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All About Lady Liberty

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On this day in 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor on the French steamer Isère. Here are a few historical reels about the statue, one commonly-asked question about when Lady Liberty took on her familiar hue, and a few of her iconic on-screen performances.

Circa 1898

Thomas Edison held the copyright on this short film, shot when the statue was 12 years old.

The Statue Gets a Cleaning

This video, shot in 1930, shows men bravely dangling off the statue’s crown to clean its face.

That Green Hue

Just when, exactly, did Lady Liberty make the transition from her original shiny copper to the iconic green she now sports?

An interview with the Keeper of the Flame

Charlie DiLeo, “Keeper of the Flame,” describes how he does this job (it involves a shoelace).

Taking a Walk in Ghostbusters 2

In this 1989 film, Lady Liberty is key in helping the Ghostbusters save the world.

The end of Planet of the Apes

The appearance of Lady Liberty in this film inspired Charlton Heston to scream “You maniacs!” Here’s how movie magicians created the iconic scene.

Losing her head in Cloverfield

In this creature-feature, an unknown monster rips off the Statue of Liberty’s head and tosses it into the heart of Manhattan. (Beware, NSFW language in this clip.)

Curious how they did it on a budget? Check out this video.

Getting a lift in Superman IV

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It's the Statue of Liberty being carried by Superman!

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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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