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Video: The Making of the World’s Smallest Video | Technology on GOOD

Video: The Making of the World’s Smallest Video | Technology on GOOD | Sizzlin' News |

Scientists have developed tools to investigate the mysteries of our universe as never before, whether using high powered telescopes to peer at galaxies beyond our own, or specially designed microscopes to pinpoint the millions of molecules on the tip of your finger. From the furthest reaches of space to the tiniest particles on Earth, scientists are pioneering ways to see our world in entirely new ways. In this spirit of discovery, the IBM atomic memory research team have been exploring the limits and capabilities of how atoms—the building blocks of everything on Earth—can be used in unexpected ways. As they study how these tiny particles might be used for storing immense amounts of data in computation and information storage, they decided to make a movie created with atoms—a challenging, never attempted feat to painstakingly move thousands of individual atoms—to show what can be possible in atomic research.

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The IBM team created what’s now known as the world’s smallest movie, A Boy and His Atom, which was made by magnifying atoms 100 million times through a scanning tunneling microscope.

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Flypaper (2011): A Pleasant Surprise

Flypaper (2011): A Pleasant Surprise | Sizzlin' News |

A while ago, Garry and I watched what is I am sure one the lowest grossing movies of all time. I don’t say this lightly. In its theatrical run, it grossed exactly (according to both Wikipedia and IMDB) $1100, which even in our world is not a huge amount of money. No, there aren’t any zeroes missing. That’s the real number.


This is not the lowest grossing movie ever. The 2012 movie  Playback cost $7.5 million to film but only grossed $264 – the lowest-grossing film of 2012. And 2006′s Zyzzx Road, starring Katherine Heigl grossed $30. 

Flypaper only cost $5,000,000 to make, so they only lost $4,998,900 which, for a Hollywood bomb, is small potatoes. The movie was universally panned, opened in just one movie house (where?) on two screens, then disappeared, never to be heard from again until it popped up the other night on one of our cable movie channels..

Via Marilyn Armstrong
Sharla Shults's insight:

I haven't watched this movie but judging from Marilyn's write-up @Serendipity, it is definitely one to see, especially if you like comedy. Sounds to me it just got a bad rap from the critics and possibly is a good movie. I must admit through the years I have seen movies that supposedly are #1 and they were not worth the film used in production! C'est la vie!

Marilyn Armstrong's curator insight, February 27, 2013 1:07 PM

It's funny. What else does a comedy need to be?