Take Felix Salmon's Gold, Please; Prince Charles Has a Cake Sword

Ray Gustini
Take Felix Salmon's Gold, Please; Prince Charles Has a Cake Sword

We realize there's only so much time one can spend in a day watching new trailers, viral video clips, and shaky cell phone footage of people arguing on live television. This is why every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the videos that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention. Today: Felix Salmon tries to persuade New Yorkers to take his gold, pianos and bears fell from the sky today, and Prince Charles has a special weapon just for pastries.

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Gold is very popular these days, but a gram of it and thirty five bucks will get you three lobster rolls at Snack Box in Times Square, as Reuter finance blogger Felix Salmon learned. There's not much to add, since Salmon's quest to get someone -- anyone -- to take his gold speaks for itself. We look forward to the gold bug response, in which Salmon will no doubt be scolded for not using his gold to buy more gold. [Reuters]

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Connoisseurs of cheerful mayhem will be interested to learn that April 27 is known as "Piano Drop Day" on the MIT campus, because it's the last day to drop classes, and because it's the day students throw a piano off the roof of a dorm. There are schools where a plummeting Steinway is standard Friday afternoon revelry, but MIT is not one of them, so it's considered something of a cutesy annual tradition. We can't argue with the results, though we'd argue footage from Piano Drop Eve would be equally compelling and possibly more informative, if only for the tips on heavy lifting.  [via International Business Times]

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At the University of Colorado, a baby bear got stuck in a tree and had to be rescued. Unlike the MIT piano, he was in one piece following the drop. Good for the Boulder baby bear. [via AP]


During an otherwise incident-free visit to a bakery in Northern Ireland, Prince Charles cut a cake with a sword, or possibly a saber, it's somewhat unclear from the footage. If you know your bladed weapons, feel free to weigh in in the comments section. For all we know, it could be a cutlass.  [via The Royalist]


Before heroically defying the NFL's campaign for a spoiler-free NFL Draft, Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen sat down with head coach Pete Carroll for an agreeably stilted interview in the team's war room. The whole thing is very Strangelovian: the hyperorganized draft board looks like it could have been assembled by George C. Scott's General Buck Turgidson and it's never made clear why Pete Carroll is playing the role of interviewer or why Paul Allen -- famously hands-off as owner of the Seahawks and the Portland Trail Blazers -- is happily participating. So many questions! But at least it looks like they had fun. (It also looks like they are prisoners in a medium-security prison in the not-too-distant future. Happy prisoners, but still prisoners.)  [via @PeteCarroll]