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Aretha Franklin sings Don’t Play That Song (You Lied) and I Say A Little Prayer in 1970

Performing on BBC One in London on August 31, 1970, legendary 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin covers Ben E. King's Don't Play That Song (You Lied). Written by Ahmet Ertegün and Betty Nelson, Franklin's version "peaked...

Kris Kremo juggles cigar boxes

Juggling legend Kris Kremo began juggling balls, hats, and cigar boxes onstage with his father Béla Kremo in 1970 at age 19, and joined The Blackpool Tower Circus as a solo performer five years later. In this low-...

Made in Sheffield: How A L Simpkins sweets are made

A molten mix transforms into British travel sweets right before our eyes in this A L Simpkins factory video from Museums Sheffield. The company, first founded in the 1920s, ships their sweets to over 40 countries arou...

Candle Making (1963)

See how one million candles a day were made in a busy factory, Price's Patent Candle Company in Battersea, South London, in the year 1963. British Pathé captured the wide variety being made, from candles that look lik...

Rhino Keepers for a Day

What's it like to care for eastern black rhinos? Maddie Moate and Greg Foot find out at the Port Lympne Reserve, a wild animal park run by The Aspinall Foundation in Kent. The duo's chores for the day include feeding ...

How to harvest honey

How is honey harvested from a bee hive? British tv presenter and science 'edutuber' Maddie Moate spends the day with her mother, a beekeeper, to collect a few honey-filled frames from their two hives. This How to Harv...

The Heart of Maker Faire, a community-inspired light installation

Within each of these jars, someone has written and enclosed a note about what is in their heart. The blinking lights, RGB LEDs that illuminate the sealed jars from below, are set to echo the heart rate of each note wr...

The Brick Double-Domino Effect Explained

In 2016, bricklayers in Teralba, NSW Australia filmed their domino-style technique for capping a concrete brick wall. The video went viral thanks to the surprising second part of the chain reaction: After the bricks f...

To Demonstrate How Spiders Fly (1909)

British naturalist and nature documentary pioneer Percy Smith created this short silent film of a mechanical replica spider in 1909 to educate the public about arachnids. To Demonstrate How Spiders Fly can be found in...

The World’s First Poo Museum

How might you preserve scat -- an animal's fecal dropping, poo, or poop -- for the world's first poo museum? ...or pooseum? In this BBC Earth Unplugged episode, Maddie Moate visits with Daniel Roberts, co-founder ...

The Big Cloth (An Clò-Mòr): Weaving Harris Tweed

On the Island of Harris and Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, over 170 freelance weavers weave Harris Tweed. It's the only cloth protected by an Act of Parliament, the Harris Tweed Act 1993, which states that to ...

Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out

If anyone knows how to make the already beautiful countryside of Edinburgh, Scotland even more incredible, it's Scottish trials cyclist Danny MacAskill. Riding over hay bales and into puddles like no one else can, Mac...

The Magic Roundabout in Swindon, England

Five small roundabouts placed around one large one... this is Swindon's Magic Roundabout and it's been going strong since it was built in 1972. Wired explains how this multi-directional traffic circle works. Tom Sc...

Searching for Water Voles

Have you ever seen a water vole? Do you think you might be able to spot one along the river banks? Maddie Moate recently tried to spot Arvicola amphibius in Norfolk's Hickling Broad with the help of warden John Blackb...

Meccano Rope-Making Machine

Engineered with metal strips, plates, angle girders, spools, chains, axles, gears, nuts, and bolts, this rope-making machine twists three strands of string into a rope. Built by Meccano enthusiast Peter Ashby, the mac...

Incredibly detailed insect portraits by Levon Biss

Assembled from between 8,000 and 10,000 images that were captured with microscope lenses, each of these meticulously lit portraits of insects is full of rich detail. Photographer Levon Biss started photographing insec...

Motorized Bath on Wheels

Travel back to England in the year 1960 to see how these engineering students from Kingston, Surrey Technical College made a splash with a bath tub... a motorized bath tub, perfect for driving around the center of tow...

Tube Tune – Simon Panrucker

From UK-based music artist Simon Panrucker, enjoy a 2013 musical experiment with a room full of boomwhackers: Tube Tune.

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