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.
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.
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.
from u2 posted in music by prof_improbable
10 Cedarwood Rd is the address of Bono's childhood home in Dublin. It's also the subject of the U2 song, "Cedarwood Rd."
The song was featured on Episode 42 of the Song Exploder podcast. No word on whether it will show up uninvited on the next Apple device launch.
from amy winehouse posted in music by pete_nice
Founded in 1989 by journalist Susi Earnshaw and her musician husband David Earnshaw, this full-time private school specializes in academics and performing arts in Barnet, North London.
In 1992, Amy Winehouse attended the school after being urged to do so by her grandmother. Winehouse attended the school on Sundays for four years, taking vocal lessons and learning how to tap dance.