Salacious literature of Medieval Spain: the Ribald and the grotesque

Stephen Floyd discusses the very ribald and salacious nature of Medieval Spanish literature at the 2016 Mensa Annual Gathering.

Stephen Floyd discusses the very ribald and salacious nature of Medieval Spanish literature at the 2016 Mensa Annual Gathering.


SAN DIEGO — Literature filled with tales of adultery, stories that are sexually explicit, plus works littered with grotesque descriptions of what most would consider embarrassing body functions, often attributing them to the richest and most powerful in society …
The current crop of bestselling potboilers available in bookstores today? Actually, as Stephen Floyd noted, anyone looking for truly ribald jokes mixed with scatology and lots of flatulence gags should visit their local library, and ask where they keep their collections on Medieval Spanish literature. From poems about pederasty (sex between men and boys) to illustrations of Jesus’ problems in human form with passing gas, the Spanish accepted few limits to their passion for very bad taste, he noted.
“I cover the time from 1100 to 1600 — a thousand years of written porno, if you will,” noted Floyd, an Iberian scholar and resident of Phoenix who most recently taught Spanish at Northern Arizona University.
Floyd is also a longtime member of the organization American Mensa, made up of people in the highest percentile of intelligence, and he gave a lecture on “Medieval Titillation: Salacious Stories from Old Spain” during Mensa’s Annual Gathering 2016, held at the Town & Country Hotel in San Diego. Continue reading

British pound drops, while U.S. mortgage rates also head lower

Homes in Central Florida may become more attractive to foreign buyers following the uncertainty created by the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom.

Homes in Central Florida may become more attractive to foreign buyers following the uncertainty created by the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom.


ORLANDO — Britain’s sterling currency fell on Monday to a 31-year-low against the dollar, while U.S. stocks also fell sharply in early trading – a vivid reminder of the financial uncertainly that’s been triggered since British voters opted last Thursday to vote to leave the EU.
The situation seemed to confirm the warnings by economists that the Brexit vote would have ripple effects. Britain’s 10-year government borrowing costs sank below 1 percent for the first time ever, analysts at several banks slashed their forecasts for the pound, and the Sterling hit a low of $1.3221.
At the same time, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 234 points, or 1.4 percent.
For the Orlando area, it’s become a waiting game to see if the Brexit vote has any impact on the region’s crucial tourism industry. Britain sends the second highest number of tourists, after Canada, to the Orlando area every year.
On the other hand, MSN.Money reported on Monday that the Brexit vote appears to have boosted interest among British and other European residents in buying an investment home in the United States.
“The Brexit vote also appears to have had a somewhat surprising consequence – it has at least temporarily driven U.S. mortgage rates lower as international investors look to America as a bastion of investment safety,” MSN.Money reported. Continue reading

SBA opens Business Recovery Center in Orlando

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts will be the host site, starting this evening, for a temporary memorial site dedicated to the victims of the Pulse massacre.

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts will be the host site, starting this evening, for a temporary memorial site dedicated to the victims of the Pulse massacre.


ORLANDO – In the past, Florida’s state government has responded to disasters by making financing available for residents of the region that was impacted. Those disasters have included hurricanes, tornados, and heavy flooding caused by tropical storms.
This week, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced it will open a Business Recovery Center in Orlando, after the office of Gov. Rick Scott requested that the federal government issue a disaster declaration following the massacre at the Pulse nightclub on June 12.
Scott had asked the SBA to make the disaster declaration for Orange, Brevard, Lake, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and Volusia counties. When the federal agency agreed, it signaled that low interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans would be made available for businesses impacted by the attack, when a lone gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 others.
The gunman, Omar Mateen, was later killed by Orlando police after a three hour hostage standoff. Continue reading

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