The Simpsons Predicted That Penultimate Game of Thrones Twist in 2017

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This post contains spoilers about season 8 of HBO's Game of Thrones.

The Simpsons has long had a reputation for forecasting real-world events. Most of this is attributable to the sheer volume of content the show, which just wrapped its 30th season, has produced. Still, it can be somewhat eerie to see plots involving stolen cooking grease, a magic act destroyed by a tiger attack, or even naming the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences winner six years in advance come to fruition. (Bengt Holmstrom, in case you were wondering.)

The show also appears to have had a handle on how Game of Thrones would be winding down. Following Sunday's airing of the fifth and penultimate episode of season 8, fans of the series pointed out that the fiery rampage of Daenerys Targaryen and her dragon, Drogon, in King's Landing was foreshadowed in an October 2017 episode of The Simpsons titled "The Serfsons." In this Game of Thrones parody, Homer, Marge, Bart, and Lisa are recast as feudal peasants trying to cope as Marge's mother is bitten by an Ice Walker. Later, they watch as a dragon sets their humble village ablaze.

The scene is brief and lacks context, but the imagery was similar enough for fans to take notice. Unfortunately, the show has yet to predict when George R.R. Martin will finish the book series. The Simpsons finished its 30th season this past Sunday. Game of Thrones's series finale airs this coming Sunday, May 19.

[h/t Metro]

This Course Will Teach You How to Play Guitar Like a Pro for $29

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Be honest: You’ve watched a YouTube video or two in an attempt to learn how to play a song on the guitar. Whether it was through tabs or simply copying whatever you saw on the screen, the fun always ends when friends start throwing out requests for songs you have no idea how to play. So how about you actually learn how to play guitar for real this time?

It’s now possible to learn guitar from home with the Ultimate Beginner to Expert Guitar Lessons Bundle, which is currently on sale for $29. Grab that Gibson, Fender, or whatever you have handy, and learn to strum rhythms from scratch.

The strumming course will teach you how to count beats and rests to turn your hands and fingers into the perfect accompaniment for your own voice or other musicians. Then, you can take things a step further and learn advanced jamming and soloing to riff anytime, anywhere. This course will teach you to improvise across various chords and progressions so you can jump into any jam with something original. You’ll also have the chance to dive deep into the major guitar genres of bluegrass, blues, and jazz. Lessons in jam etiquette, genre history, and how to read music will separate you from a novice player.

This bundle also includes courses in ear training so you can properly identify any relative note, interval, or pitch. That way, you can play along with any song when it comes on, or even understand how to modify it into the key you’d prefer. And when the time comes to perform, be prepared with skilled hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, bends, trills, vibrato, and fret-tapping. Not only will you learn the basic foundations of guitar, you’ll ultimately be able to develop your own style with the help of these lessons.

The Ultimate Beginner to Expert Guitar Lessons Bundle is discounted for a limited time. Act on this $29 offer now to work on those fingertip calluses and play like a pro.

 

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How the Trapper Keeper Trapped the Hearts of '80s and '90s Kids

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Courtesy of Cinzia Reale-Castello

No matter when or where you grew up, back-to-school shopping typically revolved around two things: clothing and school supplies. And if you’re an adult of a certain age, you probably had a Trapper Keeper on that latter list of must-buy items.

Like the stickers, skins, and cases that adorn your smartphones and laptops today, Trapper Keepers were a way for kids to express their individual personalities. The three-ring binders dominated classrooms in the '80s and '90s, and featured a vast array of designs—from colorful Lisa Frank illustrations to photos of cool cars and popular celebrities—that allowed kids to customize their organizational tools. 

In this episode of "Throwback," we're ripping open the Velcro cover and digging into the history of the Trapper Keeper. You can watch the full episode below.

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