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  • The Upbeat Protest Song That Taught A Generation About Nelson Mandela

    In 1983, Jerry Dammers, principal songwriter and keyboardist for 2 Tone ska band The Specials, attended an anti-apartheid concert in London. Until that time, he knew very little about South African politics and the country’s most famous political prisoner, Nelson Mandela. Dammers was was inspired by the concert to write a song about Mandela but he never imagined the hit the song would become. In 1984, Dammers went into the studio with his new band The Special AKA and recorded “Nelson Mandela,” with Elvis Costello producing the track. Unlike most protest songs, “Nelson Mandela” was upbeat with much of the music inspired by tradiotional South African musical styles. The song was an immediate hit across the world and peaked at number 9 on the UK Singles Charts. That year, the students’ union at Wadham College, Oxford passed a motion to end every dance with the song, a practice which remains to this day. In June 2008, a concert was held in London’s Hyde Park for Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday. For the show’s big finale, Amy Winehouse led an all-star band, featuring Jerry Dammers, Annie Lennox, Queen and Paul Rodgers in an incredible performance of “Nelson Mandela.” Nelson Mandela passed away more »

  • Finally! Someone Has Combined Skydiving And Slip ‘N Slide [Video]

    There’s nothing that can’t be improved with a Slip ‘N Slide during the hot summer months.Everyone knows this, even skydivers. With that in mind, skydivers Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson decided to end their 5,000ft jump over Arizona with a 200 foot Slip ‘N Slide. And lucky for us, it was all captured on Niklas’s GoPro camera. In hindsight, they should have made the slide a bit longer since they dove into it at an incredible 50 mph, but it’s impressive nonetheless.

  • MLS Stars Remake “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” [Video]

    What happens when Major League Soccer MVP Mike Magee fakes sick to take a day off from practice? Find out in this brilliant clip from KickTV featuring Magee and other soccer stars, such as Omar Gonzalez, Sydney Leroux, Thierry Henry, Bruce Arena, Michael Bradley, Dwayne De Rosario, and Hope Solo, as they recreate the 80s classic “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Now if only they would make this into a feature length movie…

  • Charlie Sheen Goes To Taco Bell When He’s Drunk—Just Like The Rest Of Us [Video]

    Proving that he’s just like the rest of us, Charlie Sheen was seen at a Taco Bell after having a few too many adult beverages. He approaches the car of a fan at the drive-thru and seems like a pretty friendly dude. But then he shows off his tattoos only to reveal the Cincinnati Reds logo on his arm. C’mon Charlie! You were Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn for the Cleveland Indians! What are you doing with a Reds tattoo?

  • Iconic Concert: The Specials Usher In Ska’s Second Wave [Video]

    In 1977, The Specials formed in Coventry, England. Angry with the depressed economy and political strife that fueled the burgeoning punk rock movement, The Specials opted to channel their frustration into a more danceable ska beat. Ska, the calypso-meets-R&B music style that ruled Jamaica in the 50s, had made its way to England via immigrants from the West Indies but it wasn’t a nationwide craze until The Specials combined the music with punk’s anger and energy. Soon the second wave of ska had begun. Jerry Dammers, the songwriter and keyboardist for The Specials, formed 2Tone records, which released the first singles from Madness and Elvis Costello along with early records from The Beat (known as The English Beat in the US). In 1979 The Specials recorded their eponymous debut LP, produced by Elvis Costello. The album, a mix of ska classics like Dandy Livingstone’s “A Message to You, Rudy” and originals from Dammers, was a hit and the band was invited to play on the BBC-produced “Rock Goes to College.” The performance, broadcast live from the Colchester Institute in Essex, finds the band in top form. Along with songs from their first album, they incorporate other ska classics like The more »

  • The Gunfighter Is The Funniest Western Since Blazing Saddles [Video]

    Remember when Seth MacFarlane announced “A Million Ways to Die in the West” and we were all excited, hoping for it to be our generation’s “Blazing Saddles?” Then it came out. And it wasn’t. It wasn’t even our generation’s “Lust in the Dust.” What’s “Lust in the Dust?” Exactly. Well at least we have this fine short, “The Gunfighter.” Featuring the voice of Nick Offerman as a narrator steering the hilariously violent action, this movie will give you more laughs in 9 minutes than Seth MacFarlane gave you in 90.

  • Incredible POV Video From Fully Electric Formula Car

    If there was any doubt that electric cars aren’t just for old men with ponytails and college students in hemp t-shirts, the new FIA Formula E Championship will surely quash it. Conceived in 2012 and now in its inaugural season, FIA Formula E is the highest class of competition for one-make, single-seater, electrically-powered racing cars. In this video, Formula 1 Racer Lucas di Grassi, driving for Audi in the Formula E championship, straps a GoPro to his electric car and showcases the incredible power of these vehicles. The car can go 0-60 in 2.8 seconds and reaches speeds of over 140 mph on this track. With the interest sparked by this competition, electric car technology is sure to grow by leaps and bounds in a short time.

  • Weird Al Spoofs Pharrell With “Tacky”

    Weird Al’s 14th album, “Mandatory Fun,” comes out this month and the master of parody songs has declared it his final album. Don’t worry, Weird Al isn’t retiring. He just realized that digitally self-releasing songs works best for his medium, which tends to be topical. Most of the pop hits he parodies on the new album have already been tackled by YouTube users, such as Pharrell’s “Happy,” rewritten by Al as “Tacky.” But even if others are getting in on the parody game, no one has the talent of Weird Al and his band when it comes to reproducing the music so perfectly. Check out the video for “Tacky” below, featuring comedians Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal, and Jack Black and be sure to pick up “Mandatory Fun” when it’s released.

  • Saving Private Ryan Re-Cut As Expendables 3 Trailer

    Did you enjoy “Saving Private Ryan” but felt that it was too much of a downer? This trailer lets you see how the World War II drama would look if it was made as an over-the-top action movie like “Expendables 3.” The result is reminiscent of the way Michael Bay took a real-life story of kidnapping and murder and turned it into a wacky, comedic caper with “Pain and Gain.” Fun!

  • Every Robot-On-Robot Fight From The Transformers Trilogy In One Video

    Nobody goes to a Transformers movie for the fine acting. And nobody goes for the ridiculous story. Everybody just wants to see robots fighting each other while destroying everything around them, yet somehow Michael bay tricked us into watching 3 excruciatingly long movies just for a a few minutes of such battles. This video takes all the awesome robot fights from the first three movies and from the more than 7 hours of film we are left with…20 minutes. At least there’s hardly any Shia LaBeouf.

  • The Amount Of VFX In Game Of Thrones Is Incredible [Video]

    Ever wonder how much of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is computer-generated wizardry? The answer is pretty much all of it. Castles, mountains, water, fog, and even people are added in post-production. This video from Mackevision, just one of the visual effects studios responsible for the show, illustrates the vast world created by these visual artists who are so good at what they do, we don’t even notice the extent of their work.

  • The Longest Film Ever Made Has A 72-Minute Trailer [Video]

    Can a 72-minute video really count as a trailer? It can when it its a teaser for the longest film ever made, a 720-hour experimental artwork called “Ambiance.” This video will be followed by a 7 hour and 20 minute-long trailer in 2016, then a 72 hour trailer in 2018. The complete film will be shown only once, during a synchronized broadcast across every continent in 2020. After that single showing, the film will be destroyed. “Ambiance” is the work of Swedish artist Anders Weberg and only time will tell how the finished product will be received (our money’s on “with lots of confusion”). Remember when you thought “Braveheart” was long? Ha!

  • Hysterical Japanese Politician Becomes Free Jazz Masterpiece [Video]

    Last week, a Japanese politician gained worldwide infamy when a video of him crying while trying to explain his flagrant use of public funds became a YouTube sensation. Just a few days later, a very talented composer and pianist was able to harmonize the hysterical outburst, resulting in this free jazz masterpiece. You know how Italian sounds like a beautiful, lilting melody? Well distraught Japanese is pretty much the opposite. Also, the lead sheet is included below so those of you that are musically inclined can follow along. Good luck…

  • Nothing Says “America” Like A Laser Fight On The Statue Of Liberty [Video]

    Is there a better way to celebrate freedom than watching a children’s cartoon featuring a laser battle atop the Statue of Liberty? No. Of course there isn’t. In 1987 we were blessed with a feature length G.I. Joe cartoon movie that featured this incredible introduction. Jersey City is promising a huge spectacular at Liberty State Park tonight, so let’s keep our fingers crossed for something at least half this amazing.

  • Richard Linklater Plays The Ultimate Long Game With New Film “Boyhood” [Video]

    Filmmaker Richard Linklater has definitely had a varied career. He has directed mainstream hits, such as “Dazed and Confused” and “School of Rock,” while also taking risks with projects like “Waking Life” and “A Scanner Darkly.” His latest movie, “Boyhood,” falls into the latter group. Linklater wanted to make a movie following a boy’s life, which has been done to death, but he wanted to use the same boy throughout the movie. This meant that Linklater and the rest of the crew, featuring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, would film a little bit of the movie each year for 12 years. This was an epic undertaking and we’ll see if it pays off when “Boyhood” is released later this month.

  • POV Videos Of Verruckt, The World’s Tallest Waterslide

    Last fall, we shared photos of the construction of Verruckt, the world’s tallest waterslide at Kansas City’s Schlitterbahn water park. Originally slated to open in May, here we are in July and sadly the slide is still not open to the public. However, the folks at Schlitterbahn have given us hope with these two recent videos. The first is a POV video of a test run with only sand bags in the raft while the second video is a manned test run with waterpark designer Jeff Henry and ride engineer John Schooley in the raft. Now let’s just hope they open it up to the public soon!

  • The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 Turns 50

    On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. To think that it has only been 50 years since the practice of segregation has been outlawed is incredible. But what’s truly surprising is how difficult it was for the Civil Rights Act to make its way through the Senate. The “Southern Bloc” of 18 Democrat Senators and one Republican led by Senator Richard Russell of Georgia launched a 57-day filibuster against the bill. Eventually on June 19, the bill passed the Senate with a vote of 73-27 and on July 2, at 6:45 PM, President Johnson addressed the nation with the speech you can watch and read below.

  • Percussive Guitar Cover Of “Wake Me Up” Is Most Impressive [Video]

    By now every single person in the world is familiar with Swedish DJ Avicii thanks to his immense hit “Wake Me Up.” It’s the most played song on Spotify, with over 250 million plays and about 850,000 each day. Although we are all sick of it now, there’s no denying how catchy it was when we first heard it. Now Sam Meador, frontman and keyboardist for black metal band Xanthocroid has breathed new life into the song with this percussive guitar cover. If you like what you hear, be sure to download the track at CDBaby and help Sam raise money to record his solo album.

  • Las Vegas Time-Lapse In 4K Will Blow You Away [Video]

    High-Definition is extremely impressive…if you’re living in the early 2000s. But here in the mid-2010s, 1080p no longer cuts it. The 2160p resolution of 4k ultra high-definition is what we need and we won’t settle for any less. Photo Trekker realizes this and that’s why they made this incredible time-lapse video of Las Vegas that looks more real than looking out the window. It took 5 days of shooting for this 92-second video, using 4 Canon 5D Mark III cameras. There’s two more 4k time-lapse videos on the way from Photo Trekker, and if they’re anything like this, we can’t wait.

  • Sing “O Canada,” Get Beer [Video]

    A while back, Canadian beer giant Molson made the news when they placed fridges full of beer across Europe that could only be opened with a Canadian passport. Now the fridges have found their way back home to the Great White North but those crafty Canadians have still found a way to ensure only fellow Canucks will be able to open them. This time the refrigerators can only be opened by thirsty folks who can sing “O Canada,” a song known only to Canadians and hockey spectators. Wait, will it work for the French version? Won’t someone think of the Quebecois?

  • Man Liquefies And Drinks Complete Wendy’s Combo For Our Entertainment [Video]

    A new channel called Liquid Lunch has sprung up on YouTube wherein an enterprising young fellow with an iron stomach liquefies food and then drinks the concoction. In the premier episode, he takes a Wendy’s combo consisting of a burger, fries, and Dr Pepper and blends it together. The resulting drink is hard for him to ingest, but he eventually gets it all down (a chocolate frosty probably would have been a better beverage choice for the combo). He is asking for suggestions for the next Liquid Lunch in the comments, and with Long John Silvers at the top, this dude probably won’t last long. Enjoy his stupidity while you can!

  • The First 3 Tranformers Movies Sync Up Surprisingly Well [Video]

    Michael Bay’s latest Transformers film opens today and rest assured, plenty of us in our late twenties and early thirties will bemoan over his treatment of something from our childhood we hold so dear while also expressing dread about his upcoming Ninja Turtles flick. We will also still go out and watch it. But it’s safe to say we already know what we’re getting into. Not only were the first 3 movies formulaic, they actually sync up pretty well, too. 3 heroic men from RedLetterMedia bravely watched the previous movies at the same time in an effort to show just how similar they are, and the results are incredible.

  • Game of Thrones…With Pugs [Video]

    Sure, this Game of Thrones video with pugs seems like an adorable idea at first, but what would happen if it followed the same storyline? Would you be willing to watch thousands of pugs slaughtered each season? And everyone says they hate Joffrey, but you’d have to be one sick puppy to hate him in pug form.

  • Visualizing 24 Hours Of International Flights In Under 2 Minutes [Video]

    The UK’s National Air Traffic Services, or NATS, handles 2.2 million flights carrying 220 million passengers in UK airspace each year. NATS services 15 airports in the UK, including Heathrow, the busiest airport in Europe, and also services airports in 30 other countries around the world. This video shows the air traffic they control over a typical 24-hour period in the North Atlantic. Let’s all take a moment to appreciate the hard-working air traffic controllers that deal with this so we can focus on worrying about what movie is shown and if the person sitting next to us is going to be taking off their shoes.

  • Newcastle Imagines A British Controlled USA With “If We Won” [Video]

    Newcastle, whose brilliant online Super Bowl campaign about how good their commercial would have been if they could afford it, is working on what will probably be another great series of ads. “If We Won” imagines a world where Britain won the Revolutionary War with Stephen Merchant, of HBO’s uncomfortably funny (and unfortunately cancelled) “Hello Ladies,” explaining the benefits of being a part of the British Empire. Watch the first video below, then keep up with the series at If We Won.

  • Japan Unveils First Android Newscaster, Rest Of World Is Creeped Out [Video]

    In an effort to remind the world that they are the weirdest nation on Earth, Japanese scientists unveiled the world’s first android newscaster. For now, the android will be working at Tokyo’s National Museum of Emerging Sciene and Innovation conversing with visitors and gathering information on human/android interactions. Designed by leading robotics professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, the hope is that the android will learn to better communicate with real people so that human will be more open to an ever-increasing android presence. Hopefully it won’t turn out like an anime version of the classic “They took our jobs!” South Park episode.

  • Forget Strangers Kissing. Strangers Slapping Each Other Is Where It’s At [Video]

    Remember that video where strangers me for the first time and kissed? Of course you do, it was everywhere. Then came the millions of parodies. Now filmmaker Max Landis, son of director John Landis, has made a video in a similar vein where friends or acquaintances were randomly paired up and asked to hit each other. His reasoning is something about the antagonistic nature of the camera and the performers banding together blah blah blah whatever. All that really matters is that Haley Joel Osment, onetime child star of films such as “The Sixth Sense,” is one of the people who gets slapped. So watch the video and if you are interested in the story behind the shoot, watch the “making of” below.

  • David Bowie And Mick Jagger Musicless Music Video

    In 1985, David Bowie and Mick Jagger teamed up for a cover of the 1964 Martha and the Vandellas hit, “Dancing in the Street.” It was a terrible version of a great song and the only thing worse was the video—3 minutes of the duo wearing 80s pastels and dancing like a couple of white, middle-age dads. But we all put up with it because the proceeds went to charity. This video, through the removal of the song, has actually improved upon the original. Now we can finally hear all the weird dad noises a 42-year-old Mick Jagger was probably making while attempting to “dance.”

  • Realistic Garfield Is Hilarious And Sort Of Sad [Video]

    The Pete Holmes Show may have been recently cancelled by TBS, but that doesn’t mean Pete Holmes has lost his sense of humor. With sketches consistently funnier than most of his late-night counterparts, it’s a shame the show never really found an audience. But Holmes was a star on the Internet before his TV show and as long as he keeps doing videos like this “Realistic Garfield,” his fame won’t waver. This is how Hollywood should make the next Garfield movie. Just think of all the money they’ll save by not paying Bill Murray, or anyone for that matter, to voice Garfield.

  • New York Then And Now [18 Photos and Video]

    Amateur photographer Cora Drimus traveled to New York City in April and used the photographs of her trip to make this incredible video juxtaposing the new photos with old shots, some dating back to the 19th century, of the same locations. The result is a reminder of just how much New York City and the world as a whole has changed over the course of the last century. The transition from horse and buggies to cars, railroads to highways, and the rise of ever taller skyscrapers are all documented here. Watch the video and check out some of our favorite photos below.

  • Disney Star Wars Musical Parody [Video]

    Now that Disney owns the Star Wars universe and is releasing a new series of movies, will we have to suffer through saccharine songs of unrequited love? Probably not at first, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a “Star Wars Princesses” offshoot is secretly in the works. This video presents all of the original Star Wars movie, Episode IV, as a musical with melodies you’ll recognize from Aladdin, Peter Pan, and other Disney classics. It’s obviously a joke (and a well produced one at that), but it may also serve as a harbinger of the future of the Star Wars universe.

  • The IRS Star Trek Parody Is Even Worse Than You’d Think [Video]

    Last June, the IRS was in hot water with Congress when it was discovered that the agency of nerdy accountants held a $4.1 million conference in 2010 featuring a Star Trek parody that cost $60,000 to produce. Faris Fink, the unfortunately-named IRS commissioner who portrays Spock in the awful video below, was forced to apologize to Congress for making the video. What’s really sad is that the video is aims to show that without tax collectors, anarchy results, but if I had to choose between anarchy or self-indulgent nerds, anarchy wins out every time.

 
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