It wasn’t that long ago when a person who was curious about something either had to forget about it and move on or actually do some research. And sometimes this research involved — horror of horrors — asking another human being about the topic at hand. There was no option to quietly and privately inquire of Google.
The closest approximation to the magic of the internet was to call the public library and ask your question to the local librarian. And while they wouldn’t ordinarily laugh at you outright, they were still sometimes secretly amused. And occasionally they’d write down your question for posterity’s sake. (That is, so that your posterity could laugh at you.)
That’s what librarians at the New York Public Library did, anyway. And now they are sharing many of the questions they received from the 1940′s and onward.
Have yourself a merry little Christmas Let your heart be light Next year all our troubles will be out of sight
Have yourself a merry little Christmas It may be your last Next year we may all be living in the past.
Then in 1957 when Frank Sinatra wanted to record it, he asked Martin to edit it again to make it still less depressing, explaining to the songwriter that his new album was titled “A Jolly Christmas,” so the songs needed to be…jolly.
Thus the line “Until then we’ll have to muddle through somehow” had to go, to be replaced by the more benign, “Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.”
And that’s how we came to the lyrics we know most commonly nowadays.
Despite the bastardizing “jollification,” the song still maintains its original heavy-heartedness, which is why this new version by Chase Holfelder, in which he transposes the music from a major to a minor key, makes so much sense…
With each era, our definition of what it means to be beautiful changes. (Consider the crimped hair and pastel eyeshadow of the 80s…and shudder to yourself.) But usually it changes slowly enough that we don’t think too much about it.
But not in this video. Here’s what being beautiful has meant for the past 100 years condensed into 1 minute…
In 1964, wanting to find more non-lethal ways to incapacitate enemies, the British military thought perhaps getting them high would work. So they decided to test this by secretly giving a number of their own marines LSD and then sending them out to perform a mock battle.
There’s no better way for a new student organization to make a splash on campus than to make a video that shows their own student body’s incompetence, and then watch it go viral for the whole world to see.
That’s what a new non-partisan political organization called PoliTech did on the campus of Texas Tech University, asking fellow students to answer simple questions about U.S. history, current affairs, and — of course — pop culture.
You can probably guess how well most students did in each category…
Of course, the video has created enormous controversy on campus at Texas Tech. People like political science professor Mark McKenzie say it represents a typical student. Others, especially students, are outraged at the potential impact the video could have on Texas Tech’s reputation.
When 10-year old Noah Cordle cut his foot on a sharp object while boogie boarding on the Jersey shore, he thought a crab had pinched him. When he looked a little closer, he saw that the offending object was actually an arrowhead. Cool, huh?
It gets cooler — the arrowhead is actually a rare Clovis point estimated to be 14,000 years old.
Danielle Delph, an art director, always thought she and her mom would be great friends if they had grown up together. So she put her photo editing skills to the test by photoshopping herself seamlessly into a series of vintage pics of her mother. She titled her work, “If I Had Known My Mother Back Then.”
Delph says she had always wondered if she and her mom would’ve gotten along if they had been the same age…
I think it’s one of those ideas that people have at any point in life. You grow up and you say, “Oh, I wonder if my mom would have thought that was fun,” or “What was she like when she was my age? What would she have done?”
New York City’s Waterside Plaza sits in a place that was part of the East River a half century ago. The fact that it’s now home to an iconic residential complex is, oddly enough, thanks to Bristol, England…