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  1. Potato Cultivation and Distribution (1940s): "And now the destiny of the potato is fulfilled"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsP26MxPX2c

    The first 28 minutes are devoted to the growth and bagging of potatoes, the last two minutes go over how bags of potatoes are loaded and unloaded from a boxcar so the potatoes can be sold at grocery stores. Coincidentally, this short was made by Union Pacific Railroads.

    9 votes
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    • Z is for Zoo

      Here is a vintage educational short from 1970, produced by our good friends at ACI. Though this short taking place at some zoo was made to teach young viewers to read, it starts with some rather bizarre and unsettling visuals that always made me feel weirded out, ever since I saw this short as a small child on a "Know-It-Owl" VHS tape.

      To view the short, go to this link -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ye1nS_sdQb8 -- and skip to 15:32.

      9 votes
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      • "High Cost of Letting Go" (Short) AKA Don't Drive Angry

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVsRYsNETpY

        A Union Pacific traffic education short.

        A reporter solved the mystery of why a brother and sister died in a fatal accident. But before he'd tell the audience or his boss the reporter detailed every step he took to figure out what happened.

        A series of interviews revealed that the family had emotions. Emotions caused the dad to get a ticket, the girl to get her bike run over, and the brother to speed past a red light and into a deadly railroad yard.

        11 votes
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        • "We'll Take the High Road" aka Bulldozing Grandma's House for Progress

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTPgbePibWg

          This 31 minute short is part skit about Grandma not wanting her house torn down, part playlet about a guy telling a town why the highway is good, and part stock fotage of cars and highways.

          5 votes
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          • The Dinner Party

            A public domain short from 1945 which follows a neurotic, paranoid group of people attempting to use manners at a dinner party.

            4 votes
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            • Battletoads pilot

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtQ_RSF1jYU

              Loosely based on a fantastic NES classic by Rare.

              5 votes
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              • Film Tactics (1945) A training film on how to use training films in a classroom

                This is so meta that you must riff this. It features long pauses, giant props, and boats almost crashing into each other.

                5 votes
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                • What's The Big Hurry (1974)

                  This is a crazy short. It shows cars getting demolished at a junkyard. But the audio alternates between people's last words behind the wheel, Christmas music, and creepy electronic music.

                  5 votes
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                  • Name Unknown (1951)

                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpUWXXSBEMU

                    A rambling judge/narrator starts off talking about a teen running away to get married. Then he talks about keys in a ball of wax, teens making out in a car getting mugged by a man in a suit, a babysitter having to work late and being murdered. In short, everyone is always schemeing to steal from or to murder teenagers.

                    A Sid Davis production.

                    5 votes
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                    • The Supermarket

                      A bizarre Lynchian film by Ezra Baker depicting a day in a supermarket.

                      3 votes
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                      • Star Trek Manic Episodes

                        1. Star Trek: Enterprise: A Night in Sick Bay
                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bkSS3mfH-U
                        https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0572172/reference

                        2. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Sub Rosa (1994) Season 7 |
                        Episode 14

                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNESMHuFrrU
                        https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0708778/reference
                        Dr. Beverly Crusher crushes/romances on an alien ghost!

                        3. Star Trek: Deep Space 9: Profit and Lace (1998) Season 6 |
                        Episode 23
                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EO0K3MEv8_c
                        https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0708582/reference
                        Episode including a gender transitioning ferengi.

                        4. Star Trek: VOYAGER, Threshold (1996) Season 2 |
                        Episode 15
                        An episode where humans travelling faster than warp 10 will immediately evolve into advanced slugs from the distant future!

                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYt-OI7LlTk
                        https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0708995/reference
                        An episode that has lead to real world academic trolling: …

                        11 votes
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                        • History of HJ Heinz Ketchup

                          History of J.J Heinz Tomato Ketchup
                          https://archive.org/details/76054HeinzKetchup

                          This is an educational short about tomatoes that will get turned into ketchup with the power of stock footage.

                          The film's first half is heavy on historical re-enactment where there's no real drama. The second half doesn't real drama either, or men in costumes. But it does have a crop duster and a farmer comparing Heinz to the garden of Eden.

                          3 votes
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                          • Military Police: Town Patrol (1955)

                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_-UbRxlxCk

                            The 28-minute short shows two MPs as they patrol Agusta, Georgia. And it looks like someone spliced scenes from an entertaining-enough police procedural to make a dull educational film.

                            The MPs instruct one soldier on bus routes and pay close attention to try and spot soldier's shoes. But in between all that they come across a soldier who was beaten up and mugged.

                            In fact, the line "You better call the station and get an ambulance" is spoken with much less severity and gravity than the following dressing down of a poorly dressed soldier. "Okay, now you look like…

                            5 votes
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                            • Last Clear Chance (Rifftrax Version)

                              If you've all seen this classic short of MST3K ep 520, you know this unintentionally funny overdramatic driver's ed film is worthy of a Rifftrax re-riff (right down to the cop's cheesy 'angry' narrations-"SAVE THAT FOR SOMEBODY ELSE, BROTHER!")

                              6 votes
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                              • Mary Lewis, Student Nurse (1961)

                                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RXCxZXhZnU

                                An educational short from the UK where Mary Lewis is "jolly glad" to learn how to be a nurse. Hats are folded, biscuits and tea are consumed, a dance is attended. Blink and you'll miss the short scenes where patients get helped.

                                3 votes
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                                • Helping Johnny Remember

                                  A group of children assemble a cardboard city within what appears to be a dark, formless void of a room. But where's Johnny? And why won't the children play with him? Could it be because Johnny looks to be one incident involving frogs and firecrackers away from venturing down the career path of serial killer with a one paragraph entry in that true crime encyclopedia your weird uncle keeps in his bathroom?

                                  7 votes
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                                  • Ghost Stories

                                    Japanese anime that kind of parallels Scooby Doo but with a notably atrocious and bizarro world English dub.

                                    Maybe Riff two or three episodes.
                                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePQJMluhLjQ
                                    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0285368/reference

                                    2 votes
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                                    • Ghost Stories

                                      Japanese anime that kind of parallels Scooby Doo but with a notably atrocious and bizarro world English dub.

                                      Maybe Riff two or three episodes.
                                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePQJMluhLjQ
                                      https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0285368/reference

                                      2 votes
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                                      • It's Everybody's Business

                                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=220XsrVZ1rk

                                        An educational cartoon from 1954 that lets the viewer know that capitalism was always the basis for all of our freedoms.

                                        There's also the message that the government provides vital services but that means taxes, so be sure to protest the government taxes.

                                        And there are also women in bikini's standing in front of open fridges. Because of course.

                                        9 votes
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                                        • New world thru chemistry 1939 with audio from New world thru chemistry 1936

                                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cy7zrtFeuwU

                                          Someone posted a youtube video that uses video from one short and audio from another. Sometimes the audio and the video work well enough together. Other times it goes off the rails. E.g., a waiter spills wine on a woman's blouse while explosions play. Wallpaper is printed while the narrator talks about using coal and ammonia to make fertilizer for farms. It'd make for a hell of a riff.

                                          3 votes
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