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What are our guesses here? (GIF via @bubbaprog, FYI.) The one on the left's really tough. I'm gonna say that's a John Lennon impression. Simple 4/4 structure strumming and not much movement around the fretboard. Pop music, for sure. Homeboy on the right is clearly channeling Eddie Van Halen, though. I see what whammy-bar action, man. And I'm OK with this meme running its course for the rest of the season. So much better than the 3 goggles or thumbing a jersey. We need to get next level, though. Who's going to introduce the drumming aspect to this? Or just maybe: KEYTAR?

OK, I'll shut up now. Links ahoy!

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Scroll down to see the sweet shot of the inauguration -- from space. And then check out this incredible shot from last night that you'll probably see many times today. || I'm honestly, totally serious when I say this: I don't know how Roger Goodell shows his face in one restaurant in New Orleans. || Scientists are debating if a massive gamma ray whiplashed Earth about 1,200 years ago. || Most of Europe is currently doused in powder. || This is nuts -- and really catchy. I've got an old R.E.M. video cued up below, but check out this alteration done to "Losing My Religion." I like it more than the original now.

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»» Cute kid calls out the Syracuse starting lineup for papa. Looks like another future broadcast talent on his way to SU in about 15 years. 

Going to diverge from embedding a studio track and hand you a great video from the '80s. It's R.E.M.'s TV debut from 1983, on David Letterman's show. So different. Michael Stipe with hair and everything. I'm not a massive R.E.M. fan, but I do feel like this is a band a lot of people dismiss until you sit down, actually listen to three or four of their albums and realize what these guys were doing before so many others.

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