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Inside a German Movie-Dubbing Studio

YouTube / The New York Times
YouTube / The New York Times

Although American viewers may not realize it, dubbed movies and TV shows are popular in many countries. In one Berlin studio, actor Dietmar Wunder is the German voice of Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Daniel Craig—among others. In this short video, we learn about the dubbing process, and are treated to some completed scenes featuring Wunder's voice. (My favorite is a Jerry Maguire scene, in which the out-of-context German-speaking Cuba Gooding Jr. seems to confuse and annoy a speechless Tom Cruise.)

Watch as Wunder dubs scenes while viewing the source movie. Because he's trying to match lip movements as closely as possible, he's scrutinizing another actor's performance, memorizing script lines, and delivering a voice-acting performance simultaneously. Quite a feat!

For more on the dubbing business (including how much these actors get paid), check out this extensive New York Times piece.

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China Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Restore the Great Wall
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The Great Wall of China has been standing proudly for thousands of years—but now, it needs your help. CNN reports that the wall has fallen into disrepair and the China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation has launched an online crowdfunding campaign to raise money for restorations.

Stretching 13,000 miles across northern China, the Great Wall was built in stages starting from the third century BCE and reaching completion in the 16th century. To some degree, though, it’s always been under construction. For centuries, individuals and organizations have periodically repaired and rebuilt damaged sections. However, the crowdfunding campaign marks the first time the internet has gotten involved in the preservation of the ancient icon. The China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation is trying to raise $1.6 million (11 million yuan) to restore the wall, and has so far raised $45,000 (or 300,000 yuan).

Fundraising coordinator Dong Yaohui tells the BBC that, although the Chinese government provides some funds for wall repairs, it’s not enough to fix all of the damage: "By pooling the contribution of every single individual, however small it is, we will be able to form a great wall to protect the Great Wall," he said.

[h/t CNN]

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These Glowing Worms Mimic Shining Stars
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YouTube // Deep Look

The glow worms of New Zealand's Waitomo caves produce light, mimicking the starry night sky. Using sticky goop, they catch moths and other flying creatures unfortunate enough to flutter into the "starry" cavern. Beautiful and icky in equal parts, this Deep Look video takes you inside the cave, and up close with these worms. Enjoy:

There's also a nice write-up with animated GIFs if you're not in the mood for video. Want more glow worms? Check out this beautiful timelapse in a similar cave, or our list of 19 Places You Won't Believe Exist topped by—you guessed it—New Zealand's Glowworm Caves!

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