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A Fake TV Show Plane Crash Fooled the News Into Thinking It Was Real

Sometimes things on TV can look so real that we think it’s happening in real life. That’s the magic of the moving pictures! Like this fake plane crash for the TV show Chicago Fire, it fooled the news broadcast WGN-TV and tricked real people on the ground too.

A girl who saw the plane crash from the ground said she thought the terrorist had came back for us! And it was a jarring sight, seeing a plane get split at the wing and land on a sleepy neighborhood street. The WGN-TV news broadcast’s reaction is the best though. As they take a look of the overhead footage, their comments included:

Is that a wing, on top of a car?!

That looks like a giant pole in the middle of the street!

We havent seen any ambulance but we see a fire truck

Can you imagine driving down King Drive and a plane comes down in the middle of the road?

It goes on and it’s all great like that! Plus, you get to see the faces of the newscasters as they realize they’ve been duped by a fake plane crash. Just pure comedic gold. But seriously, what would you do if you saw a plane crash in the middle of your neighborhood? And see something like this:


NBC Los Angeles has reactions from regular people on the ground too. I know we shouldn’t believe what we see on TV, does that mean we can’t trust real life now either?


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Awesome Gangnam Style Acapella is Awesome!

PTX (the awesome group above) are a 5-member vocal band based in Los Angeles that combines pop, soul, R&B, and electronic music who won Season 3 of NBC’s “The Sing-Off” last fall.  Like a bunch of YouTube artists they were overwhelmed by requests for a Gangnam Style cover and WOW did they deliver!!!

Now while it lacks the crazy over-the-topness that has most of us in love with the confidence PSY oozes I almost prefer the sound to the original (seen below).

Although I have to say my favorite version of the song is probably um…..this one…which uh……mmmm Asian girls.


Who wants a fish-fingers and Custard Smoothie?

By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on Tuesday, June 26th, 2012


The Eleventh Doctor enjoys some fish fingers and custard with the young Amy Pond.

If you want to be properly grossed-out, the folks from YouTube’s Dude, Where’s My Challenge? have done a spin on the Eleventh Doctor’s signature dish, fish fingers and custard. And when we say “spin,” we mean that quite literally. Watch as this poor lad tries to down a fish finger and custard smoothie. Not quite what the Doctor ordered.

Here’s what else is going on in time and space this week:

• Well the big news of the day is that the first episode of Series 7 has been announced, and after weeks of hints and sneaky pics of various bits of Dalek anatomy, the official Doctor Who blog has revealed it will be called Asylum of the Daleks, and will indeed feature every kind of Dalek that the Doctor has ever faced, including the Special Weapons Dalek (bigger gun, no sink plunger).

• Speaking of the stalk-eyed menaces, who wants to see a video guide to painting your nails as if they are Daleks? I thought as much:

• And here’s an informative clip which shows how Dalek weaponry has improved over the last 49 years, thanks to YouTubers DalekHighCouncil for making it:

• Five monsters — a Cyberman, a Ood, a Silent, a Scarecrow, and a Dalek — escaped from the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff last week, and it was all caught on camera.

• The saddest news of the week was the death of Caroline John, who played the Third Doctor’s companion Liz Shaw, and more than held her own against a particularly pompous Time Lord incarnation.

YouTube’s BabelColour has done a lovely tribute to Caroline John, set to Sacred Miracle Cave‘s elegiac “The Ghost of Elizabeth Shaw”:

• This week’s Rogues Gallery rogues are the Krotons, organic robots, grown in a vat, and enemies of the Second Doctor.

• We also pulled together a collection of David Tennant’s work leading up toDoctor Who, and then realized we had so many clips we had to make a second blog of his post-TARDIS work. Busy boy…

• Who wants to see an alternative retelling of the Doctor Who history, with special focus on libraries and how they impact on the story? That’s right, YOU DO! (Seriously, you do, and hats off to the Boolean Berry: Adventures In Librarianship blog for writing it).

• Oh and hats are also off to Shortlist, for putting together a series of Doctor Who posters, made for the love of the making, on the internet. Here’s our fave, made by

• Finally, VERITASERUMUK has done a brilliant four-minute super-trailer for the entirety of modern Who, spanning from Series 1 with Christopher Eccleston to today:

Speak softly and carry a big stick.

Silent magician Teller files copyright suit over "stolen" shadow trick

Teller performing "Shadows"

Teller, the silent half of the well-known magic duo Penn and Teller, has sued a rival magician for copying one of his most famous illusions. The case promises to test the boundaries of copyright law as it applies to magic tricks.

In “Shadows,” a spotlight casts a shadow of a rose onto a white screen. When Teller “cuts” the shadow on the screen with a knife, the corresponding parts of the flower fall to the floor.

A Dutch magician with the stage name Gerard Bakardy (real name: Gerard Dogge) saw Teller perform the trick in Las Vegas and developed his own version. Bakardy sells a kit—including a fake rose, instructions, and a DVD—for about $3,000. To promote the kits, he posted a video of his performance to YouTube and prepared a magazine ad. (With the video down, the link points to screenshots from the video filed by Teller in his lawsuit.)

Teller had Bakardy’s video removed with a DMCA takedown notice, then called Bakardy to demand that the magician stop using his routine. Teller offered to buy Bakardy out, but they were unable to agree on a price. So Teller sued Bakardy last week in a Nevada federal court.

Can you copyright a trick?

A fundamental principle of copyright law is that copyright covers the expression of ideas but not the ideas themselves. This puts the essential elements of the trick—the concept of rose petals falling when the shadow is “cut” and the technical details of how this effect is accomplished—outside the bounds of copyright protection.

So what’s left? According to New York Law School professor James Grimmelmann, copyright law protects pantomimes and choreographic works. So Teller may be able to claim the “Shadows” routine is protected under these categories. Teller describes “Shadows” as a “dramatic work.”

Teller’s case may hinge on exactly how similar Bakardy’s routine is to Teller’s. in a 1983 copyright registration,Teller describes the sequence of actions that make up his performance. Ars Technica was not able to find a copy of Bakardy’s video, so we weren’t able to determine how similar Bakardy’s routine is to the one described in Teller’s copyright registration.

Still, Grimmelmann argues that “Teller has an uphill fight on his hands.” In a 2007 paper that became an instant classic, Jacob Loshin showed how magic thrives without significant protection from either copyright or patent law. Instead of relying on formal legal mechanisms, magicians derive benefit from their inventions through informal social norms that encourage magicians to give due credit to the original inventor of a particular trick.

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