Short Film Shows What Happens When a Letter from World War II Finally Gets Delivered 69 Years Later

≡ Category: History, Letters, Life, Random |1 Comment

A few years ago, I stumbled upon a never-sent letter written to a friend when we were both in college. The contents weren’t heavy. Disorganization is the most likely explanation for why it never went in the mail. I cracked the envelope and had a look.
It was a time capsule, for sure, a cringe-inducing one.

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“Get Data”: UCSD Neuroscience Grad Students Create Parody Video to Tune of Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’

≡ Category: Random, Science |1 Comment

Last month, the UCSD Neurosciences Graduate Program held a little party at a local bar, and the invitation (above) came in the form of a video based on Daft Punk’s popular video/song “Get Lucky” (below).

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Lyndon Johnson Orders New Pants on the Phone and Requests More Room for His … Johnson (1964)

≡ Category: Animation, History, Random |3 Comments

“Lyndon Johnson was indeed …. a being of Shakespearean dimensions—a hulking, bush-country colossus, gargantuan of ego and energy, of self-delusions and glooms and paranoias, crass cruelties and rampant vulgarities, but gargantuan also in his benevolent ambitions.

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Dutchman Masters the Art of Singing Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” Backwards

≡ Category: Music, Random |2 Comments

This has “viral video” written all over it. The only problem is that it was filmed and released back in 2003, just two years before YouTube changed our world. But who knows, maybe with your help, the video could enjoy some posthumous viralness.

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The Mother of All Domino Rallies

≡ Category: Random |1 Comment

Domino magicians “Hevesh5″ and “Millionendollarboy” teamed up to create a pretty epic domino rally. It took 3 months and 25,000 dominoes to make the video you’re watching above. Actually you’re really watching two videos in one. The first part was made by Hevesh5 in the US.

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Men In Commercials Being Jerks About Coffee: A Mashup of 1950s & 1960s TV Ads

≡ Category: Food & Drink, Random |13 Comments

Founded by Rick Prelinger in 1983, The Prelinger Archives have amassed thousands of “ephemeral” films — advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur films of “historic significance” that haven’t been collected elsewhere. We’ve featured some gems from the Archive in months past.

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A Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise

≡ Category: Random |3 Comments

We’re in a spoiler-free zone here. When you’re done watching once, twice or thrice, click here to get the backstory …  but not before giving us a follow on Facebook and Twitter and making us part of your daily social media diet. Mmm.

H/T Eric O.

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Man Shot in Fight Over Immanuel Kant’s Philosophy in Russia

≡ Category: Philosophy, Random |5 Comments

In the Russian port city of Rostov-on-Don two men were having a beer this weekend and talking about the philosophy of Immanuel Kant (of course), when something went terribly wrong. An argument broke out, critical reason went out the window, and one man ended getting shot with rubber bullets.

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Student Poses as Professor, Kicks Off Chemistry Class at University of Rochester With a Prank

≡ Category: Comedy, Random |1 Comment

Patrick Adelman is a student at the University of Rochester pursuing degrees in mathematics and political science. He’s also, according to his LinkedIn profile, a member of the Chamber Boys, the university’s radio comedy group. And, oh yes, a production intern at the Howard Stern show.

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Iconic Photographs Re-Created in Play Doh: Man Ray to Nan Goldin

≡ Category: Photography, Random |Leave a Comment

Points for creativity go to Eleanor Macnair, who recently launched the “Photographs rendered in Play-Doh” Tumblr. Given the name of the Tumblr, I probably don’t have to explain the concept. I think you get it.

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