7 Mind Boggling Musical Instruments You’ve Never Heard Of

February 5, 2014
Musical Instruments Majestic Bellowphone

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Musical Instruments: The Majestic Bellowphone

Musical Instruments Leonard Solomon

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Known as the Dr. Seuss of music, Leonard Solomon is the proud creator of the Majestic Bellowphone. While it looks like something that the Grinch might find underneath Whoville’s Christmas tree, don’t be fooled by its odd appearance. Handcrafted from the likes of train whistles, coat hangers, toasters, bike horns and bits of brass, the Bellowphone can hold a rather decent tune and has tackled everything from Mozart to Brahms.

It doesn’t stop there for the cabinetmaker-turned-musician. Solomon has been building his crowning glory, the Oomphalapompatronium, for the last 15 years as a ‘sweeter’ sister to the Bellowphone. Solomon’s symphony of strange sounds has been heard around the world and the mad musician shows no signs of slowing down. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, he also juggles occasionally while playing. Have a listen of the beautiful Bellowphone in action.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman’s 7 Greatest Movie Roles

February 5, 2014

The world mourned this Sunday when the media reported that actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment. Although police have yet to release the autopsy report, due to the circumstances in which he was found, Hoffman is thought to have died from a fatal heroin overdose at the age of 46.

Philip Seymour Hoffman Gets Golden Globe

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Despite the mourning that has marked the wake of Hoffman’s death, friends, fans and family members may find solace in the rich legacy he’s left behind, much of it caught on film. IMDB credits Philip Seymour Hoffman as an actor in 63 films or television shows. Here, we pay him homage as we count down 7 of Hoffman’s greatest acting roles, including video clips of each top movie.

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The Age Of Insect Aviation

February 3, 2014

While only ten seconds long, this clever animated clip’s charm leaves a lasting impact.

Tracking Bird Flight Patterns

February 1, 2014

Making good use of photo editing and recording techniques, videographer Dennis Hlynsky gives the paths of black vultures a striking physical memory for us land-dwellers to admire.

A Newbie’s Guide To American Football

January 30, 2014

As the Superbowl approaches, don’t let your unfamiliarity with the sport impede upon your ability to enjoy the Superbowl parties. The above video should strip away much of the tackling sport’s mystery.

Meet Jim Withers, Street Doctor

January 28, 2014

Channeling St. Francis in his pursuits–stripping yourself of the material to become like the individuals you wish to serve–Dr. Jim Withers has used the streets as his medical practice “office” for over 20 years now. Scanning Pittsburgh’s streets five nights a week–and often dressed as a homeless person himself so as not to frighten others around him–Withers has since made house calls to over 25,000 homeless. In that time, his idea has spread to over 85 communities across five continents.