Best videos of the year

    A Philadelphia actress interviews herself. Geeks talk about their 8-bit passions and what makes them tick. We visit a mobile slaughterhouse to witness a chicken harvest. We learn that baseball depends on the Delaware River in surprising ways. And we see some peculiar horseshoe crab habits in the Delaware Bay. And it was all captured by NewsWorks videographers.

    It wasn’t hard to find our favorite videos from the past year. We think you’ll agree these are the best of the best.

    Phila. awards will crown local geek royalty

    By Peter CrimminsVideo by Lindsay Lazarski

    Michael Licisyn, 27, is a geek. 

    “I take pride that I can beat the original Legend of Zelda in 90 minutes,” he said. “I’ve only done it once, but I beat the original Super Mario in under five. I take pride that I can do that. I take pride that I can beat Contra without dying or using the Konami code.”

    If you know what that last sentence means, congratulations, you’re a geek, too. More »

     

    The science of humor – it’s Childs’ play

    By Peter CrimminsVideo by Lindsay Lazarski

    It doesn’t take a genius to see that there’s something funny going on in Philadelphia, but it took Jen Childs to turn it into a science. The co-founder of 1812 Productions—the city’s only all-comedy theater troupe—is a writer, producer, director, performer, mom, and wiseacre. And she’s one of Philly’s Creative Connectors. More »

     

    The instruments of Dr. Physick

    By Todd Vachon

    Dr. Philip Syng Physick was a renowned University of Pennsylvania-trained surgeon born during the American Revolution. His Society Hill home is now a museum showcasing, among other things, the surgical instruments he used to operate on such historical figures as Chief Justice John Marshall, First Lady Dolley Madison, and the daughters of Presidents John Adams and James Monroe. More »

     

    Pa. chicken farm relies on mobile slaughterhouse

    By Peter CrimminsVideo by Lindsay Lazarski

    For 15 years, Dean Carlson traded bonds and derivatives for a Philadelphia financial company. Then, in 2009, he decided he would rather be a chicken farmer. More »

     

    All MLB baseballs get treatment from South Jersey mud

    By Carolyn BeelerVideo by Todd Vachon

    Even though the Phillies are out of the pennant race this year, a little bit of our area is still represented on every ball thrown in Major League play, right through the World Series. More »

     

    Counting the Del. Bay horseshoe crabs to save the red knot

    By Kerry GrensVideo by Todd Vachon

    Each spring the shores of the Delaware Bay in Delaware and New Jersey host a spectacular mating event: the annual horseshoe crab spawn. More »

     

    ‘Penn Christmas’ turns student trash into townie treasure

    By Peter Crimmins

    It’s the time of year when West Philadelphia residents find treasures in the trash. In the neighborhood, folks call it Penn Christmas. It’s the end-of-semester time when many University of Pennsylvania students move out, and move on, by throwing away many of the items that filled their dorm rooms, frat houses and apartments. More »

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