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Ira Glass on How to Make Balloon Animals…and Relationships

So This American Life host Ira Glass made an eighteen-minute video about how to make balloon animals, contributing to Rookie Magazine. While making the balloon animals, Glass offers advice for teen girls on topics as diverse as short haircuts, crushes, and, um…intimate subjects. Rookie Magazine writes (emphasis added): Ira Glass is the creator of the [...]

16 Old-Timey Slang Terms to Describe Being Drunk

As I continue flipping through my copy of the Dictionary of American Slang (1967), it seems like every page has a new term for “drunk.” We’ve discussed “on a toot” (a drunken spree) and “the zings” (a hangover), but here are some new old words to try out on your boozy friends. 1. Pigeon-eyed * 2. [...]

The “City of London” Lives Inside a Larger City Named London

As an American, my knowledge of London is pretty limited — you know, big city, Big Ben, big Olympics, yeah, I get it. But it came as quite a surprise to learn that there is another London inside of London. In this video, serial mindblower C.G.P. Grey explains how the City of London is a [...]

The Only Footage of Mark Twain in Existence

Thomas Edison once said, “An average American loves his family. If he has any love left over for some other person, he generally selects Mark Twain.” Edison and Twain were close friends. In 1909, Edison visited Twain’s estate in Redding, CT and filmed the famous author. The silent footage is the only known recording of Twain [...]

What Playing Cricket Looks Like To Americans

As an American, I can safely say that this video clip nailed it. Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] – via Robert Popper

The Funeral for the Last American Veteran of the War of 1812

(Video Link) Though he was only fourteen years old, Hiram Cronk enlisted in the United States Army when British forces threatened Upstate New York. He participated in the defense of Sackets Harbor on Lake Ontario, serving for three months. Then he went home, became a shoemaker, got married and had children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Cronk died [...]

White Castle of Cans is a Winner

The Cleveland AAF (American Advertising Federation) challenged ad agencies to a competition to make a castle of canned goods. The object was to draw attention to the needs of local food banks. The canned goods used would later go to the Cleveland Foodbank, along with a donation from the Cleveland AAF. Melamed Riley used nearly [...]

Mock a Contest, Win Anyway

After years of marketing to only small consumers, American Apparel decided to begin offering a limited selection of fashions in size XL. In announcing this, the company launched a competition called The Next BIG Thing Contest to find a plus-size model. Nancy Upton is a size 12 actress, and no fan of American Apparel. She [...]

Messages in Money

For his project entitled “Live Free or Die”, artist Dan Tague folded dollar bills so that letters spell out messages. The name is the state motto of New Hampshire, as well as a line from John Stark, an American Revolutionary War general. You can view nine other folded bills from the project at the link. Link [...]

Heartland Surgery

Playing the “what if” game, here are the names Thomas Jefferson thought would be nice for the states of the American Midwest: Sylvania, Michigania, Chersonesus, Assenisipia, Metropotamia, Illinoia, Saratoga, Polypotamia, Pelisipia, and Washington. Aren’t you glad he didn’t get his way? It was hard enough to learn how to spell Mississippi! Link -via 22 Words