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10 Oscar factoids that'll impress everyone you know today

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While every Tom, Dick and Oscar is busy Academy-chatting around the water cooler today, I thought I'd arm you with some ammo from past years that'll have all your cohorts thinking you really know your trivia.

1) Composer/conductor John Williams has been nominated for 45 Academy Awards, the record for the most Oscar nominations for a living person.

2) Walt Disney, who picked up 26 Oscars out of 64 nominations (some say 59), holds the record for the most wins.
3) The youngest winner of the Best Actor Oscar went to Adrien Brody at only 29 years old for his role in The Pianist.

4) The youngest winner of the Best Actress Oscar went to Marlee Matlin at 21 for Children Of A Lesser God.

5) But even Tatum O'Neal has her beat. She won Best Supporting Actress for Paper Moon at the staggeringly young age of 10.

temple.jpg6) Now then, the youngest ever, ever, ever, was, of course, Shirley Temple, who was still wet behind the ears at 6 (how could she even lift the 8.5-pound award?) when she won a Special Award for her contribution to film in 1934.

7) At the other end of the spectrum, we have the 80-year-old Jessica Tandy winning the Best Actress Award for Driving Miss Daisy in 1989.

8) The oldest Best Actor Award went to Henry Fonda at 76 when he won for On Golden Pond.

9) The only sequel to win Best Picture was The Godfather Part 2, which took the Oscar in 1974.

10) Lastly, and poignantly: A woman has never won Best Director, ever! And the only women to have been nominated are Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation, Lina Wertmuller for Seven Beauties and Jane Campion for The Piano. High time that changed, wouldn't you say?

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Tiny Star Wars Fans Can Now Cruise Around in Their Very Own Landspeeders
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Some kids collect Hot Wheels, while others own model lightsabers and dream of driving Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder through a galaxy far, far away. Soon, Mashable reports, these pint-sized Jedis-in-training can pilot their very own replicas of the fictional anti-gravity craft: an officially licensed, kid-sized Star Wars Landspeeder, coming in September from American toy company Radio Flyer.

The Landspeeder has an interactive dashboard with light-up buttons, and it plays sounds from the original Star Wars film. The two-seater doesn’t hover, exactly, but it can zoom across desert sands (or suburban sidewalks) at forward speeds of up to 5 mph, and go in reverse at 2 mph.

The vehicle's rechargeable battery allows for around five hours of drive time—just enough for tiny Star Wars fans to reenact their way through both the original 1977 movie and 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back. (Sorry, grown-up sci-fi nerds: The toy ride supports only up to 130 pounds, so you’ll have to settle for pretending your car is the Death Star.)

Radio Flyer’s Landspeeder will be sold at Toys “R” Us stores. It costs $500, and is available for pre-order online now.

Watch it in action below:

[h/t Mashable]

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Artist Makes Colorful Prints From 1990s VHS Tapes

A collection of old VHS tapes offers endless crafting possibilities. You can use them to make bird houses, shelving units, or, if you’re London-based artist Dieter Ashton, screen prints from the physical tape itself.

As Co.Design reports, the recent London College of Communication graduate was originally intrigued by the art on the cover of old VHS and cassette tapes. He planned to digitally edit them as part of a new art project, but later realized that working with the ribbons of tape inside was much more interesting.

To make a print, Ashton unravels the film from cassettes and VHS tapes collected from his parents' home. He lets the strips fall randomly then presses them into tight, tangled arrangements with the screen. The piece is then brought to life with vibrant patterns and colors.

Ashton has started playing with ways to incorporate themes and motifs from the films he's repurposing into his artwork. If the movie behind one of his creations isn’t immediately obvious, you can always refer to its title. His pieces are named after movies like Backdraft, Under Siege, and that direct-to-video Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen classic Passport to Paris.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

[h/t Co.Design]

All images courtesy of Dieter Ashton

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