Spotify Can Curate a Throwback Soundtrack Based on the Year You Were Born

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The internet is a great tool for discovering new music, but some days you just want to play “Push It” by Salt-N-Pepa on repeat. Spotify understands that many of its users are just as interested in digging up old tracks as they are in listening to current chart-toppers—and it wants to help. As Mashable reports, the streaming service now offers curated Time Capsule playlists based on the user's age and taste in music.

If you already have a Spotify account, you may remember being asked to enter your date of birth when you first signed up. Using that information, the app can now generate a list of songs you may have liked in your teens and early 20s. Spotify employs algorithms similar to the ones used for its Discover Weekly playlists to personalize the song selections, which means every soundtrack is different. So if you’re a millennial who loves boy bands, you may see a lot of NSYNC and 98°. Someone born in the 1950s who likes rock ’n' roll might get songs by Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.

It isn’t hard to find music from past eras on Spotify. The service has playlists for every decade of the past 50 years, and some recordings in its database date back to the 19th century. But if you don’t feel like calculating which period is most likely to tickle your nostalgia receptors on any given day, Spotify is happy to do the work for you. Members between the ages 16 and 85 can pull up their own playlists at timecapsule.spotify.com.

[h/t Mashable]

If March 15 Is the Ides of March, What Does That Make March 16?

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Everyone knows that the soothsayer in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar was talking about March 15 when he warned the Roman emperor to "beware the Ides of March." We also all know Caesar's response: "Nah, I gotta head into the office that day." But if March 15 is the Ides of March, what does that make March 16?

At the time of Caesar's assassination, Romans were using the Julian calendar (introduced by Julius Caesar himself). This was a modified version of the original Roman calendar, and it is very similar to the one we use today (which is called the Gregorian calendar). A major difference, however, was how Romans talked about the days.

Each month had three important dates: the Kalends (first day of the month), the Ides (the middle of the month), and the Nones (ninth day before the Ides, which corresponded with the first phase of the Moon). Instead of counting up (i.e., March 10, March 11, March 12), Romans kept track by counting backwards and inclusively from the Kalends, Ides, or Nones. March 10 was the sixth day before the Ides of March, March 11 was the fifth day before the Ides of March, and so on.

Because it came after the Ides, March 16 would’ve been referred to in the context of April: "The 17th day before the Kalends of April." The abbreviated form of this was a.d. XVII Kal. Apr., with "a.d." standing for ante diem, meaning roughly "the day before."

So, had Julius Caesar been murdered on March 16, the soothsayer's ominous warning would have been, "Beware the 17th day before the Kalends of April." Doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

This story first ran in 2016.

Show Houseguests Who's in Charge With This Game of Thrones Doormat

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If you’re prone to houseguests who shed crumbs on your sofa and use all the toilet paper without replacing it, it might be time to demand a little respect. This Game of Thrones doormat from the merchants at ThinkGeek offers some guidance. Emblazoned on the mat is an order to “bend the knee” before entering your home.

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The 17-inch long by 29-inch wide mat arrives in time for the eighth and final season of the popular HBO series, which is set to debut April 14. Chronicling the lives of disparate characters vying for control of the Iron Throne, the show has often depicted Daenerys Targaryen, also known as the Mother of Dragons and played by Emilia Clarke, ordering subjects to “bend the knee” before addressing her. In season seven, King in the North Jon Snow famously refused to do so before eventually capitulating. Had she laid out the doormat, it’s possible he wouldn’t have taken as long.

The mat retails for $24.99 and can be purchased online here.

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