Monday, May 29

Music Monday: Famous Laughs

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Today Scott's gonna take a look at the famous laughs of music. Not sure what that means? Well, then, stick around and it will all be made clear soon enough.

Sufaris - Wipeout

 

Possibly there were famous laughs before this but I certainly can't think of any. Wipeout is famous for many reasons but one of them is the exciting Joker laugh at the beginning. Before the guitar, before the drums, before the song, there's nothing but a laugh.

Now you get it, right? Come learn about all the laughing you didn't know you knew.

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Tuesday, May 23

The Debunker: Was the Boston Tea Party a Protest Against High Taxes?

by Ken Jennings

It's May, and that means only one thing to all men and women of good will: National Beverage Day on the sixth of this month! We all love a refreshing beverage, but how much do we really know about them? If you're thirsty for knowledge, take a deep, satisfying swig of Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings, who will be debunking drink-related disinformation all month. As Alexander Pope once said, "A little learning is a dangerous thing, / Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring"!

The Debunker: Was the Boston Tea Party a Protest Against High Taxes?

When the American colonists heard about the Tea Act of 1773, they did exactly what you or I would do in that situation: dressed as Native Americans, boarded three merchant ships, and destroyed almost fifty tons of tea by dumping it into Boston harbor. Most American schoolkids, entranced by the romance and wanton vandalism of that night, tend to logically assume that the Tea Act had raised taxes on tea, and that's why the Bostonians were so pissed off. But that's not true—in fact, the Tea Act lowered taxes, and lowered tea prices. Wait, what?

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