Watch The Idea, the First Animated Film to Deal with Big, Philosophical Ideas (1932)

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A vague sense of disquiet settled over Europe in the period between WWI and WWII. As the slow burn of militant ultranationalism mingled with jingoist populism,  authoritarian leaders and fascist factions found mounting support among a citizenry hungry for certainty.


A Short, Animated Defense of Toronto’s Great Public Libraries

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If you’ve been with Open Culture since our early days, you might remember I Met the Walrus, a short Oscar-nominated film that recalls the time when John Lennon granted an interview to a 14-year-old Beatles’ fan named Jerry Levitan.


F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 13 Tips for What to Do with Your Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey

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“At this post holiday season, the refrigerators of the nation are overstuffed with large masses of turkey, the sight of which is calculated to give an adult an attack of dizziness.


T.S. Eliot, as Faber & Faber Editor, Rejects George Orwell’s “Trotskyite” Novel Animal Farm (1944)

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We’ve written recently about that most common occurrence in the life of every artist—the rejection letter. Most rejections are uncomplicated affairs, ostensibly reflecting matters of taste among editors, producers, and curators. In 1944, in his capacity as an editorial director at Faber & Faber, T.S.


What Cultural Icons of the 19th & 20th Centuries Would Have Liked About Life in the 21st Century

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At the web site, The Fertile Fact, you can read lists and lists of things you never knew about your favorite cultural figures. Or rather, you can read lists and lists of guesses about what your favorite cultural figures of the 19th and 20th centuries would have enjoyed about life in our 21st century.


William Shatner Raps About How to Not Kill Yourself Deep Frying a Turkey

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Like many others on Thanksgiving, William Shatner sought a “moister, tastier” turkey experience.


A Guide to Happiness: Alain de Botton’s Documentary Shows How Nietzsche, Socrates & 4 Other Philosophers Can Change Your Life

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Alain de Botton is a not a philosopher’s philosopher. This means that his work is given little consideration inside academia. It also means that he speaks to many, many more people—ordinary people hungry for humanist ideas about living—than his peers.


Discover the “Brazen Bull,” the Ancient Greek Torture Machine That Doubled as a Musical Instrument

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History is replete with brutally imaginative torture and execution techniques.


Marilyn Monroe’s Handwritten Turkey-and-Stuffing Recipe

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Entire industries seem to have sprung up around the mission of demonstrating that Marilyn Monroe did more in her short life than become an icon — the icon — of midcentury American starlethood.


“Soda/Pop/Coke,” A Creative Visual Remix of Harvard’s Famous 2003 Survey of American Dialects

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Tomorrow, friends and relatives from far-flung corners of the country will gather as they do this time each year—stuff themselves silly, trim Christmas trees, watch football, online shop, etc.


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