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Vinyl Sales Hit Record High in 2014

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Paid downloads for albums and songs declined, while streams soared

Correction Appended: January 5, 2015:

Vinyl sales took a promising turn in 2014.

According to Nielsen SoundScan data out this week, vinyl records boasted 9.2 million in sales, up 52 percent from 2013—the highest numbers recorded on SoundScan since the music industry monitor started tracking them in 1991, the Wall Street Journal reports. Vinyl, however, still only accounted for six percent of album sales on the whole.

Paid downloads dropped 9 percent for albums and 12 percent for songs, while streaming services like Spotify boasted 164 billion song streams, a 54 percent increase from 2013.


Correction: The original version of this story misstated the number of vinyl records sold in 2014. According to Nielsen SoundScan, 9.2 million units were sold.

TIME society

Medical Students Now Watch Seinfeld to Learn About Psychiatric Disorders

Spike Nannarello/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank—Getty Images From "The Junior Mint" episode, pictured: (upper left) Jerry Seinfeld as Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer.

An exercise called "Psy-feld"

Aspiring doctors now have an excuse to binge-watch Seinfeld.

At Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J., psychiatry professor Anthony Tobia is teaching third and fourth-year medical students in the hospital’s psychiatric rotation about psychiatric disorders through the hit TV show’s eccentric characters — an exercise dubbed “Psy-feld,” NJ.com reports.

The students are required to watch two repeat episodes of the show a week on TBS and come to class ready to discuss the psychopathology “demonstrated” in each one. As Tobia told NJ.com,

“When you get these friends together the dynamic is such that it literally creates a plot: Jerry’s obsessive compulsive traits combined with Kramer’s schizoid traits, with Elaine’s inability to forge meaningful relationships and with George being egocentric.”

It reminds us of the Seinfeld episode in which Kramer (Michael Richards) acted out the symptoms of gonorrhea so medical students could practice their diagnostic skills:

And that time the klutz was watching a surgery from the observation deck and accidentally dropped a Junior Mint into the patient’s abdominal cavity:

TIME viral

Watch a Woman Pull an Epic Snapchat Prank on Her Brother Over and Over Again

He falls for it every single time

Jillian Haker of Cleveland, Ohio, uploaded this YouTube video compilation of herself pranking her brother, in which he thinks he is posing for an adorable sibling Snapchat selfie, but she is actually recording a video instead. The clip has racked up more than 1.2 million views since it was uploaded on Dec. 31.

In the description of the video, Haker says, “I don’t think this trick will ever get old,” so we shall see if her brother keeps falling for it in the new year, and maybe look forward to a 2015 compilation.


TIME celebrity

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Kiss in New Balmain Ad Campaign

Will these photos "break the internet" too?

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West were photographed embracing and posing for a kiss in a new ad campaign for haute couture brand Balmain’s spring/summer 2015 menswear collection. The fashion designer’s creative director Olivier Rousteing spread the word by posting a few Instagrams of the photos by Mario Sorrenti, and wrote “#itsallaboutlove” in the Instagram photo of the kiss.

As People StyleWatch points out, the star of E!‘s Keeping Up with the Kardashians, also wore a similar dress designed by Olivier Rousteing during her bachelorette party.

(h/t People StyleWatch)

TIME society

This One-Man Band Playing ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ at Seattle Airport Will Get You in the Holiday Spirit

Killing time at the airport before the flight to your holiday destination? This video of a “one-man band” singing “Jingle Bell Rock” and marching through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport will make you wish there was more of this kind of entertainment at airports nationwide.

Eric Haines, the dexterous guy behind the music, regularly entertains at the airport and throughout the Seattle area with a bass drum on his back and a banjo over his shoulder.

The YouTube user who uploaded the band video, “Matthew Morris,” also filmed a man dressed like Elvis riding a dual-wheeled unicycle. An “Elvis” has also been spotted doing a similar stunt at the Seattle Space Needle in years past.


TIME technology

Here’s What Happens When You Boil an iPhone 6 in Coca-Cola

You just can't stop watching it

In a video that will make everyone coveting an iPhone 6 cry a little bit, Ukrainian YouTube celebrity TechRax drops a supposedly “brand new” one into a pan of boiling Coca-Cola.

While you will not hear the voice of Siri crying out for help in this clip, you will see a fair amount of the phone’s material slowly melt away.

“The results made my house smell like smoke for 2 hours,” the tech blogger writes in the stunt’s description on YouTube. “I would NOT recommend trying this at home.”

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The footage has racked up more than 1.8. million YouTube views so far since it was uploaded a couple of weeks ago. Turns out this mad scientist-type blogger has also baked an iPhone 6 inside a turkey for four hours and drilled a hole into one with a power tool.

Although, we could see parents using this video as a threat to sons and daughters who will not stop texting during family meals over the holidays.

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TIME animals

Hero Monkey Revives Simian Pal Electrocuted in India

He performed C.P.Awwww

Passengers at a train station in India Sunday watched a monkey attempt to revive a fellow monkey that was shocked unconscious by electrical wires.

The simian rescue occurred after one of the monkeys was electrocuted while walking on high-voltage wires, according to Reuters.

In this video footage from Kanpur in India, the monkey appears to try to wake up the other monkey by patting it and dragging it into a pool of water, while ticket-holders standing on the platform just watched and snapped photos with their smartphones.

After about 20 minutes, passengers could be heard cheering when the unconscious monkey seemed to come back to life.


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This Ad Featuring Pets Eating With Human Hands Is Terrifying

Isn’t it every pet’s dream to be able to eat at the dining room table alongside humans? This ad for pet food company Freshpet replaces the heads of 14 humans sitting around the dining room table with the heads of 13 dogs and one cat. The animals use their human hands to do what many humans do at dinner, play with their iPhones at the table or sneak a sip of booze from a flask underneath the table. The one thing they do not do is talk. Frankly, people watching this spot who have to have dinner with chatty relatives over the holidays might envy that part.


Here’s What Happens When Two Male Coworkers Try to Recreate Famous Paintings

The fun's at the Squarespace office in New York City

Francesco Fragomeni and Chris Limbrick, coworkers at the web design platform Squarespace, became every cubicle jockey’s heroes this week with their now-viral depictions of famous paintings the duo creates using only objects from their New York City office. “The only rules are that all props must be things found in the office and all editing must be done on a phone,” according to their Tumblr for the project “Foolsdoart.” A few examples of their creations, which are also on Instagram:

Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring (1665):

"The Girl with the Pearl Earring" Johannes Vermeer, 1665

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René Magritte’s The Son of Man (1964):

"The Son of Man" Rene Magritte, 1964

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Frida Kahlo’s Thinking About Death (1943):

"Thinking About Death" Frida Kahlo, 1943

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Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa (1503-1506):

"Mona Lisa" Leonardo da Vinci, 1503-1506

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TIME technology

This 3D-Printed Wristband Will Sense When You Fall Asleep During a TV Show and Record the Rest of It

If such a device ever comes to market, then you'd never have to miss the end of late-night TV shows again

Ever try to watch television late at night before bed, but struggle to stay awake during the shows? Virgin Media says it is interested in developing a wristband that can sense when sleepyheads drift off in front of the small screen and then set a TiVo box to record the rest of the program.

According to a news release, the company is testing a 3D-printed wristband called KipstR, which “uses a pulse-oximeter to sense if the wearer is asleep or awake and then mimics the users’ TiVo remote control to pause, record or resume a show appropriately.”

The company says it has been developing the device with teenagers Ryan Oliver, 15, and Jonathan Kingsley, 14, from Manchester Creative Studios, a school for teens interested in careers in the creative and tech sectors.

Virgin Media has set up a website where people can sign up to be part of a trial of the device.

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