AH Cultural Descriptions

Pronounced "Davee Oolawn" (referring to a specific kind of meadowland), and is a kind of fungus native to eastern America.

Wadi athar Al'aqdam Almafquda (Valley of Lost Footprints)
An arroyo in what is now Jordan, the Valley of Lost Footprints is so called for the tendency of tracks in the light sand of its floor to simply disappear, sometimes in as little as a few minutes. Despite many investigations, the mechanism or mechanisms underlying the disappearances has yet to be elucidated. For many centuries, these have been attributed to djinn, which belief gave rise to the tale of Darius in the Valley of Lost Footprints, recorded in the Thousand Nights’ Entertainments.

The Bride Was All Aglow
 
The Bride Was All Aglow

An old English folk song. No one knows when it was written or who wrote it, but it was first mentioned in 1348 when it was mentioned that it was sang by a men’s choir at Westminster Abbey. The song was especially popular among English troops during the French invasion by Napoleon, with soldiers identifying the titular bride as a personification of Britain and how men must be “wedded to such a beauty.”

Give my remains to Broadway
 
The last movie in Elvis Presley's decade long Hollywood career, which would turn out to be his most successful one. After this movie, Elvis retired to private life in his Los Angeles mansion, only appearing for interviews or meeting with fans.

The Golden Bosom
The book that is the center for the blackadder season 3 episode "courts and fidelity" this episode focused on the dimwitted prince george (played by hugh laurie) getting into a writing competition with famous writer jane austen. Blackadder (played by rowan atkinson) came up with the idea of stealing a book from general wellington (who is in spain at the time) and presenting it as his own this lead blackadder to get into a conflict with general sharpe (played by sean bean) and major general calvet (played by olivier piere) and alongside this blackadder also somehow managed to prevent an army of french soldier coking as reinforcement by tricking them that the spaniards in the next town is offering free paella (a spanish rice dish) and wine (in reality the townsfolk are hungry cannibals)

Rockstar Game and Atlus present "GTA: Persona"
 
The book that is the center for the blackadder season 3 episode "courts and fidelity" this episode focused on the dimwitted prince george (played by hugh laurie) getting into a writing competition with famous writer jane austen. Blackadder (played by rowan atkinson) came up with the idea of stealing a book from general wellington (who is in spain at the time) and presenting it as his own this lead blackadder to get into a conflict with general sharpe (played by sean bean) and major general calvet (played by olivier piere) and alongside this blackadder also somehow managed to prevent an army of french soldier coking as reinforcement by tricking them that the spaniards in the next town is offering free paella (a spanish rice dish) and wine (in reality the townsfolk are hungry cannibals)

Rockstar Game and Atlus present "GTA: Persona"
GTA: Persona was a sort of cross between Grand Theft Auto and The Sims, letting you take control of any of the NPC characters in the game. This was more of an art project than viable video game, but did defuse some of the Gamergate tension that was upwelling at the time, as gamers could take a step back and realize how stupid this whole thing was

A book written with charcoal
 
A book written with charcoal

A 1979 book written by author Tim O’Brien about his time in a prison camp run by the Dominion of Canada. The camp was located near Rugby North Dakota and was ran by the Canadian Army in the occupied province of North Dakota as a place to put not only USSA POWs but also Canadian dissidents from the prairie regions of Canada. The camp at Rugby was known for being especially brutal, with prisoners being kept dirty dugout huts and struggling with hunger due to ruptured supply lines which caused even Canadian soldiers to starve and defect
The book itself deals with O’Briens time in the USSA army putting down a farmers rebellion in the Dakotas, which O’Brien himself saw as wrong. He later is captured by Canadian troops and kept in the Rugby prison camp where he writes his experiences on pieces of cloth and park with charcoal.

The book was not only banned in countries of the British Commonwealth but also the United Socialist States for criticizing both regimes. O’Brien eventually escaped to Ireland where he continued to write until the fall of the USSA in 1991.

The Left Honourable
 
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Operation Cockatrice
The scandalous book written by Dan Brown about the alleged assassination of Charles De Gaulle, an event which led to the Franco-British Commonwealth, being a Britishborn plot set up by then PM Winston Churchill to remain in power following the conclusion of war with Nazi Germany.

The Left Honourable
 
The Left Honourable
'Title' bestowed on Sid Vicious, Ian Dury, Chad Yankel and several more British punk-rockers of the early 1980's. The title originated in 1981, the year both Paul Mccartney and Elton John were knighted by the Queen and therefore should now be officially be addressed as 'The RIGHT honorable' mr John or Mccartney. As a protest, pretty soon every DJ in the country started to announce any new artist not yet knighted, especially the ones from the new punk scene as ' The LEFT honorable' Sex Pistols, Dury, Clash or Captain Beefhart. The joke stuck for a surprisingly long time, especially after Ian Dury adopted the monicker and demanded being addressed that way before all his appearances. It faded together with the punk scene in the mid eighties however and when Graham Norton in 2007 announced 'The Left Honorable Damian Alban' as a guest on his show, this was first time this expression was used, in 10 years. So far it was also the last time an artist got intoduced this way on the air ever since.

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The Glow-in-the-dark Knight
 
'Title' bestowed on Sid Vicious, Ian Dury, Chad Yankel and several more British punk-rockers of the early 1980's. The title originated in 1981, the year both Paul Mccartney and Elton John were knighted by the Queen and therefore should now be officially be addressed as 'The RIGHT honorable' mr John or Mccartney. As a protest, pretty soon every DJ in the country started to announce any new artist not yet knighted, especially the ones from the new punk scene as ' The LEFT honorable' Sex Pistols, Dury, Clash or Captain Beefhart. The joke stuck for a surprisingly long time, especially after Ian Dury adopted the monicker and demanded being addressed that way before all his appearances. It faded together with the punk scene in the mid eighties however and when Graham Norton in 2007 announced 'The Left Honorable Damian Alban' as a guest on his show, this was first time this expression was used, in 10 years. So far it was also the last time an artist got intoduced this way on the air ever since.

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The Glow-in-the-dark Knight
The name given to Sir Ian McKellen after his knighting; in a departure from typical, he asked the Master of Protocol if a medieval ceremony would be considered acceptable, recognizing the many time in his early career he had played the part of squires and knights. Her Majesty acceded to the request, and the entire ceremony was held in late 15th century attire, though with such concessions to modernity as higher quality and far more comfortable and breathable modern fabrics. Sir Ian's armour was decorated in part with a phosphorescent blue (navy blue, which he was entitled to wear, not the royal blue of urban legend) simply because it looked best on camera. During the ceremony, just as Her Majesty finished saying "I dub thee Sir Ian," the power went out. Without missing a beat, she concluded the sentence with "The Glow-in-the-Dark Knight." Originally, it was to be "Knight of the Crown-That-Is-Not."

Kerrigan, Queen of Blades
 
The name given to Sir Ian McKellen after his knighting; in a departure from typical, he asked the Master of Protocol if a medieval ceremony would be considered acceptable, recognizing the many time in his early career he had played the part of squires and knights. Her Majesty acceded to the request, and the entire ceremony was held in late 15th century attire, though with such concessions to modernity as higher quality and far more comfortable and breathable modern fabrics. Sir Ian's armour was decorated in part with a phosphorescent blue (navy blue, which he was entitled to wear, not the royal blue of urban legend) simply because it looked best on camera. During the ceremony, just as Her Majesty finished saying "I dub thee Sir Ian," the power went out. Without missing a beat, she concluded the sentence with "The Glow-in-the-Dark Knight." Originally, it was to be "Knight of the Crown-That-Is-Not."

Kerrigan, Queen of Blades
Title given to the Swedish Queen from 1682-1731. Although attacked by a rival in a fit of jealousy, this only made her stronger and more loved by her people. The “blades” part does not refer to swords - but ice skates, of which she was very fond, helping start the trend of figure skating in her home country.

The Dogecoin of Venice
 
The Dogecoin of Venice
Nickname given to Doge Giorgio Corneille, who was born in France before moving to Venice where he became a respectable politician and eventually Doge. His time as Doge, from 1815 to 1827, is seen as one of Venice's greatest, and Corneille himself is considered the greatest Doge of Venice. His nickname comes from his famous coin collection, and his improving of the economy.

Soul: Catch-22
 
Soul: Catch-22

The third installment in the "Soul" video game series. The object of the video game is to play as an angel and to try to win souls back from Satan and his minions. In the third installment, the main character Jeremiah, a lower class angel, has to ensure the soul of the present pope, Piux XIII is saved. However, the catch 22 is that if Pius XIII is saved, the souls of his family, including his brother, a prominent American politician, who's come under control of dark forces as an American Senator. The game itself was considered a the weakest in the series at the time, but has maintained a cult following.

My friend, Joey Joe Joe Junior Shabadoo
 
History book about Poland's dealings with the khan Djochi in the 13th century, bargaining to avoid be8ing conquered by the mongols.

Look at Djibouti, Show Me Djibouti
An ethiopian general before invading djibouti. The war was a result of the derg seeing the goverment of djibouti to be western aligned (which it does though not as much as the somali after ogaden) even though it was quick the fallout was not, instabillity poured into the region and as of now the region is called "the hellzone" this lead many books,games and movie to be set in said zone

Steak and Potatoes by Andy Warhol
 
Steak and Potatoes by Andy Warhol
A restaurant founded by Andy Warhol in 1985 in his hometown of Pittsburgh. After he decided to get more back into his faith ( he had always been a mass attending Byzantine rite Catholic) and return to his roots, he was renounced by most of the art world. Unfortunately his restaurant was also renounced by evangelical Christians in the Pittsburgh area, noting that they still thought he was a “homosexual smut peddler.” By 1987 he decided to retire to a monastery in upstate New York where he stayed out of the spotlight until his death.

St. Phyllis of Mulga
 
St. Phyllis of Mulga
Mother Phyllis Bosley was a head nun who was killed in an altercation with some australian aborigines in the community of Mulga, South Australia in 1911. She became a saint by the Catholic Church, but her death caused an extreme period of persecution again the natives.

Non-Messianic Christians
(This ones for you, @oboro )
 
OOC: First of all, congrats to everyone who has contributed to this thread - 200 pages. There have been some really cool ideas and works of art described.

Secondly, I'm making a ruling - no nicknames. Keep it to works of art or cultural items - dances, foods, paintings, songs, books, video games, etc etc. A few nicknames have been fun, but there are just a ton of them lately, and it'd be good to refocus the thread. I won't be stalking the thread to enforce this, but in general, if anyone who sees this could refrain from naming or describing any nicknames, that would be great.

Cheers,
Ganesha
 
Mother Phyllis Bosley was a head nun who was killed in an altercation with some australian aborigines in the community of Mulga, South Australia in 1911. She became a saint by the Catholic Church, but her death caused an extreme period of persecution again the natives.

Non-Messianic Christians
(This ones for you, @oboro )
Not to be confused with Secular Christians, Non-Messianic Christians see Jesus as one of many spiritual teachers in the Judeo-Christian tradition, on a par with, but not above Moses, John the Baptist, St Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and St Francis of Assisi. For them there is no second coming, and they do not believe that it will be Jesus who judges the quick and the dead, but rather that no one will need a judge, as each person could be damned or saved based on their own merits.

The Coldest Swim
 
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