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A 1960s Reporter Asks People in Sydney If Theres Life on Other Planets

In an ABC News (Australia) segment from August 31, 1962, Ray Taylor asks an eclectic mix of Sydneysiders, “Is there life on other planets?†Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/1960s-reporter-asks-people-if-theres-life-on-other-planets/

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Unbelievable HQ Video of New York City Life in 1911

Originally filmed by the Swedish company, Svenska Biografteatern, on a trip to America, the footage has been speed corrected (slowed down), with sound added by videographer Guy Jones. I find old footage like this of everyday life absolutely fascinating. If you do as well, be sure to check out our previous post: Rare Video Footage from 1906 Shows the Amazing Bustle of San Francisco’s Market Street Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/hq-video-of-new-york-city-life-in-1911/

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These 10 GIFs Will Give You an Appreciation for Silent Era Filmmaking

For the last three years, Don McHoull has been faithfully uploading gifs from silent era films to Twitter under the handle @SilentMovieGIfs. Not surprisingly, the account heavily features the work of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Fritz Lang. McHoull also routinely adds context and supplemental information to the clips, fostering greater appreciation for the filmmaking and talent of the period’s most famous actors. The Sifter hopes the 10 gifs below will pique your curiosity and encourage you to check out more amazing silent film moments at @SilentMovieGifs on…

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In 1982, An Artist Harvested Two Acres of Wheat on Land Worth $4.5 Billion

© Agnes Denes In the summer of 1982, two acres of wheat were planted and harvested by artist Agnes Denes, two blocks from Wall Street and the World Trade Center and facing the Statue of Liberty. Planting and harvesting a field of wheat on land worth $4.5 billion created a powerful paradox. Wheatfield was a symbol, a universal concept; it represented food, energy, commerce, world trade, and economics. It referred to mismanagement, waste, world hunger and ecological concerns. It called attention to our misplaced priorities. The harvested grain traveled to…

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Just a 1920s Steam Engine Doing a Casual 55 MPH on the Highway

Built in 1927, the Santa Fe 3751 steam locomotive is seen here doing a casual 55 MPH on the highway between Los Angeles and San Bernardino on April 12, 2014. The sight and sound of a steam-powered locomotive is awesome, especially in contrast to the other vehicles on the highway! The video was captured by YouTuber TrainTrackTrav who was kind enough to answer a few interesting questions in the comments: 1: Is the Metrolink diesel pushing the steam locomotive? No, the diesel is there to provide electrical power for the…

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75 Years Ago, One of the Best Dance Routines Ever Was Filmed, Unrehearsed on the First Take

Fred Astaire said it was ‘the greatest dancing he had ever seen on film’. In a dance performance for the ages, the Nicholas Brothers, Fayard (1914–2006) and Harold (1921–2000), dazzled audiences with their acrobatic routine to Cab Calloway’s hit song, Jumpin’ Jive. Not only that, but the routine was unrehearsed and what you see was the first take! [source] The performance was from the 1943 musical film, Stormy Weather. In 2001, Stormy Weather was selected for the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally,…

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