Monday, December 29

 

Friday, December 26

Boxing Day Badges For All!

by Scott Lydon

Happy Boxing Day! In honor of this grandest of holidays, you may notice a little something different hanging out on the front page during today's Woot-Off. We speak, of course, about our little boxer buds.

 

 

Cute, huh? Now ask yourself: Self, is this the kind of thing I want in my badge collection? If you answered yourself Yes, Self, I DO want a boxer badge in my badge collection, then you're in luck!

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Tuesday, December 23

The Debunker: Did Someone Else Write the Works of Shakespeare?

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 Someone Else Write the Works of Shakespeare?

It was Francis Bacon! Or Christopher Marlowe. Or could it have been Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford? With all the hype that alternate theories of Shakespeare authorship have received lately (including Anonymous, a big budget movie by Independence Day director and Shakespeare skeptic Roland Emmerich) you'd be forgiven for thinking that this is an actual academic controversy. Could someone else have written the plays of Shakespeare? It would certainly be big news if the most celebrated writer in the history of the language--of any language maybe--were revealed as a fraud.

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Monday, December 22

Music Monday: Cheery Christmas

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! There's a lot of absolutely terrible Christmas music, isn't there? Today Scott's goal is to give you a respectable Christmas mix made of very good Christmas songs. Such as this one:

Duke Pearson - Sleigh Ride

 

This album on Blue Note is basically the greatest Christmas album ever. It's so good! If you like this, you'll like everything on it. Play it over and over. Santa will thank you for it.

It won't get better, but it'll be pretty good. More Christmas to come after the jump.

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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.

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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!

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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?

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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!

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