10 Fun Songs About History

 

  1. Cleopatra Song by Horrible Histories 

How cool can it be seeing Pharaoh Cleo singing to the jam of Lady Gaga?

Lyrics: Cleopatra Song

 

2.  Too Late To Apologize: A Declaration by Soomo Publising

I bet this song could be used as a propaganda if it existed during the American Independence! Such excellent Lyrics!

Lyrics: Too Late To Apologize: A Declaration

3. Alexander the Great Song by Horrible Histories

This song is so hilarious and features Alexander singing like a rock star!

Too bad I can’t find a music video of it because Horrible Histories removed it from Youtube.

Lyrics: Alexander the Great Song

4. Ancient Greece Song by Mr. Nicky

Wow what an accurate song based on All About the Bass by Meghan Trainor!

Lyrics Available on the Video’s description

 

5. The Big Bang Theory Opening Theme

I can’t think of any song that summarizes history like this!!!

Lyrics: The Big Bang Theory Opening Theme (Full Version)

 

 

6. Henry VIII: Divorced, Beheaded, Died by Horrible Histories

What a  funny and catchy song about Henry VIII and the fate of his six wives…

Lyrics: Henry VIII: Divorced, Beheaded, Died

 

7. King and Queens (Ruthless Rulers) Song by Horrible Histories

Lyrics: King and Queens (Ruthless Rulers) Song

This is such an easy way to memorize British Kings and Queens!!!

 

8. Viva Roma V by HistoryTeachers

Lyrics Available on Video

I bet Roman History wouldn’t be boring with this Mambo no. 5 beat!

 

9. William Shakespeare Song by Horrible Histories

This song summarizes the Bard’s famous quotes with an interesting melody! It’s very hilarious too!!

Lyrics: William Shakespeare Song

10. Charles Darwin song by Horrible Histories

Lyrics: Charles Darwin Song

This song about Darwin can help you about that Biology pop quiz!

12 BEST QUOTES FROM SHAKESPEAREAN PLAYS

12. “Men at some time are masters of their fates” -Cassius

Julius Caesar (Act I, Scene II)

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11. “Conscience is but a word that cowards use, devised at first to keep the strong in awe.” –King Richard III

Richard III (Act V, Scene III)

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10. “The course of true love never did run smooth”-Lysander 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream ( Act I, Scene I)

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9. “My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite.” -Juliet

Romeo and Juliet ( Act II, Scene II)

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8. “The miserable have no other medicine but only hope” –Claudio

Measure for Measure (Act III, Scene I)

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7. “But love is blind, and lovers cannot see the pretty follies that themselves commit” –Jessica

The Merchant of Venice (Act II, Scene VI)

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6. “Have more than you show, speak less than you know, lend less than you owe” -King Lear

King Lear (Act I, Scene IV)

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5. “The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
An evil soul producing holy witness is like a villain with a smiling cheek” –Antonio

Merchant of Venice (Act I, Scene III)

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4. “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” –King Henry

Henry IV (Act III, Scene I)

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3. “Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to atempt” -Lucio

Measure for Measure (Act I, Scene IV)

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2. “To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day,

thou canst not then be false to any man.” –Polonius

Hamlet ( Act I, Scene III)

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1. “Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once.” -Julius Caesar

 Julius Caesar (Act II, Scene II)

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5 THINGS THAT SPORTS TEACH US

1. Perseverance

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(n.) : steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

Athletes show great prowess in their respective sports but once upon a time they were just young people working hard to reach where they are now. With perseverance, we would put in all our effort to whatever goal we are willing to pursue no matter how hard the obstacles may be.

2. Discipline

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(n.) : a way of behaving that shows a willingness to obey rules or orders.

All sports obey rules and each one of the players must obey certain guidelines in a game and a code of conduct to be applied even in an athlete’s personal life. Discipline sets a clear path of action on what should be done and what shouldn’t be done for us to reach our full potential.

3. Respect

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(n.) : a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.

Great people show respect and deep regard for others because they acknowledge others’ own talents and skills. Respect is the virtue that is instilled to us by major leagues because it is the most important aspect in being an athlete. Learning to respect all opponents regardless of skill, ranking or race means you are halfway on being a respectable person yourself.

4. Humility

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(n.): a modest or low view of one’s own importance

A great athlete wouldn’t need to brag about his/her achievements because the name would speak for itself. Humility makes space for more improvements because people who are humble acknowledge that others are better than them. If we practice to be humble, we become thankful for our own talents and at the same time we acknowledge that there are people far greater than us so we strive hard to be them.

5. Commitment

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(n.) : the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.

Every shoot, every lap, every goal or every strike requires commitment. Even the simplest things of the simplest jobs requires 100% commitment for it to have the best results. Commitment is the drive that would keep us going even if the love or passion wears out. It is the obligation to do something not just because you like it but because other people depend on you and your achievements.

20 hottest Football Players

20. David De Gea Age: 24 Country: Spain Team: Manchester United Position: Goalkeeper Height: 6 ft 4 in

19. Lukas Podolski Age: 30 Country: Germany  Team: Arsenal FC  Position: Forward Height: 6 ft 0 in

18. Lucas Piazon Age: 21 Country: Brazil Team: Eintracht Frankfurt/ Chelsea Position: Forward Height: 6 ft 0 in

17. Marco Reus Age: 26 Country: Germany Team: FC Borussia Dortmund Position: Attacking midfielder Height: 5 ft 11 in

16. Isco  Age: 23 Country: Spain Team: Real Madrid FC Position: Attacking Midfielder Height: 5 ft 9 in

15. Erik Durm Age: 23 Country: Germany Team: FC Borussia Dortmund Position: Defender Height: 6 ft 0 in

14. Eden Hazard Age: 24 Country: Spain Team: Chelsea FC Position: Attacking Midfielder Height: 5 ft 8 in

13. Robin Van Persie Age: 31 Country: Netherlands Team: Manchester United Position: Striker Height: 6 ft 2 in

12. Toni Kroos Age: 25 Country: Germany Team: Real Madrid FC Position: Midfielder Height: 6 ft 0 in

11. Sergio Ramos Age: 29 Country: Spain Team: Real Madrid FC Position: Defender Height: 6 ft 0 in

10. Oscar Age: 23 Country: Brazil  Team: Chelsea FC Position: Attacking Midfielder Height: 5 ft 10 12 in

9. Manuel Neuer Age: 29 Country: Germany Team: FC Bayern Munich Position: Goalkeeper Height: 6 ft 4 in

8. Javier Hernandez (Chicharito) Age: 27 Country: Mexico Team: Real Madrid CF/ Manchester United Position: Striker Height: 5 ft 9 in

7. Marc Bartra Age: 24 Country: Spain Team: FC Barcelona Position: Center Back Height: 6 ft 0 in

6. Mario Gotze Age: 23 Country: Germany Team: FC Bayern Munich Position: Midfielder Height: 5 ft 9 in

5.  Neymar Jr Age: 23 Country: Brazil Team: FC Barcelona Position: Forward Height: 5 ft 9 in

4. James Rodriguez Age: 23 Country: Colombia Team: Real Madrid CF Position: Attacking midfielder Height: 5 ft 11 in

3. Alvaro Morata  Age: 22 Country: Spain Team: Juventus FC Position:  Striker Height: 6 ft 2 in

2. Cristiano Ronaldo Age: 30 Country: Portugal Team: Real Madrid CF Position:Forward Height: 6 ft 1 in

1. Gerard Pique Age: 28 Country: Spain Team: FC Barcelona Position: Center Back Height: 6 ft 4 in

KOREAN DRAMA REVIEW part 1

( Here’s a list of the Korean Dramas I’ve watched with its pros and cons.)

1. Goong 10/10

Pros: Really good story. The characters suit their roles (really good casting). Amazing production and setting. The main characters has “chemistry”. It has a strong storyline with a good “side-story”.

Cons: Stereotypical (cold prince loves kind and poor girl). The episodes become less striking towards the end. The ending is not as grand compared to the beginning.

2. My Girlfriend is a Gumiho 10/10

Pros: Amazing story!!! Unique and solid storyline. The character portrayals are also amazing. Relaxing, funny and cute. There is chemistry among the main characters. The audience could really relate to it. The supernatural touch is amazing and seems realistic!!

Cons: The setting is limited (action school, campus, rooftop home).  There is no good supporting story among other characters. The almost ending is really heartbreaking. The ending is unexplainable……..

3. Queen In-hyun’s Man 8/10

Pros: Good plot and storyline. Good casting. The Joseon timeline is grand (It gives you a bit of Korean History). The main characters are a good match. Many good sub-plots! Versatile drama (History, Action, Romance). It has mystery throughout the drama. The ending is really, really unpredictable!

Cons: It becomes repetitive towards the middle. The modern timeline is less impressive than the Joseon timeline. It lacks life in the modern timeline…

4. Bride of the Century 8/10

Pros: Solid storyline and superb plot. Good portrayal of characters. Good combination of modern and traditional things. There is attraction between the characters. Versatile drama (romance, comedy, drama and horror). Nice ending.

Cons:  Stereotypical (chaebol cold guy loves kind poor girl). It indeed is unrealistic. Some parts are vague and unclear.

5. The Heirs 7.5/10

Pros: Star-studded cast! All characters portray the role effectively. Grand setting. The audience could relate to atleast one of the characters. Good sub-plots. Grand production and setting.

Cons: Stereotypical (Chaebol guy loves poor girl). Common Love-triangle.  It lacks a solid storyline.

6. The Master’s Sun 7.5/10

Pros: Unique plot. Really good side stories. It is full of mystery. Versatile drama (Romantic-comedy, horror)

Cons: Stereotypical (Chaebol cold guy loves kind and poor girl). It lacks chemistry among the main characters. It lacks focus on the main plot. Viewers might lose interest towards the end (when the kidnapping plot is finally revealed.

7. King2Hearts 7.5/10

Pros: Grand production and setting. Unique storyline. Star studded cast. The characters portray their roles well. It has many symbolisms. The villain is really good too. It has really good sub-plots. The supporting love story is outstanding. The viewers could really feel all the emotions.

Cons: It lacks focus. The major theme is unsure (Is it peace? Love? Fear? Or unity?). The plot is too complex for the common audience to understand. It has a unsatisfactory ending.

8. Rooftop Prince 7.5/10

Pros: The characters portray the role well. Versatile drama (History, Romance, Comedy, Love). Many hilarious parts. The events in the story are written well. The Joseon timeline is splendid.

Cons: The setting is limited (company, rooftop apartment). The main characters lack chemistry. Many things are unclear (How did  the Joseon people come to the present time? How did the comma guy wake up? How did the prince know the truth?…) Even the ending is unclear.

9. My Love From the Star 7/10

Pros: Unique story. Star studded cast! The characters portray the role effectively. Solid and well written storyline. The main characters have chemistry. Good sub plot. The Joseon flashbacks really add up to the story.

Cons: The main actress could be annoying. Limited setting (condo, university, artist studios). It becomes dragging towards the end. Vague and unclear ending. The mystery part took too long for the main characters to know.

10. City Hunter 7/10

Pros: Unique and solid story. Action packed! Grand setting and production. The story is written well. Versatile drama (love, action, mystery). Many symbolisms. There is attraction between the main characters. Good casting.

Cons: It sometimes lacks focus on the main theme. It has an open ended finale. It has more action than romance.

11. Cheongdamdong Alice 7/10

Pros: Star studded cast! Really grand setting and production. The characters portray the role effectively. There are hidden symbolisms. Viewers could relate to the characters and scenes. The starting episodes really catches the viewer’s interest. Cute and Relaxing… All the characters have chemistry.

Cons: Stereotypical (Chaebol guy loves poor girl) It becomes boring towards the middle.

12. Full house 7/10

Pros: Good casting! Cute story and characters. The main characters has chemistry and they complement each other. The story is light and cute. There are many funny moments.

Cons: There is no good subplot. The ending is not quite good. Limited setting (Company, House)

13.Heartstrings 7/10

Pros: Good story. Characters portray the role well. All of the characters have chemistry. Realistic plot. Viewers could relate to the events. The sub plot is good. The music theme is really interesting..

Cons: Normal plot. Limited setting. Many clichés

14. 49 Days 6/10

Pros: Light story. The audience could relate to it. Tearjerker drama! The ending is good in its own way.

Cons: The setting is limited (Room, Heaven, Company) The characters lack chemistry. Somewhat sad ending. The drama has too much coincidence.

15. Emergency Couple 6/10

Pros: Many lessons in life. Realistic plot. Good Characters. The casting is good.

Cons: Stereotypical. There is no mystery or plot twist. It lacks a good subplot. The ending is vague.

16. You’re the Best Lee Soon Shin 6/10

Pros: Light storyline. A good family drama. The characters portray the role well. Every character has a crucial role and own story. Realistic events. A good drama for learning Korean culture

Cons: Normal plot. Some scenes are really boring. It becomes repetitive towards the middle. You have to research who is Lee Soon Shin before you get the story.

17. Personal Taste 6/10

Pros: Light and unique storyline. Realistic storyline.  The viewers could relate to it. Star Studded Cast!! Satisfying Ending

Cons: The main characters lack chemistry. The setting is limited (hanok, company) Many clichés

18. I Hear Your Voice 6/10

Pros: Good storyline. Unique characters. Good subplot and supporting stories

Cons: Main characters lack attraction. The ending is unclear. The portrayal of the characters is not so convincing.

19. Goong S 6/10

Pros: Good Production ans Setting. The characters have chemistry. Good subplot. Good portrayal of characters. Unique Storyline.

Cons: Less better than Goong. Becomes boring towards the end. The drama can be less grand compared to the original Goong.

20. Sungkyunkwan  Scandal 7/10

Pros: Requires viewers to think. Good storyline. The characters portray their roles effectively. Good production. Grand Joseon Era portrayals.

Cons: It’s like ancient Hana Kimi. It gets repetitive and boring.

Everything’s Shakespeare Perfect

 

midsummer-nights-dream-15019I’ve known William Shakespeare for quite a long time, of course I do not know him personally but I came to know about him through reading books and events about the Renaissance era. He had a total of thirty-seven plays divided into three categories which are: Comedy (happy ending), History (based on a historical figure) and Tragedy (sad ending), excluding his poetry and sonnets. I have read eight out of his seventeen Comedy works, one out of his ten History works and six out of his ten Tragedy works; in a total of sixteen over thirty-seven works. As of now I read the modern novel versions of All’s Well that Ends Well, Love’s Labours  Lost, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Merry Wives of Windsor, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night’s dream, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Timon of Athens, Titus Andronicus and the only historical work I have read is RichardIII for some reasons influenced by the House of Tudor.

To say something is “best” of course, we need to have proof and comparisons to give our judgments. Though what is best and what is interesting is based on the perspective of the reader, at least the reader should have some basis.

Of all the works of Shakespeare, the best I’ve read so far is something with an equal proportion of reality and fantasy, something that a person of any age could appreciate but not all people would understand. It is a work with a right proportion of reality and fantasy mixed with mature and childish scenes. It has a simple plot about mythology and magic yet people with broad minds interpret simple scenes with a much deeper meaning.

This work of Shakespeare is my favorite, although I did not yet finish reading all his works, I can’t think of anything more perfect than this. This play is no other than A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s main setting is on a forest of Athens where the king of fairies, Oberon, got angry with his wife and asked his servant, Puck, to get a substance of the flower called “Love-in-Idleness”. The flower is the most important object of the story because this causes a conflict that connects the human characters and the fairies together. The flower also has a magical characteristic which opens to the magical and childish side of the story. When hit with Cupid’s arrow this flower transforms from white to purple and when a substance of this flower is placed into an eyelid of a sleeping person, the sleeping person will fall in love with the first living thing it sees. Yes, any living thing so this means a person could fall in love with an animal. Oberon ordered Puck to get this flower so he could punish his wife by shamming her to have an intimate act with a donkey, for not obeying his request. And this side shows the mature and deep side of the story because obviously it contains having an intimate act which is considered for adults. The funny and “fairytale” side of the story emerges when Puck mixed up the human characters who are involved in a “love triangle”. This comes to a cliche fairytale point where the two male characters challenge themselves into a duel in order to get a lady’s heart. Eventually things are resolved by Oberon himself and things went back as they used to be; hinting readers and viewers a happy ending which is a known characteristic of a Shakespearean Comedy.

This work of art is specially appreciated by me because unlike other works of Shakespeare, this one does not involve deaths and dramas  with deep grudges and revenge. This is just “lite” but not shallow it is “elegant but simple” which is exactly my taste. The forest setting of this stage play is also well adapted until today and we commonly hear “Mid Summer Night’s Dream” themes in Promenades or Birthdays. I also observed that this play is the only Shakespearean work that could be portrayed by children- and adults at the same time. It would be awful to see children portray Romeo and Juliet or Titus Andronicus, right? So these work has the right formula for me and probably for everyone who appreciates William Shakespeare.

It’s Natural Selection…

evolutionAlmost all of us are familiar with the quote “Survival of the fittest”, this quote actually originated from the Theory of Natural Selection proposed by Charles Darwin. Charles Darwin proposed five theories in his book “On the Origin of Species”, these theories were: Evolution, Common Descent, Multiplication of Species, Gradualism and Natural Selection.

His Theory of Natural Selection has four main points. The first main point is overpopulation in which more offspring are born than survived. The second main point is variation wherein there are differences within the population. The third main point is competition where more individuals are born than the current resources can support thus leading to competition. The fourth main point is survival of the fittest where individuals with favorable variations will survive and reproduce and pass on the favorable traits to the next generation.

During early years people are not required to go to school to have jobs. There were even no schools, no money, no cars, in short people live a simple life. Resources were relatively abundant during that time, compared today where people are even deprived from breathing clean air. As time passes, people become curious about nature and the universe; they abandoned superstitions and embraced rationality and eventually the world was transformed from simple to complex.

We live in an age where competition is tough, where people struggle to find jobs and enter descent schools and where our resources cannot support the growing population. Limited resources and exponentially growing populations does not only lead to scarcity but to competition as well. Darwin said that those individuals with favorable conditions are more likely to survive. Don’t you think that competition becomes tougher because we, humans evolve and become better?

We experience tough competition these days whenever we want to accomplish something great like entering a descent school or getting a good job. There are many new graduates out there who have a hard time looking for a job, not because they are not capable but because there are many better people than them who also wants the job. It’s the same for applying for a College degree, not passing the entrance exam does not mean that you’re not capable enough it just means that there are also many students applying who got a better score than you.

This kind of competition is a result of the principle “survival of the fittest”. People who survived long ago passed on the traits that would allow the next generation to survive. So we should not just expect a more vigorous competition in the future, we should also be able to adapt not just follow and live not just survive.