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O Fortuna: What you think you heard

OK, it isn't period to the Middle Ages, but we all love O Fortuna from Carmina Burana, right? It's the soundtrack from Excalibur, after all. But do you know the lyrics? Or only think you do...

Sinister Developments in Drachenwald: Leftist Conspiracy?

Reporters working for a Drachenwald publication, ye Sunne in Splendour, have uncovered evidence of a Leftist Power Grab in Drachenwald.

The prize for creative use of toilet paper goes to Nina Katchadourian

Attention SCAdian: Bored on long flights? Perhaps you should entertain yourself with some creative headgear construction as demonstrated by non-SCA member Nina Katchadourian. (photos)

"Historical facts" bebunked - with humor

Do you like your history in small doses - and with a sense of humor? If so, you will appreciate C.G.P. Grey's 5 Historical Misconceptions Rundown, a video posted on YouTube, which debunks five historical "facts."

Pyramus and Thisbe, Beatle-style

In celebration of Shakespeare's 400th birthday, the Beatles perform the Pyramus and Thisbe play from A Midsummer Night's Dream. The 1964 performance is from a DVD called The Beatles Explosion.

Cataloging Elizabethan drunks

Drunkenness in Elizabethan England was not a rare occurance, to the extent, in fact, that satirist Thomas Nashe cataloged eight specific types. The website Lists of Note published Nashe's piece Eight Kindes of Drunkennes.

Ceidhle, a report by Deke, the Fierce Hound Hunter of Calontir

Deke, Fierce Hound Hunter of Horrible Flying Flies (with the help of Jenna of Southwind Hall), gives a dogs-eye-view on Ceidhle, an event which took place April 21, 2012 in the Shire of Dun Ard.

'Tis what it's all about

Dancers and poets alike will enjoy reading the efforts of Jeff Brechkin, who took on the challenge by the "Washington Post Style Invitational contest that asked readers to submit 'instructions' for something (anything), but written in the style of a famous person."

Kathie Lee and Hoda go "full metal" in joust

Co-hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb of the Today Show recently went medieval when they received jousting lessons from Full Metal Jousting's Shane Adams. Julieanne Smolinski has the story, photos and video.

Steampunk community encounters first elf, asks SCA for help

The Steampunk community was up in arms this year at the appearance of a man in elf ears at a convention in Baltimore, MD.

SCAdians pepper sprayed at NYC event

SCA members attending a camping event in the Shire of Tuzocci were attacked with pepper spray and other riot-suppression weapons when mistaken for Occupy Wall Street protestors.

SCAtoday to exclusively publish stories about same-sex consorts

Citing record readership of stories about Inspirational Equality and the same-gender consort debate, the editorial board at SCAtoday announced that they will now be adding the phrase "same-sex consort" to every new article.  Stories on the topic garnered over 15,000 reads, with at least 80 of those coming from people outside of An Tir.

Ex Mentis Saxonicum Released

Ex Mentis Saxonicum, 140 pages of parables, allegories, and hilarious research tidbits derived from the popular Ansteorran newsletter column Ex Tempore by Robert G. Ferrell (Master Cynric of Bedwyn), is now available in paperback from Savernake Press.

The SCA in Comicland

A February 2012 storyline of the online comic Least I could Do, by Ryan Sohmer and and Lar Desouza, deals with couple relationships - and the SCA. PG-13.

"Like boxing with crowbars"

A major discussion popped up recently on Reddit about a photo of two SCA fighters in a lonely parking garage. Most fun are the comments of readers who don't quite know what to make of the duo.

New comedy film features four Monty Python alumni

The new film Absolutely Anything, which begins shooting in the UK this summer, will feature Monty Python alumni John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones, but it is a science fiction comedy, not Monty Python reborn.

The Most Interesting Zanni in the World

Promoting their 20th Anniversary performance, The Alexandrian Tapestries, the Golden Stag Players offer a parody video of the Dos Equis beer commercials that feature "the most interesting man in the world."

Mummers reported to be Hottest Holiday Ticket

According to The Onion's entertainment reporter, a troupe of traveling mummers is making a hit across the USA this holiday season.

Dining in Narnia

What if Anthony Bourdain, the caustic host of the Travel Channel's No Reservations, visited C.S. Lewis' Narnia? Fan writer Edo no Hana of An Archive of Our Own, thinks she knows.

99 Danish thanes

For those old enough to have grooved to German popstar Nena's 99 Luftballoons, this video will make your day. Nena showcases her bardic chops with a retelling of Beowulf to the tune of her signature song.

The Story of Beowulf

See Rathflaed, the Black Bard of Meridies, (Stephen Melvin) tell the tale of Beowulf in storybook fashion on YouTube. Click, click, click. The slightly-adult audio version of the book is read by the author.

The story of the English language - in 10 funny sessions

Attention linguists! Prepare for your tutorial on the History of the English Language as presented by OpenLearn. The ten one-minute video sessions are narrated by Clive Anderson and illustrated by animated line drawings. Get your pencils - and senses of humor - ready.

English kings and queens remembered in song

Remembering the names of English Royals can be daunting, but the folks at Horrible Histories have made it a song - literally. View the video on YouTube.

A sloooow day at the faire

The ultimate conveyance for when speed is not an option: Renaissance tortoise!

Trinity College less than impressed with Dr. Barbarian's academic credentials

Trinity College of Dublin, Ireland has removed a web page in its professor profiles section belonging to one “Dr. Conan T. Barbarian, B.A. (Cimmeria) Ph.D. (UCD). F.T.C.D. (Long Room Hub Associate Professor in Hyborian Studies and Tyrant Slaying).”

Throne of Blood meets Monty Python

Imagine if Monty Python's French castle were actually Japanese... Amusing mash-up of Kurosawa's Throne of Blood and Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Geoffrey Chaucer: standup comedian

Three men walk into a bar... you all know the rest. Or do you? British standup comedian Bill Bailey gives the story a medieval twist in this YouTube clip.

Armor and the modern woman

The College Humor website finally addresses an issue long debated by fighters and gamers alike: female armor. (video)

Studying medieval history - the hard (suit) way

In a short film on YouTube, a student shows his readiness to take a medieval history while dressed for success.

Douglas Adams does Genghis Khan

Medievalists, Mongols and fans of writer Douglas Adams will be delighted to discover the short story The Private Life of Genghis Khan, which is available on Adams' website. PG-13 (language)