8 Clips of Morgan Freeman Being Awesome on The Electric Company

Before he was driving Miss Daisy, helping Andy bust out of Shawshank or making gadgets for Batman, Morgan Freeman starred in the The Electric Company from 1971-1977. He was, of course, badass. Here are some of the highlights.

Before Bunnicula, there was Vincent the Vegetable Vampire.

As Vincent, Morgan didn’t sparkle or require a diet of blood. But he did enjoy bubble baths.

Don’t you hate when you need to sneeze but it won’t quite come out? So does Morgan Freeman.

We’re going to bring things down for a moment here with a slow jam: “Shoo Shoo Sunshine.”

And now we’re going to bring it back up with the DJ stylings of “Mel Mounds.”

Morgan Freeman orders a ham sandwich.

Groovy Morgan Freeman as “Easy Reader.” Not only does he sing with Rita Moreno, he’s got some pretty sweet moves, too.

Morgan Freeman deals with a Yeti on a crime spree. And also Spiderman. Is there anything this guy can’t do?

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Watch Apollo 11 Launch
Vice President Spiro Agnew and former President Lyndon Johnson view the liftoff of Apollo 11
Vice President Spiro Agnew and former President Lyndon Johnson view the liftoff of Apollo 11
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Apollo 11 launched on July 16, 1969, on its way to the moon. In the video below, Mark Gray shows slow-motion footage of the launch (a Saturn V rocket) and explains in glorious detail what's going on from a technical perspective—the launch is very complex, and lots of stuff has to happen just right in order to get a safe launch. The video is mesmerizing, the narration is informative. Prepare to geek out about rockets! (Did you know the hold-down arms actually catch on fire after the rocket lifts off?)

Apollo 11 Saturn V Launch (HD) Camera E-8 from Spacecraft Films on Vimeo.

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See the Secret Paintings Hidden in Gilded Books
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The art of vanishing fore-edge painting—hiding delicate images on the front edges of gilded books—dates back to about 1660. Today, British artist Martin Frost is the last remaining commercial fore-edge painter in the world. He works primarily on antique books, crafting scenes from nature, domestic life, mythology, and Harry Potter. Great Big Story recently caught up with him in his studio to learn more about his disappearing art. Learn more in the video below.

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