Monday, September 21

Music Monday: Songs About Middle-Earth

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Today, in 1937, the world was first exposed to that lovely book which forms a gateway into hardcore nerdery, The Hobbit. From this little manuscript was born Lord Of The Rings, Dungeons & Dragons, and possibly even Star Wars and Babylon 5. All of modern nerdcore owes this Tolkien fellow a debt... and guess what? So does music.

Led Zeppelin - Ramble On


Yep, if you're a Led Zep fan, you've been listening to Hobbit music for years, even if you didn't notice. This isn't the only Zeppelin song about Tolkien's work, but it is the easiest to notice. Hear that Gollum shout out? Maybe Robert Plant and Vin Diesel have a monthly gaming night!

More to come, after the jump. Don't touch our precious.

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Tuesday, September 15

The Debunker: Did a "Curse of King Tut" Strike Down His Tomb's Discoverers?

by Ken Jennings

Summer's winding down as we enter September—or, as they would have called it in ancient Egypt, Akhet, the height of the rainy season that flooded the Nile once a year and made their entire civilization possible. Ken Jennings has a new book out this month on the land of the pharaohs, so all month he'll be sharing his sphinx-like wisdom with us by debunking millennia of misinformation about the ancient Egyptians. Maybe you've been in "de Nile" for a long time, but finally, here are the Ra facts.

The Debunker: Did a "Curse of King Tut" Strike Down His Tomb's Discoverers?

The tomb of Tutankhamen, the "boy Pharaoh" of Egypt's New Kingdom, survived undiscovered for over three thousand years before archaeologist Howard Carter discovered it in 1922. When Carter's financier, Lord Carnarvon, died of blood poisoning two months later, the press began to report that an inscription in King Tut's tomb promised that "Death will slay with his wings whoever disturbs the peace of the pharaoh," and news reports eventually credited almost two dozen deaths to this "curse." The spooky story inspired all kinds of modern folklore, including the Boris Karloff Mummy movie.

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Monday, September 14

Music Monday: American Songs

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Much like the tune The Star Spangled Banner (written today, in fact) America's an odd sort of nation, a mix of bizarre highs and lows. We all love freedom, but a side effect of being free is that a lot of stuff you don't like has to exist! Naturally, people who don't like your stuff have to deal with that as well. And this means that most of the time we're all sort of mad at other people for using their rights. It's sort of like sharing a house with a family. We're all trapped in this freedom together, aren't we? Today Scott's got five songs about the good and the bad of America. It's your right to not listen, but we hope you do.

Alice Cooper - I Love America


Alice Cooper's deep in parody here (one of the most sacred of American values!) but he's also telling some truth. We've all enjoyed at least one thing on this list, and Alice Cooper has certainly done the same. And anyway, who hasn't jokingly insulted someone they love? America can take it, right? America's cool.

More America coming up inside, after the jump.

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Saturday, September 12