Hansel and Gretel
is a 34 minute television special directed by Tim Burton for The Disney Channel in 1982. Brimming with practical effects and long thought to be lost
, the film has recently resurfaced via a recording made from its single broadcast at 10:30 p.m. on October 31, 1983. [more inside]
Musings on, in the age of digitization and photocopies and the dying off of old collectors, what it means to be a book collector
by Johan Kugelberg of Boo-Hooray
(the guy who cataloged Afrika Bambaataa's collection for Cornell University
, and I can't believe there isn't a Previously for that!) [more inside]
Until recently one of the rarest animals ever had only ever been sighted once - the hexapus
. It's not an injured octopus but seemed to be a fully developed octopus that only had six limbs. The trouble with being so rare is that most people would never realize if they found a hexapus - like the vacationing family in Greece that found the second hexapus ever then cooked and ate it
. [more inside]
The Houghton Library is Harvard's largest for rare books and manuscripts, and the tumbler
currently showcases an image a day, with a link to the record in the online catalog for anyone who wants to know more about the source or come in to see it in person.
Teddy and Alice
What's a holometer?
is by far the coolest collection of TV pilots, pitches, scripts, and supplementary documents I have ever seen. [more inside]
Electronics companies all over the world are increasingly reliant on certain rare metals, most of which are mined in China, which controls 97 per cent of the global supply.
The Chinese government has promised to slash export quotas to ensure future sustainability of the world's supply of rare metals. China will drop its quota by 35 per cent in the first half of this year as compared with the same time last year.
But despite its escalating consumption of rare metals and the need for future sustainability, the West's electronics industry is mistrustful of China's motives and claims that the move has more to do with the mainland's desire to dominate electronics manufacturing than ensuring the future sustainability of the world's supply of rare metals.
Greening conscience or resource checkmate
? The rare earth trilogy covers eWaste harvesting
, restarting interest in mines
and dithering around trade
regulations, all in one neat package. [more inside]
is a video podcast in which a guy systematically described and discusses every
Famicom/NES game released. Currently up to 33 episodes and counting, and covering hundreds of games. [more inside]
: A deep resource of comics/cartoon arcana, lore, links, history, news and more. Why not check out some Beibers
, early 20th century cartoon tips
, A Voyage To The Moon
, Never aired Dan Clowes Commercials
, James Kochalka Number One
, A Pekar Family Circus
, and venturing vegetables
. (Strange and occasionally NSFW)
A history of well-done meat in America. "I prefer my meat cooked through, gray, no trace of pink. Shoe leather? To me that signifies 'food safety.' Mine is the hockey-puck, the charcoal, the hunk of tuna that is still on the grill. Gourmands consider well-done timid, even cranky. It's the gradation of people who don't really like to eat."
's legendary book, "Cards As Weapons," is out of print. Used copies are expensive
. Luckily, you can read it here
. (The book contains some NSFW
content.) I've you're new to Ricky Jay
, start here
The Biblioctopus Catalog can be as entertaining a read as some of the rare and antiquarian books that the Beverly Hills, Calif., shop sells. An entry for a $3,300 first edition of Ernest Hemingway’s
The Old Man and the Sea asserts that the book is “as stubbornly immortal as those plastic baby diapers that won’t biodegrade.”
Although Catalog 44 was mailed earlier this month
, I have only been able to find links for Catalogs 20
, and 34
"Bryn the pygmy rabbit died in 2008, marking the end of her genetic line. This subpopulation lost its sagebrush habitat as the land was developed for agriculture ... In an off-exhibit room at the Oregon Zoo, the staff was quiet, even reverent, as they brought in Bryn. She was one of two Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits left, and since both were old females, this was a solemn occasion." Rare: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species
penned and recorded lots of songs
, many of which remain unreleased
. Perhaps the most infamous, and rarest recording, is his version of Behind the Mask
. Legend has it that upon hearing Yellow Magic Orchestra's original track
, somewhen around 1979, Quincy Jones fell in love with the track, and he and Michael worked together on their own version. Jackson wrote new lyrics
for it - adding to those of Ryuichi Sakamoto
and Chris Mosdell
- and eventually recorded it during his Off The Wall
sessions. For unknown reasons the track never made the final cut of, arguably, Jones' and Jackson's greatest work. Not long afterwards Greg Phillinganes
, Jackson's keyboard player, released his own version
of the song, which was later taken up and re-recorded by Eric Clapton
for his 1986, Phil Collins produced album, August
. The track has since been recorded/remixed by Human League
, Senor Coconut
. Does an original Jones/Jackson recording of the song even exist
? Perhaps, as the world continues to mourn
the star's sad death
, someone will finally allow us a listen
Just imagine if your legs continued growing
long after the rest of your body stopped. [more inside]
The Guardian has compiled a list of their top fifty arts videos
, the majority being from either rare or obscure sources and uploaded onto YouTube.
Baseball fans were treated on Sunday to the rarest gem in the sport, a confluence of chance and circumstance which had only occurred twelve times previously in modern major league history. If you blinked, you may have missed it. Colorado Rockies rookie shortshop (and subject of future trivia questions) Troy Tulowitzki turned an unassisted triple play.
Links to virtual exhibitions, 1991-present.
"Individuals Active in Civil Disturbances".
Rare Alabama publication from the Civil Rights era. Courtesy of the Memory Hole.