Watch Computer Pros Get Excited About Windows 95...in 1995

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In this classic episode of Computer Chronicles, host Stewart Cheifet explores the newly-released Windows 95. He invites Microsoft representatives to walk through new features and show off the groundbreaking operating system. We also get to see some clips of Jay Leno and Bill Gates launching the thing, a detailed discussion of how many megabytes are truly required to run Windows 95, plus lots more mid-90s nostalgia.

I remember the launch of Windows 95, and what a big deal it was for PC users at the time. Looking back on it, this is a valuable historical document. This was a time when "Should I upgrade to Windows 95?" was actually a reasonable question for folks using DOS or Windows 3.1.

Look at that fancy new "Start" button! Those were the days:

My favorite part is the sales pitch around 4:45 trying to sell Windows Plus by showing an awfully ugly desktop customization, and a "pretty good" pinball game. A close second is Jay Leno just past 7:00 making Bill Clinton health care jokes.

The Museum of Illusions Boggles the Mind

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The new Museum of Illusions in New York City explores optical illusions with an interactive twist. Visitors can test their perception and even participate in the exhibits.

The Truth Behind Italy's Abandoned 'Ghost Mansion'

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YouTube/Atlas Obscura

The forests east of Lake Como, Italy, are home to a foreboding ruin. Some call it the Casa Delle Streghe (House of Witches), or the Red House, after the patches of rust-colored paint that still coat parts of the exterior. Its most common nickname, however, is the Ghost Mansion.

Since its construction in the 1850s, the mansion—officially known as the Villa De Vecchi—has reportedly been the site of a string of tragedies, including the murder of the family of the Italian count who built it, as well as the count's suicide. It's also said that everyone's favorite occultist, Aleister Crowley, visited in the 1920s, leading to a succession of satanic rituals and orgies. By the 1960s, the mansion was abandoned, and since then both nature and vandals have helped the house fall into dangerous decay. The only permanent residents are said to be a small army of ghosts, who especially love to play the mansion's piano at night—even though it's long since been smashed to bits.

The intrepid explorers of Atlas Obscura recently visited the mansion and interviewed Giuseppe Negri, whose grandfather and great-grandfather were gardeners there. See what he thinks of the legends, and the reality behind the mansion, in the video below.

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