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Baby Born with Intact Amniotic Sac

First off, little Silas Philips is fine. He was delivered by Cesarian section three months early at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, still shrouded in his sac of amniotic fluid. Neonatologist William Binder snapped a picture of the unusual sight with his cellphone, then opened the sac so the baby could begin breathing.

The photograph shows the baby just seconds old. Until the bag was broken, the baby was still getting oxygen through the placenta.

“It felt like slow-motion but really realistically probably about 10 seconds that we had to sort of quickly pause and be able to do this, because at the same time, we want to get the baby out of that sac, start helping the baby to begin breathing,” the doctor said.

The photo is a rare opportunity to see what a six-month pregnancy really looks like. And from the baby’s point of view, the trauma of birth didn’t happen until he was outside his mother. Despite his prematurity, Silas is doing well at ten weeks old and is expected to go home within a month. See a video report at CBS Los Angeles. -via Buzzfeed

PS: I found out some other interesting things about Dr. Binder.

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YouTube 10th Anniversary Supercut

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If you liked the 16-minute tribute to YouTube on its 10th anniversary, you’ll like this one better. If you didn’t like the earlier video, you’ll probably like this one. It’s got clips from 198 different viral videos crammed into only three minutes! And best of all, it was edited by Luc Bergeron, known as Zapatou (previously), a master at sorting, categorizing, and editing clips into a work of art. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Further Advances in Miscreant Trapping

The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research.

A haphazard look at inventions to trap bad guys
by Alice Shirrell Kaswell and Stephen Drew, Improbable Research staff

In AIR 20-1, we presented the first part of this collection of haphazardly selected inventions invented by persons who apparently believed themselves to be on the side of Good and who strove to try to make it easier and more technologically sweet for other Good persons to trap persons engaged in Evil.

1930: Shelby’s Supernaturalistic Bank Confession Apparatus
Helene Adelaide Shelby’s “Apparatus for Obtaining Criminal Confessions and Photographically Recording Them” (U.S. patent 1749090, granted 1930) tried to ensure that criminals, having been caught, would confess—and would do so in a manner that ensured they would be convicted and sent to prison:

The present invention relates to a new and useful apparatus for obtaining confessions from culprits, or those suspected of the commission of crimes, and photographically recording these confessions, in the form of sound waves, in conjunction with their pictures, depicting their every expression and emotion, to be preserved for later reproduction as evidence against them.

The primary object of my invention is the provision of an apparatus for the creation of illusory effects calculated to impress the subject with their being of a supernatural character and to so work upon his imagination as to enable an inquisitor operating in conjunction with the recording system to obtain confessions and graphically record them by light action under the control of electric impulses governed by varying intensities of sound waves....

Figure 1 is a side elevation illustrative of a structure divided into two chambers, one chamber of which is darkened to provide quarters in which the suspect is confined while being subjected to examination, the other chamber being provided for the examiner, the two chambers being separated from each other by a partition which is provided with a panel upon one side of which is mounted a figure in the form of a skeleton, the said skeleton having the rear portion of the skull removed and the recording apparatus inserted therein as shown;

Figure 2 is a front view looking into the enclosure in which the skeleton is mounted and as seen looking from the suspect’s examination quarters.

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1931: Thibault’s Through-the-floor Burglar Trap
Alphonse J. Thibault’s “Burglar Trap” (U.S. Patent 1807944, granted 1931) improves on a long tradition of providing trap doors through which burglars could be made to plummet:

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Snowball Fight in Jerusalem

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A storm last Thursday and Friday left between 20 and 30 centimeters (7-11 inches) of snow over Jerusalem. This video shows a group of Franciscan monks having a snowball fight, which they probably don’t get to do very often. Israel wasn’t the only spot in the Middle East to get snow. See pictures of the snow in Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey in this roundup. -via Buzzfeed


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The Ultimate Way to Witness the Northern Lights

Imagine lying in bed under a glass igloo in Finland, watching the Aurora Borealis. That’s the kind of thing you want to put on your bucket list! Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is only 155 miles from the Arctic Circle, near the Urho Kekkonen National Park in Lapland. Thermal glass keeps each igloo nice and toasty inside, but if you prefer, they also have unheated igloos made of packed snow. I think I’ll take the glass. Read more about this unique resort and see plenty of photographs at Scribol.
 
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Well Grammar

Who’s calling who stupid? Notice the well-placed comma in the bottom panel. Still, proper grammar doesn’t always help you in the real world: you have to take into account who is doing the labor and who is supervising.

Side note: even the grammar nazi in this cartoon makes a grammatical error (“real” instead of “really”) but I needed to use that tense to make the joke work. Sorry, grammar commandants.

This Bizarro comic is from artist Don Piraro’s blog post in which he shares thoughts about several recent comics. I was originally going to post the Planet of the Apes panel, after I saw it here, but the well-digging comic tickled me even more. You don’t want to overlook the elephant down comic, either.


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Undersea Timelapse in Glorious Color

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The short film called ...meanwhile... is taken from Italian filmmaker Sandro Bocci’s feature film Porgrave, which will be released later this year. See slow-living corals, starfish, and other sea creatures in time-lapse mode beautifully photographed in their natural habitat. It’s practically psychedelic! Bocci says,

"This is an infinitesimal part of the wonderful world in which we live and of which we should take better care," Bocci wrote in a description of the project. It's "a trip through a different perspective that would encourage reflection on the consequences of our actions on each scale of space and time."

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Toddler Does Tahitian Dance

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This little girl is not yet two years old, but she’s learning the basics of Tahitian dance from Tahitoa Productions in Guam. They normally take students starting at age three. In case you are not familiar with Tahitian dance, here’s what a talented adult can do. The little girl above is getting a head start! -via Daily Picks and Flicks

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The Six Coworkers You'll Have at Your Job

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When there’s a list of the types of people at your workplace, you have to wonder which one you are. I’ve encountered every one of these at one time or another, but not usually all at the same place. That’s because I’ve never worked in an office environment with a lot of people in it. Right now I work with a bunch of folks who all seem absolutely delightful -but I’ve never met any of them! -via Tastefully Offensive


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5 Pets Who Helped Solve Their Owners' Murders

Forensic science has come a long way in solving crimes, although murder remains unusually difficult do to the lack of cooperation from the victims. Investigators have to keep an open mind in order to find clues wherever they may be, including evidence from the deceased’s pets. In one particular case, that meant the victim’s cockatoo.

Texas native Kevin Butler was such a fan of NBA great Larry Bird that he ignored the potential redundancy and named his pet cockatoo after him. Friends said Bird was very devoted to Butler, and when Butler’s home was broken into in 2001, Bird tried to fend off his owner's murderers before he was mortally wounded himself. One of them, Daniel Torres, denied involvement until prosecutors presented evidence linking the DNA recovered from Bird’s beak to Torres. He received life in prison. Bird, just 18 inches tall, was heralded as “valiant” during the trial.

There are four other tales of crime-solving pets in this roundup at mental_floss. Not all of them had to die to solve the crime.

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Sesame Street Does House of Cards

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Sesame Street does a spot-on parody of Netflix’s series House of Cards entitled House of Bricks. Frank Underwolf channels Kevin Spacey as he blows down the houses of the little pigs in Washington. Yes, the story is familiar, but the villain and his accent give it a modern twist. Oh, yeah, the ending is different, too. -via Uproxx


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(Good Bye) PMS

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You know how things get crazy when that old devil PMS shows up? K-Pop singer Lizzy and comedian Park Myeong-Su (notice his initials) star in this bonkers music video in which Lizzy becomes a giant superhero to vanquish Pre-Menstrual Syndrome. It's probably even funnier if you understand Korean. -via Buzzfeed


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Beware Weird Ice Formations

The confluence of a slanted awning, a blanket of snow, icicles, and a slight melt produced this lethal trap waiting to skewer any tall person coming out of the door. Or any short person who stands on a few inches of hard snow. Luckily, redditor aeyntie saw the murderous icicle before he was impaled, and got a photograph from the side to show us how nature’s wrath works in mysterious ways. Doesn’t it look like a tentacled ice monster? Then of course, after the murder, the evidence would just melt away. 

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10 Years of YouTube

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YouTube just celebrated it’s tenth anniversary. The Daily Conversation put together a retrospective of their biggest hits over the years. It begins with YouTube’s very first upload, which hardly anyone saw, but quickly gets to videos you  know and love, from cute kittens to the Arab Spring. You’ve seen almost all of them on Neatorama, since this site is coming up on ten years as well. Which one is your favorite? -via Daily of the Day


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Can You Be Scared To Death?

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Getting a good scare can make your heart race, but can it kill you? We know fear can save our lives, if it keeps us from doing something dangerous, but should we fear our fear itself? AsapSCIENCE explains the mechanism and physical effects of fear and what damage, if any, fear can do to us. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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The 2015 Golden Raspberry Awards

Every year, the Golden Raspberry Awards, commonly known as the Razzies, are bestowed on the night before the Academy Awards, recognizing the worst in moviemaking. The big winner last night was the Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas. It won Razzies for Worst Picture, Worst Actor, Worst Screenplay, and Worst Combo (Kirk Cameron and his ego). It’s a movie that brought the audience together -in agreement about how bad it was.

"This is a vanity project that Kirk Cameron put together", Razzie founder John Wilson told BBC Radio 5 live after the ceremony.

"It's about on the level of a super 8 movie from when I was a kid. It has no cinematic value at all."

He pointed out that the film was rated number one worst movie of all time on international movie database IMDB.com

Saving Christmas is also only one of two films last year to score a zero rating on the review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.

Winning a Razzie is not always the kiss of death, however. The awards ceremony also has a Redeemer Award, for former Razzie winners who go on to do good movies. It was won by Ben Affleck, who received a Razzie for Gigli, but went on to give us Argo and Gone Girl. See the full list of winners at Uproxx.

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The First Woman in Space

Apparently there is a generation of Americans who think that Sally Ride was the first woman in space. Those of us who came of age before Ride's historic first trip on the space shuttle are well aware that cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova was launched into space in 1963. She spent three days in orbit aboard Vostok 6, then became a poster child for the Soviet’s accomplishments in space exploration. The idea of sending a women to space came up on the heels of Yuri Gagarin’s flight in 1961.

Immediately after that, Nikolai Kamanin, head of the cosmonaut program and legendary Soviet pilot, proposed the idea of female cosmonauts to Soviet Air Force and space program designer Sergei Korolev. Kamanin, according to the Encyclopedia Astronautica, believed “it was [the space program’s] patriotic duty to beat the Americans in putting a woman in space. He wanted to find a female cosmonaut who would be a dedicated Communist agitator in the same class as Gagarin.” Korolev agreed, and the search for lady cosmonauts was on.

The Vostok was automatic, so while piloting skills weren’t necessary, parachuting skills definitely were. Since Kamanin had actually co-founded the DOSAAF, he looked there for candidates, and Tereshkova was among the many called up to Moscow. After several trials, she wound up in the top five; notably, she was the only one of the finalists who had no higher education. The final choice for who would fly came down to Nikita Khrushchev himself. He chose Tereshkova because she “embodied the qualities expected of the New Soviet Woman. She was a reliable communist, a factory worker from a humble background, and a ‘good’ girl.’”

Tereshkova’s space flight was publicity stunt, and she wasn’t a trained pilot or scientist. However, she had more to do with the success of her flight than anyone knew at the time. And even outside of that flight, Tereshkova was a fascinating woman who wanted better than what the circumstances of her early life left her -that’s why she learned parachuting, which led to her stint as a cosmonaut. After her historic flight, she earned an engineering degree, fought for the female cosmonaut program, and entered politics. Read about the life of Valentina Tereshkova at The Mary Sue.

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Mission Impossible: The Raid on Cabanatuan

The following is an article from the book Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Plunges Into History Again.

Saving the forgotten soldiers of World War II.

Nearly everybody knows about the bombing of Pearl Harbor. But few folks know about the bombing of Clark Field in the Philippines that happened only hours later. The French resistance is legendary -especially in bad movies. So where are the movies about the heroes of the Philippine resistance? And while Hitler’s concentration camps deserve their worldwide infamy, did you know that Allied troops in Philippine POW camps suffered starvation, torture, and outright murder?

If World War II in the Philippines is neglected in the history books, it was worse while the battles actually raged. Thousands of the USAFFE (United States Armed Forces in the Far East) figured they’d become “the forgotten.”

NO MAMA, NO PAPA, NO UNCLE SAM

Within weeks of Pearl Harbor, the Japanese Imperial Army pushed American and Filipino troops out of Manila. They were forced into the jungles of the Bataan Peninsula and the Island of Corregidor where they were cut off from supplies. Hungry and suffering from tropical disease, the troops were promised by the commanding General Douglas MacArthur that “thousands of planes” with food, medicine, and reinforcements were on their way. But no help had arrived by March when MacArthur was ordered to leave and set up a command in Australia.

MacArthur promised “I shall return.” But the soldiers were cynical about promises. They already had a song that went, in part:

No Mama, no Papa, no Uncle Sam
No aunts, no uncles, no nephews, no nieces
No pills, no planes, no military pieces
And nobody gives a damn.

By April, Allied losses and the lack of supplies in Bataan were so bad that General King, the local commander, ordered the surrender of 70,000 troops (Filipinos and Americans) -the largest American army in history to surrender. Having made plans to accept the surrender of about 25,000 soldiers, the Japanese were overwhelmed with POWs.

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At the Fair

You know when you think about it, animals are what a county or state fair is all about, whether you are showing them, winning them, or eating them. On a stick. This ad just put it all in a nutshell. Found at Bad Newspaper. 


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Sneaking into the Oscars

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In 1988, film students Jack Saltzberg and David Teitelbaum put on tuxedos and went down to the Academy Awards ceremony. They didn't have tickets or press passes, and never expected to actually get in, but the opportunity presented itself and they strolled in like they belonged there, and talked to stars along the red carpet. The footage they shot was later shown on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. More recently, Vice interviewed David Teitelbaum about how the stunt came about, and what happened afterward. They got quite a bit of publicity out of it, which may or may not have helped his career in the industry. -via Metafilter 


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Robot Feeds Tomatoes to Marathon Runners

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When a Japanese company wants to sell a product, the normal thing to do is design a robot for it, whether that makes any sense or not. Food manufacturer Kagome wants to sell tomatoes as a healthy refreshing snack. This wearable robot will feed you up to seven regular tomatoes while you run mile after mile, carrying the 17-pound robot. Now wouldn’t it be easier to just carry a bag of tomatoes?

Well, the robot is a one-off publicity stunt, as they won’t be mass-producing them. However, the news about it highlights the food company, which will be handing out tomatoes to runners at the 2015 Tokyo Marathon. This story is priming those runners to think about how good a juicy tomato would taste while they run. Meanwhile, watching this thing work is a hoot! -via Arbroath


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2015 Masters Agility Championship

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The Master Agility Championship is part of the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. On Valentine’s Day, Tex the border collie showed them all how it’s done. Watch this dog go- just under 31 seconds with no errors! He beat 329 other dogs to take the prize. At the end, he barks “I’m a good boy! I’m a good boy!” If he goes too fast for you, you can see stills and action pictures from the event at the Westminster Kennel Club. That’s a good dog. -via Daily Picks and Flicks

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How to Use a Target Shopping Basket

Friday, redditor gatorb888 posted a picture of a woman using a shopping basket at Target. That’s not a long-handled cart. That’s the rack where the store stacks the baskets.

Apparently she’s not the only person who does this. Within a couple of hours, coreymans posted another example. Is this going to become a thing?  

Yeah, I think it already is a thing.

It didn’t take redditor allofthethings13 long to zip over to Target and illustrate how it's supposed to be done. So the next time you go to Target, there might not be any baskets at all, because someone is using them all -and the rack, too!  

Update: Yes, there are already more pictures.


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How to Cut a Carrot

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This person spends over three minutes cutting a carrot, but the end result is worth it. No, she’s not going to cut her fingers off, although that’s the impression you might get as that blade gets close to them. The artist is not identified, and I’m not even sure it’s a woman, but she has nice fingernails. The video is titled Cooking Class Heroes, but I would bet she’s a teacher instead of a student. You may want to skip through some of the middle parts, but do not miss the end. -via Boing Boing 

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The Student Creed

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Positive, offensive, self-discipline, self-control, physical health: those are awfully big words for a three-year-old! This white belt is reciting the student creed at Premier Martial Arts in Leeds, UK. Isn’t her speech just the most adorable thing you've seen today? -via Daily Picks and Flicks

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The Fearless Black Cowboy of the Wild, Wild West

Nat Love was born a slave in Tennessee in 1854. When he was 15, he left for the adventure of the West. The untamed frontier offered more freedom for a black man than anywhere in the established states. Within a few years Love became a crack shot, won rodeo titles with his cowboy skills, and earned the name Deadwood Dick. Or did he? The account of his life comes from his autobiography.

Love’s shooting skills had been honed over the course of seven long years on the cattle trails. In his 1907 autobiography, The Life and Adventures of Nat Love, Better Known in the Cattle Country as “Deadwood Dick,” which remains the main source of information on his life, Love writes, “In those days on the great cattle ranges there was no law but the law of might, and all disputes were settled with a forty-five Colt pistol. In such cases the man who was quickest on the draw and whose eye was the best, pretty generally got the decision.” He had become adept with firearms to defend himself and his trail mates against rustlers, Native American raiding parties, saloon brawlers and stampeding animals. The mighty buffalo were still abundant on the plains, and hunting them served as both sport and a source of food on the trail. Love relied on the mass-produced, repeating firearms that defined the era: the Winchester lever action rifle and the single-action, six-shot Colt revolver. ”It was of the greatest importance,” Love writes, “that the cow boy should understand his gun, its capabilities and its shooting qualities.”

Although there is no doubt that Love was a skilled cowboy, many of the published accounts of those days are filled with self-promotion and unlikely celebrity encounters. Ben Nadler picks apart Love’s book at Narratively against a backdrop of what we know is true about black cowboys in the American West. Even after you discount the most unlikely parts of the autobiography, what’s left of Nat Love’s life story is still utterly fascinating.  -via Digg


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Just a Trophy

In case the print is too small for you, the inscription on the trophy says “2015 Trophy Making Championship 1st Place.” This short interlude of strangeness is brought to you by Justin Boyd at Invisible Bread. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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How To Connect With Anyone

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Last month, we posted How to Fall in Love, which described a process that tends to make people fall for each other. It consists of a series of increasingly intimate questions followed by staring at each other’s eyes for four minutes straight. Soul Pancake decided to try out the four-minute staring part of the exercise, using a dozen volunteer couples who ranged from two people who just met to a couple who’ve been married for 55 years. The results won’t surprise you, but it’s awfully sweet. At least I’m not surprised; the first time I met my husband, I stared into his eyes for about two seconds and was hooked. -via Viral Viral Videos


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If Disney Princesses Were Historically Accurate

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Disney Princesses star in animated children’s fairy tales, and as such they were simplified and prettified to appeal to the audience. But what if those movies were costume period pieces? This video shows what women wore during those historical eras. Most are dressed as the wealthy, happily-ever-after royalty period of their lives. For some strange reason, Ariel from The Little Mermaid was left out. The results are opulent but far less sexy than what we’re used to. The accompanying article at Buzzfeed explains how the dates and countries of origin were determined, and gives more information on the fashions selected.


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Jingle Fever: The Stories Behind 5 Ad Jingles

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You might not hear them so much anymore, but songs from commercials are a serious part of the soundtrack of pop culture. Here are the stories behind some of the most famous ones.

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 Product: Folgers Coffee

Jingle: “The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup.”

Story: Singer Leslie Pearl had one minor hit in 1982- “If the Love Fits Wear It,” which hit #28 on the pop chart. After that, she moved into songwriting. Among her compositions are “You Never Gave Up On Me,” a Top-5 country hit for Crystal Gayle; and “Girls Can Get It,” a Top-40 hit for Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show. After that, Pearl moved into jingle writing. In 1984, she wrote the most-played and most famous song of her career: a jingle for Folgers canned coffee. It’s been used in ads for more than 25 years, making it one of the longest-running jingles of all time.

 

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Product: Old Spice aftershave

Jingle: Whistling

Story: Since the mid-1990s, Old Spice commercials have used just six whistled notes, but that six-note melody was originally the ending of an earlier jingle called “The Old Spice Sea Shanty,” written in1953 and used for decades. (Sample lyrics: “‘Old Spice means quality’ said the Captain to the Bosun / Ask for the package with the ship that sails the ocean.”) Veteran jingle writer Ginger Johnson borrowed the melody from an old Scottish bagpipe folk song called “Scotland the Brave.” The whistling was performed by jazz musician Jean “Toots” Thielemans, who also provided the whistling in the theme  song of The Andy Griffith Show and played the harmonica on the Sesame Street theme song.

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