Sir Kenneth Jennings, VC, GBE, DJO (Distinguished Jeopardy! Order) to help us "mind the gap" between fact and fiction when it comes to Merrie Old England.

The Debunker: Did Ye Olde British People Really Say "Ye Olde"?

Does anything convey an air of enforced jollity better than the phrase "Ye Olde" appended to a pub, renaissance fair, candle shoppe, ice cream shoppe--hell, any kind of "shoppe"? The word "ye" is all over the Bible and Shakespeare and Thor comics, so surely this old-timey language must have some historical cred, right?

read more…

 

Monday, December 08

Music Monday: Green Monday

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Today's Green Monday, the traditional holiday that was invented in the late 2000s to represent a day when online sales were... right. It's one of THOSE holidays. Anyway, it's today, it's happening, and we might as well celebrate. So gather around the Green Monday Tree and hang the Green Monday Stockings! Scott's got five songs about the color green.

George Jones - Green Grass Grows All Around

 

Green is a peaceful and soothing color. It's a color of joy and happiness. It's the color of spring! Of rebirth! And also, our site. See? It's all nice and green up there.

Let's all learn about green together, shall me? HAPPY CORPORATE HOLIDAY, EVERYONE!

read more…

Happy Green Monday

by Scott Lydon

Today's Green Monday, the most exciting day of the year! Why? Today's the day we celebrate, um... something. To be honest, Green Monday is one of those retail holidays that nobody fully understands. But be happy! Because you're gonna get something out of it whether you understand it or not!

All day today (excluding sales on Wine.Woot, continental U.S. shipping only) you're getting Free Shipping with any purchase of $50 or more. Use promo code FREEGREEN at the time of checkout and that's it! You're done! Free shipping! And that's ALL freakin' DAY, from the moment you read this until December 8th, 11:59pm CST.

You wanna buy a hundred bucks of television over breakfast? Free Shipping! You wanna go back and buy seventy-five bucks of blender at lunch? Still Free Shipping! Get the picture? As long as it's still Green Monday, every purchase of fifty bucks or more gets Free Shipping.

As such, we've asked our friends Næöwävë to celebrate the holiday with a little song about the day. Please enjoy.

read more…

 

Wednesday, December 03

 

Tuesday, December 02

The Debunker: Did the Druids Build Stonehenge?

by Ken Jennings

If you're an anglophile, a lover of all things British, then this time of year must be like Christmas for you. Well, it's real Christmastime as well, but you know what I mean, right? If you have a soft spot for Dickensian carolers, candlelit mince pies, snow-covered country villages, special episodes of inexplicably popular TV shows like Downton Abbey and Doctor Who... well, in December, we all become a tiny bit British, don't we? But not everything we think we know about life across the pond is strictly "pukka." We've enlisted Sir Kenneth Jennings, VC, GBE, DJO (Distinguished Jeopardy! Order) to help us "mind the gap" between fact and fiction when it comes to Merrie Old England.

The Debunker: Did the Druids Build Stonehenge?

"Hundreds of years before the dawn of history a lived strange race of people: the Druids! No one knows who they were or what they were doing, but their legacy remains hewn into the living rock... of Stonehenge!" So begins Stonehenge, the epic rock saga brought to the stage with disastrous results in the classic 1984 rockumentary (if you will) This Is Spinal Tap.

read more…