The Late Movies: Betty Boop

Eighty-one years ago today, Betty Boop made her debut on the big screen. Known as one of the first animated sex symbols, Boop cartoons became popular for being shown before full-length films in theaters during the 1930s. Here, we've rounded up clips of some of her most memorable (and, um, least offensive) performances to celebrate the anniversary.

Dizzy Dishes

Betty Boop made her first appearance on August 9, 1930, in this cartoon, the sixth installment in creator Max Fleischer's Talkartoon series

Minnie the Moocher

This video features the earliest-known footage of Cab Calloway and His Orchestra and is named for the band's famous song.

Sally Swing

Betty Boop is auditioning bandleaders for a swing dance and stumbles upon a talented cleaning lady who resembles Betty Grable.

House Cleaning Blues

In this clip, Betty is not a big fan of tidying up her abode after a party.

Service With a Smile

Grampy lends a hand when Betty gets herself in a pickle managing the Hi-De-Ho-tel.

Betty for President

We want Betty!

Bone Broth 101

Whether you drink it on its own or use it as stock, bone broth is the perfect recipe to master this winter. Special thanks to the Institute of Culinary Education

Why Can Parrots Talk and Other Birds Can't?

If you've ever seen a pirate movie (or had the privilege of listening to this avian-fronted metal band), you're aware that parrots have the gift of human-sounding gab. Their brains—not their beaks—might be behind the birds' ability to produce mock-human voices, the Sci Show's latest video explains below.

While parrots do have articulate tongues, they also appear to be hardwired to mimic other species, and to create new vocalizations. The only other birds that are capable of vocal learning are hummingbirds and songbirds. While examining the brains of these avians, researchers noted that their brains contain clusters of neurons, which they've dubbed song nuclei. Since other birds don't possess song nuclei, they think that these structures probably play a key role in vocal learning.

Parrots might be better at mimicry than hummingbirds and songbirds thanks to a variation in these neurons: a special shell layer that surrounds each one. Birds with larger shell regions appear to be better at imitating other creatures, although it's still unclear why.

Learn more about parrot speech below (after you're done jamming out to Hatebeak).


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