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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. Today: Famous fictional mafiosos explain private equity, another look at day one of the Romney presidency, and the filming locations of Hoosiers, revisited.

This almost works: Tony Soprano and Henry Hill explain how private equity works. The language is atrocious and it kind of doesn't make sense—angel investors generally aren't involved enough in the day-to-day operations of their companies to demand payment immediately after a fire, for example—but still, decent effort, Huffington Post [The Huffington Post]


Future former SNL cast member Andy Samberg spoke at Harvard's 2012 Class Day, which is kind of like graduation or commencement, but for Harvard. There were Good Will Hunting jokes, of course. [HARVARD]

A boy in New Jersey briefly relived all our adolescent dreams by going for a ride in a washing machine. His mother shockingly was not amused, and went on The Today Show to debunk the notion that she is America's coolest mom. [Today]

Day one of the hypothetical Romney presidency was just too big for one ad, so the campaign has gone back to the well a second time, and the result is a combination of The Empire Strikes Back and Godfather II, but with more standing up to China. Still unclear: when President Romney will find the time to get extra keys made. [via Real Clear Politics]

This one, this one we really, truly like: it's a look at how life has and has not changed in the places filming locations for Hoosiers. Four silly videos before every compelling one. Three silly videos before every compelling one. [via @MrTonySays]

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