Posts Tagged ‘videos’

Deng Xiaoping at the Rodeo

August 12, 2022

China’s Vice-Premier Deng Xiaoping visited a rodeo in Simonton Texas, in 1979. He got a Stetson, and a couple of prize bulls. But that’s not all. Phil Edwards explains.

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“How a 10-gallon hat helped heal relations between China and America,” Adam Taylor, Washington Post

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Bertram Russell’s Grandfather

August 11, 2022

Your grandparents may remember Bertram Russell (1872 –1970), British philosopher, logician, and social critic. He remembers his own grandfather, who met Napoleon, in this 1952 interview.

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The ‘Lost Cities’ of the Amazon

August 3, 2022

After 300 years of hunting a mythical El Dorado in the Americas, archaeologists looked more closely at Amazonia’s forest floor, working with the remaining Indigenous people and excavated long ditches and mounds. Mapping them, they found the markings of large settlements; walls, moats, plazas, and roads connected to even more settlements, all over the Amazon.  A Vox video by Sam Ellis.

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“‘Mind blowing’ ancient settlements uncovered in the Amazon,” Freda Kreier, Nature

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Liechtenstein

August 2, 2022

Liechtenstein, the fourth smallest country in Europe, has been an independent nation since 1719. How did that happen? The Generalist Papers explains.

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How to Keep Birds From Hitting Airplanes

July 28, 2022

Laura Francoeur, Chief Wildlife Biologist for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, explains how they minimize bard-plance collisions at JFK Airport. A Wall Street Journal video.

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“Port Authority Biologists Work to Keep Turtles Off JFK’s Runways,” Lori Chung, NY1

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Why roller coaster loops aren’t a perfect circle

July 27, 2022

Between the 1840s and early 1900s, loops on roller coasters were perfectly circular. Now they’re not. Here’s why. A Vox video.

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Brewing Coffee

July 26, 2022

Brewing coffee with a 19 century balancing siphon, a 2014 Boing Boing video by Andrea James.

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New Pro Sport: Pillow Fighting

July 22, 2022

The fighters swing official two pound pillows, foam-filled and queen-sized, in nylon sailcloth cases. It’s the new sport of Professional Pillow Fighting.

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“Pillow fighting could be the next great combat sport – no, seriously,” Jordan Blumetti, The Guardian

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A 1949 toaster is better than your toaster

July 20, 2022

The 1949 Sunbeam Radiant Control Toaster, invented by Ludvik J. Koci, sold for 4 dozen years. It beats your toaster, um, hands down.

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Bye Bye Boris

July 18, 2022

UK commentator Jonathan Pie gives a proper “Ta ta!” to Tory Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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