CLICKBAIT: Black holes, how the Explicit Lyrics sticker came to be, and the guy who patented the UFO
Regardt van der Berg·
Clickbait is your weekly wrap up of interesting and must-watch videos you’ve missed this week. This list is produced as a result of procrastination, caffeine, and late-night YouTube link surfing. Some videos will amaze you and some will tickle your funny bone. Also, don’t forget to check out the secret link at the end of the article.
How to take a picture of a black hole
One of the most exciting bits of news this week was undoubtedly the unveiling of the first image we’ve ever taken of a black hole. Thanks to the incredible global effort by the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, they managed to observe the supermassive black hole at the center of galaxy M87, the Milky Way. Scientist and one of the leading team members of the project, Katie Bouman, presented this TED talk two years ago on how to take a picture of a black hole. We should all be really excited about this; humans are doing super cool things.
First Image of a black hole explained
Following up from from the last video is this one from Veritasium. It’s a detailed look at the achievement by Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration project and it explains a little more about why the image appears so fuzzy.
How heavy metal and Satan gave us this sticker
We’ve all see that sticker on our favourite albums. It warns of explicit lyrics and we usually covered it up with another sticker so the parents would not see it. In this awesome explainer video by Vox, they look at how the sticker managed to get onto the first albums and how it became a pop culture icon.
The mysterious genius who patented the UFO
Here’s an interesting story of an artist and sculptor who invented a UFO-like copter in the 1920s and the art dealer who saw his genius. By all accounts, Alexander Weygers was a very interesting man with visions of a future full of flying discs.
Star Wars: Episode IX
There’s no doubt that Star War has changed the game when it comes to glorious space operas and its impact on pop culture. What’s less obvious is the somewhat divided fan base, split between those who love and those that ‘strongly dislike’ the new story arc – while I’m still trying to figure out if Han shot first. Either way, the Star Wars sequel trilogy is coming to an end this year and by all accounts, its going to be epic.
The Lion King
I’m not going to lie, I can’t believe they keep remaking these movies – I guess it’s cheaper to reuse your own licenses. Regardless, this CGI fest that is the new Lion King is looking really impressive and I for one am going to watch this just for Timon and Pumbaa. On the plus side, at least we know all the songs, right?
Mike Posner – I Took a Pill in Ibiza, like you’ve never heard before
I never gave much thought this tune which comes off as just another pop hit. But there’s a really deep message behind the lyrics. In this performance by Mike Posner, you’ll discover just that. It’s an important lesson kids; from the mouth of the author himself: don’t go searching for fame trying to find happiness.