Three Unbelievably Surreal TV Moments From Overseas

Surreal TV Boy Gun

Source: The Guardian

Americans were at the forefront of inventing and making widespread use of television. We were also at the forefront of using it as a teaching tool for uplifting people all over the world. Unfortunately, we were also the first to toss that noble vision right out the window and run cigarette ads thinly disguised as news programs and hundreds of episodes of The Gong Show.

But, despite our own imbecility, Americans are consistently amazed at the surreal TV sometimes produced overseas. Every culture that has adopted TV has approached the medium in its own unique way, from North Korea’s all-propaganda, all the time format, to Japanese game shows that cross the conceptual boundary between lowbrow entertainment and actionable war crimes. It’s as if TV was our kid, who we sent to college overseas, only to have her come back as a Mao-quoting anarchist who runs a scat play blog on Tumblr.

Sometimes, mass media, ratings desperation, and striking cultural differences collide—and the results are then broadcast for the world (and a few aliens, probably) to see. Fortunately, some thoughtful people have done the public service of uploading the weirdest moments of surreal TV from overseas to the Internet for posterity.

Continue Reading

Legendary Rocker Patti Smith Offers Advice To Young

At the Louisiana Literature Festival in August 2012, legendary artist and poet Patti Smith offers advice to a younger audience about the right ways to go about living life.

Says Smith,


“What matters is to know what you want and pursue it, and know that it’s going to be hard…Build a good name. Keep your name clean. Don’t make compromises, don’t worry about making a bunch of money or being successful. Be concerned about doing good work. Protect your work and if you build a good name, eventually that name will be its own currency. Life is like a roller coaster ride, it is never going to be perfect. It is going to have perfect moments and rough spots, but it’s all worth it.”

A Stunning Visual Explanation Of Why You Need To Visit Kenya

Forget the beach. This summer, make plans to spend some time exploring the sublime natural features of Kenya. If you need a bit of a visual push before you book your ticket, check out this video by Martin Harvey, who spent ten days in Kenya and recorded everything he saw.

Says Harvey, “Starting in Nairobi and flying north to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Mt. Kenya, Lake Bogoria, the Pokot Tribe, Magado Crater, Painted Valley, Lake Logipi and ending at Lake Turkana, [we took part] in one of the world’s ultimate travel experiences.”

Brilliant Time Lapse Takes You On A Three-Minute Trip To Brazil

No time to hit up Ipanema this summer? The guys at MOOV have got you covered. Explore the nature, city and life of Rio de Janeiro in this masterful time lapse.

Close Pop-in
Like All That Is Interesting

Get The Most Fascinating Content On The Web In Your Facebook & Twitter Feeds