A Brilliant Animation That Explains the Mythical Tale of Thor’s Journey to the Land of Giants


In a fascinating Ted Ed lesson written by Nordic historian Scott Mellor and animated by Julie Herdichek Baltzer, narrator Addison Anderson tells the wonderful folktale of Thor, son of Odin, god of thunder, and protector of mankind and his fabled journey to the land of the giants. In the story, Thor and his companions, the trickster Loki and Thjalfi travel to a distant land and are subjected to a series of unwinnable tests by the king of the giants, yet these tests were not as they appeared.

…as the king escorted them out, he revealed that nothing in the castle had been what it seemed.
Loki lost the eating contest because his opponent Logi was wildfire itself, devouring everything in its path. Thjalfi couldn’t outrun Hugi because Hugi was the embodiment of thought, always faster than action. And even Thor couldn’t defeat Elli, or old age, which weakens everyone eventually. …Thor and his companions failed the challenges presented to them. But in trying to achieve the impossible, they’d pushed themselves harder than ever before and changed the world in ways no one had expected.

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A Determined Cat Figures Out How to Get Around a Homemade Water Trap To Open a Closed Door

In 2014, a very clever and very determined tuxedo tabby kitten named Mulder apparently enjoys opening doors by hanging off the doorknob. To try and curb this and other behaviors, Mulder’s human Sven put a homemade water trap in front of a closed door. This wasn’t enough to stop Mulder, …

A Fabulous Vintage Cabaret Cover of ‘The Final Countdown’ by Europe

Postmodern Jukebox joined up with stunning Swedish jazz musician and multi-instrumentalist, Gunhild Carling, to perform a fabulous vintage cabaret cover of Europe‘s 1986 song “The Final Countdown.” Carling belted out incredible vocals and played her trombone with fierce power. Their cover is available to purchase from iTunes. Here is the …

Bill Nye the Science Guy Offers a Humorous Tutorial on Scientific Slang, Expressions and Jokes

While promoting his PBS POV special, a rather forthright Bill Nye sat down with Vanity Fair to humorously define a series of scientifically specific slang, expressions and jokes that he’s userd throughout his career. Bill Nye teaches you scientific slang words and terms. Find out what “arsole,” “hinny,” “champagne tap” …