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The Late Movies: Harpo Marx, Harpist

Harpo Marx, the “silent” Marx brother, was a phenomenal self-taught harpist — hence the nickname. (His given name was Adolph, later Americanized to Arthur.) Today I saw a clip of Harpo playing “Blue Moon” quite brilliantly, and thought I’d dig in to find some other performances — and I was really pleased by [...]

Alternate Histories: 7 More Ways the World Could Be Completely Different

We covered some of the many alternate histories out there. Here are seven more intriguing ways the world could be completely different. 1. What if the Romans won the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest? Effect: No one would speak English. Explanation: In What If? (1999), edited by Robert Cowley, historians pondered what would happen if historical events had [...]

Venezuelan Poodle Moth

Photo: Arthur Anker/Flickr Is that mothra as a baby? Zoologist Arthur Anker of Brazil’s Federal University snapped this fantastic photo of a Venezuelan poodle moth or muslin [...]

The Legend of King Arthur

The following is an article from the book Uncle John’s Supremely Satisfying Bathroom Reader. What do you think -was King Arthur a real person, or is he purely the stuff of legend? Either way, he makes for a good story. TABLE TALK In England, the most popular tales of chivalry are the Welsh legends of King Arthur and [...]

GuiTARDIS

This is Arthur Yet Lew’s second TARDIS guitar, so he calls it the Patrick Troughton. At the link, you can view him posing with it next to a DeLorean DMC-12, which is confusing. Link (Facebook login required) -via Nerd Bastards

7 Other Famous Abbeys in England

The most famous abbey in England right now is not actually an abbey at all — it’s a castle. Highclere Castle is the stand-in for Downton Abbey, the eponymous location of the mega-popular British series about an upstairs-downstairs household in the early 1900s. While Downton might be the only abbey about which people in the [...]

Happy 20th Birthday, Kazakhstan!

Kristina Postnikova / Shutterstock.com The largest country in Central Asia—it’s as big as all of Western Europe combined—turns 20 years old today, and to celebrate, here’s a list of ten random facts about everyone’s favorite Kazakh-speaking ‘Stan. 1. For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan Borat, the fictional reporter invented by the English comedian Sasha Baron Cohen, [...]

Quiz: Presidential $1 Coin Portraits

The White House announced yesterday that they’re curtailing the Presidential $1 coin series, which means you won’t see that flood of Chester A. Arthur coins you were hoping for. (The U.S. Mint will continue producing $1 coins for collectors, though.) So, when we Photoshop out the names and years in office, how well do you [...]

Monty Python and the Holy Grail in LEGO

Tommy Williamson built the characters (“So-called Arthur king and his silly English knnnnnigits”) from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail out of LEGO bricks! They were constructed for a special diorama called Pythonscape that will be featured at BrickCon 2011 this weekend. Get a closer view of each knight in his Flickr set. [...]

Has King Arthur’s round table been found ?

Archaeologists may have discovered the location of Arthur’s round table in Stirling, Scotland. A circular feature has been identified underneath the m…