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Current Distractions

Thu Oct 17 2013

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In this week’s edition of Current Distractions, a very famous violin, a quiz on Modern Art, a study into success and some very old cars.  While some of the things you see might be fake, the people are all real, although some of what they do has been set up purely for your entertainment.

Titanic violin

If you thought old instruments were expensive, try one that’s been under water on a boat that not only housed Leonardo DiCaprio but is also really, really famous.  The violin that was played as the Titanic sank in 1912 has gone on public display and will be available for auction this week.  It’s owner Wallace Hartley was the band leader aboard the ship and died alongside 1500 other passengers.  The guide price for the instrument is £300,000.  But you can get the DVD for 3 quid on amazon.  Find out more here.

Modern Art of Toddler’s Drawings?

If you think you can tell the difference between modern art and a child’s painty scribbles, put your money where your mouth is and take this quiz, courtesy of Bored Panda.

‘Rich people are sometimes into music as well’ Shows Study

‘CONDOLEEZZA RICE trained to be a concert pianist. Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, was a professional clarinet and saxophone player. The hedge fund billionaire Bruce Kovner is a pianist who took classes at Juilliard.’  And what does this information prove?  No, not that irritating people also sometimes play instruments, but that there may be a link between studying music and academic achievement.  Joanne Lipman of The New York Times Sunday Review has been examining this further ‘Look carefully and you’ll find musicians at the top of almost any industry. Woody Allen performs weekly with a jazz band…. Both Microsoft’s Paul Allen and the venture capitalist Roger McNamee have rock bands.’  Billionaire Paul Allen says that it’s because  music “reinforces your confidence in the ability to create.”  Either that or just change your surname to Allen.  Read the full article here.

What’s wrong with these pictures?
Look at these pictures of old cars and tell me what’s wrong with them.

Photographer Creates Lifelike Images of American Streets Using Toy Car Models and Forced Perspective miniature dioramas cars

Photographer Creates Lifelike Images of American Streets Using Toy Car Models and Forced Perspective miniature dioramas cars

Photographer Creates Lifelike Images of American Streets Using Toy Car Models and Forced Perspective miniature dioramas cars

Photographer Creates Lifelike Images of American Streets Using Toy Car Models and Forced Perspective miniature dioramas cars

The answer is that they were all created by photographer Michael Paul Smith using toys and forced perspective.  Smith refers to it as a “quirky hobby” but they’re quite brilliant.
Photographer Creates Lifelike Images of American Streets Using Toy Car Models and Forced Perspective miniature dioramas cars

Photographer Creates Lifelike Images of American Streets Using Toy Car Models and Forced Perspective miniature dioramas cars

Photographer Creates Lifelike Images of American Streets Using Toy Car Models and Forced Perspective miniature dioramas cars

Photographer Creates Lifelike Images of American Streets Using Toy Car Models and Forced Perspective miniature dioramas cars

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