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Nick Cave narrates The Cat Piano and it's, predictably, both horrific and sublime

In this 2009 short film, Nick Cave plays the part of a writer, who resides in a city populated entirely by cats. Yep, that's weird, but it's Nick …

Piano

Italian Politics Just Had Its Craziest Week In Decades. But It Could Be Only The Beginning.

Here's how Italy ended up with the most populist, anti-establishment, and nationalist government in Western Europe.<p>Almost 90 days after a general election, Italy finally has an agreement to form a new government.<p>The government that is all but certain to take office soon will put the world’s …

Europe

David Lynch Teaches You to Cook His Quinoa Recipe in a Weird, Surrealist Video

A staple of Andean diets for thousands of years, quinoa (KEEN-wah) has been touted as a superfood recently for its high protein content and potential …

How stalking is romanticized in movies

This episode of Pop Culture Detective is called Stalking for Love, and explores the movie trope about "nice guys" who relentlessly stalk and harass …

Movies

Explaining the flashed face distortion effect

Steve Mould offers a couple of explanations for the flashed face distortion effect. I've seen this before and it's very strange. When you put …

Mould

All of the Rulers of Europe Over the Past 2,400 Years Presented in a Timelapse Map (400 B.C. to 2017 A.D.)

Theories of power, from Machiavelli and Hobbes to Locke and Jefferson, have drawn their lessons from the towering figure of the Sovereign, the …

Time-lapse Photography

Tiny 18 Sqm Apartment Offers Student Housing with Space-Savvy Ease

If you have already heard this before, then it is for good reason – space is increasingly becoming a premium in the modern world. In the world of …

Sunday Hangover

It’s been a rough couple of nights. Get a greasy sandwich and give your brain a rest. It’s time to kick back with some of our favorite videos and …

The Brain

Tom Waits Reads Two Charles Bukowski Poems, “The Laughing Heart” and “Nirvana”

Opportunities to meet one’s heroes can go any number of ways. They can be underwhelming and disappointing, embarrassing and awkward, or—as Tom Waits …

Literature

A Century of Global Warming Visualized in a 35 Second Video

Antti Lipponen, a researcher at the Finnish Meteorological Institute, gathered historical data from NASA and produced a short video effectively …

James Franco Hosts Philosophy Time, a New Videos Series Created to Help Philosophy Reach a Wider Audience

How do you get ordinary people interested in philosophy? If we are to believe the accounts of Plato, this wasn’t so difficult in ancient Athens. One …

How Did Akira Kurosawa Make Such Powerful & Enduring Films? A Wealth of Video Essays Break Down His Cinematic Genius

No Japanese filmmaker has received quite as much international scrutiny, and for so long, as Akira Kurosawa. Though now almost twenty years gone, the …

A 97-Year-Old Dunkirk Vet Saw ‘Dunkirk’ And Has A Tearful Message For Us All

Ken Sturdy fought back tears as he remembered the things he'd seen and the friends he'd lost almost 80 years before.The post A 97-Year-Old Dunkirk …

Text this San Francisco museum and they'll text you back artwork

With over 34,000 pieces of art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is only capable of showing a small fraction of its vast collection at a …

Silicon Valley Title Sequence Explained

Don't blink. There are a lot of references in the title opening for HBO's <i>Silicon Valley</i>. From the obvious tech company logos to the tiny, extremely …

The Long Game of Creativity: If You Haven’t Created a Masterpiece at 30, You’re Not a Failure

Orson Welles directed the greatest movie ever made, <i>Citizen Kane</i>, at age 25, with only a limited knowledge of the medium. When Paul McCartney was 25, …

Maximize Your Misery

When you're happy, no one cares. When you're miserable, the world wants to know why. With an entire industry dedicated to showing you how to be …

Daddy, Do You Hate Me?

If you were facing a loathsome Tory such as Theresa May and you had the great leftist filmmaker Ken Loach at your disposal, wouldn’t you use him? …

YUN: The Aroma Spaceship

YUN is the world's first levitating incense holder and mindfulness device, combining high electromagnetic technology with traditional benefits of …

Every Game of Thrones Death Drawn by Hand

There's been so much death in <i>Game of Thrones</i> that it's a wonder anyone is still alive. And while we've all seen the many death compilations, HansoArt …

Jimmy Fallon, The Roots & "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Cast Sing "Star Wars" Medley (A Cappella)

Star Wars

All the Passive Aggressive Stuff You Should Never Do in a Relationship

Nobody enjoys being with someone who is always passive aggressive. If you’re not sure what that looks like, here’s an excellent, and funny, …

The Unexpected Outcomes In These Videos Are More Satisfying Than You Think

An artist named Daihei Shibata created a series of interstitial shorts for a Japanese educational TV show called <i>Design Ah.</i> They mess with viewers’ …

Marvel Cinematic Universe

The Most Unsatisfying Video in the World ever made

Playlist

Watch a Vinyl Record That Produces a Star Wars Hologram

Last June, a special edition of the <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> soundtrack was released on vinyl, with a special bonus: holograms that appear to …

The Weekend Agenda

Every Friday we’ll get you hooked up with some solid weekend plans. These are the things we think you should watch, read or do over the next few days.

Your Fave TV Celebs Are Urging You to Vote in This Expletive-Filled Musical Parody

By now, we don’t think we need to tell you how important it is to exercise your right to vote come November 8 (just like these patriotic ‘grammers), but just in case you COULD use yet another reminder, a new <i>Funny or Die</i> video featuring a whole lot of your favorite TV celebs is here to do just …

Celebrity Gossip

Hire The Donald

BELIEVE ME, I'VE SEEN MANY WEBSITES—THIS ONE IS THE BEST. YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY WILL LOVE IT!<p>RE: Job Position - commander in chief<p>United States of …