Monday, October 25, 2004
Friday, October 22, 2004
Archaeologists in Germany say they may have found a lavatory where Martin Luther launched the Reformation of the Christian church in the 16th Century.
The stone room is in a newly-unearthed annex to Luther's house in Wittenberg.
Luther is quoted as saying he was 'in cloaca', or in the sewer, when he was inspired to argue that salvation is granted because of faith, not deeds.
The scholar suffered from constipation and spent many hours in contemplation on the toilet seat.
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Monday, October 18, 2004
Friday, October 15, 2004
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Periodic Table of Atomic Music
Every art form of the early Cold War era had to deal with the arrival of atomic bomb in one manner or another. Some artists were reserved and intellectual in their approach to the awesome new phenomenon, others less so. The world of Pop Music, for one, got an especially crazy kick out of the Bomb. Blues, jazz, gospel, rock and country musicians embraced atomic energy with wild-eyed, and some might argue inappropriate, enthusiasm. These musicians churned out a variety of truly memorable tunes featuring some of the most bizarre lyrics of the 20th century.
Wednesday, October 06, 2004
Tuesday, October 05, 2004
cecil mcbee and the right of personality
Sometime after the jazz musician Cecil McBee played in Japan for the first time, someone opened a CECIL McBEE clothing store there and now it's a successful chain. McBee has sued in Japan under a theory of right of personality, with mixed success.