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Birds-of-Paradise

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The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is cataloging the 39 species comprising the birds-of-paradise in New Guinea. The lab is posting the results on YouTube, showing us some of the most beautiful and bizarre birds on earth. Eight birds have been featured so far -- put these in HD and enjoy! (Each clip is brief but gorgeous.)

Intro

This five-minute video explains the project and how the photographers get these shots in the field. If you're just here for cool bird footage, skip this.

Greater Bird-of-Paradise

I wouldn't mind a few of these in my backyard. My favorite part: starting around 0:49, the birds make adorable "bork!" noises.

King-of-Saxony Bird-of-Paradise

This little fellow has gigantic feathers sticking out of his head!

King Bird-of-Paradise

The King is colorful, has little doodly bits on his tail, and does a cute dance.

Twelve-wired Bird-of-Paradise

This guy has wire-like bits growing out of his feathers, not to mention his dashing sports car color scheme.

Wilson's Bird-of-Paradise

This bird is so iridescent, it's hard to believe he's real. He has a charming song too.

Magnificent Riflebird

He's some sort of supervillainbird! His blue neck feathers are mesmerizing.

Lesser Bird-of-Paradise

He may be named "lesser," but his song is greater than all the rest.

Western Parotia

Aww. He has a "ballerina dance." Adorable!

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Happy Birthday, Alex Trebek!
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Today, everyone's favorite game show host turns 76 years old. Let's celebrate!

ON SESAME STREET

In 2006, Trebek played “Special of the Day” with Telly.

ON CARD SHARKS

In 1980, the tables were turned, and Trebek found himself the contestant on this episode of Card Sharks. The “tell me about yourself” portion of the program doesn’t go so smoothly, but he’s pretty good at the game itself.

THROWING PEOPLE IN THE POOL

In this sketch for the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Trebek throws a waiter in a pool. The takeaway is clear: Don’t phrase things in the form of a question when you’re talking to the Jeopardy! host.

TREBEK ON NASA

And how the agency’s work with other companies helps all of us, not just astronauts.

HOSTING WHEEL OF FORTUNE

Happy April Fool's Day 1997! (Pat Sajak hosted Jeopardy that night.)

ALEX, AUTOTUNED

MC TREBEK IN THE HIZZOUSE

That was the actual name of the category.

AND JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT COULDN'T GET ANY WEIRDER...

Behold “Sexiest Potpourri Ever.”

LAST BUT NOT LEAST...

You didn’t think we’d leave without posting one of these, did you?

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Covers of "Me and Bobby McGee"
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On this day in 1970, Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27. The singer-songwriter was known as "The Queen of Psychedelic Soul." Here, we remember Joplin with covers of her only number-one hit, "Me and Bobby McGee." Joplin's version of the song, originally written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, topped the charts after her death, making the song the second posthumous number-one single in U.S. chart history.

Johnny Cash

Pink

Willie Nelson

Dolly Parton

James Last

Jerry Lee Lewis

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