Humor

Humorous items

En garde: beware the BBQ sword!

Looking for the perfect gift for the SCAdian fencer? How about a BBQ Sword, a twin-pronged cooking fork with a rapier handle.

King of Norway Knights Penguin

Nils Olav, a king penguin residing at the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland, was knighted by the King of Norway for his long service to the military.

DVD Being Assembled from Pennsic 37 Show

The Pennsic 37 debut of "Forbidden Pennsic -- The (filked) Musical" was recorded by several individuals, and these recordings are presently being edited into a DVD.

Web site offers SCA-focused video clips

What happens when medieval living history meets a modern concept like YouTube™? SCA-video.com offers linked and locally-hosted video clips with an SCA-centric focus, ranging from serious and useful to outrageously funny.

Renaissance humor explained

Dr. Sarah Knight, a lecturer in Renaissance literature, explains Renaissance humor in an interview for the BBC.

Medieval cartoon: a warning to Royals everywhere

A cute cartoon from Waverly Flams chronicles a royal love triangle with disastrous results.

Kaamelott: sacred intervals

The strict codes of medieval sacred music are parodied in this hysterical video posted on YouTube. King Arthur, Sir Bors and a monk trade theories on music with unexpected results. PG-13 for language.

Air Trebuchet

Members of the Trebuchet Transport Cooperative of Albany (TTCA) in Albany, New York, feel they have an answer to rising fuel costs using medieval technology: Trebuchet Transport!

A Pennsic revelation

The new view from the Pennsic war courtesy of Mehrit: McStella!

Ealdormere: the Movie!

Once upon a time.... in a Kingdom to the North.... a group of re-enactors in their late-night Pennsic cups devised a drinking game wherein real-life actors were cast as SCA members in a very fictional film. The result: Ealdormere: the Movie!

“Put down your lance, Vance!”

Security was tight for the April 1, 2008 meeting of U.S. President George W. Bush and Ukraine’s President Viktor Yushchenko, as captured by Reuters photographer Grigory Dukor, who observed security's reaction to guys in armor.

Medieval comic strip humor

The Museum of Depressionist Art website explains "medieval humor" with the help of the "Katzenjammer Kids" - or the medieval equivalent.

Domino's delivers - to the SCA?

There has been much speculation about whether or not the SCA is the target of the recent Dominos Pizza commercial depicting a delivery to a group of medieval re-enactors.

How chivalrous are you?

A quiz by Anya Yurchyshyn on MSN's Men's Lifestyle page asks "How chivalrous are you?"

Book lust!

Readers, librarians, lovers of the book, cast your eyes upon this website which features wonderfully alluring photos of books and libraries. A feast for any bookworm!

Bayeux Simpsons

Forget the conquest of England! Who has the couch? The Simpsons take on the Bayeux Tapestry for the opening gag.

"Oops!" Shroud of Turin washed with a red shirt

Vatican City has announced that the venerable Shroud of Turin has been turned pink when it was accidentally washed with a red shirt. "Simply because the shroud has been given a slight pinkish tint does not in any way diminish its sanctity," Vatican spokesman Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo said during a press conference held to address the spiritual repercussions of the shroud's staining.

Middle Kingdom to test probability-driven combat simulation

Officials in the Middle Kingdom confirmed today that selected, experienced fighters will soon be testing "probability-driven combat simulation" using equipment that departs radically from traditional SCA armour and weapon standards.

The well-armored squirrel

Pitbull Armory supplies protective armor to a number of creatures -- including humans. The latest armored critter is a squirrel.

Heraldrydiculous hits 100!

Baron Khevron of the Principality of Oertha in the West Kingdom reports that his heraldry-related comic Heraldrydiculous has passed the 100 mark (104 at last count.)

Shakespeare meets Don McLean

Set down your beverage and celebrate Leap Day by answering the musical question, "What would you get if you crossed William Shakespeare and Don McLean?"

Trebuchet

Questioning the relevance of your hobby to the real world? Then this comic from XKCD will give you a chuckle.

SCA Barbie

The Shire of Ravensweir in An Tir has posted a brilliant "advertisement" for SCA Barbie, a doll who comes with a variety of accessories, friends and equipment.

Ren Rats - An online comic strip

Ren Rats is a comic strip updated three days a week online. It centers around the adventures (and misadventures) of eight Medieval re-enactors and the organization to which they belong, the Kutztown University Medieval-Renaissance Club.

Road-tripping with Henry VIII

The Snickers road trip guys are at it again - this time with Henry VIII - munching away on a Snickers bar accompanied by "Greensleeves." Watch the video on YouTube.

To punt or not to punt...

Only on NPR could the Bard, in the guise of Morning Edition's Frank Deford, comment on the upcoming Super Bowl football game.

Britain's top ten stupid laws

A recent survey taken in Great Britain determines the country's ten most obsolete - or downright stupid - laws. Included was the one that prohibits the eating of mince pies on Christmas Day, and several that date from the Middle Ages.

Beowulf for Children

Just in time for the release of the new Beowulf film comes a...ahem...slightly different retelling of the tale, by Rathflaed DuNoir, The Black Bard of Meridies.

Who art on first?

Actors David Foubert and Jay Leibowitz offer their own unique interpretation of Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First?" routine a la Shakespeare in a video clip on YouTube.

"Where is the Renaissance in the Festival?"

That's the question asked by the Pirate Comedy Show in a catchy music video featuring highlights from the 2006 Nebraska Renaissance Faire.