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Video of the Day: Kids Reenact Kanye’s Tweets

I think we can all agree that Kanye West’s Twitter feed is one of the most ridiculous things on the planet. But it gets better, thanks to our friends at Babelgum, who just launched a new series where kids reenact Yeezy’s most over-the-top tweets — which cover everything from his love of ninjas to his hatred of Persian rugs without cherub imagery. Click through to watch some of our favorite clips. … Read More

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Video of the Day: Little Kids Reenact Project Runway

Our friends at Babelgum are back with the latest installment of their hilarious “Kids Reenact” series, and this time they’re tackling the rich source material of Project Runway. While the tiny Tim Gunn is pretty adorable, our favorite part has to be the mini-Michael Kors, who manages to pack just as much sass into his runway critiques as the full-sized version: “It looked like Princess Jasmine showed up drunk to Little Mermaid’s birthday party.” Click through to check it out. … Read More

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Babelgum Presents: Otter Babies

Glenn Chambers is a biologist raising a pair of orphaned river otters in Missouri. Born in captivity, Babyface and Paddles are part of an educational conservation outreach program to raise public awareness about the importance of this native wildlife species. They’re also really freaking cute. Click through to watch as Chambers and his wife, Jeannie, give the pups swimming lessons in their bathtub in this clip courtesy of our friends at Babelgum. You’ll quickly see why the Chambers say that parenting two otters is just as challenging at it was raising five sons. … Read More

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If Lost Were a Sitcom, Here’s How It Would End

As we inch ever closer to the ever-expanding Lost finale, we’re becoming a bit pessimistic that the show is going to answer its many open questions and tie up all of its various interconnected plot lines. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise us if the series ended with the ghost of Charlie floating down from heaven and playing a magical guitar solo that transports everyone 1000 years into the future, when the radioactive island is populated by glow-in-the-dark alien monkeys. (In this version, the sounds of Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse laughing would be audible over the credits.) Equally likely, then, is a vision of the final episode brought to us by the folks at Babelgum. After the jump, they imagine how Lost would end if it were a sitcom. Watch till the end for a twist we’re sure you won’t see coming. … Read More

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Babelgum Presents: Floored

When financial disasters like yesterday’s market crash happen, we always feel frustrated by how little we know about what really goes down on the trading floor. Enter: Floored, James Allen Smith’s new documentary which takes you behind-the-scenes of Chicago’s futures exchanges. Home to some of the biggest “pits” in the world, the Chicago market is the kind of place where gambling your family’s mortgage or biting another trader on the nose is all in a day’s work.

Check out a trailer courtesy of our friends at Babelgum after the jump; starting on Monday, they’ll distribute the film as an eight-part series, with new content available online and on the Babelgum mobile platforms each day. … Read More

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Babelgum Presents: Facebook Portraits by Matt Held

“Everyone has a story. Everyone deserves to be painted.” That’s Matt Held, the Brooklyn-based artist behind a recent series of portraits based on Facebook profile pictures. The idea was born in November 2008 after Held — who had been struggling to get the skin tone right in his work — decided to use his wife’s profile pic for some practice. From there, things took off, and now the “I’ll have my portrait painted by Matt Held” Facebook group is over 10,000 members strong. Check out a profile of Held from our friends at Babelgum, along with some of his recent work, after the jump. … Read More

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Video of the Day: White Collar Boxing

Of course the white collar boxing trend was birthed on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Our friends at Babelgum recently traveled to London’s East End, where there are several training gyms and events devoted to the sport. Thanks to their accents, the stressed out bankers in this video seem more silly than totally obnoxious; although we do have to call out the one guy who claims that if he couldn’t hit people, he’d just have to scream at them all day. It’s called self-control, dude. Do you think this means we’ll see Shia LeBouf and Michael Douglas duking it out in Wall Street 2? … Read More

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Video of the Day: Hipsters Living in Shopping Carts

Sound crazy to you? Brooklyn-based artist Kevin Cyr‘s latest project Camper Kart (which was funded through Kickstarter, and inspired both by Cormac McCarthy’s post apocalyptic novel, The Road, and the crappy economy), is a pretty cozy looking pop-up camper constructed out of a shopping cart. “It’s a functioning sculptural piece that seeks to explore aspects of housing, mobility, and autonomy,” he explains. “It is also largely about self-reliance and making do with less.” Check out video footage from our friends from Babelgum, along with the building specs for the Camper Kart, after the jump. … Read More

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Video of the Day: Burlesque + Art

According to New York-based artist and illustrator Molly Crabapple, Dr. Sketchy’s, a social gathering that she launched in Brooklyn four years ago, is what happens “when cabaret meets art school.” Now located in over 80 cities, the Dr. Sketchy’s movement is appealing to artists and amateurs alike because of the burlesque, booze, and prizes; after the jump, check out a behind-the-scenes interview with Crabapple wherein she discusses how she picks her models with our friends from Babelgum. You should also check out this post over on TheGloss about how her racy graphic novel, Scarlett Takes Manhattan, was banned by Barnes and Noble. … Read More

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Submissions Call: Babelgum Online Film Festival

It’s time to tap into your inner Spike Jonze or Michel Gondry. The 3rd annual Babelgum Online Film Festival is open for submissions — but only until March 28. This year’s jury (which includes industry insiders like Richard Linklater, Sally Potter, Eric Watson, Annie Sundberg, and Jean Pierre Bekolo)… Read More

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