The Week: Most Recent from Lauren Hansenhttp://theweekmagazine.tv/editor/articles/lauren-hansenMost recent posts.en-usFri, 18 Jul 2014 15:10:00 -0400http://theweek.comhttp://theweek.com/images/logo_theweek.pngMost Recent from Lauren Hansen from THE WEEKFri, 18 Jul 2014 15:10:00 -0400The week's best photojournalismhttp://theweek.com/article/index/264991/the-weeks-best-photojournalismhttp://theweek.com/article/index/264991/the-weeks-best-photojournalism<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0122/61299_article_main/w/240/h/300/best-photojournalism.jpg?206" /></P><p ><br /> A boy leans on a sack of cabbages at a vegetable market in Jinan, China. | (<em>REUTERS/Stringer</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />The sun reflects off Earth's water in this picture taken by German astronaut Alexander Gerst from the International Space Station. | (<em>REUTERS/Alexander Gerst/NASA/Handout via Reuters</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />A cross stands behind the site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 plane crash, near Grabovo, in eastern Ukraine. | (<em>REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />A pair of young surfers wait for their friends to finish a post-sunset session off Wanda Beach in Sydney, Australia. | (<em>REUTERS/Jason Reed</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />Queen Elizabeth poses with construction...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/264991/the-weeks-best-photojournalism">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a> and <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:10:00 -0400Corporate advertisers are hijacking girl power to sell products -- and I'm totally into ithttp://theweek.com/article/index/264811/corporate-advertisers-are-hijacking-girl-power-to-sell-products--and-im-totally-into-ithttp://theweek.com/article/index/264811/corporate-advertisers-are-hijacking-girl-power-to-sell-products--and-im-totally-into-it<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0122/61207_article_main/w/240/h/300/ads-from-always-left-verizon-center-and-bing-celebrate-womennbsp.jpg?206" /></P><p>When I was 11, I played in a softball league. We were called the Blimpies, as in the sandwich shop (such unfortunate sponsorship for tween girls, right?). And let me tell you, I was a terrible softball player.</p><p>I was terrified of the ball and would avoid hitting it or catching it at all costs. Fortunately, we Blimpies had the league's best pitcher. Her whip-fast throws &mdash; which I blissfully didn't have to face &mdash; made us one of the most intimidating teams in the league. Even the adults would marvel at how our star pitcher "didn't throw like a girl."</p><p>Actually, she did throw like a girl...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/264811/corporate-advertisers-are-hijacking-girl-power-to-sell-products--and-im-totally-into-it">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Fri, 18 Jul 2014 06:03:00 -0400This week I learned why we laugh when tickled, and morehttp://theweek.com/article/index/264954/this-week-i-learned-why-we-laugh-when-tickled-and-morehttp://theweek.com/article/index/264954/this-week-i-learned-why-we-laugh-when-tickled-and-more<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0122/61264_article_main/w/240/h/300/tickle.jpg?206" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159164321&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p><p><strong>Read more about the facts mentioned: </strong></p><p>Why do we laugh when we're tickled (<em>Mental Floss</em>)</p><p>JLo the water mite? Scientists name new species after pop singer (<em>Boston Globe</em>)</p><p>Beyond black: Scientists invent the world's darkest material (<em>The Takeaway</em>)</p><p>The 19th-century health scare that told women to worry about 'bicycle face' (<em>Vox</em>)</p><p> </p><p><strong>Listen to more of <em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts:</strong></p><ul><li>What Democrats always forget about Hillary</li><li>'I know, right?': The anatomy of a wonderfully nonsensical phrase</li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Headhunters</em></li></ul><p ><strong>*You can also find The Week's mini podcasts on iTunes...</strong></p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/264954/this-week-i-learned-why-we-laugh-when-tickled-and-more">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:30:00 -0400Get in the All-Star Game spirit with these 100-year-old baseball cardshttp://theweek.com/article/index/264591/get-in-the-all-star-game-spirit-with-these-100-year-old-baseball-cardshttp://theweek.com/article/index/264591/get-in-the-all-star-game-spirit-with-these-100-year-old-baseball-cards<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0122/61113_article_main/w/240/h/300/vintage-baseball-cards.jpg?206" /></P><p>With the Germans barely done hoisting the World Cup trophy in Maracana, you might be forgiven for feeling a little underwhelmed by tomorrow's MLB All-Star Game. Luckily, we have just the strong dose of baseball you need.</p><p>From Babe Ruth to Cy Young, Ty Cobb to Christy Mathewson, these simple trading cards paint a picture of a time before jumbotrons and Big Gulps &mdash; heck, they hark back to a time before night games were even feasible. Between the endearingly cumbersome uniforms (are those lace-up boots?) and the sepia toned illustrations, you'll be wooed back to the slow-burn sport in no time...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/264591/get-in-the-all-star-game-spirit-with-these-100-year-old-baseball-cards">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a> and <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:08:00 -0400The week's best photojournalismhttp://theweek.com/article/index/264573/the-weeks-best-photojournalismhttp://theweek.com/article/index/264573/the-weeks-best-photojournalism<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0122/61073_article_main/w/240/h/300/tour-de-france.jpg?206" /></P><p ><br /> Saris are left to dry on a homeless family's riverside shelter in Allahabad, India. | (<em>AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />Prince Harry leans past Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William as the three watch for riders approaching the finish line of the Tour de France's Stage 1, in Harrogate, England. | (<em>AP Photo/Chris Jackson, Pool</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />People cool off from the summer heat at a water park in Xi'an, China. | (<em>REUTERS/China Daily</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />A reveler tries to hold on to a wild horse during the "Rapa Das Bestas," a traditional event in the Spanish village of Sabucedo. | (<em>REUTERS/Miguel Vidal</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />Brazilian...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/264573/the-weeks-best-photojournalism">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a> and <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:10:00 -0400This week I learned plants can 'hear' themselves being eaten, and morehttp://theweek.com/article/index/264545/this-week-i-learned-plants-can-hear-themselves-being-eaten-and-morehttp://theweek.com/article/index/264545/this-week-i-learned-plants-can-hear-themselves-being-eaten-and-more<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0122/61058_article_main/w/240/h/300/plants.jpg?206" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158171940%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-xESz8&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p><p><strong>Read more about the facts mentioned:</strong></p><p>Nice try, vegans: Plants can actually hear themselves being eaten<em> (Gizmodo</em>)</p><p>The wasps of your nightmares (<em>Slate</em>)</p><p>Even toddlers experience schadenfreude (<em>Discover</em>)</p><p>Ruby Roman grapes sold for record $6400 (<em>Wall Street Journa</em>l)</p><p>Japan's obsession with perfect fruit (<em>BBC News</em>)</p><p><strong>Listen to more of <em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts:</strong></p><ul><li>It's time to kill the word 'troll'<br /></li><li>Why <em>Seinfeld</em> is still master of its domain</li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>The Station Agent</em></li></ul><p> </p><p ><em><strong>*You can also find <em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud, Swell, and TuneIn.*</strong></em></p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/264545/this-week-i-learned-plants-can-hear-themselves-being-eaten-and-more">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:12:00 -0400Meet the millennial who is a serpent-handling pastorhttp://theweek.com/article/index/264311/meet-the-millennial-who-is-a-serpent-handling-pastorhttp://theweek.com/article/index/264311/meet-the-millennial-who-is-a-serpent-handling-pastor<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0121/60939_article_main/w/240/h/300/serpent-handling.jpg?206" /></P><p>The first snake-handling worship service photographer Lauren Pond attended wasn't at all what she expected. In photos of other services, she had seen snakes, fire, and poison-drinking. But this one, just outside of Jolo, West Virginia, was much calmer. The pastor handled the snakes peacefully, the congregation prayed, and she didn't feel any danger.</p><p>"It was mesmerizing to watch him, really," she said. "I left wanting to know more."</p><p ><br />From left: Pentecostal serpent-handling pastors Micah Golden, 21, and Andrew Hamblin, 20, handle venomous snakes during a special New Year&rsquo;s service at Andrew...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/264311/meet-the-millennial-who-is-a-serpent-handling-pastor">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:12:00 -0400The week's best photojournalismhttp://theweek.com/article/index/264241/the-weeks-best-photojournalismhttp://theweek.com/article/index/264241/the-weeks-best-photojournalism<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0121/60903_article_main/w/240/h/300.jpg?206" /></P><p ><br /> Lightning strikes One World Trade Center after a summer storm in New York City. | (<em>REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />A man arranges strands of vermicelli to dry at a factory in the northern Indian city of Allahabad. | (<em>REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />Two spectators wait for play to resume as a shower blankets Wimbledon, in London. | (<em>REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />Hair artist and master barber Rob Ferrel (left), known as "Rob the Original," cuts the likeness of Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi into the hair of customer Vincent Hernandez, in San Antonio, Texas. | (<em>REUTERS/Ashley Landis</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />Muslim women discuss...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/264241/the-weeks-best-photojournalism">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a> and <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:31:00 -0400The week's best photojournalismhttp://theweek.com/article/index/263921/the-weeks-best-photojournalismhttp://theweek.com/article/index/263921/the-weeks-best-photojournalism<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0121/60742_article_main/w/240/h/300.jpg?206" /></P><p ><br /> The Colla Joves Xiquets de Valls casteller group begins the formation of a human tower during the Sant Joan festival in Valls, south of Barcelona. | (<em>REUTERS/Albert Gea</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />A Honduran child sleeps at the Todo por Ellos (All for Them) immigrant shelter in Tapachula, Mexico. | (<em>REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />A couple cools off with a swim in Sidon, Lebanon. | (<em>REUTERS/Ali Hashisho</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />A National Heritage Trust historical re-enactor waits to fire one of several cannons marking the feast day of Saint John the Baptist, on the bastions of Valletta in Malta. | (<em>REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />Players battle...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/263921/the-weeks-best-photojournalism">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a> and <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:02:00 -0400This week I learned why we all look hotter in sunglasses, and morehttp://theweek.com/article/index/263870/this-week-i-learned-why-we-all-look-hotter-in-sunglasses-and-morehttp://theweek.com/article/index/263870/this-week-i-learned-why-we-all-look-hotter-in-sunglasses-and-more<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0121/60719_article_main/w/240/h/300/so-cool.jpg?206" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156190198%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-Cothv&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p><p><strong>Read more about the facts mentioned:</strong></p><p>Why everyone looks hotter in sunglasses (<em>New York Magazine</em>)</p><p>The first in-flight movie (<em>Paleofuture</em>)</p><p>If poachers and illegal loggers strike, this forest phones it in (<em>Scientific American</em>)</p><p>30 facts about The Lion King (<em>Mental Floss</em>)</p><p> </p><p><strong>Listen to more of <em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts:</strong></p><ul><li>The cult of natural childbirth has gone too far</li><li>The 5 linguistic styles of exciting goal calls</li><li>This week I learned you're cutting the cake the wrong way, and more</li></ul><p> </p><p><em><strong>*You can also find <em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud, Swell, and TuneIn.*</strong></em></p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/263870/this-week-i-learned-why-we-all-look-hotter-in-sunglasses-and-more">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:35:00 -0400The vibrant drama of the World Cup, illustratedhttp://theweek.com/article/index/263626/the-vibrant-drama-of-the-world-cup-illustratedhttp://theweek.com/article/index/263626/the-vibrant-drama-of-the-world-cup-illustrated<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0121/60598_article_main/w/240/h/300/world-cup-illustration.jpg?206" /></P><p>The World Cup isn't a time for multitasking. Warm, flat beers are remembered and sipped during half time. Bathroom breaks are scheduled for the game's end. In those crucial 90 minutes, often the only measurable productivity is the number of nails chewed down to their stubs.</p><p>Which makes illustrator Sim&oacute;n Prades' World Cup drawings all the more impressive. Not only is the half-German, half-Spaniard watching the games as an impassioned fan, but also as an artist eager to capture the tournament's defining plays with pen and ink.</p><p>In collaboration with <em>The New Republic</em>, Prades is illustrating...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/263626/the-vibrant-drama-of-the-world-cup-illustrated">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:15:00 -0400The week's best photojournalismhttp://theweek.com/article/index/263550/the-weeks-best-photojournalismhttp://theweek.com/article/index/263550/the-weeks-best-photojournalism<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0121/60572_article_main/w/240/h/300/best-photojournalism.jpg?206" /></P><p ><br /> Syrian and Palestinian refugee children clamber up a goalpost before the start of a soccer match in the Al-Baqaa Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan. | (<em>REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />Smoke rises from a house deliberately set on fire, days after part of the underlying ground collapsed into Lake Whitney, Texas. | (<em>REUTERS/Brandon Wade</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />SWAT officers complete a survival drill in Qiannan prefecture, southwest China. | (<em>REUTERS/Stringer</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />Boys watch Brazil take on Mexico during the 2014 World Cup, in the slum of Varjao, on the outskirts of Brasilia. | (<em>REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />Dogs rescued from a...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/263550/the-weeks-best-photojournalism">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a> and <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:36:00 -0400This week I learned you're cutting cake the wrong way, and morehttp://theweek.com/article/index/263473/this-week-i-learned-youre-cutting-cake-the-wrong-way-and-morehttp://theweek.com/article/index/263473/this-week-i-learned-youre-cutting-cake-the-wrong-way-and-more<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0121/60537_article_main/w/240/h/300/cake.jpg?206" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155124487%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-bABOJ&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p><p><strong>Read more about the facts mentioned:</strong></p><p>Who made the pie chart (<em>The New York Times</em>)</p><p>Ross Perot's crazy campaign song (<em>C-Span</em><em>)</em></p><p>Willie Nelson dusts off his songwriting chops (<em>NPR</em>)</p><p>Boop-Oop-A-Doop: The Story of Betty Boop (<em>Neatorama</em>)</p><p>Seven iconic characters you never knew were voiced by Casey Kasem (<em>People</em>)</p><p>Watch Numberphile explain how best to cut a cake:</p><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/wBU9N35ZHIw?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p>Watch Betty Boop's debut in <em>Dizzy Dishes</em>:</p><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/79tIpX8Tnl0?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p> </p><p><strong>Listen to more of <em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts:</strong></p><ul><li>It's time to declare war on climate change &mdash; literally</li><li>How we lost a generation of boys to video games</li><li>This week I learned even Houdini...</li></ul> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/263473/this-week-i-learned-youre-cutting-cake-the-wrong-way-and-more">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:55:00 -0400Around the world in 8 goalshttp://theweek.com/article/index/263157/around-the-world-in-8-goalshttp://theweek.com/article/index/263157/around-the-world-in-8-goals<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0120/60436_article_main/w/240/h/300/goal-post.jpg?206" /></P><p>The World Cup is by far soccer's flashiest stage. Brazil spent something like $11 billion to host this year's games &mdash; making this the most expensive World Cup in history.</p><p>But at its heart, soccer is a simple game that requires little more than a ball, a patch of land, and a couple goal markers to play &mdash; which is among the chief reasons that the beautiful game is so beloved across the globe. And while the fields themselves can be marvelously diverse, as these photos from <em>Reuters</em> show, the sport played on them remains the same.</p><p ><br />Mogadishu, Somalia | (<em><em>REUTERS</em>/Feisal Omar</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />Cretelongue...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/263157/around-the-world-in-8-goals">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a> and <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:00:00 -0400The week's best photojournalismhttp://theweek.com/article/index/263151/the-weeks-best-photojournalismhttp://theweek.com/article/index/263151/the-weeks-best-photojournalism<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0120/60380_article_main/w/240/h/300/mounties.jpg?206" /></P><p ><br /> Royal Canadian Mounted Police attend a funeral for three fellow officers who were killed last week in Moncton, New Brunswick. | (<em>REUTERS/Mark Blinch</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />A horse pauses next to clothes drying on a fence in Natal, Brazil. | (<em>REUTERS/Carlos Barria</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />Protesters in Sanaa shout during a demonstration decrying Yemen's fuel shortages. | (<em>REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />Kashmiri farmers work in paddy fields, taking advantage of pre-monsoon showers. | (<em>REUTERS/Danish Ismail</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />Camels peer through the window of a man's car in Taif, Saudi Arabia. | (<em>REUTERS/Mohamed Alhwaity</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />Fans in Berlin sit on sofas while...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/263151/the-weeks-best-photojournalism">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a> and <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:51:00 -0400This week I learned even Houdini used a movie stunt double, and morehttp://theweek.com/article/index/263123/this-week-i-learned-even-houdini-used-a-movie-stunt-double-and-morehttp://theweek.com/article/index/263123/this-week-i-learned-even-houdini-used-a-movie-stunt-double-and-more<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0120/60343_article_main/w/240/h/300/harry-houdini-in-the-grim-game-1919.jpg?206" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154104393%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-UB3e9&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p><p><strong><strong>Read more about the facts mentioned:</strong></strong></p><p>Houdini on his water torture cell (<em>Public Domain Review</em>)</p><p>Unlocking the secrets of Houdini's enduring magic (<em>CNN</em>)</p><p>Houdini's movie career (<em>The Great Harry Houdini</em>)</p><p>The only known recordings of C.S. Lewis (<em>Open Culture</em>)</p><p>C.S. Lewis' thoughts on religion (<em>BBC</em>)</p><p>The only surviving recording of Virginia Woolf's voice (<em>Brain Pickings</em>)</p><p><strong>Watch <em>The Grim Game</em> mid-air collision:</strong></p><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/s7sXLOEaxSA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p><strong>Listen to more of <em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts:</strong></p><ul><li>The rise of "Weed Inc."</li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Goke, Body Snatcher From Hell</em></li><li>This week I learned the incredible backstory...</li></ul> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/263123/this-week-i-learned-even-houdini-used-a-movie-stunt-double-and-more">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:30:00 -0400