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Jun '14

Do You Wanna Be the Thief or the Drunkard?

SUBMITTED BY: The Cole Family of Colorado     LOCATION: London, England (2014) It’s not truly a family vacation until you’ve been publicly humiliated, right? Stockades are a staple photo-op of historical theme parks, whether it be commemorating the sadistic Pilgrims at Plimoth Plantation or even the Disney version of Revolutionary War America. But England’s Warwick Castle […]

May '11

Puritan Justice

SUBMITTED BY: Darren Garnick   LOCATION: Plymouth, Mass. (~1978) Why is it that so many “living history” theme parks glorify the hazing and humiliation of the past? Sticking your kids’ wrists between two slabs of wood was the 17th Century equivalent of taking away video game privileges for a week. Yesterday’s torture is today’s charming nostalgia… […]