Annotated and Online: The Grateful Dead’s Deep Literary Roots (Open Culture)

SheetMusic128From the album American Beauty to Workingman’s Dead, the Greatful Dead were famously masterful with their lyrics. Interwoven with references to folk songs and poems, it can be difficult, if not impossible, to catch all of lyricist Robert Hunter’s allusions.

Thankfully, there is now a close-to-comprehensive online annotated database of every song — although it’s doubtful we’ve caught every reference. Read more about it in Open Culture.

The History of the ‘Song of the Summer’ (Vox)

Beach chairTune in to any top-40 radio station this summer and you will probably hear a question that has been asked as long as radio has been around: what is the song of the summer?

According to Vox, this question has been asked a lot longer than living memory acknowledges, and the history of this cultural phenomenon goes back to before radio — or the music industry — began.

Infographic: The 30 Most-Edited Wikipedia Pages (Vox)

This chart from Vox compiles the most-edited Wikipedia pages currently in existence, spanning countries, presidents, soccer teams and religious figures. The list also includes the page on Wikipedia itself.

Image: Ramiro Gómez/Vox; click to view full-size.

Image: Ramiro Gómez/Vox; click to view full-size.

The History of the LOL (The Conversation)

Laughing out loud guyHaha, LOL, Hehe, Hoho, ROTFL — it seems there are nearly unlimited ways to express laughter, chuckling or giggling with text. According to The Conversation, some of these these textual acknowledgments of laughter have actually been around since the age of Chaucer.