Mythmaking, then and now. The bones of Richard III have been rescued from under a parking lot, per the Guardian:
Not just the identity of the man in the car park with the twisted spine, but the appalling last moments and humiliating treatment of the naked body of Richard III in the hours after his death have been revealed at an extraordinary press conference at Leicester University.
There were cheers when Richard Buckley, lead archaeologist on the hunt for the king’s body, finally announced that the university team was convinced “beyond reasonable doubt” that it had found the last Plantagenet king, bent by scoliosis of the spine, and twisted further to fit into a hastily dug hole in Grey Friars church, which was slightly too small to hold his body…
(ETA: H/t commentor Handsmile)
And the cynical contrarians at Slate identify the source of the Superbowl ad that drew the most discussion among the BJ commentariat:
The most striking Super Bowl ad in what has been, so far, a pretty disappointing year for Super Bowl ads, is a commercial for Dodge that aired late in the game. Over a series of still photos of farms, farmers, and farm equipment, the commercial played a talk by the conservative radio broadcaster Paul Harvey, who died in 2009. Harvey delivered the speech, called “So God Made a Farmer,” at the Future Farmers of America convention in 1978.
And in 2011, Farms.com made a YouTube vide… It reached 1 million views, and the only difference between it and the Dodge ad is lower production values and no pitch for Dodge at the end….
Video available at the link.
What other odds & ends are on the agenda for this Monday afternoon/evening?