Have you been following this story out of England, about the king's skeleton they found underneath a parking lot?! I am both fascinated and amused by this, for several reasons.
One, they call a parking lot a "car park." To me, that sounds like a park where cars can go and commune with nature, maybe sit by a duck pond. Somebody needs to tell them the right term...
Two, since I have a degree in English I took two courses in Shakespeare and I am pretty familiar with Richard III. I have read it, seen several BBC productions, and I worked backstage for the UGA production when it was put on my junior year. I had a job in the costume department that year.
The costume designer decided the actor playing Richard should wear a short blonde wig that looked like it belonged in a beach movie from 1966. The first time the actor saw it, he grabbed it and put it on and stomped out angrily onstage shrieking in horror "Look at me! I'm SANDRA DEE!"
I can't remember the actor's name, but he sure was temperamental, and he was playing a total jerk, as Shakespeare had written Richard. Backstage, I started referring to the play as "Dick the Sh**" - which got shortened by all of us to just "Dick."
But back to the more recent story.Sort of.
The reason all the fuss was started about Richard III dig was that folks in England wanted to rehabilitate Richard III's image, historically. The facts remain, though, that after his brother the king died, Richard was supposed to be the regent for his nephews, and instead he imprisoned them in the Tower and they died there, under myserious circumstances. Then Richard declared himself king. He only reigned for 26 months after he offed his nephews.
The story about his skeleton said he suffered some "humiliation wounds" such as getting stabbed in the butt.
I was fascinated to see that scientists had reconstructed what the real Richard looked like, as evidence by this story, Face of Richard III, England's 'king in the car park' revealed
There's not much more to say but here's something I find very amusing:
My friend Scott posted this hysterical photo on Facebook, which made me LOL: