How to Analyze a Scene in a Film


Analyzing just one scene in a film can be both fun and enlightening! Since you’ll focus on just a short part of a movie, you’ll be able to take a deep dive into the details and get a great understanding of the filmmaker’s decisions. Before you pick your scene, watch the entire film to make sure you understand it. Then watch the single scene several times and take notes to break it down. Finally, you can turn your notes into a formal written scene analysis for a class or your own use.





How to Block Promoted Tweets on Twitter on PC or Mac


This wikiHow teaches you how to install the Hide Twitter Guff extension to Google Chrome in order to block all promoted tweets on Twitter, using Mac or Windows.





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25 Wonderful Facts About It’s a Wonderful Life


Frank Capra, Donna Reed, and Jimmy Stewart have all called it their favorite movie. But the FBI didn't like it.





The Week in Photos: Wildfire Smoke in Ojai and Currency Exchanges in Venezuela


A round-up of images from Viewfinder, Pacific Standard's daily photo feature.

A plume of smoke is seen from Ojai, California, as the Thomas Fire grows and advances toward seaside communities on December 10th, 2017, near Carpinteria, California.
Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli forces on December 11th, 2017, near the border fence with Israel, east of Gaza City.
Voters exit after casting their ballots at a polling station set-up in the fire department on December 11th, 2017, in Gallant, Alabama. Alabama voters are casting their ballot for either Republican Roy Moore or his Democratic challenger Doug Jones in a special election to decide who will replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the U.S. Senate.
Jake Glaser, dressed as Santa Claus, skateboards at Venice Beach on December 13th, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. Residents are preparing for Christmas in the wake of a series of destructive wildfires across Southern California.
A demonstrator shouts slogans in front of the Senate building during a protest against the potential approval of an internal security law that would allow the army to act as police, in Mexico City, on December 14th, 2017. Mexican deputies approved a new security law that provides a legal framework for military deployment. The controversial initiative is being discussed in the Senate.
People line up outside the BanPanal communal bank to exchange bolivares for the new local community currency, the panal, launched in the 23 de Enero working-class neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela, on December 15th, 2017.





Listen to What Darth Vader Sounded Like On the Star Wars Set


There's a muffled British voice coming out of Darth Vader's helmet.





13 Enchanting Facts About Moonstruck


What director Norman Jewison called “an operatic multi-generational romantic comedy" premiered in theaters 30 years ago.





Inside the German Town Where Advent Is the Main Attraction


Gengenbach is serious about its Christmas countdown.





How to Get Whites White


White clothes can be hard to maintain, especially since stains are often impossible to hide on white fabric. As whites become soiled and worn, you might consider throwing them away. But think twice before you do! There are several effective ways to get your stained whites clean and whiter, in addition to strategies to keep them bright in the long term. Try pre-soaking techniques with natural ingredients, add in additional products to your regular wash, separate your whites from colored clothes, and air-dry for best results!





A Very Brief History of Chamber Pots


They were once an inescapable fact of everyday life.





What Ever Happened to Everyone’s Friend, MySpace Tom?


Derrick H. asks: Whatever happened to Tom from MySpace and why was he the first friend of everyone on the site? Tom Anderson, better known online as MySpace Tom, was, for a brief period in the early 2000s, arguably the most popular man on the internet. Boasting over 200 million friends at the apex of MySpace’s popularity, Tom was everybody [...]

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A Tour of the New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book Room


The Rare Book Room at the New York Academy of Medicine documents the evolution of our medical knowledge.





Could Dust Storms From Africa Be Damaging Ecosystems in the Florida Keys?


Every so often in the Florida Keys, where coral reefs teem with marine life, an orange haze coats the sunset in the horizon—a fog of Saharan dust that wafts directly from Africa. The desert dust settles on the ocean and provides nutrients to tiny bacteria. Perhaps unfortunately, some bacteria use ...





How to Crochet a Loop Stitch


The loop stitch is a complex looking stitch that is actually very easy to learn. If you are familiar with how to single crochet, then you should have no problem learning the loop stitch. Try using the loop stitch the next time you want to add some furry texture to a crocheted item.





Amazon Is Offering Free Same-Day Shipping to Prime Customers for the Holidays


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Meghan Markle’s Fashion Evolution From All-American Girl to Princess-to-Be


From all-American girl to princess-to-be





14 Deep Facts About Valley of the Dolls


The campy, so-bad-it's-good classic is turning 50 years old.





10 Surprisingly Affordable Holiday Picks from the Kardashian Clan


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A New Roller Coaster is Whizzing Through Colorado's Rocky Mountains


At Copper Mountain resort, visitors can now enjoy the surrounding mountain scenery without breaking a sweat.





How Alabama Attempted to Suppress the Black Vote


The narrative around the Doug Jones vs. Roy Moore United States Senate race in the days leading up to this past week's election was that black people needed to vote at higher rates than normal. African Americans typically do not turn out in large numbers for Alabama elections, especially in ...





Tomb Raider: The Story of Saint Nicholas's Stolen Bones


The Santa Claus of folklore doesn't have a skeleton. But his inspiration, Saint Nicholas, does, and people have been fighting over his bones since they were stolen nearly a millennium ago.





5 Songs You Need to Listen to This Week


Eminem’s latest album, Revival, comes stocked with anti-Trump rhetoric right along with the rapper’s signature bluster. Hip-hop collective BROCKHAMPTON make a case for themselves as the boy band of the future. Haitian DJ Michael Brun starts to roll out his latest project, focused on the sounds of home. Camila Cabello contributes to an unusual star-studded…





Marco Rubio and Bob Corker Announce Support for Tax Legislation


Senators Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) and Marco Rubio (R-Florida) announced on Friday their support for the GOP's tax reform legislation. Corker was the lone GOP senator to vote against the legislation, over deficit concerns, when it passed the Senate, while Rubio had expressed opposition to it ...





6 Tips From Experts on How to Fake Loving a Gift You Hate


Be gracious this holiday season … even if you have to fake it.





Eco-Friendly Cruise Ship Design Includes Vertical Farms, Solar Sails, and a Plant Kingdom


The Ecoship is expected to set sail in 2020.





How to Perform the Star Wars Theme—On Calculators


May the Force be with you (and your fingers).





Why Is Holly a Symbol of Christmas?


The fact that it’s alive is a big point in its favor.





Morgan Jerkins on Intergenerational Trauma in 'This Will Be My Undoing'


Writer Morgan Jerkins is intimidatingly well-accomplished for her age. The Princeton University graduate, who is fluent in six languages and only in her mid-twenties, has written about literature, feminism, sports, pop culture, police shootings, and white privilege for The New Yorker, The ...





Today's Wine Glasses Are Almost Seven Times Larger Than They Were in 1700


Drinking from a larger glass might trick us into drinking more—something to remember this holiday party season.





A U.N. Poverty Expert Breaks Down the Sorry State of Economic Equality in America


For the last two weeks, Philip Alston, a professor at the New York University School of Law and a United Nations special rapporteur on poverty and human rights, has been on a fact-finding tour of the United States' poorest communities. Alston visited neighborhoods in rural ...





8 Surprising Facts About the Suez Crisis


The 1956 invasion of Egypt, which plays a prominent role in season two of 'The Crown,' was a very messy international affair.





Eminem Is Leaning Into That Mom’s Spaghetti Meme in the Best Way Possible


"Detroit! Come vomit up some spaghetti with me"





Researchers Pore Over the Physics Behind the Layered Latte


Fluid dynamics has never tasted so good.





A Limited Edition, Handwritten Manuscript of The Great Gatsby Can Be Yours for $249


The manuscript reveals how the classic book was rewritten and reworked throughout the writing process.





Watch This Live Stream to See Two Rare Penguin Chicks Hatch From Their Eggs


The rare chicks are about to debut to the world and the National Aviary is taking us all along for the ride.





When Will Facebook Take Hate Seriously?


There is a Facebook group dedicated to promoting the infamous blood libel—the story that Jews, now or in the past, have ritually murdered Christian children. It's a myth that has been used to justify violent persecution against Jews for centuries. Since Facebook bans hate speech based on religious ...





Barack Obama Dressed Up As Too-Cool-For-School Santa For His Latest Appearance


Barack Obama has long made it clear that he loves his post-presidency leather jacket. And on Thursday, he took that leather jacket with him on his visit to a D.C.-area Boys & Girls Club to visit kids — topping off his fashion-forward look with a festive, seasonally-appropriate red Santa hat. “There’s no better time than…





Why Your Christmas Lights Always Get Tangled, According to Science


We turned to mathematicians, physicists, and engineers to find out why the lights are so frustrating—and how to improve them.





J. K. Rowling Wrote the Hogwarts Houses in a Very Unconventional Way and 3 Other Things We Learned


Proof that inspiration can come from anywhere





The Internet Is Bonding Over Embarrassing Screen Names As AIM Signs Off Forever


AIM screen names are gone, but definitely not forgotten





11 Gifts For the History Buff


Make history come alive.





Social Media Use Is Linked to a Fear of Crime


It has long been established that people who watch a lot of television tend to be more afraid of crime. Hours of watching police procedurals, courtroom dramas, and violence-heavy local news can lead one to conclude we live in a very scary world. A recently published, first-of-its-kind study updates ...





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How to Siphon Water


Siphoning is a great way of using gravity to move large amounts of water from one location to another. You can empty a pool, clean a fish tank, or prepare rainwater jugs by siphoning. If you are working with fresh water, it’s possible to move water through a siphon using pressure from your mouth. If you are working with a single siphon tube, submerging the tube and draining it is a quick option. However, if you are tackling a larger job, then a two-hose siphon system might be your best bet.





Audubon's 'Birds of America': The Book So Big It Needed Its Own Furniture


John James Audubon dreamed of creating life-sized portraits of every species of bird in North America. The portraits, when bound, became some of the biggest books ever made—and to read them, his customers would need to hire a carpenter.





8 Odd Items People Have Used to Decorate Christmas Trees


From ears of corn to live canaries, these old-school trimmings didn't make the jump to modern times.





Could All That Ash From the Thomas Fire Be Making Temperatures Drop?


Since California's fourth-largest fire ignited last week along the state's central coast, downwind cities have been covered in a pall of smudgy yellow smoke. As a result of the blaze, which was 30 percent contained as of Thursday evening, the air in Santa Barbara and Ventura ...





Did the Enron Scandal Really Change Executive Compensation?


Following a slew of corporate scandals in the early 2000s—most prominently the one involving energy company Enron—the United States government instituted a number of regulatory changes. The largest was the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which expanded mandatory financial disclosures, and increased ...





Viewfinder: An Anti-Military Protest in Mexico City


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How to Clean Wood Furniture


Wood furniture has a classic look that pairs well with a wide variety of decorating styles. But good quality wood furniture can cost quite a bit, so caring for it properly is key. Dusting it regularly is important, but sometimes, dirt and grime may build up. You can make an effective cleaning solution that works on most finishes with dishwashing liquid and water, but if your furniture is particularly grimy, you may need to use mineral spirits. Once your wood pieces are clean, waxing them can help restore their shine and provide a protective film that keeps the furniture looking as good as possible.





The Internet Wants to Know: Who Is the Best Villain Ever?


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How to Make Red Velvet Ice Cream


Want to spice up your normal batch of ice cream? Add in some red velvet to give this ice cream a new twist. Its beautiful pop of red velvet and swirls of cream cheese icing make this ice cream an enjoyable frozen dessert to devour on. Makes: About 10 servings





How the Chinese Could Disrupt Global Recycling Markets


With holidays approaching, many of us are mindful of the need to collect and recycle all the additional plastic, paper, and other waste that we are about to generate. This year, however, there are questions about where that waste will end up. China, the world's largest importer of scrap, is looking ...





EPA Takes Step Toward Revising Rule on Lead in Drinking Water


The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking input from state and local officials on a potential revision of the federal rule regulating lead and copper in drinking water. In a letter sent out Thursday morning, EPA head Scott Pruitt invited state officials to agency headquarters next month to ...





These Two Charts Show How the GOP's Proposed Tweaks to the Child Tax Credit Fail to Help Low-Income Americans


Earlier today, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) confirmed that he will vote against tax reform legislation unless it includes a significant increase in the refundability of the Child Tax Credit. "I think my requests have been pretty reasonable and consistent and direct. Right now the refundability ...





Latent Homophobia Looms Over Blood Donation Waiting Periods


On the eve of World AIDS Day, Johnson & Johnson announced something big: Together with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, the company had launched a large-scale study that could see the eradication of HIV in as few as five years—if the drug is brought ...





Frequent Fires Can Irreparably Harm Even the Most Resilient Ecosystems


After more than a week, firefighters in Southern California are finally getting a handle on the massive Thomas Fire. The blaze, which tore across 242,500 acres and two counties over the last 10 days to become one of the largest fires in California history, was 30 percent contained as of Thursday. ...





The Internet Doubted That Sarah Huckabee Sanders Made a Pie. So She Shared Her Next One


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This DJ Brilliantly Mashed Up 2017’s Biggest Hit Songs


For a decade now, DJ Earworm has been releasing a mash-up of 25 of the year’s top Billboard songs. The annual “United State of Pop” release is a mirror on our collective musical past, a quick SparkNotes of 12 months in chart hits and radio ubiquity. This year it’s a diverse mix, starting off with…





Why Do Corporations Ignore Corrupt Supply Chains?


One problem with the phrase "corporate social responsibility" is that it doesn't stipulate who the corporation feels responsible to. If corporations' responsibilities lie with the planet, society, and consumers, they should, above all else, eliminate climate change-causing emissions and end unfair ...





FCC Votes to Repeal Net Neutrality Rules


The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to repeal net neutrality rules that had been in place since 2015, the New York Times reports. The now-repealed Obama administration regulations treated Internet service providers like a utility, preventing them from charging different rates ...





The Thomas Fire Could Become the Largest Wildfire in California History


As a December megafire continues to spread, there are new indications that occasionally extreme fire weather will persist across Southern California for at least two more weeks, with an urgent new weather forecast for the next few days. California's terrifying, Dantean December will last a little ...





Instead of Going to Court, Corporations Pay Lobbyists for Favorable Results


When an employee has a grievance with an employer, there's a hierarchy in place for resolution. The first step is a chat with the boss. The second is some kind of outside mediation. The final option is taking the argument to court. Getting to this final step is quite common in the United States, ...





A Monster in Navajo Country


The neck of an eroded volcano stands alone in the open desert of northwest New Mexico. It is called Shiprock, and it rises 1,500 feet like a grotesque and beautiful castle on the dry plank of the Navajo reservation. I once taught a weeklong field course in archaeology around its base, where hard ...





How to Store Bell Peppers


Fresh, colorful bell peppers are a tasty addition to any meal. If they are not stored properly, however, peppers might go bad before you can use them. It is important to keep both whole and chopped bell peppers in the fridge so that they do not spoil. If you want to keep them fresh for a long time, you can even try freezing them. Just make sure that you throw them out when they become slimy or moldy.





The Lucrative Art of Chicken Sexing


"A chicken," says Jacqueline Jacob, a poultry science expert with the University of Kentucky, "does not have a penis." With this choice anatomical fact clarified, the context was set for me to better understand the egg industry's greatest logistical challenge, one that is faced seconds after a ...





Graphic Anti-Smoking Ads May Backfire


Can you scare kids into not smoking? That's the premise behind a variety of programs that have placed graphic warnings on billboards, in magazine advertisements, and on packs themselves. Unfortunately, there is evidence such campaigns can be counterproductive. And new research examining the effects ...





Viewfinder: Christmas Spirit on Venice Beach in California


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How to Fight a Forest Fire


Forest fires are an important element in the lifecycle of a forest. Unfortunately, many forest fires begin as the result of human negligence. When forest fires (also called wildfires) become large and unwieldy, they threaten human life, animal life, and property. If you should encounter a forest fire, contact the authorities right away and get yourself to safety. If you hope to become a professional forest firefighter, you can train to do so. Ultimately, the very best way to fight forest fires is to prevent them in the first place.





How to Use Setting Powder


Setting powder is used to help set your foundation and control shine. If you use the tinted kind, it can help smooth out any blemishes and fine lines. When used correctly, setting powder can be very effective. You can even use it to help add volume to your lashes or in place of dry shampoo!





Trump's Pick for Lead Mining Regulator Once Sabotaged Mining Regulations


President Donald Trump's choice to head a federal coal mine regulator, like more than one of his nominees, is a vocal critic of the very agency he's being asked to lead. Steven Gardner is a longtime coal industry consultant, and he has called the agency's marquee Obama-era regulation the product of ...





Palestinian President Calls on U.N. to Replace U.S. in Peace Mediation


Speaking at a summit in Turkey on Wednesday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asked the United Nations to replace the United States as the mediator of a peace deal between Palestine and Israel, the Associated Press reports. The U.S. has led efforts to negotiate a peace treaty between the ...





Assessing the Threat of a Cyberwar With Iran


Iran is one of the leading cyberspace adversaries of the United States. It emerged as a cyberthreat a few years later than Russia and China and has so far demonstrated less skill. Nevertheless, it has conducted several highly damaging cyberattacks and become a major threat that will only get worse. ...





The Radical Evolution of the Pirelli Calendar


The Pirelli calendar was once known for exhibiting scantily clad, generally Caucasian supermodels cavorting on a bicycle in underwear, for instance, or posing topless in a wrestling ring. Recently, however, the calendar has been making headlines for entirely different reasons. In 2016 it celebrated ...





Trump Reportedly Watches Four-Plus Hours of TV a Day. Science Says That's Not a Great Idea.


Last weekend, the New York Times published a 4,000-plus-word report taking stock of President Donald Trump's first 11 months in office. For many readers, one detail seems to have stuck out: his fondness for television. "People close to him estimate that Mr. Trump spends at least four hours a day, ...