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1. Do you think performance-enhancing drugs are currently ruining baseball? Consider this: In 1970, one major leaguer threw a no-hitter while on acid and Benzedrine. The hilarious animated short Dock Ellis & the LSD No-No was a favorite among VSL readers this month. Take a look at the four-and-a-half-minute film, and you’ll see why. To read the original email, CLICK HERE.

2. Another favorite from December? The hauntingly lovely photo collection Empty L.A. by Matt Logue, who delivers a literal interpretation of his title. Hustling and bustling Los Angeles is rendered creepily devoid of inhabitants, leaving the city stripped bare to its concrete bones. To read the original email, CLICK HERE.

3. Forget (for a moment) about Avatar. We have our very own visual tricks at VSL, thanks to these incredible animated images of old-world Japan, a favorite among readers this month. Using photographs by T. Enami of late 19th- and early 20th-century life in Meji-period Japan, these tricky images offer the illusion of movement and three dimensions, courtesy of photographer Okinawa Soba and Flickr. No special glasses required! To read the original email, CLICK HERE.

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