Archive - Dec 2008 - Story

December 4th

Great Bath gets a bath

The Great Bath at the city of Bath, England's famous Roman Baths, is being given a cleaning to remove a buildup of sludge and algae. (photo)

December 3rd

Waldseemueller map a mystery

Scholars are still puzzled by 16h century map created by German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller which depicts a vast ocean west of the Americas years before its discovery by Vasco Núñez de Balboa.

French and Saunders in the medieval kitchen

British comedy stars Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders take on medieval life in this sketch set in a medieval French kitchen. The video is posted on YouTube. Cooks beware!

"Dead Parrot's" early ancestor discovered

A 4th century Greek ancestor of Monty Python's famous "Dead Parrot Sketch" has been found in a joke wherein "a man complains that a slave he was sold had died." The joke, translated from the Greek, is from Philogelos The Laugh Addict.

December 2nd

The medieval sweet tooth

In her book, Candy: The Sweet History and Chocolate: The Sweet History, Beth Kimmerle considers the increased appetite of sweets in medieval Europe. The article appears on the National Geographic website.

Atlantia Fall 2008 Crown Tourney photos online

Protographer Muirghein O'Faolain has posted an album of photos from the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

Food safety for large groups

Planning a large feast - or even a large meal? The United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service has a free downloadable brochure (PDF format) available.

Ancient Rome, meet Google Earth!

The geniuses behind Google Earth have taken on a new project: the mapping of ancient Rome. Now visitors to the website can take a virtual 3D tour of the ancient city including such buildings as the Forum and the Colosseum.

December 1st

Estrella War XXV to feature Artisan's Showcase

Dame Anita de Challis, SCA Internal Publicity for Estrella War XXV, has announced that the upcoming War will again feature an Artisan's Showcase.

Video from Drachenwald's Kingdom University online

Vrank has posted a short video from the recent Kingdom University in the Kingdom of Drachenwald.

Pennsic roads on Google Maps

Fantasy meets reality online as the Pennsic road system can now be tracked on Google Maps!