Eat, sleep, hang out in trees and move really slow — the life of a sloth doesn't seem too bad. But that cute face and languid movements aren't an accident. Living in trees is a great way to avoid predators, but with a diet almost exclusively consisting of leaves, sloths don't get a lot of energy from their food. Taking their time and moving at a leisurely pace is one of a few ways they've adapted to their diet. TED looks at the giant ancestors of sloths and the much smaller modern species we know today.
He never sold out arenas. He never made the top of the Billboard charts. You can't stream his records. He won't be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame — but he's a rock legend as much as anyone named Lennon, Bowie, or Vicious. Johnny Physical, aka Jonathan Neuman, fronted the New York-based band The Physicals. With Frankie Lines, Danny Animal, and Nick Fiction, The Physicals became a local phenomenon with Johnny fronting the band. But like so much in music, the story has a tragic ending. Johnny was diagnosed with leukemia and succumbed to the disease after a year-long battle. But gone doesn't mean forgotten. Johnny's brother Joshua made this portrait of Johnny, showing the person he was and keeping his memory alive.
Going to the Moon takes days. A mission to Mars could be months. As technology improves, spending years in zero gravity could become a possibility. And when you put people together in such close quarters for such long periods of time — things are bound to happen. But for all we know about space and how to survive there, we know practically nothing about sex 200 miles up. Tests with animals and insects make it appear more difficult, but there is almost zero research with humans — and if space really is the final frontier, it's probably time to start finding out.
Bowling is a thing of beauty. From President Nixon to The Big Lebowski, bowling is ingrained in the national conscious — it's the largest participatory sport in the US, one of the few remaining in-person social interactions and could arguably be called the real national pastime. Ben Ketola captures the art of the sport in spectacular fashion, albeit by himself. The bowler set a world record by bowling twelve straight strikes in just under 90 seconds.
On the coast of South Wales in the United Kingdom, the small village of St Athan is home to 4,500 people — and the St Athan Royal Air Force Base. Now St Athan is getting some new neighbors. Legendary automobile manufacturer Aston Martin has taken over three supermassive hangars at the airbase, with plans to move production to the new site. To celebrate taking over the future factory space, Aston Martin brought 28 very special guests to the empty hangars for a grand tour — 28 cars that mark Aston Martin's history in automotive excellence over the last 104 years.
Vampires have been part of modern pop culture for over a hundred years and began their march into the imagination of Western Europe long before that. But one vampire above all others came to dominate those most romantic undead creatures: Dracula. Springing from the pages of Bram Stoker's novel of the same name and later famously portrayed on the screen by Bela Lugosi, Dracula has name recognition across the globe that can only be matched my a handful of fictional characters. TED looks at the history of vampires and how Dracula came to be the king of them all.
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A bonus track from their upcoming deluxe edition LP Humanz, "The Apprentice" features heavy, layered synths backing up biting lyrics by Zebra Katz. Rag'n'Bone Man and RAY BLK also feature on the song, with the virtual group's fifth album due to release April 28, 2017.
The headquarters of the Kingsmen has been destroyed and the world is in need of saving — again. Our hero Eggsy and the rest of the independent international spies are going to need some help this time, and they find it across the Atlantic. The Statesmen, a spy agency from the US with a very similar history to their British counterparts, joins the Kingsmen to rescue the globe from their common enemy. All-star doesn't even begin to describe the cast, with Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Sir Elton John, Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, and Mark Strong in an amazing ensemble. Kingsmen: The Golden Circle comes to theaters September 22, 2017.
Batman's secret identity isn't Bruce Wayne. The real man behind the mask is Bill Fingers. Comics to graphic novels to blockbuster movies, the name most frequently associated with the Dark Night is Bob Kane. But the majority of Batman, his enemies, and Gotham City sprung from the mind of Bill Fingers. Batman and Bill looks at who the real creative force behind one of the most popular superheroes of all time was, and the mission one man had of erasing another's legacy from his own creation. Batman and Bill premieres on Hulu May 6, 2017.
The Jeep was made for one specific purpose — being the vehicular backbone of the US Armed Forces. While other cars of the pre-WWII era were flaunting their curved fenders and chrome trim, the Jeep threw aesthetics out the window for a purely functional form. Designed not for speed or style or comfort, the Jeep excelled at what it was made to do: Scramble surefootedly over rough terrain and be light and compact enough to fit in anything and go anywhere. It did its job so well, that the name and basic design of the vehicle is still in production, long after the military retired it from active service.
For such a well-loved celebrity, surprisingly little is known about painter Bob Ross. Aside from a few details about his early life and his time with painting mentor Bill Alexander, Bob's iconic personality remains opaque. While not exactly a recluse, Bob simply wasn't asked for interviews very often, and the company that protects his intellectual property is also fiercely protective of his privacy, even after his death. Today I Found Out digs a little deeper into the man and shares a few personal stories to try and round out a portrait of the artist.
What you see in a documentary isn't always what happened. Like any other film, the magic is in the editing. Since animals aren't actors, a performance can't be caught on demand — it takes weeks, months, or even years to get what you're there to film. And shooting wild animals means putting a safe distance between you and your subject, which means the sound is often added in post production. DLSRguide examines how nature documentaries are humanized and edited for dramatic effect, sometimes with very little bearing on what happens in the field.
If you're going to ask Action Bronson about his glass collection, be sure you have the rest of the day free. Or week. Because Action has a huge collection of unique pieces — and he loves demonstrating them. VICE sat down with the rapper to talk about his pieces and get a few live demos.
One of the best shows on television is also the biggest troll on TV. The mad scientist/young sidekick dynamic of Rick and Morty looks familiar because it is familiar — the original concept episode was a blatant rip-off of Back to the Future. But the idea for lifting Back to the Future goes back to co-creator Justin Roiland's House of Cosbys web series that was shut down by a cease-and-desist letter from Bill Cosby's lawyer.
During the Civil War, a wounded Union soldier is found and taken in at an all-girls school where several women have shelter from the bloody conflict. The presence of a man in the house begins a conflict between the women, leading to jealousy and fighting — with John, the soldier, playing them off each other. Sophie Coppola's remake of the 1971 film stars Nicole Kidman and Colin Ferrel and comes to theaters June 23, 2017.
The world is out of oil. Society has collapsed. Starvation blankets the land, and the population has dropped precipitously. Those that remain are forced into a game of survival, living off what can be grown and foraged. One man tends to a garden in the forest, living in a cabin he's built himself — and then two women appear, asking if he can spare his crop for one night. The Survivalist comes to theaters and on-demand May 19, 2017.
Alessandra, Fernanda, and Ginevra are three foul-mouthed nuns driven to near-insanity by their lives at a secluded convent. And then Masseto shows up. A young man seeking refuge from the vengeance of his master, Masseto gets thrown into the middle of the crazy day-to-day lives of the sisters and priest at the convent. This film adaptation of a tale from Giovanni Boccaccio's 14-century story collection The Decameron stars Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Kate Micucci, and Dave Franco, and comes to theaters June 30, 2017.
With programs that regularly run in the 10s of gigabytes, Linus Akesson's 256 byte demo for the Commodore 64 is practically infinitesimal by comparison. Everything you see and hear in this video is created by the tiny program — the glitchy visuals and driving, EMD-style music. Entered into the Oldskool 4k competition at the Revision 2017 demoparty in Germany, it took first place. For a very technical explanation of how the program works, check out Linus' website here.
Formula One has been a harbinger of things to come in the automotive world. Many of the features we find on cars today were first honed on the race track before filtering down to the street. But even when they're driving the future today, F1 teams are still looking ahead at innovations to come. French manufacturer Renault released their concept of what the sport might look like 10 years from now with the RS 2027 Vision concept car. LED position and lap displays, a fully-enclosed cockpit, and clear body panels that allow spectators to see the mechanicals underneath the bodywork are just a few of the ideas Renault sees finding their way into the F1 car of the future.
The names Ferrari and Lamborghini call to mind one thing: Sleek, snarling sports cars capable of speed and handling no other automobiles can match. Shrouding in mystique and legend, the raging bull and prancing stallion have produced some of the most desirable moving works of art the work has ever seen. But a closer look at the history of Lamborghini reveals a foundation in something as opposite to high-performance autos as can be imagined — tractors. Great Big Story looks at how Enzo Ferrari's slight at Ferruccio Lamborghini created one of the most intense rivalries in the automobile industry.
In 1969, Sister Cathy Cesnik disappeared. A beloved teacher at the Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore, Maryland, Sister Cathy's body was discovered two months after her disappearance behind a dumpster in a landfill. 25 years later, two women would come forward with testimony that implicated two priests at the Catholic high school and a local gynecologist in the murder. Sexual abuse by the priests and a conspiracy to cover up the crime are what allegedly lead to Sister Cathy's death — they killed to keep her silent. The cold case and the allegations of abuse, murder, and corruption that reach the highest levels of the Church and the Baltimore police are all examined in The Keepers, coming to Netflix May 17, 2017.
The life you live that isn't your life. That perfectly curated social media feed. Squaring the perception with the reality — or trying to make the perception the reality. Eighty-Sixed is a new web series co-written by Cazzie David and director Elisa Kalan, and is a cynical, sharp-edged satirical take on growing up in the age of social media. Cazzie David plays Remi, a neurotic, self-absorbed young adult trudging through the morass of a recent breakup, surrounded by equally self- and socially-obsessed friends. Giving a nod to her father and Curb Your Enthusiasm, Cazzie and Elisa have created a show that gives a scathing take on our connected lives and the often bizarre social norms we've constructed.
If you loved LEGOs as a child, you probably had this dream: A set of infinite bricks, in infinite colors, and an infinite space on which to build. This is the dream which Minecraft has been building since 2009. Although it has grown over the years to include more traditionally-oriented gaming modes, the core of the game is Creative Mode. Individuals, creative collectives, and even companies have been formed around the game. Vox looks at how this simple game of building blocks has become both an art and business.
Scientist extraordinaire Bill Nye is here to save Twitter — or at least the part that has questions about science. From the brilliant to the mundane, Nye answers them all, and manages to get only a little frustrated at what passes for basic science education in the United States.
Based on the short story written by E.L. Doctorow comes Wakefield, the story of an affluent Manhattan lawyer with a wife, two daughters, and a comfortable home in the suburbs. While everything seems to be in order, our main character, played by Bryan Cranston is drowning inside and eventually breaks down. He goes into hiding in his garage attic and takes on the role of an observer of his family's attempts to find out what happened to him. As his days alone expand into months, he contemplates how far he can take things. Coming to theaters from IFC on May 19th.
The Jennifer Lawrence- and Chris Pratt-helmed sci-fi film Passengers had a lot of hype but landed in theaters with a thud. Criticized for a too-predictable plot, the film felt by-the-numbers despite having an all-too-rare original screenplay. The Nerdwriter took the plot into his own hands, rearranging the story arc to more closely mirror the script as it was originally written, and giving the film a pace and sense of audience involvement that it sorely lacked when it arrived in theaters.
South Park, Colorado isn't known as a culinary destination — despite having the most famous school chef of all time. In between the vicious satire and crude humor, there are a few dishes that could inspire anyone with a little kitchen experience. Babish takes on three of the most famous dishes the show has produced — Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls, Cartman's Mr. and Mrs. Tenorman Chili, and a frittata with a lovely creme fraiche. As to whether Tenorman's parents are actually in Babish's chili, no one can say.
Put down the controller. Get out the wheel, pedals, and hydraulically-actuated full-motion cockpit — it's time to go sim racing. The introduction of Chequered Flag in 1983 marked the beginning of racing games not just as entertainment, but as a way for the masses to experience autosports as realistically as possible. Since that humble start, racing sims have become increasingly better at mirroring the physics of their real-world counterparts, with some games having code based on testing simulators used by racing teams at the top of the sport.