The Late Movies: Songs About Flying

On this day in 1906, the Wright brothers were granted U.S. patent number 821,393 for their "Flying-Machine." Me? I'm a terrible flyer. I get anxiety sweats and headaches and I hold my neighbor's hand so tightly that everyone's knuckles turn white. But when I need to get across the country, I sure do appreciate that I can hop on an airplane for a few hours instead of driving my car for a week. Here, six songs about flying. Did your favorite make the list? Tell us in the comments.

Fly Me to the Moon

Though Frank Sinatra popularized this song, it was also sung by Marvin Gaye, Johnny Mathis, Nat King Cole, Anita O'Day and many others.

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Written by John Denver, this song was Peter, Paul & Mary's biggest hit. Coincidentally, John Denver died in a plane crash in 1997.

I Believe I Can Fly

Because I am from Philadelphia, I find this fact especially interesting: Philly Mayor Michael Nutter has an entire CD of remixes of "I Believe I Can Fly" that he plays in his car. If for some bizarre reason you could only listen to different versions of one song, what song it be?

Rocket Man

This popular Elton John song describes the inner monologue of an astronaut headed for Mars and his mixed feelings at leaving his family.


This song is off the Beach Boys' 1977 album Love You.

Learn to Fly

Due to the nature of this Foo Fighters' song's music video, it is was deemed inappropriate after the 9/11 attacks on America.

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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