Category Archives: History

Footage (which would, in fairness, have been geeky and recondite even at the time) of a 1991 meeting of 8-track aficionados, including obligatory Eric Estrada fangirl and 8-track auteur Russ Furster at Delilah’s of Chicago.

The 8-track format was popular from the 1960s to the early 1980s, when it was replaced by cassette tapes.

You know, cassette tapes.

Rattle, rattle. Where the ribbon used to get snagged on the yoke and you had to stick in a pencil and wind the…

Never mind.

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A ten minute time-lapse of the entire 13.8 billion year history of the Universe, visualised by remixer John ‘Melodysheep’ Boswell.

Narration by Brian Cox, Carl Sagan, and David Attenborough.Each second is 22 million years. We all appear right at the end.

Want to see what happens next? Check his time-lapse of the future, right up to the heat death of the Universe, many trillions of years from now.

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The annual walkabout of Les Empaillés – grotesques enveloped in 30kg of sacking and straw  who roam around the Swiss municipality of Evolène on Carnaval Sunday – their demonic mugs scaring off evil spirits in a Celtic tradition dating back to the Bronze Age.

The figure on the left in the top pic is their friend, la Peluche.

But you knew that.

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Footage of Paris recorded between 1896 and 1900 by pioneering fraternal filmmakers, Auguste and Luis Lumière, stabilised, foley sound added and slowed to natural rate by videographer Guy Jones.

0:08 – Notre-Dame Cathedral (1896)

0:58 – Alma Bridge (1900)

1:37 – Avenue des Champs-Élysées (1899)

2:33 – Place de la Concorde (1897)

3:24 – Passing of a fire brigade (1897)

3:58 – Tuileries Garden (1896)

4:48 – Moving walkway at the Paris Exposition (1900)

5:24 – The Eiffel Tower from the Rives de la Seine à Paris (1897)

Previously: New York City In 1911

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