Watch David Brenner (RIP) Make the First of His 158 Appearances on The Tonight Show in 1971

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News just hit the wires that comedian David Brenner (1936-2014) died at his home today at the age of 78. Cancer was apparently the cause.
Born in Philadelphia, Brenner started out a documentary filmmaker, but eventually launched a career as a comedian.

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How to Follow Open Culture Posts: Daily Email & RSS Are Gold, Twitter Is an Option, Forget About Facebook

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Readers often ask us, “What’s the best way to make sure that I don’t miss any of your posts?” The answer, right now, is pretty clear: Sign up for our daily email. Each day, you will receive an email that tidily wraps up everything we’ve featured on the site over a 24 hour period.

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The Great Courses (Formerly The Teaching Company) Offers 70% Off Every Course on Cyber Monday

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Here’s a holiday season deal worth mentioning. The Great Courses (formerly The Teaching Company) is offering 70% off every course today, until midnight. If you’re not familiar with it, the company provides a very nice service. They travel across the U.S.

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Newly-Released Thelonious Monk Live Recording, ‘Paris 1969,’ Now Streaming Free for a Limited Time

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A quick heads up: Last week we told you all about how Thelonious Monk flubbed his first concert in Paris in 1954 and then made a triumphant return in 1969. The ’69 concert has just been released as a new CD, but, for a limited time, you can hear it streaming online,  from start to finish, for free.

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Culture Writer Wanted!

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Open Culture is looking for a freelance writer to cover all things cultural and help bring more intelligent media to our global audience. Here is an overview of what we have in mind.

The writer will contribute 5 posts per week (not less) on a very reliable schedule and will receive compensation for each post.

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The “Most Amazing [Borrowed] College Welcome Speech Ever”

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Georgia Tech sophomore and Mechanical Engineering major Nick Selby gave a rousing welcome speech at the 2013 Freshman Convocation. It didn’t take long for the speech to go viral. Or for Gawker to realize that the speech had been borrowed from a 2008 speech given by Andy Stone, once the debate team champion at Arizona State.

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Support The Public Domain Review

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The Public Domain Review is a not-for-profit project dedicated to showcasing the most interesting and unusual artefacts in the history of art, literature and ideas – all of which have fallen into the public domain and so are free for everyone to enjoy, reuse and share.

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The Great Courses (Formerly The Teaching Company) Offers 70% Off Every Course Today

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Here’s a holiday season deal worth mentioning. The Great Courses (formerly The Teaching Company) is offering 70% off every course today — Cyber Monday. If you’re not familiar with it, the company provides an amazing service. They travel across the U.S.

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Werner Herzog Loses a Bet to Errol Morris, and Eats His Shoe (Literally)

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Almost 35 years ago, sometime in the late 70s, the filmmakers Errol Morris and Werner Herzog made a bet. Correction: At the time, Herzog was a filmmaker, and already a star, but Errol Morris was just a guy obsessed with the idea of making a film about a pet cemetery. ‘I don’t believe you have the guts,’ Herzog told Morris.

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3D Rome Was Built in a Day

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Computer scientists at UNC-Chapel Hill and colleagues at the Swiss university, ETH-Zurich, have created an algorithm that searches through millions of photos on Flickr, then uses them to build a 3D model of landmarks and geographical locations. Case in point, the video above.

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