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This Could Be The Last Video Footage Ever Taken Of Amelia Earhart

On a clear spring day in 1937, Amelia Earhart invited her personal photographer, Al Bresnik, to the Southern California airport where she and and her navigator, Fred Noonan, were preparing for their attempt to circumnavigate the globe. The pictures taken by Bresnik went on to become widely seen and known after Earhart's plane mysteriously disappeared over the Pacific ocean a few months later. But a three-and-a-half-minute video taken on a 16-millimeter camera by Bresnik's brother John faded into obscurity, until now.

The home video, stored in a plain white box labeled "Amelia Earhart, Burbank Airport, 1937," sat on a shelf in John Bresnik's home for 50 years until he died in 1992. After that, it was moved to his son's home.

"I didn't even know what was on the film until my dad died and I took it home and watched it," the younger Bresnik, also named John, told The Telegraph. Even there, it languished for about 20 years until recently. Now, The Paragon Agency publishing house is making the full video, entitled "Amelia Earhart's Last Photo Shoot," available for download along with an 80-page book of the same name. But publisher Doug Westfall said he plans to eventually donate the film to a museum or archive.

The tape is remarkable, no matter what—it shows Earhart smiling and playful as she clambers about on top of her twin-engine Electra L-10E in a fitted jumpsuit. But there is some controversy surrounding when exactly the film dates from. Nicole Swinford, who wrote the accompanying book, asserts that it was taken in May, just before Earhart embarked on the ill-fated journey. But Richard Gillespie, executive director of the International Group For Historic Aircraft Recovery, thinks the film is from an earlier flight attempt that same year. In March of 1937, Earhart set out to become the first woman to circumnavigate the globe, but only got as far as Hawaii before she crashed and had to make repairs to her plane.

"The airplane as shown in the film is very clearly the pre-repaired airplane," Gillespie claims. But whether the video dates from March or May of 1937, it is among the last—if not the very final—footage ever taken of Amelia Earhart.

[h/t Popular Mechanics]

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The Most Searched Shows on Netflix in 2017, By State

Orange is the New Black is the new black, at least as far as Netflix viewers are concerned. The women-in-prison dramedy may have premiered in 2013, but it’s still got viewers hooked. Just as they did in 2017, HighSpeedInternet.com took a deep dive into Netflix analytics using Google Trends to find out which shows people in each state were searching Netflix for throughout the year. While there was a little bit of crossover between 2016 and 2017, new series like American Vandal and Mindhunter gave viewers a host of new content. But that didn’t stop Orange is the New Black from dominating the map; it was the most searched show in 15 states.

Coming in at a faraway second place was American Vandal, a new true crime satire that captured the attention of five states (Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Wisconsin). Even more impressive is the fact that the series premiered in mid-September, meaning that it found a large and rabid audience in a very short amount of time.

Folks in Alaska, Colorado, and Oregon were all destined to be disappointed; Star Trek: Discovery was the most searched-for series in each of these states, but it’s not yet available on Netflix in America (you’ve got to get CBS All Access for that, folks). Fourteen states broke the mold a bit with shows that were unique to their state only; this included Big Mouth in Delaware, The Keepers in Maryland, The OA in Pennsylvania, GLOW in Rhode Island, and Black Mirror in Hawaii.

Check out the map above to see if your favorite Netflix binge-watch matches up with your neighbors'. For more detailed findings, visit HighSpeedInternet.com.

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Monthly Internet Costs in Every Country

Thanks to the internet, people around the world can conduct global research, trade tips, and find faraway friends without ever leaving their couch. Not everyone pays the same price for these digital privileges, though, according to new data visualizations spotted by Thrillist.

To compare internet user prices in each country, cost information site HowMuch.net created a series of maps. The data comes courtesy of English market research consultancy BDRC and Cable.co.uk, which teamed up to analyze 3351 broadband packages in 196 nations between August 18, 2017 and October 12, 2017.

In the U.S., for example, the average cost for internet service is $66 per month. That’s substantially more than what browsers pay in neighboring Mexico ($27) and Canada ($55). Still, we don’t have it bad compared to either Namibia or Burkina Faso, where users shell out a staggering $464 and $924, respectively, for monthly broadband access. In fact, internet in the U.S. is far cheaper than what residents in 113 countries pay, including those in Saudi Arabia ($84), Indonesia ($72), and Greenland ($84).

On average, internet costs in Asia and Russia tend to be among the lowest, while access is prohibitively expensive in sub-Saharan Africa and in certain parts of Oceania. As for the world’s cheapest internet, you’ll find it in Ukraine and Iran.

Check out the maps below for more broadband insights, or view HowMuch.net’s full findings here.

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
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Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
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[h/t Thrillist]

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