Monday, August 31, 2015

I Don't Think So

Up Close and Personal with Sharks

They showed a clip from the documentary Air Jaws: Walking with Great Whites, which premiered on Discovery last night in the US. Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson of the Australian morning show Today aren’t having any of it.

Considering that every type of wildlife in Australia is already trying to kill you, you’d think these folks would be unimpressed. If they are that scared, I don’t want anywhere near a Great White. (via reddit)

Instagram Perspective

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Truck vs. Tree

I dunno about this. It doesn’t look quite safe to me. But it must have turned out all right, because the entire video descriptions says,
Witness the awesome pulling power of Dodge trucks.
Pulling down a tree with a truck is not a recommended tactic. You might save some money by not hiring a professional, but getting flattened, no matter how small the chance, can be a devastating consequence. (via Arbroath)

Drone Delivery

Wait: They Were In That?

We didn’t pay attention to those actors in those tiny roles because we had no idea they were going to be big stars someday. But every movie star has a first film, with usually a pretty insignificant role. Or amy be several movies with insignificant roles. Everyone’s gotta start somewhere, and you may be surprised to know that you’ve already seen them. (via Neatorama)

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A Brief History of the Road. We’ve come a long way from footpaths through the woods.

The 2015 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest Winners. (via Metafilter

Jaime Prater made a documentary about growing up in a cult, and he’s still paying the price.

The Dangerous Myth of Appomattox. Ending the Civil War took years, and the wounds still haven’t completely healed. (via Collectors Weekly)

This Reddit Thread Proves True Love is Alive And Well… And Really Weird.  

Here’s What Everyone Wore To The 2015 MTV VMAs. They wore lots and lots of exposed skin.

A quick glance at the life and career of Wes Craven. The legendary horror director died Sunday at age 76.

10 Historical Words That Don't Mean What You Think. Still, it’s best to use them in the way the person you’re talking to understands them.

The Fashions of Cleopatra in Cinema. You had no idea this many actresses portrayed the Egyptian queen.

The craziest names for High School Sports Teama. Would you rather play for the Kewpies or the Nimrods?

Feather Duster

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Rube Goldberg Trick Shot Dunk

This group of friends loves basketball trick shots, even if they are just playing basketball until someone actually gets near the basket. How to make it more interesting? Rig up a Rube Goldeberg-style route to get that basketball somewhere near the basket!

This is a one-shot video, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only shot. The video description says it took three days of preparation and 137 attempts to get it right. Was it worth it? Two million YouTube views says yes! (via Viral Viral Videos)

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Is That So?

Donald Trump Says "China"

Exactly what it says on the tin. Donald Trump talks about China a lot- enough to make it sound downright funny. This supercut from HuffPo may prove to be an earworm. My apologies in advance. (via Viral Viral Videos)


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Booby Trap

A young man just wants to finish his drawing, but something isn’t quite coming together. It’s the boobs. You can see the ending coming a mile away, but that doesn’t make it any less satisfying. Dylan Simpson made this short animated film for a local animation festival. It's SFW. (via reddit)

Cat Mechanic

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Grumpy Cat Tolerates Madame Tussauds’ Figure Sculptors

Grumpy Cat is slated to be enshrined in Madame Tussauds wax museum in San Francisco. That means she had to travel to their studio to be studied, measured, molded, and photographed by the artists who will create her wax doppelgänger. She Grumpy Cat enjoy the session? Duh.  (via Tastefully Offensive)

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Prostate Screening

JP the Beeman Removes a Beehive from a Home

Removing a honeybee hive from a home should involve a beekeeper, not an exterminator. JP is up of rthe job, and shows us how it’s done. This is way more entertaining than it has any right to be. (via reddit)

Second Grade

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Two New Snow Leopard Cubs

The Chicago Zoological Society proudly announced two new arrivals at the Brookfield Zoo yesterday: snow leopard cubs! Well, the announcement was yesterday; the cubs were born on June 16th. Since then, they have been living in seclusion with their mother, 4-year-old Sarani. Their father is 5-year-old Sabu. Both cubs are female, and have no names yet (which sounds like a crowdsourcing project may be coming). Snow leopards are one of earth’s seven "big cats," and are an endangered species. There are only a few thousand left in the wild.

The new cubs will remain in their own private living quarters until October, when they will be introduced to the public. Meanwhile, you can read more about them at the zoo’s website, and keep up with their progress through Facebook. (via Buzzfeed)

Wedding Gifts

Modern New Orleans

Ten years after Katrina, we salute New Orleans with a peek at its history. This MGM documentary was made in the 1940s. (via Everlasting Blort)

Don't Just Stand There!

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Friday, August 28, 2015

That Was a Fun Prom

Mean Science

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The Marmot’s Roar

I always imagined a marmot would sound something like this. So I was as surprised as you will be to hear one actually vocalizing. This was recorded on Blackcomb Mountain in British Columbia by the folks at Lone Goat Soap Co. Naturally, YouTubers had to edit this video to “improve” the roar, and to insert the marmot into an opera and a Taylor Swift concert. You can see those at Tastefully Offensive. (via Arbroath)


Kids Try Dark Chocolate

Hey, sweetie, want some chocolate? These kids are expecting the sweet milk chocolate they’ve always had, but this is dark chocolate. The kind grownups eat, without so much milk and sugar. In slow motion, you can see the shock, disappointment, and near panic in their eyes. Once they get a bite, we don’t have to hide our chocolate stash from the youngsters any more. This is an ad from Splendid Chocolates of Quebec. It’s hard to see how this will sell more chocolate, but it’s awfully cute. (via Buzzfeed)

Pictures from La Tomatina 2015

The biggest food fight in the world takes place every year in Buñol, Spain, not far from Valencia. La Tomatina sees thousands of people gather to toss a hundred metric tons of tomatoes at each other. This year’s fight was Wednesday. See some pictures of the carnage that I posted at mental_floss.

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“Pop Goes the Weasel”: What Does It Really Mean? Eddie Deezen gives us the breakdown.

A Guide to Eating at Disney World. It’s massive, so start here. (via Digg

12 Back-to-School Facts About Welcome Back, Kotter.

Datenomics: What two religions tell us about the modern dating crisis. (via Metafilter

11 Rare But Rising Dog Breeds. (via the Presurfer)

Beatles vs. Stones and Two Unmade Stanley Kubrick Movies. Even if they had turned out horrible, I'd have loved to see them.

The 10 Most Deceptive PR Campaigns in History. Not necessarily in order of damage done.

When Disaster Strikes, Museums Call In The A-Team. These experts go the extra mile to rescue and preserve your priceless collection.

Female Spies and Gender-Bending Soldiers Who Changed the Course of the Civil War. The risks were high, but the reward was that we’re still reading about them.

A day at the DMZ: The political theater at the heart of the Korean conflict. The 250-kilometer line has separated sparring siblings for over 60 years.

Yes, I Do

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Public Restrooms Around the World

Imagine being sent on a round-the-world trip just to document public toilets. Cut Video sent Blaine on such a trip, although I have a feeling he had plenty of other assignments as well. That said, he indeed documented public toilets in major cities all over. They may not be representative of all the city’s, or country’s toilets, of course. This video contains images that might be NSFW, because it’s about toilets, but no penises. (via Viral Viral Videos)

Thursday, August 27, 2015



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Dogs Who Don't Want Their Kid to Go Back to School

School days are hard on dogs. Who wants to see their favorite little person disappear all day? Um, well, parents do, but they know exactly when the kids are coming home. The dogs are surprised and delighted when it happens.

Potty Training Tally

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Remember When You Loved Star Wars?

Target’s new Star Wars ad has no movie clips at all, but will still get you excited about the December premiere of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. It relies on nostalgia, with clips of kids (and grownups) all joyously indulging in Star Wars glee. 

What’s this all about? Well, it doesn’t say in the ad at all, but new Star Wars merchandise will arrive in Target stores September 4th. That gives us all plenty of time to clear the stores of Christmas gifts before the movie opens. That way, it won’t matter a bit whether the movie is any good or not. (via Time)

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Comparative Meows. The science of cat noises.

The Funniest One-liners from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. (via Metafilter)

10 Strange Secret Societies That You’ve Probably Never Heard Of.

Almost None of the Women in the Ashley Madison Database Ever Used the Site. And the ones that did were bots.

The Force Awakens to force other movies off IMAX screens for a month. The seventh Star Wars movie will play at all 400 IMAX screens in America, even in museums.

3D printing can now be done with glass. The trick is going from 1900 degrees to solid in a hurry.

The First Danish Kings Were Pirates. Plunder led to riches, then power, then kingdoms.

The Working Titles of 14 Popular Hollywood Movies. They often had nothing whatsoever to do with the actual story.

The Evolution of Magazine Covers.

I am Disappoint

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Quick, Mom’s Coming!

Facebook user Itsjudytime has twin girls. They like to talk and play with each other in their cribs, and Mom keeps an eye on them through a baby monitor. Babies don’t understand remote monitoring yet. Watch what happens when Mom talks to them through the monitor! They already think they can fool Mom at this age. Mom has a few tricks up her sleeve, too, like a viral video she can show for years to come. (via Buzzfeed)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Election Prediction

Mythbusters Recreates Walter White’s Final Booby Trap

Stop reading now if you are still avoiding spoilers for the final episode of the TV show Breaking Bad. The rest of us well remember Walter White’s remote-control oscillating machine gun hidden in the trunk of his car. If you want to refresh your memory, it’s on YouTube.

Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman wondered if they could recreate that trick in real life. So they recruited Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan for advice and tackled the project on a web-only episode of Mythbusters. (via Laughing Squid)

Roof Repair

Spotted in Shreveport, Louisiana. (via reddit)

Cell Phone and Selfie Fails

There’s many a slip ’twixt the expensive handheld device and the pavement, as these clips from Fail Army show. you’ve probably seen some of them before, but they are funny enough to justify another peek.

Fail Army put this compilation together to promote their new phone app. Some of the people featured will have to purchase a new phone before they can use it. One grandmother is not interested at all, and would prefer chocolate, thank you. Contains NSFW language. (via Daily Picks and Flicks

Security Camera

Cat Hospital

Cat Hospital is a classic soap opera set in a hospital, with cats. The lead characters are a surgeon who lost an eye to a cat scratch from a patient, and nurse Mittens, who gets around. Follow the adventures Dr. Scratch Adams, patients with nine lives, and a variety of standard soap opera stereotypes both human and feline. Oh yeah, and an overabundance of cat puns. (via HuffPo)

10 Things You Should Know About Spanish Moss

An image of beautiful Spanish moss hanging from majestic trees instantly reminds us of sultry summer days in the South. Prettier than kudzu, less formal than a palm tree, it is a symbol of nature at its most relaxed. But how much do you really know about Spanish moss? Learn all about the plant in a list I posted at mental_floss. Or you can just enjoy the gorgeous pictures.

(Photo by Linh Nguyen)

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12 Outrageous Bacon Treats. Impress your family with one for your Labor Day picnic!

The True Story of Kudzu, the Vine That Never Truly Ate the South. What you thought you knew about kudzu ain’t necessarily so. (via Digg)

Keir Clarke built an interactive map that shows the top ten U.S. cities for every decade’s census from 1790. Read about how the map was created at Maps Mania.

Earl Grey is a cat with political ambitions- he is running for prime minister of Canada as the Tuxedo Party candidate. unsurprisingly, his platform focuses on animal welfare policies. 

Comic Recalls The Accidental Brewing Of The Very First Beer. Enjoy an excerpt from The Comic Book Story of Beer.

Darkman: Sam Raimi;s Twisted Suoerhero. The 1990 movie was a blend of action, horror, and comedy with a strangely different superhero.

10 Scientific Words You're Probably Using Wrong. It only takes a few minutes to learn the right way.

A parent's guide to dropping your kid off at college. If you’re the kid, you might want to discreetly leave this article for your parents to read.

Zachary Quinto, Idris Elba and Other Star Trek Beyond Cast Members Pay Homage to Leonard Nimoy. It ties in with a charity sweepstakes that will award someone a chance to be in the next Star Trek film.


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An Honest Trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road

What can Screen Junkies tear apart in the movie Mad Max: Fury Road? In this Honest Trailer, they are stretched pretty hard to find much to nitpick about. Well, there’s the fact that Max himself is pretty much superfluous to the film.  Oh, the movie isn’t perfect, but it was so much fun that even an Honest Trailer had to admit it was altogether a badass flick. The credits, full of puns and pop culture references, are the best part. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Safety Glasses and Gloves

How to Age Gracefully

This is good. CBC Radio WireTap  assembled folks of all ages to draw on their experiences and give advice to people who are younger. It’s all good advice. Som elf it hits close to home, especially when they get in my age range. Of course, the best advice is from the 93-year-old man who is the last one. (via reddit)

Guess Which One Makes More Money

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Dramatic Rescue of Kitten from Flooded Storm Drain

Here we have a newsworthy version of the classic moment when a bunch of women see a kitten and squeal with delight. They had a really good reason- this kitten’s life was saved from a storm drain full of rising water during a storm in Charleston, South Carolina. Dorella Tuckwiller of the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee went head first into the drain to pull the kitten out. Firefighter Galeena Wileman held a rope tied to Tuckwiller’s foot in case the attempt went bad.

There were three kittens in the drain when the storm began. The mother cat removed one, another kitten drowned, and the third was rescued. The rushing water was much worse before the video began. Firefighters and volunteers built a makeshift dam upstream from the drain to lower the water level for the rescue. The kitten, named Stormy, spent some time in an animal hospital and is now is doing well in a foster home. (via Laughing Squid)

Last Words

Halloween Meets Gasoline - The 24 Hours Of LeMons

You’ve heard of the race 24 Hours of Le Mans, but this is different, it’s 24 Hours of LeMons, a race limited to cars that blue book for $500 or less. As many lemons as I’ve had, I could have supplied this race! (via Neatorma)

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War Wizardry. To help win World War II, the Allies used every skill they had, including illusion, trickery… and magic.

How Captain Matthew Webb Swam The English Channel And Made Swimming Cool. Then things went downhill for him.

This Video Proves You’ve Been Interpreting The Karate Kid All Wrong. Daniel was the real bully, and Johnny the victim.

Russia completely blocked Wikipedia due to an article about cannabis. That’s like killing a housefly with a flamethrower.

FAQ: Everything You Need To Know About The Plunging Stock Market And #BlackMonday. Funny or Die gives it their unique spin.

Boomers vs. Millenials @ Work. Nailed it.

The Shawshank Fugitive. You’ll be interested in the case of Frank Freshwaters, who escaped from prison and lived for 56 years under a different identity.  (via Digg)

Furry Friend: a Frequency-Shaped Cat Purr Noise Generator.

Josh Duggar's hypocrisy is part of a much larger cultural problem.



IKEA names all their products, using a system that only made sense to the guy who instituted it. If you don’t know any Scandinavian languages, they may seem completely random, and you’ll never know how they are supposed to be pronounced. That didn’t stop Simon from reading all of them. As he and his girlfriend were shopping, he kept up a nonstop barrage of puns using IKEA product names. It was annoying to her, but you’ll get a kick out of them! -via Geeks Are Sexy

Monday, August 24, 2015

Damsel in Distress

Hail Storm

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Pizza Cat

Simon’s cat wants a bite of that tasty, task pizza! Oh, that’s the last piece? He’ll take it, please. (via Neatorama)


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John Oliver on LGBT Discrimination

The fact that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide is just one victory in the fight for gay rights. As John Oliver told us on his HBO show Last Week Tonight, there are no federal laws banning discrimination against LGBT people in the areas of employment, housing, finance, etc. What we have is a patchwork of state laws that vary greatly, and the consequences for individuals can be devastating. This video contains adult subject matter. 

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Bad Movie Science. No need to be so scared of Hollywood’s apocalypses.

U.S. Counties, Ranked by Scenery and Climate. As you can imagine, these rankings have caused some indignity and hurt feelings. (via Metafilter)

The Racist, Slut-Shaming History of Adultery Laws.

Inside Disney World's Secret "Tunnels.”

The Strange Saga of George Washington’s Bedpan

Jell-O Salad: The Rise and Fall of an American Icon. (via the Presurfer

The world’s cutest cat burglar. A cat named Snorri Sturluson would probably tell you it’s not theft, it’s his collecting hobby.

 Reviews of Fear The Walking Dead, with and without spoilers. We finally get a look at the first days of the zombie apocalypse.

Beautiful and Playful Bookcase Staircase Designs. When you combine a bookcase and a staircase, all I can think of is trying to keep it clean.

Life under the ISIS caliphate. Eight million people are living under their Sharia martial law.

New Cat

I know the feeling. It's wonderful. (via reddit)

Breaking the Fourth Wall

The cinematic term “breaking the fourth wall” is when an actor turns and addresses the audience directly. That “fourth wall” is the one between the character and the viewer. It breaks the suspension of disbelief momentarily and paints the character as one who is aware of their place in a theatrical work. It’s been used in theater before film, and throughout the history of movies and television. In this video by Now You See It, we get the history of the technique, its various uses, and a great many examples from movies you know and love. (via Digg)

Sunday, August 23, 2015


Welcome to Kitty City

In a classic from Cyriak Harris, a surreal city is populated by fractal cats. How like him. 


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Talking Heads Have a Problem with Deez Nuts

Move over, Limberbutt McCubbins, you’re not polling nearly as well as presidential candidate Deez Nuts. That’s the presidential pseudonym of 15-year-old Brady Olson from Louisville, Iowa, who filed papers to run for the office. He’s not eligible, because you have to be 35 years old. But since he’s filed, he managed to get on some polls, and of course that drew plenty of publicity, which led to higher poll ratings. Just like Donald Trump. The best part of all of this is watching serious television journalists try to announce those poll results with a straight face. (via Bits and Pieces)

Why We Run

Foo Fighters Rick Roll Westboro Baptist Church

The title may seem like a random string of memes, but this really happened. The professional protesters known as the WBC showed up outside the Sprint Center in Kansas City Friday where the Foo Fighters were preparing to play, and the band decided to go outside and visit them. They didn’t have time to put anything elaborate together like they did once before, so they just rode out in a pickup truck with a sound system blaring Rick Astleys’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.” The real star of the show was the psychedelic Speedo. A good time was had by all.  (via reddit)

Miss Cellania is Ten Years Old

For the biggest part of this year I’ve had it in the back of my mind to make a special celebration out of August 23rd, when my blog turns ten years old. Earlier this month, I was reminded of that when I worked on Neatorama’s ten year anniversary. And then yesterday I made plans to write something, but then got distracted, like I always do. This morning, I said, “Holy Moly, it’s my ten year anniversary!” So the first thing I did was look up my very first post to link it, and whaddaya know, it was published on August 22, 2005. It’s like I forgot my own birthday or something. Well, happy belated blogiversary to me.

Let me tell you how it all happened. My husband died in August of 2004. I was only 45 and had two small children. As I slowly climbed out of the grief pit, it became clear I was just plain lonely. We were living in his hometown, not mine, and most of our friends were his friends. I was busy with work and parenting, so I turned to a small private parenting group of online friends who had been so supportive. I started an email joke list to let people know I still had my sense of humor. I emailed old friends near and far. One of the guys in my parenting group introduced me to “blogs” by recommending I read Boing Boing. A mom on the group started a blog. What a wonderful idea! However, my current computer wasn’t up to the task, so I bought a new one, my first NEW computer ever. And I started Miss Cellania.

I was a real n00b, but spent a lot of time surfing, writing, and promoting the site. By commenting at other sites, I met a lot of bloggers- even dated a couple of them eventually. Blogging was a lot of fun! Meanwhile, my career as a radio announcer was reaching a dead end after 24 years. I no longer enjoyed it, and it probably showed, but I kept plugging away because I needed the money. In 2006, I was assigned a shift that was incompatible with parenting school-age children, so I quit. Staying in the profession would mean moving out of town, and since I finally got my house paid off, I didn’t want to deal with the hassle. So I avoided the job question and kept blogging.

In July of 2006, the guys at YesButNoButYes asked me to to join them as a writer. Then Alex at Neatorama linked to one of my posts, and later asked me to do a co-blogging feature, and then asked me to post on his site. In early 2007, mental_floss contacted me about writing for them. They were even willing to pay me, which was mind-blowing. As blogs became more popular and attracted advertisers, Neatorama and YesButNoButYes started paying writers as well. I began to think that maybe I didn’t need to find another job. Blogging for a living has its advantages and disadvantages.

In April of 2010, Alex made me managing editor of Neatorama. Shortly afterward, YesButNoButYes ended. I wrote for a couple of other blogs along the way, but have settled down with Neatorama and mental_floss because that’s the most I can handle.

Since I started this blog, I bought a house, got married and gained five more kids and now three grandchildren, went through menopause, and watched my children grow up (Princess is leaving home in a couple of weeks). I migrated this blog to a different host for several years and then back to Blogger, and there’s a ton of archives I still haven’t reposted. Blogging itself has changed as well. Social media is now king, even though blogs have more content. The attention span of those surfing the ‘net has decreased, and innovation has given way to improving on familiar tropes.

Here’s a timeline I created a few years ago about my internet career. I really should update that more often. 

I don’t know what the future holds for the site. There was a time not so long ago (or maybe it was long ago) when Miss Cellania had 5,000 visitors every day, with some days hitting twice that. Now I’m lucky to get 800 views in a day. Strangely, though, I’m making more money from it now than I did then. Advertisers learned the value of blogs late in the game. Part of that loss is because I don’t have time to promote my own site, since I’m so busy with the blogs that support my family. Part of it is the shifting habits of web surfers. There’s not much I can do about either trend. I’m pretty sure I will keep this site even if no one visits, because it’s my personal home on the web.

Thanks a million to everyone who comes to visit, who ever came over the past ten years. I couldn’t have done it without you!

Update: Thank you so much to everyone who left a comment! It's wonderful to know that there are people who still check in here every day. Thanks to John Farrier for posting a link at Neatorama. And to Marilyn for posting it at Nag on the Lake. Thanks to madamjujujive at Everlasting Blort for this neat gif.


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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Hearts and Minds

Hearts and Minds is a full-length feature documentary on the Vietnam War. From Wikipedia:
Hearts and Minds is a 1974 American documentary film about the Vietnam War directed by Peter Davis. The film's title is based on a quote from President Lyndon B. Johnson: "the ultimate victory will depend on the hearts and minds of the people who actually live out there".[1] The movie was chosen as Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 47th Academy Awards presented in 1975.[2]

The film premiered at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival. Commercial distribution was delayed in the United States due to legal issues, including a temporary restraining order obtained by one of the interviewees, former National Security Advisor Walt Rostow who had claimed through his attorney that the film was "somewhat misleading" and "not representative" and that he had not been given the opportunity to approve the results of his interview.[3] Columbia Pictures refused to distribute the picture, which forced the producers to purchase back the rights and release it by other means. The film was shown in Los Angeles for the one week it needed to be eligible for consideration in the 1974 Academy Awards.
Read more about the film with a slew of links at Metafilter.

Coffe Shop Sign

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Jurassic World in 90 Seconds

BrotherhoodWorkshop condensed the movie Jurassic World down to only 90 seconds and rendered it in LEGO blocks and minifigs. Yep, the whole movie. And in the process, they made it into a comedy! I guess I should say this has spoilers, duh. But I never saw the film, and this condensed version didn’t show me anything I didn’t already know about Jurassic World. (via 22 Words)

Follow Me!

I'm Going To Bite Someone

The story starts out weird and then it gets even weirder. Two sharks have a shark-to-shark conversation about the meaning of life under the sea. It gets deep, so to speak. One decides he needs to do something to give meaning to his life. This award-winning short film was written and directed by Steve Dildarian, whose work for Budweiser you may recall. (via io9)


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