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History of Mardi Gras
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Mardi Gras Around The World [VIDEO]

Did you think Mardi Gras was strictly a New Orleans thing? Think again.

In Belgium Mardi Gras is the most important day of the year. Belgians celebrate the Carnival of Binche in the city of Binche, which features lots of music and dancing.

Sweden celebrates Fettisdagen, translating to "Fat Tuesday."

In Canada Mardi Gras is celebrated throughout the country, especially in the french-speaking Quebec, where the Quebec Winter Carnival is one of the most iconic of Canadian festivals.

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Supercut Alert ‹ A Short History of Product Placement
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Supercut Alert — A Short History of Product Placement [VIDEO]

Product placement has been a part of TV and movies since their beginnings, and finally someone's put together a video montage of laughably obvious placement moments  — for historical purposes, of course. Fred and Wilma Flintstone split a pack of Winstons while Bugs Bunny unironically urges the children of America to drink the Kool-Aid.

They're not all really product placements — some are just ads — but it's still a cool and creepy trip through the history of subliminal (and not so subliminal) marketing.Check it out after the jump:

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Mardi Gras
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Know Your Mardi Gras History [VIDEO]

Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday," a reference to the binge eating a lot of Catholics do before Lent. As is often the case with holidays, the Christian roots are intertwined with earlier pagan practices. It was very common for early church fathers to integrate elements of pagan ritual in an attempt to attract potential converts.

Mardi Gras itself originated in the Middle Ages and was brought to the U.S. by the French explorer Iberville. In 1827, Parisian-style masked balls were legalized in New Orleans after a long period of prohibition. The celebration soon became known for its celebrants' raucous behavior during fanciful parades.

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The Oscars' 'Inception'-Style Opening Sequence
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The Oscars’ ‘Inception’-Style Opening Sequence [VIDEO]

This year's opening sequence of the Academy Awards featured hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway trying to tap Alec Baldwin's dreams for Oscar hosting advice.

The skit featured a bunch of this year's nominees for best picture, and a surprise appearance from an iconic film of yore.  Read on to check it out.

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Mom Forces Son To Wear Sign
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Mom Forces Son To Wear Sign Detailing His Bad Grades [VIDEO]

15-year-old James Mond is being forced by his mother to stand on various Tampa, Florida street corners with a sign that details his poor GPA and bad score on an achievement test.

The sign encourages motorists to “Honk if I need an education.”

Rhoda Holder says James will have to perform this task for a week, and believes her tough love will prevent her child from becoming a drop out.

Psychologist Stacey Scheckner, who My Fox Tampa spoke to, thinks this humiliating technique will backfire and result in James acting out more.

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The 6 Coolest Examples of 3D Projection Mapping (IMAGE)
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The 6 Coolest Examples of 3D Projection Mapping [VIDEOS]

3D has taken over popcorn movies, and now it's taking over the art world, too. Through a medium called "Projection Mapping," artists are creating mind-blowing works by shining amazing designs on plain surfaces through projectors. The results are pretty amazing: they can change the texture of a building, the decor of a room and altogether warp the laws of physics. Check out videos of some of the coolest projection mapping projects below:

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