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Who was Hitler before Hitler?

Before Hitler, what historical figure did people refer to as the pure archetype of evil?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Sep 24, 2006 - 46 answers

Using News Footage for Parodies

Inspired by the question about publicly available news footage: Is it possible to download somewhere all 7 (?) parts of Frank Capra's WWII series "Why We Fight"? I know it's in the public domain, having been produced with taxpayer dollars, but all I can find is people selling it on DVD and VHS, with the exception of the final title, which Prelinger has. Are there MPEG-2 or avi versions of the other titles somewhere?

Also, if I could sneak in a twofer -- Where do Jon Stewart, SNL, etc. get the video and stills they use in their news parodies? I know parody is protected, so they probably don't have to clear rights, but do they just copy it down from regular programming? Or is there some kind of archive they're tapping? Does CBS, for instance, just give you this stuff if you ask for it?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Dec 16, 2004 - 8 answers

Why were people in the 1800s smart about engineering while dumb about medicine?

Why were people in olden days so smart about some things, but so dense about others? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Sep 16, 2004 - 35 answers

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