Aretha Franklin's Childhood Home in Memphis Could Become a Museum

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Aretha Franklin may have spent most of her life in Detroit, but the Queen of Soul has roots in Memphis. As City Lab reports, Franklin's death on August 16 revived interest in preserving her South Memphis birth home—and possibly turning it into a museum similar to Graceland.

To pay respects to the legend, fans flocked to her childhood home, where the windows are boarded up and covered with messages like "Respect" and "Our natural woman." The house is also known as the place where Franklin's father, the Reverend C.L. Franklin, preached.

The wooden house—which has been uninhabited for years—is about 1100 sq. feet. It was slated for demolition in 2016—a story that mirrors the fate of Rosa Parks's home in Detroit, which was nearly destroyed but was ultimately saved by an artist and Parks's niece. That year, preservation organizations stepped in and offered to help preserve Franklin's home.

"We think we have found a way to not only honor Aretha but also her father, through the intersection of gospel and R&B music," Jeffrey Higgs, executive director of an organization that is working to preserve the home, tells City Lab.

He and other members of the community have big plans for turning the little home into a museum dedicated to Franklin, but they'll need permission from the singer's family before moving forward.

[h/t City Lab]

YouTube Is Now Streaming Free Movies—as Long as You'll Sit Through Some Ads

If Netflix doesn’t have that movie you’ve been wanting to watch, try searching YouTube instead. The popular video platform is now streaming feature-length movies for free, but you’ll have to endure ads “at regular intervals,” The Verge reports.

The selection is limited to just 100 films for now, but YouTube plans to expand its offerings at a later date. They’re mostly older action films and rom-coms, but there are some crowd-pleasers on offer, including the first five Rocky movies, The Terminator, a few Pink Panther films, and Legally Blonde.

You can find these gratis selections in YouTube’s “Free to Watch” category, which was quietly rolled out last month. It falls under the Movies & Shows section, which was previously reserved for renting and buying movies.

"We saw this opportunity based on user demand, beyond just offering paid movies,” Rohit Dhawan, YouTube's director of product management, told AdAge. It’s also a good opportunity for advertisers, he added. This could pave the way for companies to start sponsoring movies, resulting in exclusive screenings for YouTube viewers.

According to Gizmodo, YouTube's ability to offer free movies stems from its already-existing partnerships with major Hollywood studios. And YouTube isn’t the only company trying to become a bigger player in the streaming market. Nickelodeon launched its NickSplat channel earlier this year, and Disney plans to release its Disney+ service in 2019.

Meanwhile, Amazon's Prime Video has grown to become a worthy rival of Netflix. As of September, it had the largest movie library of all the major streaming platforms, with more than 10,700 films in its collection.

[h/t Gizmodo]

What 12 Fast Food Advertisements Look Like Compared to the Real Thing

That perfectly seared, sizzling burger you just saw in a fast food commercial probably isn’t the same one you’ll end up eating. There's a good chance the bun will be squished, with the condiments spilling out and the meat looking significantly less beefy than it appeared on TV. By now, it’s common knowledge that food photographers use fake “ingredients” (like glue and motor oil) to achieve the perfect shot, but that doesn’t stop us from falling prey to food advertisements every now and then.

According to surveys conducted by custom signage company, the worst offenders of unrealistic advertisements are Chik-fil-A, Burger King, and McDonald’s. Respondents said an advertisement of Chik-fil-A’s original chicken sandwich looked 108 percent more appetizing than the real deal, and they’d be willing to pay $2.76 more for the advertised version.

A Chik-fil-A sandwich polled more than 500 people and asked them to compare food advertisement photos with images of the real deal, which were purchased and photographed by their team members. The actual food photos were designed to resemble the advertised ones as closely as possible, but the site acknowledged that the images of real food items may vary from location to location.

Survey participants preferred photos of the actual food over the advertised one in only two cases—when real pictures of Papa John’s and Domino’s pizzas were shown. All the other foods were considered to look less desirable in real life than they did in the advertisements.

Keep scrolling to see more food comparisons, and check out for a detailed breakdown of the survey results.

A Whopper from Burger King

A Quiznos sub

A Carl's Junior burger

A bucket of KFC chicken

A McDonald's Big Mac

A Taco Bell taco

A Wendy's burger

Arby's gyros

A Five Guys burger

A Jimmy John's Italian sub

A Moe's burrito