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Watch Stunning Color Footage of Berlin Rebuilding After WWII

Just two months after the war, First Motion Picture Unit—the U.S. Army's film production unit—traveled around Europe to record the damage done by the war. Dubbed "Special Film Project 186," it was the last project of Owen Crump, a screenwriter experienced in propaganda and war movies. Thanks to Kodachrome color film in the crew's cameras, the whole thing was shot in vibrant color.

Courtesy of Chronos Media (produced coincidentally by Kronos Media), we can see the beginnings of Berlin's healing process. The tone of the film is somber, yet optimistic. You can see mothers pushing their baby carriages past the wreckage and young people forming assembly lines to clear out the rubble. 

This video is only a snippet from the project; Crump and his crew shot hundreds of hours of film. The majority of the unused raw footage sits in archives.

Some of the mysterious film includes horrific scenes from the concentration camps and interviews with Nazi officials. Only a handful of people saw the footage from the camps, including Ronald Reagan and Technical Sergeant Malvin Wald, who described the experience“Even though it was a summer day, Reagan came out shivering—we all did. We’d never seen anything like that.”

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Speedy Delivery: Mister Rogers Will Get His Own Stamp in 2018
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USPS 2018 Mister Rogers stamp
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After weeks of mailing out this year’s holiday cards, postage might be the last thing you want to think about. But the U.S. Postal Service has just given us a sneak peek at the many iconic people, places, and things that will be commemorated with their own stamps in 2018, and one in particular has us excited to send out a few birthday cards: Mister Rogers.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred Rogers’s groundbreaking PBS series that the USPS says “inspired and educated young viewers with warmth, sensitivity, and honesty,” the mail service shared a mockup of what the final stamp may look like. On it, Rogers—decked out in one of his trademark colorful cardigans (all of which were hand-knitted by his mom, by the way)—smiles for the camera alongside King Friday XIII, ruler of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Though no official release date for Fred’s forever stamp has been given, Mister Rogers is just one of many legendary figures whose visages will grace a piece of postage in 2018. Singer/activist Lena Horne will be the 41st figure to appear as part of the USPS’s Black Heritage series, while former Beatle John Lennon will be the face of the newest Music Icons collection. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will also be honored.

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Can You Spot the Christmas Pudding?

Whether it’s a sheep hanging out with Santa Claus or a panda bear hiding among some snowmen, regular Mental Floss readers know that hidden picture brainteasers are one of our favorite things. And the optical experts at Lenstore.co.uk have released a delicious one, just in time for Christmas. Somewhere in the midst of all these holiday-themed goodies above, there’s a holiday pudding just waiting to be discovered. Can you spot it? Your time starts … now.

If you give up, or are the kind of person who reads the last page of a book before the first one and just wants to know the answer, scroll down to see where it’s hiding.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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