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2013-01-09 11:43:35 AM

Slaxl: NotSoFunkyPhantom: Slaxl: I like some of the old medieval titles people had, like "Groom of the Stool", or "Gentleman of the Bedchamber". I wish more survived to modern day.

I think I know what "Gentleman of the Bedchamber" did, but what the heck was the "Groom of the Stool"? What was his job description? (I certainly hope the "stool" was the kind you sit on)

Wikipedia can say it more eloquently than I.

"in charge of providing at all times adequate and seemly facilities for the monarch's natural bodily function of excretion or defecation, and indeed assisted in the facilitating of his bodily functions and in his cleansing or washing thereafter."

I'm guessing because it was difficult to get in and out of those clothes.


Eeeeewwww....so it was THAT kind of stool!

I would never want to get that close to a king's ass.
 
2013-01-09 11:50:56 AM
Works like this, folks.

1. The media need experts in whatever blithering topic they're doing a piece about.
2. These people are mostly media people themselves, usually freelance writers or low-status academics hustling for visibility. 80% are middle-aged male New Yorkers with glasses, facial hair, and Asperger syndrome.
3. This means very territorial, specialized experts. If the piece is about boogie boarding and you bring in a surfing historian, you're probably going to hear a lot of misinformed trash-talk about boogie boarding, because the guy has a bad attitude about it thanks to some clown who insulted him on a comment board and might have somehow cost him a hypothetical interview gig somewhere down the line. Add to which that he really doesn't give a shiat about boogie boarding. Who cares if it's riding waves on a board? It's not surfing. It's not legitimate.
4. Don't interview actual boogie boarders (or fedora blockers or trebuchet builders or whatever). They are almost always fat and pimply, and if not, they sound fat and pimply.
5. Ideal end result: medium gets a fluffy story, expert gets a credit as expert, everybody's relatively happy.
 
2013-01-09 12:37:21 PM
Stayed for the Teen Exorcist. She's cute.
 
2013-01-09 01:36:01 PM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: [25.media.tumblr.com image 500x349]
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I wonder if a list of all those exists, compiled by some OCD fan.
 
2013-01-09 03:00:17 PM
My brother tracks cougars for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. When I tell guys that they just nod creepily.
 
2013-01-09 06:50:10 PM
One I remember from guidance councilor's office back in H.S. was pot tender
 
2013-01-09 07:09:41 PM

The Irresponsible Captain: The All-Powerful Atheismo: [25.media.tumblr.com image 500x349]
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I wonder if a list of all those exists, compiled by some OCD fan.


Not a complete list, but wikipedia has some of them.

Buck Henry 2007 Senior Historical Perspectivist
 
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