Lucius Licinius Crassus was mocked by Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus (cos. 54 BC) for weeping over the death of his pet lamprey [as told in Plutarch’s Morals, vol. 5 at the end of section 14 of “POLITICAL PRECEPTS”]
This cassette single lived in our house during my childhood, baffling and entertaining me with its pirate-like synth rap. It seemed even odder years later when I learned that Captain Sensible formerly played bass for punk band The Damned.
Comics about science? (SCIENCE!) Yes! I’m excited about Boundless, the Boston Comics Rountable‘s forthcoming anthology, and you should be, too! I greatly enjoyed their (now out of print) Inbound 4: A Comic Book History of Boston, and I have high hopes for Boundless. Plus the Roundtable is a great bunch of folks. Place your Kickstarter pledge now so they can print it and pay the artists!
People dressed as shrubs danced yesterday in Helston, Cornwall, UK. Others dressed in old-time finery danced in a line so long you couldn’t see either end. They celebrated Flora Day, an old spring tradition also called the Furry Dance (named long before furries).
While the shrub people dance, everyone sings:
Hal-an-tow, jolly rumbalow
For we were up as soon as any day-O
And for to fetch the summer home
The summer and the May-O
For summer is a-come-O
And winter is a-gone-O
Each verse brings a costumed pantomime. This Hal-An-Tow video starts with shouting and noise, then at 1:35 comes a Cornish proclamation that sounds like Swedish Chef, followed by the dancing shrubs, song, and weird pageantry.
The great processional dance features kids (in one dance) and adults (in the other two) walking in pairs in a tremendous line and periodically doing a little dance that puts them with a new partner. The children’s dance alone has 1,000 people in it. See for example the 2014 midday dance, 2011 children’s dance, … and footage from 1955 … and 1921.
I went out to sail my boat
I was not sure it would float
I put it into the pond,
It sank, like a rock
It was not such a surprise
These things happen, I surmise
Sometimes, though, it gets my goat
It would not float