Another breezy edition of WYWW to get your weekend off to a relaxing start. I mean, it's got the top music videos of all time, a LEGO version of Dr. Spock AND a beer coaster-throwing machine! Enjoy your weekend! - Sean
Why it matters: Time will tell if all the people and organizations who said they'd never return to an office after the pandemic keep their word. Me thinks most of those offices will eventually be filled, but if all that real estate does end up sitting empty, why not convert it to housing?
Why it matters: Adaptive clothing, which helps people with sensory, physical and cognitive disabilities such as the need to accommodate a feeding tube, used to be geared toward adults and had limited style appeal. Now, major retailers such as Kohl's, J.C. Penney and Target are offering adaptive clothing options for children that offer trendy fashion choices and help kids feel they are fitting in with their peers.
Why it matters: Residents in low-income neighborhoods around Roxbury, Mass., will soon have access to electric vehicles thanks to a car-sharing nonprofit. Good2Go is working with Mobility Development on the pilot project, which they hope can be replicated in other cities.
Why it matters: If you are old enough to remember when MTV actually played music videos, this list -- which includes all the ranked videos -- will be a fun stroll down memory lane. There are loads of iconic videos on the list.
Perfect song, not a perfect video: I'm a huge fan of New Order, but even I'm not sure how "Perfect Kiss" came in as high as #5 on this list.
Why it matters: Now THIS is some important scientific research. You know how when you throw a beer coaster (aka beer mat), it always sails off in some wild direction? Well, a team of dedicated (and probably thirsty) researchers in Germany is studying why beer coasters never fly in a straight line. Check out the video ... they've even built a snazzy beer coaster-throwing machine to aid in their critical research.
Why it matters: It's safe to say the world has seen a whole lot of David Bowie (in more ways than one). However, this collection of previously unseen pictures, taken by Japanese photographer Masayoshi Sukita, contains some out-of-this-world images of the dearly departed Ziggy Stardust.
Why it matters: The late bassist for ZZ Top, Dusty Hill, was often overshadowed musically by guitarist Billy Gibbons, not to mention mistaken for him, but he's being remembered for his bass playing and singing contributions to the band's iconic Texas sound.
Why it matters: Don't worry, this story isn't about the rendering of Dr. Spock that you see above (although that one is pretty cool). To help mark the 100th birthday of Gene Roddenberry, the creator of "Star Trek," a LEGO Master created a mural of Dr. Spock giving his iconic hand gesture. Check out the time-lapse video in this article that also shares the story of how Leonard Nimoy came up with the gesture.
That beer coaster-throwing machine story might be one of the most quintessential WYWW stories of all time. It has it all: a physics phenomenon, serious scientific research, a cool video and beer.
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You have to go through the low points to appreciate the highs in life.
Dusty Hill, bassist, musician 1949-2021
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