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    New Research Confirms That the Vikings Landed in North America 471 Years Before Columbus & Exactly 1,000 Years Ago

    “We have to celebrate Columbus because he discovered America.” “No he didn’t. Leif Erikson got there...

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    Watch Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli Play Masterfully Together in Vivid Color (1938)

    Few jazz guitarists today could claim to be entirely free of the influence of Django Reinhardt....

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    Become a Project Manager Without a College Degree with Google’s Project Management Certificate

    As we first mentioned last year, Google has launched a series of Career Certificate programs that...

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    Yale Professor Jason Stanley Identifies 10 Tactics of Fascism: The “Cult of the Leader,” Law & Order, Victimhood and More

    What is fascism? Fascism is an ideology developed and elaborated in early 20th-century Western Europe and...

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    Three Hours of Yo Yo Ma Playing Bach’s Six Cello Suites: Music That “Helps Us Navigate Through Troubled Times”

    “Believe it or not, this was the very first piece of music I started on the...

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    Bill Gates Lets College Students Download a Free Digital Copy of His Book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

    FYI: Earlier this year, Bill Gates published the New York Times bestseller, How to Avoid a Climate...

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    Why–and When–Did the United States Turn Against Science?: Views from Neil DeGrasse, Bill Nye, Margaret Atwood & More

    When did Americans lose the ability to think and act rationally? Or did they ever, on...

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    Elvis’ Three Appearances on The Ed Sullivan Shows: Watch History in the Making and from the Waist Up (1956)

    Oh, to be in the studio audience of CBS’ Television City in Hollywood on September 9th,...

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    How Randy Bachman Found His Stolen Favorite Guitar After 45 Years, with the Help of Facial-Recognition Software

    Facial-recognition technology has come into its own in recent decades, though its imagined large-scale uses do tend...

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    Dave Grohl Rocks Out, Playing Drums Along to the Original Recording of “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

    At an event celebrating the release of his new memoir, The Storyteller, Dave Grohl paid a...

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    How Radiohead Wrote the Perfect James Bond Theme Song

    Over the past 59 years, the duty of performing a James Bond movie theme has fallen...

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    “The Hippie Temptation”: An Angst-Ridden CBS TV Show Warns of the Risks of LSD (1976)

    To lysergic acid diethylamide, better known as LSD, we owe much of what has endured from...

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    How Neal Stephenson’s Sci-Fi Novel Snow Crash Invented the “Metaverse,” Which Facebook Now Plans to Build (1992)

    Whatever the benefits and pleasures of our current internet-enriched world, one must admit that it’s not...

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    Demystifying Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ “Red Right Hand,” and How It Was Inspired by Milton’s Paradise Lost

    Youtuber Polyphonic has done a good job of looking at some hoary old classics of ‘60s...

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    The Does and Don’ts of Putting on a Prison Concert: Johnny Cash, BB King, the Grateful Dead, Bonnie Tyler & The Cramps

    The prison gig has been a staple of live performance since Johnny Cash played Folsom in...

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    Mozart Sonatas Can Help Treat Epilepsy: A New Study from Dartmouth

    Many and bold are the claims made for the power of classical music: not just that...

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    When Salvador Dali Viewed Joseph Cornell’s Surrealist Film, Became Enraged & Shouted: “He Stole It from My Subconscious!” (1936)

    Did Salvador Dalí meet the diagnostic criteria for a personality disorder and maybe, also, a form...

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    The Beautifully Illustrated Atlas of Mushrooms: Edible, Suspect and Poisonous (1827)

    Two centuries ago, Haiti, “then known as Saint-Domingue, was a sugar powerhouse that stood at the...

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    A 13th-Century Cookbook Featuring 475 Recipes from Moorish Spain Gets Published in a New Translated Edition

    Some of the distinctiveness of Spain as we know it today comes as a legacy of...

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    A Beautifully Illustrated Edition of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, the Bestselling Book by Historian Timothy Snyder

    For all its talk of liberty, the US government has practiced dehumanizing authoritarianism and mass murder...

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    Criterion Collection Flash Sale: Get 50% Off In-Stock Blu Rays & DVDs

    FYI. For the next 22 hours, the Criterion Collection is running a flash sale (click here), giving...

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    Nick Cave’s Online Store: Pencils Adorned with Lyrics, Mugs, Polaroids & More

    I’m sitting on the balcony Reading Flannery O’Connor With a pencil and a plan – Nick...

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    The Downfall of Oscar Wilde: An Animated Video Tells How Wilde Quickly Went from Celebrity Playwright to Prisoner

    Oscar Wilde left a body of literature that continues to entertain generation after generation of readers,...

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    A 110-Year-Old Book Illustrated with Photos of Kittens & Cats Taught Kids How to Read

      Unlike our 21st-century cat memes and other such online feline-based entertainments, children’s author Eulalie Osgood Grover’s 1911 work, Kittens...

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    John Lennon Finally Meets & Jams with His Hero, Chuck Berry (1972)

    “If you had tried to give rock and roll another name, you would call it Chuck...

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    A Sneak Peek of Peter Jackson’s New Beatles Documentary Get Back: Watch the New Trailer

    In much the same way David Lynch gave us way more Twin Peaks than we’d ever...

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    The Bombing of Pompeii During World War II

    In 79 AD, 17-year-old Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus, known as Pliny the Younger, gazed across the...

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    William Shatner in Tears After Becoming the Oldest Person in Space: ‘I’m So Filled with Emotion … I Hope I Never Recover from This”

    Yesterday Star Trek‘s William Shatner, now 90 years old, finally became a Rocket Man, taking a...

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    136 Paintings by Gustav Klimt Now Online (Including 63 Paintings in an Immersive Augmented Reality Gallery)

    At the end of World War II the Nazis burned an Austrian castle full of masterpieces,...

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    Archaeologists Discover 1300-Year-Old Pair of Skis, the Best-Preserved Ancient Skis in Existence

    Surfing is generally believed to have originated in Hawaii and will be forever associated with the...

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    Slot Machine Age: A 1964 British Newsreel Angsts Over Whether Automated Machines Will Displace People

    When Americans hear the phrase “slot machine,” they think of pensioners compulsively pulling levers day and...

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    What Makes a “Cult” Band? Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #107

    What makes for a “cult band”? Not just a small audience, because Grateful Dead fans are...

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    Behold the Photographs of John Thomson, the First Western Photographer to Travel Widely Through China (1870s)

    In the early 1860s, a few Westerners had seen China — but nearly all of them...

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    Watch Free Cult Films by Stanley Kubrick, Fritz Lang, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi & More on the New Kino Cult Streaming Service

    For many Open Culture readers, the Halloween season offers an opportunity — not to say an...

  • Dave Grohl Falls Offstage & Breaks His Leg, Then Continues the Show as The Foo Fighters Play Queen’s “Under Pressure” (2015)

    How do you make the show go on after a broken leg? The blessing we give...

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    Meet Tsuneko Sasamoto, Japan’s First Female Photojournalist and Now, at 107, Japan’s Oldest Living Photojournalist

    You should never become lazy. It’s essential to remain positive about your life and never give...

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    The Myth of Sisyphus Creatively Animated in an Oscar-Nominated Short Film (1974)

    Even if you don’t know the myth by name, you know the story. In Greek mythology, Sisyphus,...

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    Watch Jaco Pastorius: The Lost Tapes Documentary, the Fan-Made Film on the Most Innovative Bass Player of All Time

    People do not understand how hard a jazz musician works for a living. I’m not putting...

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    Witness Maya Angelou & James Baldwin’s Close Friendship in a TV Interview from 1975

    In the mid-50s, Maya Angelou accepted a role as a chorus member in an international touring production of...

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    Gustav Klimt’s Masterpieces Destroyed During World War II Get Recreated with Artificial Intelligence

    A century after the death of Gustav Klimt, his art continues to enrapture its viewers. Maybe...

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    When J.R.R. Tolkien Worked for the Oxford English Dictionary and “Learned More … Than Any Other Equal Period of My Life” (1919-1920)

    When J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings appeared in the mid-1950s, its first critical readers held...

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    Ohio State Marching Band Plays Tribute to Rush: “2112,” “YYZ,” “Tom Sawyer” & “Limelight”

    It all took place at this weekend’s Ohio State-Maryland game. Enjoy…. Related Content The Anti-Conformist, Libertarian...

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    Watch “The Impossible Map,” a Short Animated Film That Uses a Grapefruit to Show Why Maps of the Earth Are Misleading (1947)

    There are any number of ways one might try to turn a globe into a two-dimensional...

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    Quentin Tarantino Gives a Tour of Video Archives, the Store Where He Worked Before Becoming a Filmmaker

    When Quentin Tarantino hit it big in the 1990s with Reservoir Dogs, and then much bigger...

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    A Walking Tour Around the Pyramids of Giza: 2 Hours in Hi Def

    One of the first things tourists learn about the great Pyramids of Giza is how they...

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    An Animated History of the Ottoman Empire (1299 – 1922)

    History is selective. Or, rather, it’s selected by those in power for their own uses. Nowhere...

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    A Brilliant Demonstration of Magnets & the Promise of Levitating Trains (1975)

    For a brief time in the 1980s, it seemed like trains powered by maglev — magnetic...

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    How to Make Comics: A Four-Part Series from the Museum of Modern Art

    A painting? “Moving. Spiritually enriching. Sublime. ‘High’ art.” The comic strip? “Vapid. Juvenile. Commercial hack work....

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    A Guitarist Rocks Out on Guitars Made from Shovels, Cigar Boxes, Oil Cans & Whisky Barrels

    When Keith Richards felt he’d gone as far as he could go with the six-string guitar,...

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    Gustav Klimt’s Iconic Painting The Kiss: An Introduction to Austrian Painter’s Golden, Erotic Masterpiece (1908)

    Not long ago I stayed in a hotel by the train station of a small Korean...