Posts Tagged ‘humor’

Historically Accurate Disney Princess Song

June 25, 2016

“Historically Accurate Disney Princess Song,” written by Rachel Bloom and performed by Ms. Bloom and Jack Dolgen. Arranged by Jerome Kurtenbach; animated by Norm Scott.

Related:

“The Problem With Disney Princesses,” Tom Jacobs, Pacific Standard

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NASA’s Bouncy Castle in Space Stays Flat

May 27, 2016

Bouncy Castle in Space!

Last month NASA sent an inflatable room — the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module or BEAM — into space via SpaceX as a home improvement for the International Space Station’s Tranquility Module. Like many home improvement projects, all did not go according to plan, and yesterday the big balloon didn’t inflate worth a damn. Perhaps a Rubbermaid garden shed will do? Home Depot is open until 10 tonight.

More:

“The ISS’s New Space Module Fails Its First Inflation Attempt,” Emma Grey Ellis, Wired

“ISS controllers defer BEAM module expansion,” Pete Harding, NASASpaceFlight.com

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Image (“BEAM deployed – artist concept”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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The Macaroons of Moses

April 22, 2016

The Macaroons of Moses
Tonight many Jewish families hold the Seder, the ritual meal celebrating the holiday of Passover. Many Americans are unfamiliar with the customs of this dinner, such as recounting the Exodus story as told in the ancient Maxwell House Haggadah and the obligation to drink four glasses of wine (oh, the sacrifices …).

One seasonal custom puzzling to Gentiles is the appearance of canned Kosher cookies in American supermarkets. Many Jews are puzzled as well, since the cookies are macaroons made with coconut, chocolate, and other ingredients not prominent in the Old Testament.

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Les pyramides d’Égypte

April 17, 2016

“Les pyramides d’Égypte,” directed by Corentin Charron, Lise Corriol, Olivier Lafay, and Nicolas Mrikhi. Music: Kalina Świątnicka. No camels were harmed in the making of this animation.

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Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1951

April 3, 2016

“Raiders of the Lost Ark” premake by Ivan Guerrero.

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Walking In My Winter Underwear

January 25, 2016

“Walking in my Winter Underwear,” a song parody performed on the Lawrence Welk Show. The original song was written by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith in 1934.

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Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow

January 24, 2016

Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow,” (1974) written and performed by Frank Zappa, animated by N.J. Verburgt. This track combines a second song,  “Nanook Rubs It,” a commentary on the fur industry.

Note: In the real world, don’t call Inuit people “Eskimos,” don’t look for penguins in the Arctic, and don’t eat snow, period. Do enjoy the humor of these animated songs, though.

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The Snow Plow Man

January 23, 2016

“The Snow Plow Man,” by Mike McDonald. Animated by Hatching Studios.
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Trim Your Tree

December 25, 2015

“Trim Your Tree,” a racy 1954 jump blues by Jimmy Butler.

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Merry Christmas From The Family

December 25, 2015

“Merry Christmas From The Family,” written by Robert Earl Keene, performed here by the Dixie Chicks and Rosie O’Donnell. Here’s how the songwriter does it:

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