‘NYC, 1981′, A Documentary Short About One of the Most Statistically Violent Years in New York City’s History

“NYC, 1981″ is a documentary short created by A24 Films that explores one of the most statistically violent years in New York City’s history with the people who lived through it.

What I remember about 1981 is it was epitomized by the film with Kurt Russell, “Escape From New York,” because if you had the wherewithal, you were getting out of here as quick as you can.

The short was created to help promote the new film A Most Violent Year, a drama set in the in New York in 1981. The subject is also explored in the blog, NYC, 1981.

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‘A Chronological Compendium of Watches’, A Chart by Pop Chart Lab Featuring 47 Varieties of Laudable Timepieces

A Chronological Compendium of Watches

A Chronological Compendium of Watches” is a new chart by Pop Chart Lab featuring 47 hand-illustrated varieties of laudable timepieces throughout “horological history from 1530 to present day”. Signed and numbered prints are available to purchase online.

From the Rolex Submariner to the Audemeras Piguet Royal Oak to the Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre, this array of accoladed analogs & digitals features coveted cog-run keepsakes, revealing centuries of meticulous design and precise, to-the-second engineering—a crowning testament to how we like to keep time on our side—or more precisely, on our wrists.

A Chronological Compendium of Watches

images via Pop Chart Lab

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A Google Maps-Style Mockup of Middle-Earth From ‘Lord of the Rings’ With Walking Directions to Mordor

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reddit user mbingcrosby created a Google Maps-style mockup of Middle-earth from The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien, including walking directions from the Shire to Mordor. As the map notes, orcs and trolls present serious potential traffic delays. That’s why, as Google Maps itself insists, “One does not simply walk into Mordor.”

image via Imgur

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Bill Nye the Science Guy Tackles DeflateGate and Promotes Climate Change Awareness in a Funny or Die Sketch

In a recent sketch by Funny or Die, Bill Nye the Science Guy tackles the issue of DeflateGate by scientifically testing New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick‘s claims about change in temperature deflating footballs. To do this, Nye shoves properly inflated balls into a refrigerator to match the supposed temperature differential during the 2015 AFC Championship game.

While Nye’s balls cooled down, he took the time to get fired up and remind viewers that unlike football inflation, climate change is real issue that should be taken seriously.

Conan O’Brien Plays ‘Mortal Kombat X’ With NFL Players Marshawn Lynch & Rob Gronkowski on His ‘Clueless Gamer’ Series

On a recent segment of his Clueless Gamer series, host Conan O’Brien sat down with NFL players Marshawn Lynch (Seattle Seahawks) and Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski (New England Patriots) to play the violent upcoming fighting video game Mortal Kombat X. Lynch and Gronk will be facing off once again during Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February 1, 2015. Mortal Kombat X is scheduled to release for the PC and video game consoles on April 14, 2015 and is currently available to pre-order from Amazon.

Pilot Creates a Flying Pyrotechnic Show Above Sweden by Launching Fireworks From the Wings of a Glider

Caters TV created a short video capturing the antics of Swedish pilot Johan Gustaffson as he put on a one-man pyrotechnic display, launching fireworks from the wings of his colorfully lit glider above his hometown of Dala-Järna. Gustaffson has more shows planned for locations across Europe.

Most people are already very amazed and say that they have never seen anything like it before. I’m planning on developing the show and adding even more effects too.

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images via Caters News

Jimmy Kimmel Celebrates Newscasters With Funny Names Like ‘Larry Sprinkle’ on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

In a recent clip from Jimmy Kimmel Live, host Jimmy Kimmel devotes time to celebrating newscasters with weird names like Larry Sprinkle, Dr. Tim Tooten, and nearly half a dozen men with some variation of “Dick” in their name.

Poetweet, A Service That Turns Twitter Feeds Into Sonnets and Other Styles of Nonsensical Cut-Up Poetry

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Poetweet is a silly new promotional service from Brazilian cultural center b_arco that crawls a user’s Twitter feed in order to construct a sort of nonsensical cut-up poem from bits of tweets. Users enter a handle, choose from the sonnet, rondel, or indriso style and the web app goes to work. Once created, users can check out the source tweets by hovering over a line or share them via social networks.

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images via Poetweet

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Definitely the Real Singer Adele Sings ‘SkyMall’, A Parody of Her Song ‘Skyfall’ From the James Bond Film ‘Skyfall’

On a recent episode of Conan, host Conan O’Brien informed his audience that the in-flight magazine SkyMall has recently filed for bankruptcy before introducing “definitely the real singer Adele” to perform a moving parody version of her song “Skyfall” from the James Bond film Skyfall. The song highlights some of SkyMall‘s stranger offerings.

A Practical Guide on How to Acquire a Super Bowl Ring

Comedian Joe Bereta provides a practical guide on how to acquire a Super Bowl ring on a recent episode of the AWE me web series Epic How To (previously). It comes down to either shelling out loads of money on eBay or doing absolutely whatever it takes to score a job on a Super Bowl-winning team.

Ever wanted to do something epic but didn’t know where to start? Stick with us and we’ll turn your wildest dreams into an epic reality! This week, we’ll teach you how to get a Super Bowl ring!