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: Mad Men comes back from the dead, Ann Romney says Mitt Romney is a regular, excitable guy, and everyone at ABC is very happy for Matt Lauer.
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Mad Men has been back on the air for several weeks now -- two to be exact -- but the "Welcome back, Mad Men!" viral videos are still coming fast and furious. The latest one to grab our attention mashes Matthew Weiner's ad man drama up with The Walking Dead, the other, much more zombie-heavy AMC show that's emerged as a niche hit. We've had our fill of Mad Men parodies in recent weeks, but this one has the presence of mind to incorporate a parody of the show's falling man title sequence, which is absolutely essential these days if you want your Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce pastiche to stand out. And this one does. [via Geekosystem]
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Ann Romney has made a very good, very humanizing ad for her husband. Seriously. It makes him seem fun-loving and rambunctious, in a George H.W. Bush horseshoe-throwing kind of way, Unfortunately, she also reveals that the former Massachusetts governor is a wee bit skittish, particularly when his children used to ambush him on his way home from work. Understandable. We are also wary of post-work ambushes. But we're not running for president. [MittRomney]
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Matt Lauer: not leaving Today. Good news for Today, not terrific news for Good Morning America, if history is any indicator. That didn't stop the entire gang on ABC's morning show from congratulating Lauer on his big new deal. Even Katie Couric got in the act, sending her best wishes to "my old partner in crime," which is only fitting, because everyone knows Katie Couric and Matt Lauer had a hand in the Lufthansa heist. [ABC]
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If you're going to be out and about, running, on this fine April weekend, you might want to check this nifty CPR tutorial from the organizers of the Boston Marathon. It's short, informative, punchy, and features some very heavy New England accents. Also, it will teach how you to CPR without breaking someone's ribs. Win-win. [The Boston Marathon]
Are you thinking about going to business school? Don't do it! Or so says TV Guide executive vice president Christy Tanner. She makes a salient point -- namely, that business school is really, really expensive -- to which we would like to add, do you really want to sit in a lecture hall again? Especially a cramped one, with those little desks that fold down and you have to hunch over if you're tall or just happen to enjoy a good hunch? And don't even get us started on those lefty desks. Those are bad news. Always have been. [Fast Company]
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