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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)

Rainbows in a can

Alert: If you are a pre-teen girl, or are blessed by fairies, read no further! This story contains a discussion of...unicorn meat.

Visit Acre: "the crusaders' hip and happening capital"

Looking for the perfect summer vacation? Why not plan a truly period trip to the City of Acre. Robyn Young and Tom Hall of BBC History offer travel trips.

Calling all Scottish brides!

Planning a Celtic wedding? Want to honor your Scottish heritage? You will want to consider a truly appropriate topper for your wedding cake!

Valhalla, the unattainable

In this fanciful, animated film, an old Viking warrior looks forward to eternity in Valhalla, but discovers that dying honorably in battle isn't as easily accomplished as he hoped.

A joust in Washington

The latest advertisement for the Washington State Lottery is good enough to make you want to buy a ticket. (video)

A toast to a gallant announcer

Monty Python - or maybe pirate - fans will revel in the "Best race horse name ever!" in a race video posted to YouTube.

Publisher eliminates collective bargaining rights from SCAtoday.net staff

In a move ostensibly aimed at closing a budget deficit, SCAtoday.net Publisher Justinos Tekton has signed an executive order eliminating collective bargaining rights from SCAtoday.net staff members, and cutting their wages significantly.

Stacking the shelves

Midrealm Kingdom Chronicler and librarian geek, Mistress Siobhan O'Neill, shares a longed-for method for organizing your bookshelves. (video)

I do not like virent ova, virent perna!

Want your 10-year-old to really impress her teacher? Have her quote from Winne Ille Pu. Just one of several children's classics that have been translated into Latin.

Ikea does Stonehenge

For all those who have struggled to put together an Ikea desk... Ikea does Stonehenge!

Sing along with "Serious Steel"

Longtime SCAdians know and love Leslie Fish's iconic SCA war song, Serious Steel. Now newer members can sing along to the song as posted on YouTube.

Peepshi!

Those creative cooks out there will want to try the latest recipes for such gourmet fare is Peepshi or Peepza, both containing one major ingredient: peeps! (photos)

SCA makes NPR's "50 Wonderful Things From 2010" list

On her NPR pop culture blog Monkey See, Linda Holmes relates the 50 Wonderful Things From 2010 she experienced including "The last 15 minutes of Lost" and a television episode involving the Society for Creative Anachronism.

A bit of history for pop music lovers: Beowulf

What do you get when you mashup an eighth-century Anglo-Saxon poem with a twentieth-century antiwar pop song? A very amusing music video, sort of a "Cliff's Notes" version of the epic tale.

"Horrible Histories" on YouTube

What happens when Monty Python meets music video? Dame TSivia of the Kingdom of Ealdormere shares links for hysterical video clips from the BBC Horrible Histories available to view on YouTube.

Top ten list of things that are more expensive than going to Estrella

Lord Alystyr Stewart, whose charge is promoting the Estrella War for 2011, has created a "Top Ten" list of things more expensive than goint to Estrella War.

"Weirdest claim about the Middle Ages" contest winner announced

In October 2010, the Got Medieval blog ran a contest to discover the "Weirdest claim about the Middle Ages on Wikipedia." The winner has been announced.

Having fun storming the castle

The sad life of a lone castle guard is depicted in a short animated film from Bird Box Studio.

Medieval find not really very significant

A large horde of coins and other artifacts in England turned out to be of little use to researches or the general public. In fact, it has left some wondering why people back then kept burying all their money in the ground and forgetting about it.

A "snappy" tale of Pennsic XXXIX

Master William, of the Kingdom of Meridies, relates a tale of danger and salvation from Pennsic XXXIX involving a snapping turtle and a tent stake. Master William shares the tale on his blog, Will's Miscellanous Musings.

Bran and the Magic Madrigal Dishrag Fairies

Recently Lord Bran ap Rees of  the Barony of Bhakail (East Kingdom), served as Event Steward for It Takes My Child to Raze a Village. His account of "magical" aid and volunteerism at the event is an inspiring tale for young and old.

No jousting at Green Apple Books

A sign in the window of Green Apple Books in San Francisco, CA announces that "Lances, Shields, Helmets, Not Sold" there. Instead, the note offers books on the subject. (photo)

A Python goes to gladiator school

Terry Jones, of Monty Python fame, takes on the persona of Roman gladiator to learn about training from the experts. (video)

Medieval marital relations flowchart

Life was tough for married - and non-married -- couples in the Middle Ages, with rules for all manner of conduct. A flowchart created by James Brundage for his book Law, Sex, and Christian Society in Medieval Europe helps moderns understand. [PG-13]

Can national stereotypes survive the European Union?

Flamboyant lovers, opionated cowards, unshaved barbarians - some of the barbs that Europeans have used against their neighbors are as old as the nations themselves.

Henry brings laughs to the web

Henry VIII meets the Age of Connectivity in a series of short sketch comedies from the BBC. Brian Blessed stars as the monarch on holiday with his sixth wife, Catharine Parr.