On May 11, 1963, a Los Angeles couple named Ron and Phyllis Patterson held a weekend-long radio station fundraiser they called a "Renaissance Pleasure Faire," giving birth to a whole new entertainment industry based on corsets, meat pies, and stilted faux-Shakespearean English. This month, to celebrate the 55th anniversary of Ye Olde Renaissance Festival, we've asked Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings to drop by and give us the scoop on what really went on during the Middle Ages. He's going to get medieval on your ass…umptions.
The Debunker: Did Viking Helmets Have Horns?
The horniness of Vikings is well beyond the purview of this column, but I am willing to take on the horniness of their helmets. After all, the big spiky horns are the one things that everyone knows about the fashion stylings of medieval Scandinavian raiders. They show up everywhere from Bugs Bunny cartoons to Capital One credit card ads. But it's all a lie. The only Viking helmets that ever had horns on them were Minnesota Vikings helmets. And those were historically inaccurate too.