Gambling And The Middle Ages – The History

The history of gambling as a favourite pass-time runs back to the medieval ages. People from all social strata indulged in this intoxicating practice. Medieval gambling still sustains its allure amidst the crowd. The History Of Gambling While gambling was the downfall of many, it was a central part of medieval lives. The modern age[…]

Medieval Games and Entertainment

Tournaments Ritualized battles were a medieval form of entertainment called tournaments or “tourneys” arising around the eleventh century, especially in France. They were not as popular in England until the era of Edward III. These mostly symbolic re-enactments mimicked actual battles at the time. When wars were absent or greatly decreased, the entertainment shifted from[…]

What Is the Difference Between A Motorcycle Club and A Riding Club?

Though motorcycle clubs and riding clubs may seem similar, they are vastly different in many ways. In this post, we intend to explore their differences in the following key areas. Definition A motorcycle club is a group of people whose predominant interests and activities involve motorcycles. Motorcycle clubs are very different in their organizations and[…]

A Brief History of 6 Interesting Games in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds

The history of games dates to long ago. Games were used to pass the time, but some people used them to learn and share life’s experiences. Techniques of the games varied from one person to another. People’s intelligence was also measured by how they performed at a particular game. Board and dice games were one[…]

The Best American Showman: How People Had Fun in the 19th Century

Levitation, magicians, gambling, “smart pigs”, acrobatic tricks – the people of the 19th century had a great choice of how to spend their free time. If you read the American newspapers of that time, you can see that the public was offered dizzying and varied entertainment. This industry flourished in response to the great social[…]

Las Vegas: How it got the Nickname as Sin City

Introduction In the early 1700s, a 60-man party of Spanish traders was travelling along the Spanish Trail to Los Angeles. One of them, Rafael Rivera, was the first to notice a valley floor with grassy meadows on this trip. He called the valley “Las Vegas”, which is a Spanish term that translates roughly into “the[…]

How To Mod-Up Your Online Gaming Experience

Gaming is among the most-engaging industries in the modern world. Fast internet speed and better gaming devices have made everyone get the urge to join the industry. Those who were already doing it are also happy because they now have access to better gaming accessories that make it easy to experiment with different games. However,[…]

Dangerous U.S. Holidays, and Tips For Making Them Safer

Holidays are meant to be celebrated with friends and family. Whether the holiday requires you to exchange gifts, eat delicious food, dance, or swim, holidays in the U.S. can be a lot of fun. Unfortunately, they can be dangerous too. It’s normal to let your hair down and relax when you’re celebrating a holiday, but[…]

Do You Want To Become A Better Golfer? Here Are The Things You Need To Get First

Ah, the wonderful game of golf. It is a beloved sport and pastime around the world, and it’s easy to see why. Whether you’re observing a game, hitting some putts with friends, or on track to your first PGA tournament, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy. However, even if you’re picking up a[…]

How Mobile Gaming Has Changed Over Time

Mobile gaming is an enormously popular sector of the video games industry, making up almost half of the industry’s total worldwide revenue, which is on course to exceed $200 billion in the next few years! Mobile gaming has brought gaming to a whole new audience, with millions of people worldwide playing games such as Candy[…]

Exposure to Science is Growing in Popular Culture

Science is one thread of culture – and entertainment, including graphic books, can reflect that. ‘The Dialogues,’ by Clifford V. Johnson (MIT Press 2017), CC BY-ND By Dr. Clifford Johnson / 01.18.2018 Professor of Physics and Astronomy Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences University of Southern California How often do you, outside the requirements of an[…]

From Smell-O-Vision to Astrocolor, the Film Industry’s Biggest Innovation Flops

Moviegoers familiarize themselves with the joystick that will allow them to interact with the film ‘I’m Your Man’ during its premiere on Dec. 16, 1992. AP Photo/Richard Harbus        By (left-to-right) Dr. Leo Braudy, Dr. Scott Higgins, Dr. Stephen Groening, and Dr. Thomas Delapa / 02.28.2018 Braudy: Leo S. Bing chair in English and American Literature, University of[…]

The History of the Hollywood Sign: Public Nuisance to Symbol of Stardom

George Brich/AP Photo By Dr. Leo Braudy / 03.01.2018 Leo S. Bing chair in English and American Literature Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences University of Southern California Every year at the Oscars, the cameras pan to the famed Hollywood sign and its bold white letters. Ask someone today what the sign symbolizes, and the same[…]

Are Movies a Good Way to Learn History?

Daniel Day-Lewis won the 2012 Academy Award for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln. Is Spielberg’s historical drama a good way to learn about the 16th U.S. president? Touchstone Pictures By Dr. Scott Alan Metzger / 05.16.2017 Assistant Professor of Education Pennsylvania State University Hollywood loves history. At last year’s Academy Awards, three nominees for Best Picture (“Fences,”[…]

The Cinematic After-Life of an Unidentified Skeleton

Halloween skeleton from PublicDomanPictures.net By Dolly Stolze / 10.20.2017 I recently read an article by John Squires, published in 2014, over at Halloween Love about how Dawn of the Dead unintentionally featured a real dead person.  Some of the movie crew rented what they probably thought was a fake skeleton from a costume shop when they filmed in Pittsburgh in 1978.  But[…]

When do Moviegoers Become Pilgrims?

Pilgrims at Lourdes. Nick Thompson By Dr. S. Brent Rodriguez-Plate / 07.31.2017 Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies Hamilton College Among the millions of travelers heading out for the summer holidays, some are choosing an unlikely destination: a rusted bus on the edge of the Alaskan wilderness. Fairbanks Bus 142 (aka the “magic bus”) is where the 24-year[…]