Chris Higgins is the author of The Blogger Abides and writes for This American Life, The Atlantic, Breakfast on Mars, and The Magazine. You can follow him at chrishiggins.com.
From the annals of weird internet history, I bring you "Frontier Psychiatrist," a music video by The Avalanches from 2001. The Avalanches use tons of samples to construct catchy, often bizarre songs. "Frontier Psychiatrist" itself reportedly contains samples from 37 spoken word records. This video, directed by Tom Kuntz and Mike Maguire, puts on a crazy mixed-media stage production to go along with the song. I thoroughly agree with one of the top YouTube comments on this video. As "CaptainPotWeed"... READ ON
In recent months, we've been reminded of teen bullying and suicide as a rising problem in the U.S. For example, I posted a Late Movies installment about the It Gets Better project. But this obviously isn't a new problem. A friend recently sent me this clip from the 1990 movie Pump Up the Volume, in which Christian Slater's character urges his radio audience (who are primarily social outcasts at their school) to reject suicide, despite their pain and torment. Okay, good message.
But it's a weird... READ ON
This one is from Order of the Phoenix.... READ ON
A "supercut" is not only a quality haircut from a national chain -- it's a type of video in which all instances of a particular word, phrase, or scenario are placed together, sometimes in sequence. No idea what I'm talking about? Watch on, and prepare for things to get weird.
Don Draper Says "What?"
This supercut claims to be an exhaustive compilation of every time Mad Men's Don Draper has said "What?" as a single line of dialogue. Beautiful and weird and...what?
See also: every cigarette... READ ON
Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, according to Wikipedia, #830 in the Line of succession to the British throne.
Back in July, our own Will Treece pointed to the then-longest Wikipedia article: Licensed and localized editions of Monopoly. However, since then, the Monopoly page has been broken up into a series of shorter pages. I thought I'd check out what the current Top 20 list looks like today -- and it's totally bananas.
While most of the longest articles are themselves long lists... READ ON
What happens when a mini-orchestra performs the Mad Men theme song, gently mashed up with Nat "King" Cole's classic "Nature Boy"? Awesome jazz fantasticness. Also be aware -- it's performed in a single take, with no cuts or overdubs. BEHOLD:
Educational note: the Mad Men theme is actually an edit of "A Beautiful Mine" by RJD2. Huh. You learn something new every day, right? Here's how the band (apparently called Videos Recorded Live) describes the... READ ON
Spoiler alert: if you haven't seen 2007's There Will Be Blood, the video below is a massive spoiler -- in the best possible way. The creators turn TWBB into a sidescrolling Super Nintendo style game (sorry, not a playable game -- just a video) lasting just one minute. The original film is 158 minutes long, so this 158:1 compression is shockingly impressive -- particularly given that it seems to get all of the major plot points in there. If you have seen TWBB, you owe it to nerds everywhere to watch this... READ ON
Premiering Sunday, November 7, on the National Geographic Channel: Great Migrations. Set your DVRs -- the seven-part series is set to air at 8pm.
We live in a wonderful era for nature documentaries. In recent years we've seen mega documentaries like Planet Earth and Life capture headlines, and with good reason -- they featured stunning HD photography, huge budgets, and a compelling narrative. The latest mega nature documentary is Great Migrations from National Geographic, and it's a doozy. This... READ ON
If you've seen Mad Men, you've probably noticed books embedded within the show. In each season, period-appropriate books show up and sometimes even relate to major plot points (like Meditations in an Emergency and The Chrysanthemum and the Sword). The New York Public Library has been tweeting about these books and has now assembled a complete collection of the books shown onscreen (there are even screen-grabs at the bottom of the post!), along with some recommended reading beyond what has been featured... READ ON
Presented without comment: "In the desert, not only is mound-building incredibly difficult, but the bird population is incredibly sparse...and a mate is hard to find. Laid-up after an industrial accident, former motor mechanic Whimpey Reicheldt became a self-taught naturalist."
Sadly, the clip is so short, we don't find out much about Whimpey or his Malleefowl. You can learn a bit more about these animals in this video. Both videos are excerpts from the documentary Men and their Megapodes, which... READ ON
The word "unfriend" appeared in print all the way back in 1659.