In idle moments of ennui, one can always don safety glasses and indulge with a bit of entertaining enlightenment. There’s lots of it to be found in the University of Nottingham’s Periodic Table of Videos. All of them are, as you might guess, more than a bit scientifical:
There are lots of top ten lists, but this is the first Ten Tops List. Here are ten videos of spinning tops that scientists find interesting and or amusing. [Want to take a whirl at learning the science of spinning tops? Download (free) Professor John Perry’s 1890 book Spinning Tops— The “Operatives’ lecture” of the British […]
“The song was written by journalist Peppino Turco and was set by Luigi Denza in 1880. They drew the inspiration from the inauguration of the first funicular [railroad] of Mt. Vesuvius,” writes vesuvioinrete.it. Click on the image below to hear and see a modern performance.
This is time lapse video of a man’s beard growth during the twelve months he spent walking from Beijing to Germany. (Thanks to avowedly beardless investigator Steve Whillett for bringing this to our attention.) The Longest Way 1.0 – one year walk/beard grow time lapse from Christoph Rehage on Vimeo.
Oscar Brand’s song ” Seven Old Ladies Locked in a Lavatory” explores several vexing questions in the fields of gynecology and engineering. It has now been made into a claymation short video. (Thanks to investigators Katherine and Pam and Jean Berko Gleason for bringing this to our attention.)
Linguists quarrel, sometimes fiercely, about how to pronounce certain words. This 1937 film clip shows one such argument about how to pronounce, among other things, the word “tomato”: