Marcel Proust Plays Air Guitar on a Tennis Racket (1891)

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Was “air guitar” a thing back in 1891, when a photographer captured young Marcel Proust in this playful photograph? Probably not. Maybe it’s anachronistic to read the photograph this way. But you have to admit, it’s worth suspending disbelief for a moment and imagining what song Marcel was playing.


Watch Leonard Bernstein Conduct the Vienna Philharmonic Using Only His Eyebrows

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Perhaps you’ll recall the episode from Seinfeld when Bob Cobb, a conductor for The Police Orchestra, insists that everyone call him “maestro”–and only “maestro.” The pretentiousness of the suggestion makes for some good comedy, that’s for sure.
But occasionally the honorific title is fitting.


Duet for French Horn and Chair

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Pretty clever. Even more better is the comment left by one YouTube user, “I wonder if he’s first chair?” Ha!!
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A Short Anti-LSD Horror Film Made by the Lockheed Corporation (1969)

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During the late 1960s, the defense contractor Lockheed Corporation took a strange detour into filmmaking and sponsored a series of short films, each examining the perils of a particular hardcore drug. Above, you can watch “Case Study: LSD,” a three-minute short documenting a young woman’s acid trip.


“Every Country in the World”–Two Videos Tell You Curious Facts About 190+ Countries

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From Wendover Productions–a Youtube channel dedicated to explaining how our world works, from travel, to economics, to geography–comes a two part series called “Every Country in the World.


A Lccokrkow Garneo: All 245,000 Frames of Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange Randomized.

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Watch with caution if you’re sensitive to flashing lights and fast moving images.
Stanley Kubrick films take a while to unpack. Watch his A Clockwork Orange once, you’ll see one thing. Watch it again, you’ll notice details you didn’t get the first time. Ditto the third time, and beyond.


When Ursula K. Le Guin & Philip K. Dick Went to High School Together

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Creative commons images are by Rasmus Lerdorf and Gorthian , via Wikimedia Commons
When you run a site like this, you learn all kinds of unexpected things–most of it rich and rewarding, some of it strange, trivial and still nonetheless intriguing.


“We Suck” — When Yale Pranked Harvard at the 2004 Big Football Game

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On a completely lighter note.
The blurb to the Youtube video above reads as follows: “In 2004, 24 enterprising Yale students created the non-existent “Harvard Pep Squad” for the big Harvard–Yale football game.


Watch the Burning Man Live Stream

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Every year, right before Labor Day, 50,000 people travel to Black Rock City, Nevada to take part in Burning Man — an experimental community dedicated to radical self reliance, radical self-expression and art. The 2016 edition is underway. And you can feel free to drop in any time.


Why You Shouldn’t Drive Slowly in the Left Traffic Lane

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If you tend to drive slowly in the left lane, then take note. At best, you’re creating more traffic. At worst, you’re increasing the chances of an accident. That’s what research indicates. And that’s why the authorities are now trying to discourage the practice. Above, you can watch a quick public service announcement from Vox.


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