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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August 1, 2014 | NPR · WHO announced a $100 million response plan to combat the spread of the virus that has killed more than 700 people. Meanwhile, efforts are underway to evacuate two Americans who have contracted Ebola.
 

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August 1, 2014 | NPR · New research shows that older people with cognitive problems who walk very slowly may be at greater risk for dementia.
 

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August 1, 2014 | NPR · The truck was carrying two blindfolded giraffes on a busy highway. The journey captured the attention of drivers, but came to a tragic end.
 

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August 1, 2014 | NPR · Our live show from Comic-Con features a lively chat about fandoms and inclusivity, a blisteringly difficult quiz, and as always, what’s making us happy this week.
 

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August 1, 2014 | NPR · Writer Andrew Solomon dives into his childhood to describe moments of great adversity, and how they helped him build identity.
 

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August 1, 2014 | NPR · Poet and playwright Lemn Sissay was raised by the state. He talks about the empty space where his family should have been.
 

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August 1, 2014 | NPR · Folk-rock bands posing on hay bales. Metal bands in alleys with burning trash cans. Why are there so many tropes in press shots — and what are some of the secrets to getting them right?
 

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August 1, 2014 | NPR · Los Rakas, Jorge Drexler, Viento Callejero and other musicians join co-host Felix Contreras to discuss their latest musical projects.
 

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August 1, 2014 | NPR · Our regular puzzler for careful listeners, this week featuring fills and intros from Spillway drummer Matt Sokol. Hear the fill (or intro) and match it to the song.
 

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