Rare color footage of President Herbert Hoover and family uncovered

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The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library uncovered what’s believed to be the earliest color film of the White House. First lady Lou Hoover filmed a collection of home movies, including the president’s daily exercise routine on the lawn. Continue reading “Rare color footage of President Herbert Hoover and family uncovered”

Rare color footage of President Herbert Hoover and family uncovered

Engineering the Most Annoying Sound Ever

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Alarms come in many forms; from the gentle ping of a text message notification to the wake-up wail of a bedside clock, these sounds are a part of our lives. That’s why an alarm that could actually save your life needs to be so attention-grabbing—and intensely annoying.  Continue reading “Engineering the Most Annoying Sound Ever”

Engineering the Most Annoying Sound Ever

How a dictionary writer defines English

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Kory Stamper works for Merriam-Webster. So how does a dictionary writer define the language? Continue reading “How a dictionary writer defines English”

How a dictionary writer defines English

Creating Saturday Night Live: Kate McKinnon Make-up Transition

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On March 11th, 2017, the SNL make-up team had only one commercial break to get Kate McKinnon out of her Jeff Sessions character and into her “Shud the Mermaid” character. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at that transition. Continue reading “Creating Saturday Night Live: Kate McKinnon Make-up Transition”

Creating Saturday Night Live: Kate McKinnon Make-up Transition

Welcome to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch

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At 58 letters, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch is the longest town name in all of Europe. It wasn’t always the town’s name, though—in the 1860s, the name was developed as a way to entice tourists to make the town a stop on their travels. It’s an amalgamation of the Welsh words and names for local landmarks, and it’s probably the best PR stunt of the 1860s—or today. So yeah, welcome to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch! You don’t need to be able to say it to enjoy your stay. Continue reading “Welcome to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch”

Welcome to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch

How Spongebob Predicted Meme Culture

How Spongebob Predicted Meme Culture

Let’s talk about How Spongebob Predicted Meme Culture! Continue reading “How Spongebob Predicted Meme Culture”

How Spongebob Predicted Meme Culture

Someone Recreated an Entire Showbiz Pizza Palace in Mississippi

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Damon Breland recreated a Showbiz Pizza Palace in Mississippi, complete with the entire The Rock-Afire Explosion. Continue reading “Someone Recreated an Entire Showbiz Pizza Palace in Mississippi”

Someone Recreated an Entire Showbiz Pizza Palace in Mississippi