Jul. 12, 2010
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We haven't seen a Castleville strip in quite a while (remember how these guys work at the local renaissance fair? No? Well, they do.)

I wish whoever tells the food vendors at Renaissance fairs to use the term "pounds" instead of dollars would shut up.
1. They did have dollars in Elizabethan England, so you can still use the term.
2. A pound is 12 oz of silver (using the troy weight system for precious metals). A silver "pound" would be about $200 today. Our economy is very, very different today, but still, paying "5 Pounds" for a lunch is even more unbelievable than the Renaissance Fair notion that wearing fairy wings makes you sexy.
3. It sounds idiotically affectatious coming from someone handing you a 32 oz wax soda cup with a plastic lid and straw. (Furthermore, you're being stupidly affectatious if you're pretending to be from the days of old England while consuming anything that's passed a health code inspection (which at Renaissance Festivals, there is a 50% chance of).
4. It's potentially confusing, especially when you have visitors of different languages and backgrounds.
5. They didn't have turkey legs to eat, or French fries, etc., so trying to maintain an aura of accurate historical detail is kind of shot. (Actually they did eat "turkeys", but what they called the turkey in 1550 we now call the guinea fowl). And I don't think they stuck them on sticks. They stuck heretics on sticks. And watched them die slowly. While eating turkey, perhaps. (The spectators ate turkey, not the heretics)
6. If you're going to do reenactment, do it right (see comic above).

I think next time someone says "that's five pounds" I think I'll reply "Can I pay with 4 Sovereigns and a Laurel?"
And then they'll throw my 32oz Mountain Dew at me.
Like usual.