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  1. And he’s about to get his head split by an axe. There’s a time to point out inconsistencies and there’s a time to run.

  2. 1) The guy with the horns says, “I… am not viking.”
    2) What is the difference between “truly authentic” and “authentic”?

  3. If only the world worked properly! Then as soon as the pedantical pedant made his statement, the Viking would disappear with an appropriate POP!

    Hey, a pedantical pedant can dream, can’t she?

  4. “the Minnesota wear horned helmets!”

    The horns are just painted on. The cheeseheads have hats that are made of foam rubber, not actual cheese. And there’s technically no such thing as a “seahawk”.

    I’m just here to ruin football fans’ days here.

  5. James Pollack-
    Ah, but he did not state only horns made of keratin or bone. (I can be as pedantic as any academician!)

  6. “The horns are just painted on. ”

    Just think of how much of an advantage they would have if weren’t just painted on.

  7. “Just think of how much of an advantage they would have if weren’t just painted on.”

    Ever watch a rodeo cowboy practicing calf-roping? I believe the current view of the NFL is that neck injuries are bad and should be avoided.

  8. I see it as playing on the fact that normally “academia vs. pop culture” is a comparison, but “versus” can also signify direct competition, as in the picture.

  9. @James Pollock: And the Oakland “Raiders” should presumably never play any home games.

    (As a hater of football, I *like* your “ruining football for fans” quibbles.)

  10. Posted a reply here to James Pollack which seems to have vanished into the ether, cheering on his “irritate football fans” campaign and noting that the Oakland “Raiders” by definition should never be playing home games. It seems to have vanished, so trying to rephrase it and see if this works.

  11. Replying to Chak – actually, only his helmet (or the horns on his helmet) should disappear. At which point he still swings his axe…

  12. BillClay – Whether or not one wear underpants (male or female) under their reenacting clothes.

    Actually it is an ongoing fight, err, discussion among reenactors as to what is correct or absolutely correct. We have never had a problem at a reenactment event which is beyond our small unit events and I wear Keds black sneakers instead of repro shoes (and one Christmas season when it was COLD – 9F when we left for the night – I wore snow boots for shoes to keep my feet warm all night – my feet are hidden by my petticoat (skirt) and it is dark as the house we are in is only lit by candlelight and fire.

  13. @ Blinky
    ” (I can be as pedantic as any academician!)”
    You misspelled by name in the post where you claim professional-level pedantism. Fail.

    @Shrug
    You did it, too. As you your point, the Las Vegas Raiders don’t play any games at home. The stadium is still being built.

    @Christine
    The Vikings just played a game in England, where they lost. Surely this is sufficient historical accuracy?

  14. @James Pollock I don’t know enough about sports to know if you’re talking about the team, or about the failure of the Vinland colony. Either way, I feel like you’re missing the pedantic point that it’s no more possible to be a Viking at home than it is to be a Raider at home.

  15. “I feel like you’re missing the pedantic point that it’s no more possible to be a Viking at home than it is to be a Raider at home.”

    In the sense that either one is entirely possible, I guess. Not sure what the Vinland colony, success or failure, has to do with England.

  16. @James Pollock:
    “@Shrug: You did it, too. ” [misspelled your name]

    So I did, and I sincerely apologize, and will not to do it again.

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