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Cebu Style

(YouTube link) You knew it was coming. The inmates at Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center in the Philippines dance to PSY’s “Gangnam Style.” In the rain, no less. -via Blame It On The Voices Previously: More from the Cebu inmates.

How Fungi Creates the Amazon’s Rainclouds

What makes a rainforest? Millions of things, living and dead and inanimate, but perhaps most importantly of all, rain. Rain, obviously, comes from clouds, and clouds come from…. fungi? Maybe so, according to an essay in TIME based on research published recently in the journal Science, which explores the intricate relationship between a rainforests’s unique weather [...]

Music History #6: “American Pie”

“American Pie” Written and performed by Don McLean (1971) Getty Images The Music “I can’t remember if I cried when I read about his widowed bride But something touched me deep inside the day the music died” The phrase “The day the music died” is familiar to us today as shorthand for the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, [...]

Flash Flood in Las Vegas

Tiffany and I were in Las Vegas a couple of days ago for a trade show, when our flight back was delayed because of lightning near the airport. We don’t usually associate rain with Las Vegas, but occasionally it does [...]

Pixel Rain

(vimeo link) Is it confetti? Is it snow? No, Pixel Rain is a beautiful cloud of LEDs falling from the sky at at a Black Keys performance. The stunt was a collaboration between the Moment Factory and Air France, recorded at the closing concert of Osheaga 2012 music festival in Montreal. -via The Daily What

Music History #4: “Cloudbusting”

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth installment of Bill DeMain’s new(ish) column, where he explores the real historical events that inspired various songs. “Music History” appears twice a month—unless we can convince Bill that twice a month is not sufficient! “Cloudbusting” Written and Performed by Kate Bush (1984) The Music Kate Bush has always had a way of making [...]

Raindrop Keeps Falling on a Hummingbird’s Head

Image: Victor M. Ortega Raindrops keep falling on its head And the hummingbird whose body seems too small to survive Nothin’ seems to matter Those raindrops are [...]

31 Bizarre Foreign Titles for American Movies

Film is perhaps America’s greatest cultural export. That said, not every American film title translates well into other languages. To bridge the gap, foreign marketers take some very intriguing creative liberties. Many of the best mangled film titles come from China, where they are downright magical at jazzing up boring old English titles. 1. Pretty Woman [...]

Kinetic Rain

(Video Link) If you’re ever in Singapore’s Changi Airport, check out Art+Com’s “Kinetic Rain.” This art installation consists of 608 aluminum and copper balls suspended from steel cables. Computer controls move them in a dance through the air, forming patterns and shapes. The video is mesmerizing. Link (Google Translate) | Studio’s Website

Dalek in the Rain

(YouTube link) The streets of Newcastle, England were not only inundated by rain, but invaded by a Dalek, ingeniously disguised as a garbage bin. -via Arbroath