We realize there's only so much time one can spend in a day watching new trailers, viral video clips, and shaky cell phone footage of people arguing on live television. This is why every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the videos that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention. Michelle Obama holds her own with David Letterman in one of his moods, Jeffrey Tambor opens his memory box, and the TV remote of the not-so-distant future comes with complications.
Michelle Obama did well out on her recent swing through the talk show circuit, but come on: making sure Jay Leno eats his vegetables is not particularly challenging, as couch segments go. Having David Letterman back his way into an interview by demanding to know what the deal with your dog -- who also happens to be the American President's dog -- is, that makes for an unsettled few minutes of televised chit-chat. Because it's Letterman, it's also screamingly funny, and also a sign that, at this point, the First Lady's schedulers think she's just about the most versatile performer on television. They may be right. [CBS]
Today, in videos that will make you believe a man can fly: Dr. Jarno Smeets, an engineer based in the Netherlands, has finally achieved lift-off with the Human Birdwings -- his name, not ours -- that he's been developing in his lab since December. There's something about self-propelled human flight -- especially when the pilot is outfitted in gear that looks a great deal like a dragon's wings -- that also inspires wonder, envy, and questions like, "Do you think he knows where to land that thing?" [Human Birdwings]