The curious case of Banff Airport

Why Banff Airport Exists

Hidden away in the resort town of Banff in Canada lies Banff Airport. It’s a rectangular-shaped clearing, visible from the Trans-Canada Highway but it looks nothing like a regular airport or runway. The above video explains why the airport exists, why it closed and then reopened, and what it’s used for now. Local environmentalists weren’t happy with the reopening back in 2007 as they feared it would undo all the restorative effects on the local wildlife due to its initial closure.

The Afrofuturistic fashions of Iriké Jones

Iriké Jones is a fashion and creative brand led by Walé Oyéjidé, Esq and Sam Hubler. Their work exists outside the confines of conventional Western fashions and art and aims to tell stories with every fibre and thread.

We are proud of what we do, because our work genuinely means something to those who see themselves represented in it. In a world with such a rich diversity to the human experience, we find great joy in using our work to present the triumphant stories of people who many of us have previously ignored.

If you’ve seen Coming 2 America, you may have seen some of their work. Nas is a collaborator too. And that scarf that T’Challa (RIP Chadwick) wore in Black Panther? That was Iriké Jones too.

It’s Black AF and I’m here for it all day every day.

Jago Hazzard on Phoenix Garden in West London

The Hidden Garden in the West End

Hidden amongst the hustle and bustle of West London is Phoenix Garden, community garden and registered charity. The garden is located near Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road and started life as a site for houses and a pub before it became a WWII bomb site, then a car park and finally a garden. As Jago explains, the garden nearly closed permanently in 2016 but reopened in 2017 thanks to charitable donations. And if like me, you recognised it from a recent film, that’s because it featured in the 2019 film, Last Christmas starring Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding.

Satan’s Drano is gnarly, dude!

Most people agree that Los Angeles looks like a boring place. Every high school has a perfect 12 stair handrail and everything is manufactured and inauthentic.

But Satan’s Drano, the only skate hot sauce brand, might change that. Their creator Bob LaSalle just released their first “Lifestyle and Action Sports Video” with the perfect amount of guitar solos, skating into walls, and Mark Gonzales clickbait. This video makes LA look less like a casting call for the new Jonah Hill film and more like a place someone would actually want to be.

Satan’s Drano’s hot sauce line-up includes titles such as:

(via Jenkem, where you can read a full interview with Bob LaSalle)

Hot sauce related: Hellboy Right Hand of Doom Hot Sauce

The history of Burger King's promo kingdom

Yesterworld: The Rise & Fall of the Burger King Kingdom - The BK Kids Club & ‘Creepy King’

Yesterworld examined Burger King’s “kingdom”, from the original Burger King to the BK Kids Club and back to the Burger King but in creep mode. I have fond memories of the BK Kids Club before I swore never to eat there again after a bout of food poisoning in 2001.

Chris Punsalan and fam did the Hot Ones Challenge

Spicy Beats & Even Spicier Wings

Folks eating spicy food and losing their entire shit will always make me laugh until I can’t breathe. While I’d never do any kind of hot pepper challenges, I guess that lack of oxygen is something we all share. Music producer Chris Punsalan sacrificed his body, mind, and soul for the pursuit of Hot Ones happiness when he tried the challenge with his cousins, Merz and Jerm. But he wasn’t just going to eat hot wings and leave it there. No, he was going to make a beat at the same time.

Watch as he eases his way through the first few wings until that “kick at the end” became roundhouses to the throat and torso. Oh, and of course, no acidic drinks were at hand—just a rookie bottle of water. But seriously, props to Chris for surviving. I know I couldn’t have done it.

Hot sauce/chili related: Hellboy Right Hand of Doom Hot Sauce, Lil’ Nitro: the world’s hottest gummy bear, the history of the chili pepper, and LGR eating the World’s Hottest Chip.

Copyrighted works from 1926 enter the public domain today

Fausto 1926 F. W. Murnau HD 1080p 📽

Happy new year to you all. This time last year, I hoped for a better 2021 compared to 2020 but that never happened. So I’m just gonna take whatever comes in 2022 and wish you all love, warmth, guidance, and strength.

Today is Public Domain Day again and that means copyrighted works from the US from 1926 are open to all. (For more information on it, we wrote about it in 2019 and 2021.) The official Public Domain Day 2022 page explains why this year is so good:

In 2022, the public domain will welcome a lot of “firsts”: the first Winnie-the-Pooh book from A. A. Milne, the first published novels from Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner, the first books of poems from Langston Hughes and Dorothy Parker. What’s more, for the first time ever, thanks to a 2018 law called the Music Modernization Act, a special category of works—sound recordings—will finally begin to join other works in the public domain. On January 1 2022, the gates will open for all of the recordings that have been waiting in the wings. Decades of recordings made from the advent of sound recording technology through the end of 1922—estimated at some 400,000 works—will be open for legal reuse.

The most notable inclusions are the original Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne (which might be subject to Disney extending the copyright), the works of Louis Armstrong, Ivor Novello, Jim Morrison, and Arnold Schoenberg, and the film Faust (directed by F. W. Murnau). Note that the works of the aforementioned creatives are only part of the public domain in countries with copyrights of “life plus 50 years” or “life plus 70 years” (see the last link in the list below for more info)

Below you will find a list of applicable works from 1926. Always remember to check works from any years prior to 1926 to make absolutely sure you follow any licence requirements (if there are any).

Lists of public domain work from 1926

Winnie the Pooh related: Jim Cummings tells stories behind 4 fan-favorite characters he’s voiced

Doug Bradley reading A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore

Doug reads A Visit From St Nicholas (aka The Night Before Christmas) by Clement Clarke Moore

Merry Christmas to everyone! No matter what you’re doing, I hope you’re safe and well. To get you into the Christmas spirit, Doug Bradley (better known as Pinhead from the Hellraiser series) read A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore last night. Having a model of Pinhead wearing a Santa hat in the background just adds to the macabre charm.

Santa related: The oldest Santa Claus movie in the world from 1898