TEDsters have a soft spot in their hearts for Ze Frank, the uncategorizable philosopher comic, who made his name with a viral video before becoming a TED regular. Always a maker of merry mischief, Ze offers an annual holiday gift to faithful fans. This year: A dance-worthy hip-hop track called Santa Ain’t Fat. But don’t overlook the ghosts of Christmas past. You can still create a carol (with click-and-drag elves), dial the direct line to Santa’s Elves, or kick it old school with Santa Must Have Been Drinking, the first wholesome holiday hit from Ze Frank’s one-man orchestra.
TED playlists are collections of talks around a topic, built for you in a thoughtful sequence to illuminate ideas in context. This weekend, two new playlists are available: Spoken-word fireworks and That’s absurd! That’s absurd! 5 quirky talks remind us that life is funny, weird, sweet, absurd. Watch talks by Improv Everywhere’s Charlie Todd and […]
Santa Claus and UFOs may indeed have something in common. As Michael Shermer shared at TED2010, they are two things that engage the “belief engine” that is also known as our brains. In his talk, “The pattern behind self-deception,” Shermer debunks superstitions and urban legends and shares why we are prone to believe in them […]