Stephen Colbert, Being the Massive Tolkien Nerd he is, Connects Hip Hop Verse Structure to Tolkien Song

Listen to Stephen Colbert explaining how Chance the Rapper’s “Favorite Song” (feat. Childish Gambino) and Lord of the Rings’ “Song of Eärendil” are connected. What a brilliant man! [Rolling Stone] Advertisements

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What Does “OK” Actually Mean and Where Did The Word Come From? [Video]

In this video from vox, learn how a cheesy joke from the 1830s became the most widely spoken word in the world. [Vox]

Is there any truth to the King Arthur legends?

King Arthur has risen again and again in our collective imagination, along with his retinue of knights, Guinevere, the Round Table, Camelot, and of course Excalibur. But where do these stories come from, and is there any truth to them? Alan Lupack traces the evolution of King Arthur. [TED Ed]

Top 10 Collectible Fads

I think every single person reading this right now can admit to having been obsessed with at least one of the collectible fads mentioned on this list. Don’t be ashamed. Embrace that part of your youth! It was fun, and that is all the excuse we needed! [WatchMojo]

What Really Happened to the Library of Alexandria?

2,300 years ago, the rulers of Alexandria set out to fulfill a very audacious goal: to collect all the knowledge in the world under one roof. In its prime, the Library of Alexandria housed an unprecedented number of scrolls and attracted some of the Greek world’s greatest minds. But by the end of the 5th […]

The Lord of the Rings: Random Facts That Every Fan Should Know – Part V

Previously: Lord of the Rings Random Facts Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4

The Lord of the Rings: Random Facts That Every Fan Should Know – Part 4

A new infographic from the “The Lord of the Rings: Ramdom Facts That Every Fan Should Know” series. If you missed the previous parts, they’re here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. [Via 9gag]

How Norman Conquerors Changed the History of Europe

In the year 1066, 7,000 Norman infantry and knights sailed in warships across the English Channel. Their target: England, home to more than a million people. Around the same period of time, other groups of Normans were setting forth all across Europe. Who were these warriors, and how did they leave their mark so far […]