Quick Bytes: an ad so good, we forgot it was an ad

by Fiona Rae / 30 September, 2013
The side of the Moon we never see; and a US restaurant chain's beautiful animation.
OUR PLACE IN THE DSM: The New Yorker recently ran a fascinating story about paranoid delusions and the way they have changed over time. In the 1940s, sufferers thought they were being controlled by radio waves; today, they think they are being secretly filmed. It’s called the Truman Show delusion, after the 1998 film written by New Zealander Andrew Niccol. Makes you proud. New York psychiatrist Joel Gold, who first noticed it while working at Bellevue Hospital, talks about it in this New Yorker video.

NERDIEST THING EVER: A physics student at McGill University in Montreal has made an amazing video explaining string theory to the tune of Bohemian Rhapsody. With an Einstein sock puppet!:



It’s not Timothy Blais’s first a cappella explanation of scientific concepts; here’s Rolling in the Higgs from a year ago.

YEAH, SCIENCE!: We’re a sucker for pretty space pictures, and here’s a view of the Moon that for most of humankind’s history has never been seen. In just a mouse-click, the “back” of the Moon appears in this Nasa timelapse:





A SAUCE OF IMAGINATION: We know that this beautiful animation is really branding for a Mexican restaurant chain in the US, and it’s a promo for a free iPhone game, but it sure looks pretty with its anti-factory farming message and Fiona Apple soundtrack:

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