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the corner

from common posted in music by nevereatshreddedwheat

It might not be the corner, but Chicago native Common kicks a verse or two on the corner of S Evans and E 79th in the video for 'The Corner' off his 2005 album Be.

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skoob books

from jj doom, mf doom posted in music by nevereatshreddedwheat

MF Doom wanders around London's Skoob Books with a mirror on his face in the video for BOOKHEAD off the JJ Doom album Key to the Kuffs. JJ Doom is one of MF Doom's many collaborations, this one with DJ and producer Jneiro Jarel.

Watch the video for BOOKHEAD.

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delta blues museum

from delta blues, muddy waters posted in music by pete_nice

Established in 1979 and re-organized as a stand-alone museum in 1999, the Delta Blues Museum is a place "where visitors find meaning, value, and perspective by exploring the history and heritage of the unique American musical art form of the blues."

Notably, the museum houses the shack where Muddy Waters spent his youth on the Stovall Plantation.

The museum has been located in a former railroad depot since 1999. The building, constructed circa 1918, served as the passenger rail depot of the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad.

Across the street is Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero blues club.

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mirador de la flor

from selena posted in music by pete_nice

From Wikipedia:

Mirador de la Flor ("Lookout of the Flower") is a monument in Corpus Christi, Texas that was unveiled in 1997 to honor Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, the Tejano singer who was murdered by her assistant and head of her fan club Yolanda Saldívar, two years earlier at the age of 23.

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word origin: sardonic

from word origin posted in history by prof_improbable

Webster's dictionary defines the word sardonic as "disdainfully or skeptically humorous : derisively mocking."

The word originates from the ancient peoples of the island of Sardinia off the Italian coast (from Wikipedia):

In 2009, scientists at the University of Eastern Piedmont in Italy claimed to have identified hemlock water dropwort (Oenanthe crocata) as the plant responsible for producing the sardonic grin.

This plant is the candidate for the "sardonic herb," which was a neurotoxic plant used for the ritual killing of elderly people in pre-Roman Sardinia. When these people were unable to support themselves, they were intoxicated with this herb and then dropped from a high rock or beaten to death.


That is so totally metal.

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