Summertime for George Gershwin. The creation of Porgy & Bess 75 years ago required some fieldwork off the coast of South Carolina.
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Michael Jackson and the Chinese Red Army perform "Beat It". This editing masterpiece will make you scratch your head and then laugh. (via Neatorama)
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The Eternal Value of Privacy. This classic article explains how the concept of privacy is way more than hiding some wrongdoing.
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Russian Types is a set of portraits taken in Moscow and St. Petersburg in the 1860s. Is it my imagination, or do most of the men look like Rasputin? (via Dark Roasted Blend)
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The Edinburgh Fringe Festival has unveiled the ten funniest jokes told this year -and some of the worst jokes as well. You have to be British to understand some of them. (via Metafilter)
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The Rise and Fall of Quicksand. It may not be in as many movies as it once was, but there are still fans of the stuff out there.
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What a duck's bill really looks like. You'll never look at them the same way after this revelation.
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Dead Rabbits & Other Historical Pregnancy Tests. When you need to know "now", you were pretty much out of luck until 1977.