Tue, Dec
9
2003

Historical Interventions

Tue, Dec 9, 2003

I am posting this here for a few reasons: (1) to highlight the plain fact that Warner Brothers just does not Get It (tm) and (2) to watch historian Ancarett's head explode.

From Pernicious: "If you haven't seen the previews yet, Warner Brothers. has decided to make The Iliad into a movie. A movie starring Brad Pitt as Achilles. (Yes, Homer did just roll over in his grave and you have permission to vomit if you must.) / The movie is not called The Iliad. No that would be much too hard for the viewing public to pronounce much less understand. Instead, the movie is called Troy. Ugh. Double Ugh. As much as I would like to think that this movie is going to be good, I am a hundred percent certain that it is going to suck and suck big time.

Sigh. I'll leave the last words to Pernicious.


And still on a historical bent, here's a worthwhile quiz that I've gacked from Ancarett:

I'm Ludwig!
Which Historical Lunatic Are You?
From the fecund loins of Rum and Monkey.

You are Ludwig II, the Swan King of Bavaria!

Born with the name of Otto, you became Ludwig at the request of your grandfather, King Ludwig I, because you were born on his birthday. You became Crown Prince at the tender age of 3, and soon after stole a purse from a shop on the basis that everything in Bavaria belonged to you. Tragedy struck when your pet tortoise was taken away; relatives thought the six-year-old prince was too attached to it. Your childhood was lonely and formal. Once, you were prevented from beheading your younger brother by the timeous arrival of a court official. From the age of 14 you suffered from hallucinations.

Despite striking an imposing figure with your great height and good looks, your speeches were pompous to the point of incomprehensibility. You became even more of a recluse, often spending hours reading poetry in a seashell-shaped boat in your electrically-illuminated underground grotto.

You are most famous for building three fairytale castles - Linderhof, Neuschwanstein and Herrenchiemsee - at tremendous public expense. Declared insane and confined to your bedroom by concerned (and embarrassed) subjects, you escaped on 13 June 1886, but were later found drowned with your physician in Lake Stamberg in mysterious circumstances.

Better yet, Erin was Tesla!


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