Vox says the notion that the Vikings wore horned helmets actually comes from a costume designer for the 1876 performance of Wagner’s classic Norse saga, Der Ring des Nibelungen.
Doepler’s horned helmets were the result of some fascinating historical transposition. Germans were fascinated by Vikings, at least in part because they represented a classical origin story free from Greek and Roman baggage. That had a lot of appeal in an age of nascent German nationalism. As a result, Doepler and other scholars intertwined German and Norse history in a surprising way: They put stereotypical ancient and medieval German headdresses — like horned helmets — on Viking heads. Norse and German legends were intertwined in the popular imagination, and we still haven’t untangled them.
In other news, the Minnesota Wagners announced today newly drafted wide receiver Laquon Treadwell will wear number 11.
Q: What do you call it when a cast member from The West Wing takes over a job in the actual West Wing?
A: A good start.
Allison Janney was making a pitch to draw attention to the opioid epidemic.
That didn’t stop longtime CBS reporter Mark Knoller from asking who President Bartlett was supporting in the upcoming election.
By the way, among the announcements from the White House was that 191 schools of nursing will soon require their advanced practice registered nursing students to take some form of prescriber education by the time they graduate, in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. The list includes Augsburg College, the University of Minnesota, and Winona State University.
St. Paul’s skyways can be pretty scary. They’re often abandoned and the various nooks and crannies can be a perfect hiding spot for the occasional ne’er-do-well. And that’s in the middle of the afternoon.
So is closing a few of them at 10 p.m. that bad of an idea? Read more →
The conversations between the pilot of Prince’s private jet and air traffic controllers don’t reveal much about why the jet had to make an emergency landing in Moline, Ill., just a few days before Prince died.
But they do show the difficulty of getting a jet on the ground safely in a hurry, and the skill of pilots and controllers to accomplish the task. Read more →
Analyzing Census Bureau data, Pew Research says Millennials have now overtaken Baby Boomers as the largest generation in the country, a blow to Gen X, which never got its day at the top of the heap. Read more →
Today, the Times reports that Trump’s plane is flying again because he sold it to another corporation he owns, which allowed the plane to fly immediately rather than wait for renewal paperwork to be generated. Read more →