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January 24, 76 AD, Roman Emperor Publius Aelius Hadrianus Augustus, known for his wall, was born on this day in history. But the History Channel’s lead story is: January 24, 1935, First Canned Beer Goes on Sale. Haha [amusement added]. According to Wikipedia: In 122 he initiated the construction of Hadrian’s Wall. The wall was built, “to separate Romans from barbarians,” according to the Historia Augusta (Augustan Histories).[33]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadrian

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History Channel Conjures Adrien Brody for ‘Houdini’ Miniseries

History Channel Conjures Adrien Brody for ‘Houdini’ Miniseries History Channel Conjures Adrien Brody for ‘Houdini’ Miniseries by Kevin Fitzpatrick April 10, 2013 11:24 PM Pascal Le Segretain, Getty Images After earlier this week renewing its first original scripted series ‘Vikings‘ for a second season, coupled with ‘The Bible‘s’ major success, History has conjured up its next big miniseries to market. The History Channel has officially announced development on ‘Houdini’ (tentative title), an account of the world-famous…

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Vikings: The Real Vikings (by historychannel) The Takeaway: The Vikings raped and pillaged with a sense of morality. They respected women (in their full-blooded, rapey sort of way). They left their DNA all over the world (but they must have mopped up afterward, because they were preoccupied with being clean and, of course, with presentation). Which is not to say that I don’t love the show! I do. But in real life, I might not…

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(via Viking Shield Maidens Video – Vikings – history.com) I want to be a viking woman: kickass and girly! But I have mixed feelings about the numbers. The hot warrior-to-shield maiden ratio is like 100:1. For Saturday nights in the thatched roof village pubs, it could be kind of awesome (provided the warriors remember to be proper gentlemen); but for everything else, the women seem a bit underrepresented. (Source: http://servicesaetn-a.akamaihd.net/)

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