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The Late Movies: Arresting Music

A video showing a fellow who had been arrested, took the internet by storm today. He was confined to the back of a police car and sang "Bohemian Rhapsody" in its entirety, while completely snoggered.

Robert Wilkinson had a little too much and decided the squad car was the perfect place for karaoke. How did he remember the whole song in that condition?! This happened in Edson, Alberta last November. Wilkinson was given a copy of the video to use in his defense, and he uploaded it to YouTube himself. The Smoking Gun has more on the story.

What song would you sing if you just got arrested? There are a lot to select from!
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I Fought The Law (and the law won)

Written by Sonny Curtis of The Crickets, this song became a hit by The Bobby Fuller Four in 1966. It's charted several times by different artists since then.
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Folsom Prison Blues

Johnny Cash wrote the song while stationed in Germany with the Air Force. He recorded it at Sun Records in 1955. The tune was "Crescent City Blues" by Gordon Jenkins, but he was not credited on "Folsom Prison Blues." Cash paid him a settlement years later. Cash performed the song at Folsom Prison in 1968.
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Chain Gang

Sam Cooke released this hit in 1960. It was supposedly inspired by his real-life encounter with some prisoners working on a highway, linked by chains.
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Jailhouse Rock

The song was written for the 1957 film Jailhouse Rock, starring Elvis Presley. It was a #1 hit for seven weeks!
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Mama Tried

Here you see Merle Haggard performing his hit in 1968, just after its release. Haggard served three years at San Quentin in 1957, and used that experience for inspiration. However, the song is not exactly autobiographical as some believe. Maybe somewhat, with a good dose of poetic license.
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Jailbreak

Irish band Thin Lizzy released "Jailbreak" in 1976 on the album Jailbreak. This video is from a 1978 concert in Sydney.
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In The Jailhouse Now

Webb Pierce and Red Sovine along with The Wilburn Brothers perform this classic sometime in the 1960s. The song was copyrighted in 1915 by a duo named Davis and Stafford. Jimmie Rodgers recorded it in 1928 with his distinctive yodeling delivery. His version is considered the classic. However, Webb Pierce had the earliest video available that wasn't made of still pictures.
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This list was inspired by a Metafilter thread.  Oh, I am sure there are plenty more songs appropriate for the occasion, so feel free to add them in the comments.

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4 Expert Tips on How to Get the Most Out of August's Total Solar Eclipse
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As you might have heard, there’s a total solar eclipse crossing the U.S. on August 21. It’s the first total solar eclipse in the country since 1979, and the first coast-to-coast event since June 8, 1918, when eclipse coverage pushed World War I off the front page of national newspapers. Americans are just as excited today: Thousands are hitting the road to stake out prime spots for watching the last cross-country total solar eclipse until 2045. We’ve asked experts for tips on getting the most out of this celestial spectacle.

1. DON’T FRY YOUR EYES—OR BREAK THE BANK

To see the partial phases of the eclipse, you will need eclipse glasses because—surprise!—staring directly at the sun for even a minute or two will permanently damage your retinas. Make sure the glasses you buy meet the ISO 12312-2 safety standards. As eclipse frenzy nears its peak, shady retailers are selling knock-off glasses that will not adequately protect your eyes. The American Astronomical Society keeps a list of reputable vendors, but as a rule, if you can see anything other than the sun through your glasses, they might be bogus. There’s no need to splurge, however: You can order safe paper specs in bulk for as little as 90 cents each. In a pinch, you and your friends can take turns watching the partial phases through a shared pair of glasses. As eclipse chaser and author Kate Russo points out, “you only need to view occasionally—no need to sit and stare with them on the whole time.”

2. DON’T DIY YOUR EYE PROTECTION

There are plenty of urban legends about “alternative” ways to protect your eyes while watching a solar eclipse: smoked glass, CDs, several pairs of sunglasses stacked on top of each other. None works. If you’re feeling crafty, or don’t have a pair of safe eclipse glasses, you can use a pinhole projector to indirectly watch the eclipse. NASA produced a how-to video to walk you through it.

3. GET TO THE PATH OF TOTALITY

Bryan Brewer, who published a guidebook for solar eclipses, tells Mental Floss the difference between seeing a partial solar eclipse and a total solar eclipse is “like the difference between standing right outside the arena and being inside watching the game.”

During totality, observers can take off their glasses and look up at the blocked-out sun—and around at their eerily twilit surroundings. Kate Russo’s advice: Don’t just stare at the sun. “You need to make sure you look above you, and around you as well so you can notice the changes that are happening,” she says. For a brief moment, stars will appear next to the sun and animals will begin their nighttime routines. Once you’ve taken in the scenery, you can use a telescope or a pair of binoculars to get a close look at the tendrils of flame that make up the sun’s corona.

Only a 70-mile-wide band of the country stretching from Oregon to South Carolina will experience the total eclipse. Rooms in the path of totality are reportedly going for as much as $1000 a night, and news outlets across the country have raised the specter of traffic armageddon. But if you can find a ride and a room, you'll be in good shape for witnessing the spectacle.

4. PRESERVE YOUR NIGHT VISION

Your eyes need half an hour to fully adjust to darkness, but the total eclipse will last less than three minutes. If you’ve just been staring at the sun through the partial phases of the eclipse, your view of the corona during totality will be obscured by lousy night vision and annoying green afterimages. Eclipse chaser James McClean—who has trekked from Svalbard to Java to watch the moon blot out the sun—made this rookie mistake during one of his early eclipse sightings in Egypt in 2006. After watching the partial phases, with stray beams of sunlight reflecting into his eyes from the glittering sand and sea, McClean was snowblind throughout the totality.

Now he swears by a new method: blindfolding himself throughout the first phases of the eclipse to maximize his experience of the totality. He says he doesn’t mind “skipping the previews if it means getting a better view of the film.” Afterward, he pops on some eye protection to see the partial phases of the eclipse as the moon pulls away from the sun. If you do blindfold yourself, just remember to set an alarm for the time when the total eclipse begins so you don’t miss its cross-country journey. You'll have to wait 28 years for your next chance.

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IKEA Publishes Instructions for Turning Rugs Into Game of Thrones Capes
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Game of Thrones is one of the most expensive TV shows ever produced, but even the crew of the hit HBO series isn’t above using an humble IKEA hack behind the scenes. According to Mashable, the fur capes won by Jon Snow and other members of the Night’s Watch on the show are actually sheepskin rugs sold by the home goods chain.

The story behind the iconic garment was first revealed by head costume designer Michele Clapton at a presentation at Los Angeles’s Getty Museum in 2016. “[It’s] a bit of a trick,” she said at Designing the Middle Ages: The Costumes of GoT. “We take anything we can.”

Not one to dissuade customers from modifying its products, IKEA recently released a cape-making guide in the style of its visual furniture assembly instructions. To start you’ll need one of their Skold rugs, which can be bought online for $79. Using a pair of scissors cut a slit in the material and make a hole where your head will go. Slip it on and you’ll look ready for your Game of Thrones debut.

The costume team makes a few more changes to the rugs used on screen, like shaving them, adding leather straps, and waxing and “frosting” the fur to give it a weather-worn effect. Modern elements are used to make a variety of the medieval props used in Game of Thrones. The swords, for example, are made from aircraft aluminum, not steel. For more production design insights, check out these behind-the-scenes secrets of Game of Thrones weapons artists.

[h/t Mashable]

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