The Blackbird, also called the Black Stone Violen, is a full-size playable violin made of black diabase after the drawing by Antonio Stradivari. It was designed by Swedish artist Lars Widenfalk and named Blackbird after the Common Blackbird because of it's coloring. Stradivari has a habit of naming his violins after birds.
The rock that the violin is made out of came from his grandfather's tombstone, which was discarded after a joint family grave had been established. The Blackbird is the world's first, and so far only, playable stone violin. Several composers have composed music specifically for the instrument.
Studies have shown that crows can learn to recognize human faces and hold those faces (and any grudges associated with them) for a long time. Researchers captured 12 wild American crows while wearing particular mask of a human face.
For four weeks following their capture, they fed and cared for the crows while wearing a different mask. One by one, they took the crows and presented them with one of the two faces or an empty room. They gave the crows a chemical that functions as a sort of dye or marker. It would be taken in by whichever part of the brain became active. They crows would then be examined in a PET scanner.
From the images and the crows behavior, it was evident that the crows recognized both masks, and treated the capturing mask as a threat and the feeding mask with relative affection. They did so with the same region of their brains that humans do when they process images of faces and associate them with relevant emotions.
Mila Kunis, born Milena Kunis was 7 when her family moved to LA. She immigrated from Russia in 1988, for "many reasons," one of the most important ones being anti-Semitism. She says; "My parents wanted us to have a future, and at that point, 1988, in Russia, there really was no future."
Ironically, when she was 10, Kunis auditioned but failed to get the role of a Russian Jewish girl who moved to America in the film Make a Wish, Molly. However, he did get the part of Mexican girl in the same film. Kunis later went onto act in the popular sitcom "That 70's Show." Kunis suspected that after the show ended, her acting career would be over. Little did she know...
A man suffered from a heart attack after a freak accident, then won a car from a scratch-off lottery and later $250,000 when he reenacted the scratchoff for TV!
Australian truck driver Bill Morgan wasn't having the best day. First, he was nearly crushed to death by a freak truck accident at work, and while the accident itself was not fatal, it did leave Bill with a heart condition.
When he took the required medication, Bill suffered an allergic reaction that caused a powerful heart attack which left him clinically dead for 14 minutes. After being revived by doctors, he slipped into a coma.
He remained in the vegetative state for 12 days during which time his family was advised to unplug life support twice. Then, he unexpectedly woke up without any permanent damage. After the recovery, he landed a higher paying job and became engaged to his long time girlfriend.
A week later, Morgan purchased scratch-off lottery ticket, and from it he won a car. But his lucky streak didn't just end there. The news station decided to do a human interest story on Bill. They tried to get him to recreate the ticket-scratching scene. Turns out that the ticket Bill purchased for the re-enactment ended up being a $250 000 winner. It all went down on live TV.
Production babies are children born to anyone involved in making the film during it's production. In some parts of the world of movie magic, there is a custom of devoting a section of the closing credits to these babies.
The first list of production babies was introduced by Pixar in the credits of their first full-length movie Toy Story in 1995. Lee Unkrich, a film director with Pixar, expains that the production team and film crew associate the birth of each of their children with the film they were working on at the time and that the listing of the names credits is a way for them to commemorate and celebrate those memories.