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An Abandoned Milwaukee Shopping Mall Is Turned Into a Magical Winter Wonderland for Local Kids

Filmmaker Casey Neistat and 18 other YouTube creators partnered with Samsung to transform the long abandoned Northridge Mall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin into a magical winter wonderland for the local Boys and Girls Club. The creators spent nearly a month getting the place ready and were happily rewarded by the excitement …

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The Puppeteers of Sesame Street Describe in Wonderful Detail How They Operate Their Muppets

The cheery puppeteers of Sesame Street sat down with Wired to discuss and describe in wonderful detail how they operate their Muppets, how they inject personality into the character and how they film certain scenes. Included in this interview are Matt Vogel as Big Bird, Ryan Dillon as Elmo, Martin …

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A Couple of Frolicking Polar Bears Halt an Amorous Tryst to Put Right the BBC Camera Spying on Them

In a rather saucy video from BBC Earth‘s “Polar Bear Spy On The Ice“, actor David Tennant gleefully narrated a scene in which couple of frolicking polar bears suddenly halted their amorous tryst in order to put right the skiing BBC “blizzardcam” that was spying on them. Once all was …

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Ralph Carney (1956- 2017), A Brilliant Musician and Composer Who Collaborated With Tom Waits

On December 16, 2017, Ralph Carney, the brilliant wood and brasswind musician who was a good friend of Laughing Squid, passed away at the age of 61 in Portland Oregon. The Akron, Ohio native who lived in San Francisco for many years, had collaborated with such acclaimed artists as Tom …

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Photo Of The Day By Frances Feagin

Photo By Frances Feagin Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Lightning At The Mittens” by Frances Feagin. Location: Monument Valley, Arizona. “I was supposed to go on a tour, but rain caused a cancellation,” explains Feagin. “I set my camera to shoot 4-second exposures on continuous shooting. This is a …

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How Producer and Composer George Martin Created the Iconic Orchestral Sound of The Beatles

In another one of his truly insightful video essays, YouTuber Polyphonic dives into the career of the George Martin, the very talented producer, composer and musician in his own right, who provided The Beatles with their iconic full orchestral sound for much of the the band’s lifetime. While Martin is …

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Homeless Youths Talk About the Unique Bond They Share With Their Pit Bulls in ‘The Firmest Friend’

“The Firmest Friend” is a really touching, award-winning documentary about forgotten homeless youths in New York City and the incredibly unique bond they share with their pit bulls, a breed that is often demonized as being vicious. Filmmaker Andrew Fixell sensed a real kinship between misunderstood humans and misunderstood dogs …

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A Little Dog Sits Comfortably On Top of a Completely Oblivious Long Haired Sheep

When farmers in Fordongianus, Italy went out into the field, they were surprised to find that a small dog had climbed onto the soft, downy back of one of their longhaired sheep and got comfortable. The oblivious sheep didn’t seem to mind the canine interloper and just went about grazing …

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How to Make a Cardboard Gingerbread House For Cats in Households That Can’t Have Christmas Trees

Due to a serious predilection for the destruction of Christmas trees by one of their cats, Chris and Jess, the humans belonging to Cole and Marmalade, decided to forego the challenge this year and instead found a fun and simple alternative. Using inexpensive feline-safe materials, the couple created a giant …

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An Interactive Soundboard Celebrating the New Year With ‘Auld Lang Syne’ Arranged in Four Part Harmony

New York City sound designer Matt McCorkle, a member of New Museum incubator NEW INC, who previously made a spooktacular interactive Halloween Soundboard, has created the New Year’s Music Box, an interactive soundboard to celebrate the New Year. This online soundboard lets users experiment with the instruments of a four-part …