Who was Michael Jackson?



Michael Jackson is famous for becoming the “King of Pop” in 1958 to 2009 in United States. Like the “King of Rock” Elvis Presley before him, Michael Jackson dominated his own genre of music – pop music – and spread its influence and popularity around the globe. He was the artist behind the best-selling album of all time (1982’s Thriller). He popularized the “moonwalk” and “robot” dance moves. He helped turn music videos into a new kind of mainstream entertainment. Michael Jackson was a pop phenomenon for most of his life, going back to his childhood with his siblings in the Jackson 5. He passed away in 2009, but the King of Pop’s legacy still reigns.



 



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Why does time fly when you’re having fun?



For the same reason car trips and lame chores seem to take forever. Studies show that your brain perceives the passage of time at different speeds depending on whether you’re bored or busy. When you’re taking a timed test or focused on accomplishing a complex goal, the minutes seems to race by. Likewise, time flies when you’re playing a fun game, watching an exciting movie, or engrossed in a good book.



On vacation, you made lots of memories and there are many events to recover and remember. These many events make your vacation seem longer in memory than it felt as it was occurring. Conversely, when you look back over a typical week with few specific memories, those few memories make that time seem like it passed much more quickly than it did when those days seemed to inch by as you experienced them.



 



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Why is Peter Pan usually portrayed by a female on stage?



The Harry Potter of his day, Peter Pan – aka “the boy who wouldn’t grow up” – was introduced to the world by Scottish author and playwright J.M. Barrie in 1904. The Broadway producer who funded the play thought that a male actor didn’t fit the part of an eternal boy, so he suggested that Peter Pan should be play thought that that a male actor didn’t fit the part of an eternal boy, so he suggested that peter Pan should be played by a woman. An actress was chosen for the role in both the American and English versions, and the tradition of casting a woman to play Peter ha continued almost ever since (although Peter has been played by a man in nearly every movie version of the tale).



 



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Why were female roles played by men in classical theater?



If you saw a performance of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in the 1500s, you might wonder why the production wasn’t called Romeo and Romeo. Women weren’t allowed on stage during the period known as the English Renaissance (or in ancient Greece or during many other periods in history). The reasons were often rooted in religion (England at the time was under the influence of a devout group known as the Puritans) or a strange sense of propriety. It was thought that women on stage demeaned themselves or somehow tempted the male members of the audience. The result: Female roles went to men or boys who pretended to be women. Women didn’t first take the stage until the end of the Renaissance, in the late 1600s.



 



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Do animals have a sense of rhythm, too?



Anyone who’s stumbled across a video online of snowball the dancing cockatoo knows the answer to this question. Parrots and sea lions have demonstrated the ability to bob their heads to a beat (Snowball likes to boogie to “Everybody” by the Backstreet Boys). Our close primate relatives chimps and bonobos also seem to have a simple sense of rhythm. Scientists are still trying to figure out why these and possibly other animals know how to boogie, but in the meantime we can all enjoy the silly videos online.



 



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