Author: Bobaganush

Columbus Day

Columbus Day! Do we need a better reason for a three day weekend… But only for some people?!? Now, let me start out by saying that I am not a hater of Christopher Columbus.  He did a lot of bad things (though usually without realizing it) and he did a lot of good, but either way you look at Columbus he was an important figure in the history of the world and of course to the Age of Sail.  He was a true renaissance man and an explorer but there are a number of things about Columbus that we,...

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International Talk Like Pirate Day

International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Avast, Mateys! Each year on September 19th, pirates from all over break out their cutlasses, their ships, their treasure and their eye patches and begin to speak as God intended – Like a Pirate! International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLaPD) happens each year and is a holiday of sorts for pirates all over the world.  It is your chance to stretch your vocal legs and speak like a swabbie, a crew member, a scallywag, a buccaneer, a corsair – you know – a pirate.  ITLaPD started as a laugh between a group of...

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Labor Day for Serfs

Labor Day for Serfs “We’re an anarcho-syndicalist commune” – Dennis, Monty Python and the Holy Grail So it is Labor Day and I am off.  As I sit here this morning, watching the Office – I think this is appropriate Labor Day watching material – I am wondering what would have happened had the serfs in the Middle Ages asked for a Labor Day? The concept, in Europe, of giving people of a lesser station a day to look forward to when their plight wasn’t so bad has been around for a long time.  In particular the theory behind...

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Vampire

Vampire I never drink… wine. So, again, I can’t say that my re-watching of Buffy the Vampire Slayer has nothing to do with this post, but I can say that of all the mystical creatures, vampires are at the top of my list.  I have always been a little drawn to them from my first viewing of Bela Lugosi in Dracula.  To that end, gentles, let’s explore the vampire. Folklore It is apparent that vampiric creatures have been a notion in folklore and oral tradition for 1000s of years.  Early civilizations (read Mesopotamians and Hebrews), had concepts of life stealing and...

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Unicorns

Unicorns North Korea’s Own! So, with the news report on Monday that North Korea found an honest to goodness unicorn lair in Pyongyang, it was an easy decision as to what to write about today – UNICORNS!  (Click for the story from Korea) Mythology & Antiquity It seems that the unicorn of the past was not believed so much in as a piece of mythology but as a part of natural history.  The Greek historians seemed to place the existence of the actual unicorn in India.   It has been called the Indian-Ass and is generally said to represent...

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