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Things That Make Me Smile No. 205: Automobile History

A little bit of mechanism and a lot of history in this short video profiling the oldest car still street legal in Germany, an 1894 Benz Victoria.

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Things That Make Me Smile No. 204: Ancient Music

This smile is a bit longer and more academic than most of the ones I post, but fascinating. What they are doing in bringing ancient sounds to life, and the enthusiasm of the various performers when they engage in this … Continue reading

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Things That Make Me Smile No.203: Automata

If the whale whetted your appetite, here is a more complex wooden automaton that you can see take shape before your eyes. Pay attention to how the pieces are seated to hold each other in without nails or glue. It’s … Continue reading

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Things That Make Me Smile No.202: Glass and Weird Science

This video is a little different than my normal smiles, and yet, it combines my love of shaped glass with weird science in a visually exciting experiment. If you have trouble with the accents, don’t worry. The important part is … Continue reading

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Things That Make Me Smile No. 201: Animal Friendships

It’s amazing what can happen when circumstances are a little unusual. This is never truer than with the odd friendships that spring up between animals that would otherwise never have a chance to bond. This story made me smile and … Continue reading

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