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Learn What It’s Like to Play Guitar in Space

Playing guitar is difficult enough here on Earth, but as Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield recently told CBC Music, it’s a whole lot harder on a spaceship.

The trouble, of course, is zero gravity. As Hadfield explains in the video above, it’s not just the weightlessness of the guitar, but the weightlessness of your own arm when trying to land fingerings and keep the instrument in place: “If you’re a guitar player and you want to know what it’s like to play guitar on a spaceship, put your guitar down on the ground, stand on your head, wait a few hours, pick up your guitar, and play upside down.”

Still, the astronaut has managed to master the art of space music. Hadfield is well-known for his zero gravity string picking, perhaps most famous for a rendition of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” on the International Space Station.

Hadfield says that despite its difficulties, playing music in orbit is beautiful because of that particular set of circumstances: “You kinda have to learn how to be a space musician. But the beauty of it is—that’s reality. That’s how guitars sound in space, and that’s how your voice sounds in space, so it’s different. And the beauty of the place changes how you feel about about music as well, so, it’s just reality.”

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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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