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This Black-and-White Footage of the Teletubbies Looks Like a Horror Film

Warning: You may never see the Teletubbies the same way after watching this clip set to the rock band Joy Division

Who knew that the Teletubbies in black and white would look like a shot from an Ingmar Bergman-directed horror film?

A grainy black-and-white image of the Teletubbies, those lovable, huggable children’s television characters, has been circulating the Internet for a few days. While many Twitter users have noted that the image of the huggable furries devoid of their technicolor hue is strangely haunting, verging on horrifying, others commented that the photo looked like a still from the Anton Corbijn-directed music video for “Atmosphere” by post-punkers, Joy Division.

YouTube user Christopher Brown latched on to that idea and ran with it. He took footage of the fuzzy little tubbies, stripped out the color, and soon enough Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa and Po were frolicking through a bleak post-apocalyptic wasteland. Add in the downbeat Joy Division soundtrack, and the result is a wildly weird, strangely avant-garde, creepy video that feels equal part Bergman, David Lynch, and Disney cosplay. Clearly it’s a must-see.

If Joy Division isn’t your cup of tea, someone also made an Aphex Twin version.

(h/t Vanyaland)

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This Harry Potter-“Uptown Funk” Mashup Is the Stuff of Nightmares

What's next, Lorde Voldemort?

“Uptown Funk” heads to Hogwarts in a new video from KFaceTV.

The parody imagines what the funky Mark Ronson and Bruno Marks jam would sound like if sung by Lord Voldemort and his backing band, Tom and the Riddles, and the results are pretty magical.

The song is filled with the Dark Lord’s fiercest anti-Harry Potter rhymes, which includes plenty of jabs at the Hogwarts crew. There’s little doubt the soulful, sassy remix would be in heavy rotation on Draco Malfoy’s iPod and playing in stores found in the darker corners of Diagon Alley.

In the video, the Dark Lord himself gets funky with his Death Eaters and his pet python, all while plotting the downfall of Harry Potter and gearing up to invade Hogwarts. It’s clear that the Dark Lord knows how to throw down some serious song power, no dark magic required.

 

 

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This Dog Has the Best Reaction to Tasting a Lemon

He'll help get you through the day

Move over, Gene Kelly, this dog is the Internet’s new dancing star.

YouTube is filled with videos of people doling out citrus to unsuspecting babies, but no human baby can compare to this puppy taking a first lick of a lemon.

This fluff ball excitedly goes in for a taste of the fruit, but the overpowering sour flavor gives him a start that has him tap dancing across the kitchen floor. Of course, being a golden retriever, the pup can’t help but go back for a second taste, yet somehow expects a different result, which just makes it all the more hilarious.

Don’t try this at home, though, as it should be noted that the ASPCA says that lemons can be toxic to dogs.

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Watch a Flight Attendant Entertain Passengers by Dancing to ‘Uptown Funk’

Dancing in the aisles.

There is very little joy in air travel these days with smaller seats, fewer amenities and closer quarters. So it’s nice when the flight staff goes the extra mile to help travelers enjoy the trip — even if that extra mile means going all the way “uptown”.

YouTube user Charlie Sierra caught a flight attendant going downtown on “Uptown Funk” and busting a move in an airplane aisle.

The flight attendant looked suitably fly as she threw out some old-school moves to the Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars hit. Not only did she get to have a little fun, but she also kept the passengers from grumbling.

As this video goes viral thanks to Reddit, hopefully other flight attendants will see it and kick off a competition among those flying the friendly skies so passengers get some free entertainment along with their peanuts.

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Here’s What It Would Look Like If Wes Anderson Directed an X-Men Movie

Mutants meet twee.

Have you ever found yourself wondering what it would look like if the X-Men trained at Royal Tenenbaum’s Harlem mansion? Or if Max Fischer was expelled from Rushmore and enrolled in Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters? Have you secretly hoped that Wes Anderson would take the reins of The Avengers franchise? Then this video is for you.

Patrick Willems just debuted a new fan film on his YouTube channel, and it attempts to answer the burning question on every Grand Budapest Hotel fan’s lips: What would it be like if Wes Anderson directed an X-Men movie? (That’s the question, because we already know what it would look like if Anderson directed Star Wars.)

The result is a very symmetrical, red-and-gold-filled film that plunks the Marvel mutants into a world of privileged prodigies with poor social skills. In short, it’s pretty great, if a little rough around the edges.

(h/t Bleeding Cool)

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Watch Alec Baldwin Valiantly Attempt to Rap for Charity

Chance the Rapper provides beats

Alec Baldwin is many things: An actor, philanthropist, dating advice guru, podcaster and former Words with Friends enthusiast. Now, he can add rapper to that list.

Chance the Rapper posted a video to Instagram that features him beatboxing while Baldwin freestyles beside him. It goes about as well as you think, with Baldwin giving it his all while reading his rhymes from a piece of paper.

The video came about because Baldwin, Chance, Alfred Woodard and Ali from A Tribe Called Quest were in Chicago for a fundraiser for Young Chicago Authors, an organization Chance credits as helping him become a leader.

 

While it’s clear Baldwin probably shouldn’t give up his day job, he deserves props for giving it a go for a good cause, namely, promoting YCA’s Louder Than A Bomb poetry festival. Plus it seems like he had a good time:

 

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This Brave Soul Strapped Mentos to His Body and Jumped in a Bathtub Filled With Coke

It's kind of like a DIY jacuzzi.

Type Diet Coke and Mentos into YouTube’s search engine and you’ll be rewarded with more than 150,000 videos of people recording themselves getting into a sticky situation with this amateur science experiment.

The most recent variation on the theme involves a teenager spending his free time filling his bathtub with Coke Zero, taping Mentos all over his body and then jumping into the tub. He recorded the event and it’s a fascinating study in science, DIY Jacuzzi tub making and the extremes to which some people will go to amuse themselves.

Don’t try this at home, kids, because the one thing this video doesn’t show is the young man trying to clean up the bathroom after this experiment.

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How #TheDress Went Viral

Tracking an Internet sensation

Everyone knows the Internet can spread information at lightning speed. But few demonstrations of that have been more conclusive to more people than a seemingly banal debate about the color of a dress.

Before the phrase “black and blue or white and gold?” became a universally recognized question, the Internet was pursuing its usual obsession with kittens or celebrities (or runaway llamas).

Then, on Thursday at 6:14 pm EST, Buzzfeed published the story “What Colors Are This Dress?” based on a Tumblr page, where the hue of a Scottish woman’s dress was being fiercely debated among her friends and subsequently other netizens.

In a matter of hours the likes of Taylor Swift were weighing in on the matter, while memes from as far away as Burma mocked the debate with a dose of political satire.

When this article was being posted, the original Buzzfeed story had notched up a record-breaking 20.8 million views.

“At one point tonight (ET) more than 670,000 people were on Buzzfeed.com simultaneously, 500k of those on mobile, and half of those people were reading the dress post,” said the website.

Gawker and Vox quickly followed suit with online outlines. So did TIME. Then came the scientific explainers (ours is here) and then interviews with the woman who took the original picture. Expect the chin-stroking academic takes in a few hours time, as European and East Coast professors awake to a world that is consumed by such things as the precise color of a garment, and ponder its significance.

The Internet may remain poles apart over where the article of clothing falls in the color spectrum but #thedress, and the speed with which debate over it spread, shows us just how connected we all actually are.

Oh, and by the way: it’s #blueandblack.

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This May Be Why You’re Seeing the Dress as White and Gold

Science explains an Internet sensation

The Internet officially broke on Thursday night thanks to a dress that had defied the classification of color. Is it white and gold or is it black and blue?

“I’ve studied individual differences in color vision for 30 years, and this is one of the biggest individual differences I’ve ever seen.” Jay Neitz, a color-vision researcher at the University of Washington in Seattle, told Wired.

However, the actual physiology of your eye might come into play with how you perceive the dress. According to Neitz, an individual’s lens, which is part of the eyeball, changes over the course of one’s lifespan. Individuals are less sensitive to blue light when they are older. Which could explain why older netizens are seeing white and gold. But, in the absence of hard-core data relating to age and perceptions regarding the dress, this theory cannot be proved yet.

At the same time, the way the dress is captured on camera could also be playing a significant role in this debate. According to Science Daily, humans are blessed with something called color constancy, which means that while color should be easily identifiable whether you’re in bright or dull lighting, things can change if the lighting is colored.

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“The wavelength composition of the light reflected from an object changes considerably in different conditions of illumination. Nevertheless, the color of the object remains the same,” writes Science Daily.

So, because the photo is taken in lighting with a blue hue, it may be causing the blues in the dress to reflect a white color. And while the dress may in fact be blue and black, the lighting does, for some viewers, make it appear to be white and gold.

However, experts agree that the only individuals who can accurately identify “the dress” are those who see it in person.

“Anyone who has ever worked in color management knows that a digital image is subject to many variables, including screen brightness and contrast, color calibration and ICC profile, the type of screen material and it’s corresponding lighting method, as well as the ambient light present,” says Matthew Sexton, a web designer of nearly 10-years experience, who formerly worked in TIME’s international production department.

“If you’re viewing it on a screen … it’s both people!”

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This Puppy’s Devotion to a Broom Will Sweep You Off Your Feet

Watching him squeeze the cleaning tool through the dog door will make you feel even worse about slacking off on chores

If Monday is getting the best of you, and you find yourself out-of-sorts and struggling to make it through your inbox, then let this 10-week old Dutch Shepherd puppy help you get through the day.

In this video YouTube video, a little dog named Tex struggles to solve a big problem. The adorable fluffball must have watched a few too many Disney films, because this puppy really wants to help clean house. (What’s next, tying a ribbon in his owner’s hair?)

To get in on the housecleaning action, he grabs the broom and heads inside until troubled strikes: The pup quickly realizes that the broom will not fit through the doggy door. Luckily, Tex is a clever little dog whose helpfulness is only matched by his resourcefulness.

After solving that problem, the only question left is whether Tex’s housecleaning services are for hire.

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