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Bull Pizzle and Battle Theater | Fool’s Gold

By January 9, 2015 No Comments

 

Let’s start off the foolery today with this video from Anglophenia:

“If Shakespearean Insults were used today”

I love the office setting. Honestly, who hasn’t had a day when you want to shout “Bull pizzle!”?

 

In random news, The Verge reports that Wolfram Alpha can now analyze literary works. I played around with it; if you type in “Hamlet vs. Macbeth,” you will find a comparison of the plays, especially data like word length. Somewhat more entertainingly, If you type “Hamlet vs. Macbeth” into Google image search, you get this amazing fan art:

Hamlet, Macbeth: Soul Calibur by Darkmoose84 on deviantart.com

Hamlet, Macbeth: Soul Calibur by Darkmoose84 on deviantart.com

I think we can all agree that we would enjoy watching this Battle Theater. And that Macbeth would win. (Come on. Even if you love Hamlet, you must admit that Macbeth would take his lunch money. I love Hamlet as a play, but Macbeth is an experienced soldier. Hamlet can fence, though… Battle Theater: Hamlet vs. Macbeth might be worth watching, is all I’m saying.)

 

Since we just had Twelfth Night (Jan 6), I thought we might all enjoy this list of The Top Ten Facts About Twelfth Night:

Fact #2. “The diarist Samuel Pepys described Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night as ‘a silly play not relating at all to the name or day.’” Samuel Pepys is also, strictly coincidentally, uninvited from all of my parties as of now. Yes, I know he’s dead. Still uninvited.

Fact* not included on this list: “twelfth” has too many consonants in a row.

*This may be subjective and not a fact.

I must admit that Fact #6 may be my favorite: “In Livonia on the shores of the Baltic in the Middle Ages, werewolves were thought to rampage between Christmas and Twelfth Night.” Obviously. Nothing reminds me of the festive Christmas season, or Shakespeare, like werewolves. Although, there is a werewolf in The Duchess of Malfi. Stay safe from werewolves and other strange beasties out there, folks. Like satyrs. Have you ever seen a picture of a satyr?

 

To help you sleep, here’s an image of a satyr from the Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection:

Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection

Topsell, Edward, 1572-1625?

Nope, not creepy at all. Have a great weekend, everyone.

 

All that glisters is not gold!

Sara Keeth

Author Sara Keeth

Sara Keeth is a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her current project is on maternal representation in Shakespeare's English history plays. She takes Shakespeare jokes very, very seriously.

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