Posts Tagged ‘videos’

Pantomime Horse of the Year Show, 1980

December 9, 2022

In 1980, the world’s first Pantomime Horse of the Year Show was held in Basingstoke, Hampshire. The Tweseldown and Wellington Horse Trials are held nearby. England has excelled in breeding these high-spirited Panto Horses for over a century. In recent times, the London Pantomime Horse Race has run a point-to-point pub-to-pub course in Greenwich.

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How a dictionary writer defines English

December 8, 2022

Kory Stamper, former dictionary editor at Merriam-Webster, explains the work of lexicography. A Vox video by Phil Edwards.

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Ants in the Desert

December 5, 2022

Ants navigate by leaving scent trails, marking their journeys by leaving pheremones in their wake, to be followed by other ants or to find their way back home. Desert ants can’t do that, since it’s too windy there, and scents dissipate. Here’s how they compensate. A video by Robert Krulwich and Jason Orfanon, animated by OddTodd (Todd Rosenberg).

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A New Kind of Chinatown

November 29, 2022

Old Chinatowns were segregated urban ghettos settled by low-skilled laborers. Newer versions have emerged in New York, Sydney, LA, Melbourne, Vancouver, and Toronto. A Quartz video by Nikhil Sonnad and Tony Lin.

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Ferrari

November 22, 2022

How to build a Ferrari. A look inside Ferrari’s car factory in Maranello, Italy.

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Bicycles & Women’s Rights

November 21, 2022

“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel…the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.”

— Susan B. Anthony, 1896

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Glasgow Bouncer University

November 18, 2022

Glasgow is known as an historic center of higher education and raucous pubs, so a school for bouncers just made sense.  A vintage BBC film clip.

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Endangered Species: Stick Shifts

November 14, 2022

In 2006, 47 percent of car models sold in the US offered standard or optional manual transmissions. One decade later, only 27 percent of new cars offered manuals. By 2020, the number was just 13 percent.

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“8 Manual Transmission Statistics,” Pete Ortiz, House Grail

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Where’s the Water Going In the American West?

November 1, 2022

Water is scarce in the American West. Where’s in going? You’re eating it. It’s not long showers, swimming pools, lawn watering, at-home car washes, irrigating golf courses hotel fountains in Las Vegas. It’s agriculture.

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Read this blog and we’ll plant a tree. Okay, we won’t.

October 24, 2022

When a company tells you they’re going “carbon-neutral,” with “carbon offsets,” it’s a signal they’re about to make the world worse. “We cannot offset our way out of climate change,” explains John Oliver.

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