Tonight is Krampusnacht, the night when the wild hairy trickster of Yule goes cavorting around in the darkest shadows of the year.
They’re Krampusing in Chicago, and in Bloomington, too. Hell, they’re even putting on horns in Charlotte.
Graveyard Dirt writes, “Krampus is often described as a spirit of Christmas, but in truth, the character […]
In about an hour and a half from now, NASA will send an unmanned version of its new Orion spaceship up into orbit, riding on the back of a Delta IV Heavy rocket. It’s very retro-looking, without any fins or wings at all. The full name of the spaceship is rather institutional: Orion Multi-Purpose Crew […]
By all accounts, Richard III of England was a nasty piece of work. It’s generally agreed that he had his own nephews killed so that he could become king himself.
There are some in England, however, who seek to rehabilitate the reputation of Richard III, saying that he really wasn’t as bad as people made […]
I have just spent the last 45 minutes trying to get a Time Warner Cable customer service agent to remove cable television from the services that I pay for. I use the telephone, and I use the internet connection that we get from Time Warner, but I just don’t watch television. Nobody in my family […]
I was doing some research on a problem in algebra early this morning, and one thing led to another, and before I knew it, I was looking at a paper presented at the American Mathematical Society in 1972 with the purpose “to show that a complete, convex, externally convex metric space is generalized euclidean if […]
This advertisement for a video game is currently making the rounds on Facebook: “Only the strong survive in Game Of War. Are you up for the challenge? Realtime. Worldwide.”
This description, accompanied by the image of a blood-soaked soldier, is all-too close to reality – realtime – worldwide. Only the armor on the soldier […]
King John was the very first of Shakespeare’s plays to be adapted into a movie, in 1899. 115 years later, there is only one complete film version of King John available to watch online. It’s an outdoor production by a group of volunteers in Wichita, Kansas – and it’s about what you’d expect… including the […]
Before they vote on Election Day, Bob Goodlatte’s constituents need to ask themselves why their U.S. Representative opposed anti-torture legislation, and whether they are willing to endorse that action. […]
According to the Folklore Society, “Mark Norman is compiling a database of accounts of sightings of Black Dogs and will be very pleased if people can send contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The Edge asserts that, “Guardian hounds occur widely in shamanic Otherworldly lore,” and cites an old story claiming that black dogs came to haunt the […]
Last week, I observed that the preparations for National Impeach Obama Week looked sparse and half-hearted. Now that we’re in the middle of National Impeach Obama Week, those weak preparations have extended into an anemic performance.
The images available of impeachment protests so far show a few lonely people standing out on the street corners, […]
At a shopping mall in Orange County, California today, I came across a book store with a big front window featuring a photograph of a woman with dark lipstick riding a motorcycle and the words, “The most sophisticated books in the world.”
Walking closer, I peeked inside and found that the store was mostly […]