We realize there's only so much time one can spend in a day watching new trailers, viral video clips, and shaky cell phone footage of people arguing on live television. This is why every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the videos that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention. Today: the best mashup so far of things Mitt Romney claims to enjoy, how Facebook got so, so big, and an Adam Yauch tribute from some small children in Oregon.
Our long search for a supercut of all the things Mitt Romney likes is over, thanks to The Gregory Brothers. The video itself cannot be topped, so we'll just say: Solid work, everyone. [The New York Times]
How did Facebook go from a thing used to look up the names of cute classmates in Art History 200 to a company that's going to have an initial public offering valued at more than $100 billion? We understand the broad strokes: everybody in the world got on it and that made Facebook very valuable. But $100 billion? Well, yes, apparently: the key is that people stay on it, which is where semi-fun, semi-annoying games like Farmville are important. The sheer amount of time users spend on Facebook and the data they share is captivating, rather than troubling, when animated and set to a jaunty tune. Oh, human nature! [The Guardian]
John Baldessari is probably best known as the conceptual artist who puts dots (or maybe even blobs) over the faces of his subjects. We knew this before watching a six-minute documentary narrated by Tom Waits on the man and his career. What we did not know about John Baldessari is that his WiFi password is 123456789B, he burned all his art in 1970, and stands 6'7". [via Laughing Squid]
Here's a helpful explainer about the difference between a comet and an asteroid. Not mentioned, but worth noting: Deep Impact was about a comet, Armageddon was about an asteroid. (The more you know.) [Scientific American]