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April Fools: The Great Spaghetti Harvest of 1957

Posted in funny, news and media, things i like, videos with tags , , , , on April 1, 2009 by absurddelight

Ripe and ready for April Fool’s Day. Here’s a classic from 1957. The BBC ran a short documentary on spaghetti farming in Switzerland.

Fun quotes:

“Many of you I’m sure, will have see pictures of the vast Spaghetti plantations in the Poe Valley”

“… another reason why this may be a bumper year, lies in the virtual disappearance of the Spaghetti Weavel(?) …”

More after the jump, with viewer reaction.

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Technology Awe or Air Traffic Control from Space

Posted in art and design, neato, videos with tags , on March 7, 2009 by absurddelight

A just plain neato excerpt from a BBC program about looking at Britain from space. Like the perfect info-graphic, it just makes everything crisp and clear. In this case, that there are a shitload of planes flying around everywhere. A bonafide shitload.

BONUS: I found this through the outstanding organization Flowing Data. Check them out for all sorts of other data-tastic playthings.

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