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11 Creative Fan Renditions of Doctor Who Music

Doctor Who fans have a lot of creativity and talent, and many times they share it on YouTube. So to help tide us over until the new series starts, here are 11 creative interpretations of Doctor Who music!

Craig Ferguson had Matt Smith (the Eleventh Doctor) as a guest on The Late Late Show, and as he is a massive Doctor Who fan, he put this together as a song and dance number based on the theme; it was initially blocked by his producer's lawyers, but was "accidentally" leaked to YouTube for your enjoyment:

Craig Ferguson isn't the only comedian who likes Doctor Who; here's how Tim Minchin did the theme at the BBC Comedy Proms:

Dan Rider's acapella Doctor Who theme, which has lyrics celebrating the new series:

MrSolidSnake745 does renditions of popular music on his array of eight 5 1/4" floppy drives; this time, he does his interpretation of the theme:

Arc Attack, which makes music by modulating the frequency of sparks generated by a set of Tesla coils, has done the Doctor Who theme many times, but here's their performance at the 2011 World Maker Faire:

A more traditional acapella rendition, without lyrics, by YouTube user Maximusmessage:

Eric Calderone, aka Erock, put together an excellent heavy metal rendition of the 11th Doctor's theme, segueing into "I Am the Doctor", which is surprisingly good in this form:

Annette Bjorling performs an ethereal harp improvisation based on "I Am the Doctor":

The Doctor Who Fan Orchestra was created to produce collaborative performances of Murray Gold's music for the series; they haven't done the theme yet, but here's their first production, "I Am the Doctor":

This one is a bit different; it's only if you listen carefully that you realize Pink Floyd's "One Of These Days" is a bit familiar. It's much more obvious in live productions; in this one, listen to that bass line, and listen especially closely around 2:20:

And then we'll finish up by going back to the themes -- in this case, a medley of all broadcast versions of the theme tune (lasting over eleven and a half minutes):

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Food Going Bad? How to Set the Correct Temperature For Your Fridge
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Depending on the size of your household, your grocery bill can sometimes outpace utility costs or other expenses, making it one of the biggest monthly expenditures in your budget. If you've spent that money on organic, fresh produce, watching it go bad faster than it should can be a frustrating experience.

If your lettuce is getting icy or your meat is smelling a little fishy, the problem might be your refrigerator's temperature setting. While many newer fridge models have digital thermometers that make checking for the correct temperature easy—it should be right around 37°F, with your freezer at 0°F—others have a manual dial that offers ambiguous settings numbered from one to five or one to 10.

Fortunately, there's an easy way to make the knob match your ideal climate. Refrigerator thermometers are available at home goods stores or online and provide a digital readout of the refrigerator's interior that's usually accurate within 1°F. Leave the thermometer on the middle shelf to get the correct reading.

Once you have the appliance set, be sure to check it periodically to make sure it's maintaining that temperature. Packing too much food on your shelves, for example, tends to make the interior warmer. If the coils need to be cleaned, it might be retaining more heat. Kept at a steady 37°F, your food should remain fresh, safe, and perfectly cold.

 

[h/t Reader's Digest]

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Voodoo Doughnut Is Coming to the East Coast (Finally!)
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Voodoo Doughnut, the beloved Portland purveyor of creative pastries, is finally coming to the East Coast. The company is opening a shop at the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida, according to Travel + Leisure.

The original Voodoo Doughnut opened in Portland, Oregon in 2003. An early adopter of the maple-bacon dessert trend, it became famous for its Maple Bacon Bar and has since added doughnuts that incorporate other quirky flavors like bubble gum dust, Tang, and Fruit Loops. (At one point, the company sold doughnuts glazed with NyQuil, as well as one called a Vanilla Pepto Crushed Tums doughnut, but both of those have been discontinued by order of the health department.) Several of its unique flavors have also been turned into beers by the Oregon-based Rogue Ale.

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The popular Portland location usually features a line out the door and down the block, and the company now has outposts in Eugene, Denver, Austin, and Los Angeles. It has such a cult following that the stores will not just provide doughnuts for your wedding—they will host the ceremony. Now, East Coast doughnut lovers will be able to get in on the action, too.

The Universal Orlando CityWalk store has opened already, but it’s still in preview mode, meaning the hours can vary, and there's no guarantee it will be open every day. When it officially opens later this spring, it will be serving up more than 50 types of doughnuts seven days a week from 7 a.m. to midnight, and until 1 a.m. on weekends.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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