11 Things You Might Not Know About Shakespeare

11 Things You Might Not Know About Shakespeare

And why the Bard just might be cooler than you.

A couple of weeks ago, Henry V opened at Liberty University, and I was privileged to be a part of it. If you know me, you know I love Shakespeare. But what I find the most interesting are the little things that most people don't know about the famed Bard. So here are 11 facts you might not know about William Shakespeare.

1. He died on his birthday.

April 23rd. Pretty odd. The only other writer to have done this was Mark Twain, but comparing Twain and Shakespeare is like comparing a peanut butter to a fine wine. You love them both, but you don't dare put them together.

2. He added over 1,700 words to the English language.

No one knew English better than Shakespeare, because he practically formed it. They always say if you want to change the world...be a writer.

3. Swagger was one of these words.

I bet you'll think twice before you call Shakespeare an out-of-date writer. Bro, he invented swagger.

4. He was married to Anne Hathaway.

Not that one though. His Anne Hathaway would probably be a lot older looking. And yet, in the movie Shakespeare In Love, they cast Gwyneth Paltrow as his love interest. Waste of a good joke.

5. He originated the "Yo Mama" joke.

Here is a sample from Titus Andronicus:

Chiron: "Thou hast undone our mother."
Aaron: "Villain, I have done thy mother."

Shakespeare getting petty.

6. He never spelled his own name correctly.

There are only six signatures of his in existence and apparently, he either didn't know how to spell his own name or he was changing it all the time. From "Willm Shackper" to "Wm Shakspea" to even "William Shackspere." I don't think we'll ever know.

7. He wrote a warning on his own epitaph.

"Good friend, for Jesus' sake forbear,
To dig the dust enclosed here.
Blessed be the man that spares these stones,
And cursed be he that moves my bones."

8. He had a son named Hamnet.

Hamnet died very young, and Hamlet was written shortly after. Most people think his best work is a dedication.

9. He never went to college.

You can change the world without paying an arm and a leg. Makes you think.

10. He coined some famous phrases too.

"Laughing stock," "For goodness' sake," "Heart of Gold," "Into thin air," and more.

11. He also told the first "knock knock" joke.

And you thought Macbeth was all about witches and death. Don't worry, at least we still have the chicken crossing the road jokes.

So there you are! These are only a few of the many facts surrounding the legend, but now you can say without a shadow of a doubt that Wm Shakspea is more hip than you. After all, he probably created that word too.

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Lil Yachty's 'Lil Boat 2' May Not Be Enough To Keep Him Afloat

Here's what you need to know about "Lil Boat 2."

On March 9, Lil Yachty dropped his newest album, “Lil Boat 2.” The album consists of 17 songs, most of which were probably better off not being on the album and seriously failed to impress me, despite its early success on iTunes.

In all of the reviews I have ever written, I normally organize it song-by-song, giving feedback to each track. This time, however, I think I can save all of us time on this article by just being completely honest about Lil Yachty’s “Lil Boat 2.”

Most of the songs from 1-10 on the tracklist are NOT worth listening to.

Other than those three, every other song from the top ten songs on the tracklist were absolute garbage.

The beats to the songs weren’t that bad but, overall, it just sounded like Lil Yachty and his features were WAY too high to be in the studio.

Yachty’s flows, bars and rhyme schemes were ALL weak throughout the entire album, and if it weren’t for the final six songs on “Lil Boat 2,” this review would be nothing but bashing Lil Yachty.

From the 12th track on the album, "MICKEY" (ft. Offset, Lil Baby) the album runs through much more smoothly, regardless of how basic those last couple of songs are.

I imagine Lil Yachty’s fanbase consists mostly of teenagers who eat Tide for Internet views and anybody who knows nothing about what a real rapper is.

Seriously. I cannot stress how elementary this album is. If you’re looking for new rap music to listen to, check out Tory Lanez’s album, “MEMORIES DON’T DIE,” or Logic’s “Bobby Tarantino II.”

Both of those albums are so much better than “Lil Boat 2” that they make Yachty look like an amateur — which he is.

Final Score: 5.8/10
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Did Draco Malfoy Ever Get The Clout He Deserved?

Yes, he was literally the worst for a majority of the series. But does this one moment make up for it all?

The new trailer for the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” series just dropped and I have a LOT of feelings. Mainly:

With the release of this new trailer, the only natural thing to do is to binge watch the "Harry Potter" series. Now, if you don’t know about "Harry Potter" series, I’m going to assume that you were born literally minutes ago. For those of you who do know what I’m talking about, let’s chat.

Throughout the series, we see some pretty rotten witches, wizards and muggles. The worst being Bellatrix LeStrange, in my opinion.

*Side note: Voldemort killed meticulously and with his own “reasoning” that supported his actions. Bellatrix killed for sport. No reason was necessary to support her choices. Regardless of who I thought was worse, it doesn’t change the fact that they were both 100% assholes.*

Throughout the movie, and even more so throughout the book, we are able to see slight character arcs for a majority of these lesser-evil villains, such as Petunia Dursley, Narcissa Malloy, Snape, and Draco Malfoy.

After Snape, Draco had one of the biggest character arcs in the series. He saved Harry and, ultimately, through his actions, gave Harry one last chance to defeat Voldemort. How? Well, Pottermore explains it best, but to put it simply, he refused to give Harry, Ron, and Hermione up to Bellatrix and the Snatchers.

This moment is so pivotal and apparent in the books, yet on screen, while it’s still a huge moment, it still gets downplayed. The weight of the moment isn’t truly felt and could be taken as more of a mistake on Malfoy’s part. That moment, if not understood correctly, could change many viewers' opinions about Draco's transformation from elitist, bigot, selfish snob to a (slightly) unknowingly ignorant, scared, defeated teen.

Damnit, J.K. Rowling, you’ve done it again. Even after all these years, somehow I still always seem to find something new.

Now let’s talk about how the new movie will allow the Ministry to apparate onto Hogwarts?!

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