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Chinese Giant Salamander – Songs for Unusual Creatures

In this episode of Songs for Unusual Creatures, Michael Hearst visits the Los Angeles Zoo's Chinese Giant Salamander. This is the world’s largest salamander and the world’s largest...

Fred Astaire’s famous dance scene in Royal Wedding (1951)

Hang on to your chairs and lamps. This is You’re All the World to Me, Fred Astaire’s famous 1951 dance scene in Royal Wedding. How did he do it? We’re keeping that under wraps at...

Eyebombing in Madrid

Have you ever seen the makings of a face on an inanimate object? Did you have any googly eyes handy at the time? As we’ve featured before, “eyebombing" or "vandaleyes-ing" is when...

Le Carnaval des Animaux by Camille Saint-Saëns

A few years ago, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France joined up with an entire book of animated creatures to perform the classic Le Carnaval des Animaux (The Carnival of the Animals) b...

Sesame Street: Signing Alphabet (1977)

From the early Sesame Street days, composer Joan La Barbara's Signing Alphabet (1977).

Watch snowflakes form in time lapse through a microscope

The time lapse formation of snowflakes, recorded with a macro lens by Vyacheslav Ivanov. Music: Aphex Twin - Avril 14th. Update via Colossal: “Ivanov confirms from his home in St. Pete...

San Francisco’s Kei Lun Lion Dancers

San Francisco’s Kei Lun Lion Dancers and their director Corey Chan are dedicated to telling stories that are thousands of years old. Though traditional dance, music, costume-making, and...

Charlie Chaplin’s dinner roll dance from The Gold Rush (1925)

This is Charlie Chaplin performing one of the most memorable moments in film history: the dinner roll dance, or table ballet, from the silent comedy classic The Gold Rush (1925).

The Sea Pig – Songs for Unusual Creatures

Gather some stuff from around the house to make music with because it’s time for another Songs for Unusual Creatures with Michael Hearst and special guests The Kronos Quartet: A Song fo...

Riding the trains in Mumbai, India

Get a feel for what it’s like to ride the trains of Mumbai, India in Railway Days. Mumbai street photographer Mikhail Anand writes: “It covers the commute of a man trying to get ...

Tiger Rag on a homemade Emphatic Chromatic Callioforte

Above, the Dixieland jazz classic Tiger Rag played by Boston’s one-man variety show performer and music teacher Leonard Solomon on a homemade Callioforte. You can watch him play anothe...

Glenn Miller, the Nicholas Brothers, and Dorothy Dandridge

Glenn Miller and his orchestra, and the Nicholas Brothers, and Dorothy Dandridge? Yes please! From the little known movie Sun Valley Serenade (1941), this is era-defining swing hit Chattanoog...

The Seventh Continent: Flying a helicopter over Antarctica

Filmed by Enrico Sacchetti from a helicopter near the Mario Zucchelli Research Station at Terra Nova Bay, Antarctica, this soaring journey over mountainous white landscapes really reveals both...

Singing Tesla Coils: Inspector Gadget

Seen at science museums, maker faires, and all over the internet, Singing Tesla Coils combine science and music in the most fantastical and memorable of ways. But how do they work? From Physics...

John Wilson Orchestra: Scott Bradley‘s Tom & Jerry cartoon music

For the two adults in our house, this music brings back some rowdy cartoon cat and mouse tv memories from childhood. For the two kids in our house, it’s an orchestra playing energetic, ja...

National Film Board of Canada: The Rink

From the National Film Board of Canada, this is Quebec director Gilles Carle’s The Rink. Details we noticed on this idyllic Sunday in 1962: everyone’s warm breath in the cold air...

Magnapinna Squid – Songs for Unusual Creatures

In this episode, Songs for Unusual Creatures investigates the wonderful but rarely-spotted Magnapinna Squid, as well as the horn music that it has inspired. While the deep sea Magnapinna or Bi...

New World by Oliver Sin

New World, a short animation about all kinds of creations, by Oliver Sin. Watch more animation, including Five More Minutes, The Solar System - Our Home in Space, World of Motion, and Ode t...