The Late Movies: Time-Lapse Videos

We're more than halfway through February, yet spring seems so far off for most of us covered under layers upon layers of snow. Personally, I wish we could just hit the fast forward button to about the the middle April. While time may not work that way, video does. In that regard, tonight's Late Movies feature a series of time-lapse clips to tide you over until it warms up.

Here is a quick clip of snow falling in Washington DC.

This is one of the coolest time-lapse videos I've ever seen, encapsulating a drive from LA to NY. Well worth a view.

In this clip, a colony of ants devours a dead gecko. It's incredible to watch how thorough and efficient they are.

This clip has been circulating around the web the last week or so: A Brief History of Everything. It's an animated flip book exploring history, made as a school project.

I hate elevators. So I can't imagine what it was like to be trapped in one for 41 hours. This poor guy found out.

Here is a trip through the Panama Canal on board a cruise ship.

Julian Beever, The Pavement Picasso, is known for his amazing life-like street drawings. Here is a quick video of the construction of the Aveeno Fountain of Youth.

Here is a clip of the Cloudless Sulpher Butterfly going through its cycle of transformation from larvae to fully grown butterfly.

Here are 106 balloons taking off at the beginning of an air race in Reno, NV.

A brief clip here shows the process of taking a model and turning her into a shot on a billboard using Photoshop.

Finally, here is a time-lapse shot of different cityscapes.


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Don't Have Space For a Christmas Tree? Decorate a Pineapple Instead

Christmas trees aren't for everyone. Some people can't fit a fir inside their cramped abodes, while others are turned off by the expense, or by the idea of bugs hitchhiking their way inside. Fake trees are always an option, but a new trend sweeping Instagram—pineapples as mini-Christmas "trees"—might convince you to forego the forest vibe for a more tropical aesthetic.

As Thrillist reports, the pineapple-as-Christmas-tree idea appears to have originated on Pinterest before it, uh, ripened into a social media sensation. Transforming a pineapple into a Halloween “pumpkin” requires carving and tea lights, but to make the fruit festive for Christmas all one needs are lights, ornaments, swaths of garland, and any other tiny tchotchkes that remind you of the holidays. The final result is a tabletop decoration that's equal parts Blue Hawaii and Miracle on 34th Street.

In need of some decorating inspiration? Check out a variety of “Christmas tree” pineapples below.

[h/t Thrillist]


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