All posts tagged: history

History Re-Lived: Real-Time Animation Of The Titanic Sinking

This video right here is a two hour and forty minute animation depicting a real-time recreation of the sinking of the Titanic with text annotations. Usually I watch these videos before I post them but I don’t have the time to sit and watch a two hour and forty minute video of the Titanic sinking. Nope, I’m too busy watching videos of the sinking of the Lusitania on a continuous loop (it usually takes about two hours and thirty nine minutes to get through). However, for those of you who want to experience the sinking of this great ship in real time without the distraction of watching Jack and Rose bang in some random dude’s car, have at it! Advertisements

History Lesson: Chart Showing Which Superheroes Have Been Portrayed By Which Actors

This is a cool little chart that shows the actors who portrayed superheroes in film, tv, voice, etc. It even links up actors who have played multiple superheroes too (how nice of them!). Feel free to print off a copy for yourself and hang it in your bedroom. However, if you do that, make sure to put it in a frame because hanging posters is immature, but hanging posters in a frame? Oh, that’s classy as hell. Enjoy the chart! *For a higher resolution version click here.

Home Alone is 25 Years Old! Here is a Delightful Oral History

This is a delightful oral history of what I think is safe to say my generation’s all time favorite Christmas movie, Home Alone (all due respect to National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation). The piece is written by James Hughes (son of Home Alone writer, John Hughes) for Chicago magazine which is fitting as the film took place “on the most boring street in the whole United States of America, where nothing even remotely dangerous will ever happen.” which happens to be in Chicago. If you aren’t familiar with oral histories, they are in my opinion the best way to recount stories (especially in the entertainment industry). The reason they are so good is that it is the people involved just recount their versions of what happens which usually makes for a more interesting read. The article is full of fun anecdotes and delightful stories, so please, grab a whole cheese pizza, sit down and enjoy reading this oral history…ya filthy animals. link to oral history found below: http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/December-2015/Home-Alone/

This Day In History: “Candle in the Wind 1997” Is Released in the U.S.

“Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)” is a re-written and re-recorded version of the song Elton released in 1973. The song was released following the death of his good friend Princess Diana in August 1997. “Candle in the Wind 1997” was released in the UK September 13th, 1997 and sold 1.5 million copies in the first week. The single debuted September 23rd in the U.S. and sold 3.5 million copies in the first week while staying atop of the Billboard charts for 14 weeks. The global proceeds of the song went to many of Princess Diana’s charities. After the performance of the song at Princess Diana’s funeral, Elton John stated that he would never sing the song live again other than by the request of the royal family.