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Shattering glass with the World’s Largest Horn

How do horns amplify sound? Why are they flared at the ends? And how do airhorns work? Mark Rober wanted to find out so he spent eight months building a massive air horn... perhaps the world's largest horn. In this...

Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time, No. 2

Swinging plumb bobs hang in a gridded formation across a large room as visitors attempt to walk among them without making contact. The installation, Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time, No. 2 by William Forsythe, ...

Make Lissajous patterns with DIY sand pendulums or light

Sand pendulums are an easy and beautiful method for students of all ages to learn a bit about the harmonic motion. These devices are easy to build and can be adjusted to give a variety of patterns. A pendulum that beg...

Voltige (Aerobatics)

From Léo Brunel at MOPA (Supinfocom), Arles' school of CG animation, this is Voltige, a short about some unexpected trapeze artistry... sort of. Watch more acrobatics and more animation in the archives.

Solar and potential energy ‘swing thing’ mini machines

Made with pencils, a pen, a paper clip, rubber bands, spring clips, and a ball bearing, YouTuber rcbif spent his lunch at work creating a useless 'swing thing' invention, a concept that he saw online. (Take a close lo...

Rock Swing Cup & more DIY playground physics

Next time you're on the swings, think about what it might be like if you were swinging on the moon, free from air resistance. AP Physics teacher Jared Keester had that in mind during this experiment: Swing jumping wit...

Ella Fitzgerald with Duke Ellington: It Don’t Mean A Thing (1965)

From The Ed Sullivan Show on March 7, 1965, (the video seems to be incorrectly dated as being from 1960), watch Ella Fitzgerald perform with Duke Ellington: It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing). ...a ...

The Mills Brothers: Swing It, Sister (1934)

Donald Mills, Harry Mills, Herbert Mills, and John Mills: The Mills Brothers perform Swing It, Sister in the 1934 film Strictly Dynamite. Note the excellent mouth trumpet action, a jazz-era vocal technique that ...

Viola Smith Drums with Frances Carroll & Her Coquettes (1939)

Viola Smith Drums with Frances Carroll & Her Coquettes (1939). The number: Snake Charmer.  Smith was born in 1912, and just after celebrating her 100th birthday, she sat down with Tom To...

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...

Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers in Hellzapoppin’ (1941)

From 1941’s Hellzapoppin’, watch this phenomenal performance by Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, the Savoy Ballroom's supreme swing dance group founded in 1935 by Herbert “Whitey” White. This cl...

Nice Work If You Can Get It – Fred Astaire on drums

Fred Astaire plays (and dances to) Nice Work If You Can Get It in an iconic scene from 1937’s A Damsel in Distress. This was shot in one continuous take. There are more classics and dancing in the archives. Th...

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers – Let Yourself Go

Iconic team Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance to Irving Berlin’s Let Yourself Go in Follow The Fleet (1936). Updated video link. Watch more tap dancing videos on this site.

The brilliant Lindy Hopping of Al Minns and Leon James

Lindy Hoppers Al Minns and Leon James have been seen dancing to the Charleston in a viral Daft Punk version, but this is the original that shows what it would have been like to watch them perf...

Mt. Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railroad, 1926

From the Marin County Free Library, cars, boats, trains and a motorless gravity car in 1920s California. The Mount Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railroad ran from 1896 until 1929 between downt...

Amazing swing and lindy hopping: Don’t Knock the Rock (1956)

Featuring the music of Bill Haley and the Comets, this phenomenal dance clip from the 1950s movie Don’t Knock the Rock features some serious swing and lindy hopping done right. The kid should definitely see thi...

The Andrews Sisters – Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Of Company B

Nothing gets you moving quite like boogie woogie and the Andrews Sisters were brilliant at it. Here they are in a 1941 clip from Abbott and Costello’s Buck Privates. (Loved having both kids dancing around the l...

Basie Boogie! Count Basie and his Orchestra (1955)

Basie Boogie! Count Basie and his Orchestra, from Rhythm and Blues Review (1955).

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