A Name You Should Know: Emma Lazarus

One of the first successful Jewish American authors, Emma Lazarus was a poet and essayist who wasn’t afraid to speak her mind, writing numerous powerful works against anti-semitism, supporting immigrants rights, and even arguing for the creation of a Jewish homeland before the Zionist movement came into being. But she is best known for her immortal American poem, “The New Colossus” which appears on a bronze plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty. You know the one, ‘give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,’ that one. Unfortunately, many politicians currently wish to have it removed, along with the torch… to be replaced with a stop sign :)

Cryptozoology Break! The Kraken

Once the most feared creature in the Nordic Seas, the Kraken was often described by bewildered fisherman as a disproportionately large squid, or octopus, or other ferocious tentacled sea monster. The stories were usually scoffed by landlovers until the Kraken was popularized by French science fiction author, Jules Verne, in his classic novel, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Eventually, in the late 19th century, the not quite so giant, giant squid were being discovered washed up on the shore, some at 40+ feet in length, confirming at least in part the nautical horror stories of the past. The giant squid remains an incredibly elusive creature, having only recently been documented alive, but the tall tales of the Kraken, a gargantuan ship-swallowing sea monster, have gradually been adapted into medium tales of a pretty darn big squid who dukes it out with whales.

 

Tech Magic!

An inspiring demonstration of magic, technology and lies that make truth… Just watch it.

Tales of Tourists Walking Around Aimlessly: Florence, Italy


Ah, beautiful Florence Italy. Nestled in the hills of Tuscany, this one time medieval colossus thrives today as a mecca for tourists, students, and artists. Home to Renaissance superstars such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Giotto, and Botticelli. Does the world’s next great artist walk these streets today, disguised as an unsuspecting tourist? Only posterity can know, next time on TALES OF TOURISTS WALKING AROUND AIMLESSLY!

All New Music Video: The Foggy London Strut!

Foggy London Strut Lyrics:

Humming through skyway
In coach 57a
That foggy town of London
Is only an hour away

Getting so excited
I’m ready to get down
Gonna press go on the kook-ay
In that foggy London town

(Pilot’s voice)
“Ladies and Gentleman, this is your captain speaking
We are beginning our descent into the city of London
Please take your seats and fasten your seatbelts
We hope you enjoyed your flight today, and if you feel the need to strut
Please wait until you exit the aircraft so as not to harm the people around you…”

Come and do the Foggy London Strut
The Foggy London Strut
The Foggy London Strut…Yeah!

Now I’m struttin in the UK
Got the kooky down in my feet
Greetin’ all the guv’nuhs, chaps and birds
As I’m Struttin’ down Victoria Street
Should we strut to the palace or a museum
Perhaps a pub would be the best
Get a little bitty taste of a kidney pie
And maybe give that little dog the rest

(Tour Guide voice)
Westminster Abbey
Big Ben
Buckingham Palace
St. Paul’s cathedral
Trafalgar Square
Piccadilly Circus
The Globe theater
The Tower of London
Out of place futuristic building (Gherkin)
The Tower Bridge
The Castle of Greyskull

Wait…what was that last one?

Do the Foggy London Strut
The Foggy London Strut
The Foggy London Strut…Yeah!

(Tour Guide voice)
The Thames River
Marble Arch
Oxford Street
Cleopatra’s Needle
London Eye
Covent Garden
Hyde Park
Downing Street
Nelson’s Column
Millennium Dome
The Royal Observatory
Wellington Arch
The Water Closet
St. James Palace
Eros Statue
Carnaby Street
Saville Row
Madame Tussauds
Abbey Road

History Schmistory, March 30: Hank wants a new toy!

1533 – Henry VIII divorces his 1st wife, Catherine of Aragon, which leads to the creation of the Anglican church, lots of bloody history over the next hundred years, and several good Shakespeare plays.
Hank

History Schmistory, March 29: Beethoven Rolls Over!

1795 – Beethoven (age 24) debuts as pianist in Vienna.

History Schmistory, March 21. Francophile joins the Cabinet

1790. Thomas Jefferson reports to President Washington in New York as Secretary of State. Jefferson would later live in Paris where he would become a movie star.

History Schmistory: St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17 because that is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It is believed that he died on March 17 in the year 461 AD.

St. Patrick’s Day is Nigh!

It’s March! And you know what that means!

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