If the Renaissance Festival in Larkspur, Colorado is, essentially, one big outdoor, participatory Renaissance-themed theater even, then it is definitely a comedy, and anachronisms are among the funniest jokes. The King with a tray of French Fries, a young squire on his iPhone, a swashbuckling pirate with a Marlboro light and an Iron Man watch: here in this slide show we bring you some of our favorites.

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April 27, 2015 | NPR · Aftershocks are rattling survivors’ nerves and making the recovery even more challenging. In one district, 400,000 people were affected by the quake and more than 4,000 homes are now unsafe.
 

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April 27, 2015 | NPR · A small dose of aspirin taken regularly can help prevent a second heart attack or stroke. But too many healthy people are taking the drug for prevention. And for them, the risks may outweigh benefits.
 

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April 27, 2015 | NPR · People have been lining up for days hoping they will be among the lucky ones to get a seat for Tuesday’s historic arguments. At issue: whether states can ban, and refuse to recognize, gay marriage.
 

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April 27, 2015 | NPR · From 1985 to 2002, a series of killings struck South Central Los Angeles. A new documentary, Tales of the Grim Sleeper, explores the 25 years it took for police to arrest the alleged killer.
 

April 26, 2015 | NPR · In honor of National Poetry Month, our latest Weekend Read is Fred Moten’s collection The Little Edges. Poet Douglas Kearney says Moten’s power is in his attention to music, both in text and subject.
 

April 26, 2015 | NPR · Every answer to today’s puzzle is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts with L-O and the second word starts with G.
 

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April 26, 2015 | NPR · On her second album, Sprinter, Torres confronts the problem of confession head-on and proceeds to annihilate its boundaries.
 

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April 26, 2015 | NPR · A versatile sideman serves as leader, filling a three-disc, nearly three-hour album with dozens of players, new ideas and transformed old ones. The title is justified.
 

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April 26, 2015 | NPR · Raw, belligerent and dissonant — that’s just the tip of the noise-rock iceberg when it comes to Metz.
 

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