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Anniversary of Challenger explosion (1/28/1986)... Where were you back then?

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This /. poll reminds people that today is the anniversary from the Challenger's explosion from 1/28/1986. So sad. I was ten years old back in Pennsylvania, USA, if I remember correctly. I did not see this accident live on TV. I saw the recording on the local news. I wasn't crazy about space stuff back then compared to today, but yet it was sad. :( Columbia's accident is coming up very soon too. :(

So, where were you when it happened (e.g., wasn't born yet)?

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Vintage Videogame Commercials

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Bezoar has a collection of old video game commercials ranging from Atari 2600 to SNES. These WMV files (1-2 MB each) can be downloaded for nostalgia flashbacks or if you are curious (you young kids!).

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50 Top Movie Deaths

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Compfused.com posted a link (Warning: Second page has a screen capture of women's breasts so it is not work friendly and offensive to some people) to the 50 Top Movie Deaths. "Total Film Magazine, in its July 2004 issue, provided an article on the 50 Greatest Movie Deaths throughout cinematic history. Their results below, based on a non-scientific poll taken from interviews with film critics, listed the 50 most highly-rated death scenes. Deaths in death scenes can be either cool, teary, metaphoric, grisly, scary, bloody, amusing, violent, transcendental, unforgettable, spectacular, frightening, funny, or shocking. The victim's death may be well-deserved, accidental, expected, sudden, or intentional. Some effective death scenes even occur off-screen."

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Worth1000's Time Machine 7: Doctored photographs with objects in settings foreign to their timeline.

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Worth1000's current contest theme is on images/photographs containing objects from the past, present, and/or future. However, it is an amalgam of any two. The trick in this contest is to put objects in settings foreign to their timeline. Paintings and cell phones were forbidden in this contest. There are 98 entries.

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Worth1000's Doctored Images: Good Old New Wave 3 (Earlier to 1980s)

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Worth1000's current contest theme is on celebrities/politicians from the past transported into the awesome 80's. There are 45 entries.

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Something Awful's Doctored Photographs: History's Worst Weapons

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Something Awful's current doctored photographs week is on horrible weapon designs. A few of them are funny.

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How copyright could be killing culture...

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This Globe and Mail's article says the high cost of getting permission to use archival footage and photos threatens to put makers of documentaries out of business...

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A video clip showing what NASA did last summer (2004).

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Compfused.com found a streaming QuickTime video (direct link for download -- 9 MB) showing what NASA did last summer in 2004.

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New Year's Eve - Hogmanay

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A co-worker shared me this story about New Year's Eve - Hogmanay:

What does Hogmanay actually mean and what is the derivation of the name? Why do the Scots more than any other nation celebrate the New Year with such a passion? Why should a tall dark stranger be a welcome first foot visitor after midnight, carrying a lump of coal and a slice of black bun?

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The good news from 2004...

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2004: The Good News says every year at the end of December, major media outlets compile lists of the year's top stories. Television news stations compile poignant montages of the past 12 months. Inevitably, these images are tragic—images of war, crime and natural disaster set to pensive music, only occasionally interrupted by shots of the team that won the Super Bowl, the World Series, or every four years, pictures from the Olympics. That's to be expected, of course. No news, as they say, is good news. Good news also tends to happen gradually, which makes it less conspicuous. Bad news happens in clumps. It makes itself known. In just a few hours, a hurricane or an earthquake can wipe out thousands of homes and businesses. The prosperity, wealth and rise in standard of living that created those homes and businesses took place over decades, if not hundreds of years. No one reports a new subdivision going up. Everyone's on the scene when a tornado takes one down. At the end of the year, it’s easy to get so caught up with what's going on in Fallujah, the calamitous tsunamis that hit South Asia, or the threat of terrorism, that we overlook the overwhelmingly positive but subtler, more gradual trends lurking beneath the headlines.

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Child's Play II -- Old Classic Games and Today's Generation Kids...

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/. pointed out a funny an 1UP.COM article where invited youngsters to experience the joys of classic old gaming to hilarious effect. It is the second in an article series called "Child's Play".

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Mystery of 'Chirping' Pyramid Decoded

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new@nature.com's story says the mystery of 'chirping' pyramid was decoded. Acoustic analysis shows how temple transforms echoes into sounds of nature. El Castillo's strange echoes have fascinated visitors for generations. A theory that the ancient Mayans built their pyramids to act as giant resonators to produce strange and evocative echoes has been supported by a team of Belgian scientists.

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Worth1000: Animal Renaissance 4 -- Doctored classic paintings with a little something wild

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Worth1000's theme is on Animal Renaissance 4 that has classic paintings with a little something wild. There are 83 entries with a hybrid of sorts, between our Modern Renaissance contests (where we put modern celebrities into classic art) and our Animal Dressup contests (where we put animals in clothes, just like your little sister does).

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History gets a computer graphics make-over

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BBC NEWS' article says computer generated imagery (CGI) is taking film a step further by bringing historical characters back to life on screen:

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Top 10 First-Person Melee Weapons

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GameSpy has the Top 10 First-Person Melee Weapons.

I disagree with #1. I'd pick DOOM's chainsaw

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Roman cosmetic secrets revealed

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This BBC News story says Roman cosmetic secrets revealed. The fashion conscious women of Roman Britain used a tin-based foundation to get a pale and appealing look.

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