Who knows how many film trailers I’ve posted here over the years, but never in that time have I given any thought as to why they’re called trailers. It’s all quite logical however, as once upon a time they used to follow, or be shown, at the conclusion of a feature, when they first appeared, a little over a century ago.
At first that seems like an absurd idea. Why try to a promote an upcoming release at the end of the show, when audience members are surely scrambling for the exits? As it happened though, the movie going experience of the early twentieth century was unlike that with which we’re accustomed to today:
You would pay your admission – usually just a couple of cents – and you could basically sit inside a movie house all day and watch whatever was playing, often a combination of feature-length movies, short films, and cartoons.
Doesn’t sound too bad at all. Especially on a rainy day, or the like. Pay a couple of cents, and stay all day. But I’m wondering how cinemas made money, if people stayed in their seats all day? Return custom was the answer. With trailers advertising upcoming new features, patrons were sure to come back.
I wonder if we could go back to the days of trailers being screened after a film, in return for being able to stay at the cinema all day?
Antarctica. Iceland. Guam. Denver. Cape Town. Scotland’s Isle of Lewis. While some distance from each other, they have one thing in common… they are among places to be, or to head to, should the world end. That’s distinct from the planet ending though. In that case Mars would be the best bet, at this stage, but unfortunately that’s not saying much.
How much do you know about the best known composers of classical music? Did you know, for instance, that Ludwig Van Beethoven only made coffee that consisted of precisely sixty coffee beans? That Norwegian composer and pianist Edvard Grieg had a frog figurine as a good luck charm? Or that Antonin Dvorak, a Czech composer, was an avid trainspotter in his later years?
Tabasco sauce, there’s an old favourite, though best enjoyed in moderation maybe. I didn’t realise the production process was so manual, or drawn out however, it seems a bottle of the spicy stuff is a good three years in the making.
A lot of songs end up being covered, or re-recorded, by another musician, sooner or later. I imagine it’s a compliment of sorts, from one artist to another, but that may not always be the case. Most music lovers will have little trouble picking out a cover from an original, but not all the time.
For instance did you know that the 1980 single Video Killed the Radio Star, by British band The Buggles, was a cover of a song performed by Bruce Woolley and The Camera Club, in 1979? A cover of sorts anyway, as it happens Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes, of The Buggles, co-wrote the song with Woolley a year or two earlier.
If Earth were devoid of life, despite its abundance of the likes of water and oxygen, it’s possible the continents we’re familiar with may be far smaller than they are today, this largely on account of an absence of the erosion that results from the presence of plants, animals, and humans.
Plant life, for example, can root its way through rock, breaking rocks into sediment. The sediments, like milk-dunked cookies, carry liquid water in their pores, which allows more water to be recycled back into Earth’s mantle. If not enough water is present in the mantle about 100 to 200 km deep to keep things flowing, continental production decreases.