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The UK’s Newest Stamps Celebrate 50 Years of Pink Floyd

Half a century ago, the psychedelic rockers of Pink Floyd began playing professional gigs for the first time, establishing themselves as a force within London’s underground rock scene. To celebrate the British icons, the Royal Mail is releasing postage stamps in their honor. 

A series of 10 stamps features both the band’s album covers from records like Wish You Were Here, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, and The Dark Side of the Moon, and images from their live performances. The band has made grandiose light shows an integral part of their image, to the point where planetariums still play elaborate laser displays to albums like 1973's The Dark Side of the Moon. The live visuals translate surprisingly well onto tiny stamps.

This isn’t the first time the band has graced British postage. In 2010, Royal Mail released a stamp inspired by the album The Division Bell.

The stamps are available for pre-order from Royal Mail, and will arrive in UK post offices in early July. Even if you have no need to send mail from the UK, the designs are worth a peek for both postage and Pink Floyd obsessives alike.

[h/t The Guardian]

All images courtesy of the Royal Mail.

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How to Perform the Star Wars Theme—On Calculators
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The iconic Star Wars theme has been recreated with glass harps, theremins, and even cat meows. Now, Laughing Squid reports that the team over at YouTube channel It’s a small world have created a version that can be played on calculators.

The channel’s math-related music videos feature covers of popular songs like Luis Fonsi’s "Despacito," Ed Sheeran’s "Shape of You," and the Pirates of the Caribbean theme, all of which are performed on two or more calculators. The Star Wars theme, though, is played across five devices, positioned together into a makeshift keyboard of sorts.

The video begins with a math-musician who transcribes number combinations into notes. Then, they break into an elaborate practice chord sequence on two, and then four, calculators. Once they’re all warmed up, they begin playing the epic opening song we all know and love, which you can hear for yourself in all its electronic glory below.

[h/t Laughing Squid]

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Bleat Along to Classic Holiday Tunes With This Goat Christmas Album
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Feeling a little Grinchy this month? The Sweden branch of ActionAid, an international charity dedicated to fighting global poverty, wants to goat—errr ... goad—you into the Christmas spirit with their animal-focused holiday album: All I Want for Christmas is a Goat.

Fittingly, it features the shriek-filled vocal stylings of a group of festive farm animals bleating out classics like “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” The recording may sound like a silly novelty release, but there's a serious cause behind it: It’s intended to remind listeners how the animals benefit impoverished communities. Goats can live in arid nations that are too dry for farming, and they provide their owners with milk and wool. In fact, the only thing they can't seem to do is, well, sing. 

You can purchase All I Want for Christmas is a Goat on iTunes and Spotify, or listen to a few songs from its eight-track selection below.

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