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Earlier this week, Kara Spak shared five fun facts you may not have known about Seth MacFarlane.

A sixth she might have included: the Lincoln assassination is funny to him.

Check out the clip of him cracking wise in a joke that landed with a thud.

Of course, as Lori Rackl points out, MacFarlane was mostly mediocre in a meandering Academy Awards telecast. So maybe a memorable thud was better than meh.

WASHINGTON -- When President Obama takes his symbolic oath of office today, the 57th presidential inauguration, he'll do so on two bibles, each of historical significance.

One belongs to Martin Luther King Jr., the other to Abraham Lincoln, a symbolic testament to the struggles for equality in the nation honoring the emancipation of slaves and King's fight for equal rights for African Americans.

On March 4, 1865, African Americans took part in the Inaugural parade for the first time in history. That was as part of Abraham Lincoln's Twentieth Inaugural Ceremonies.

It was 50 years ago that King delivered his historic "I have a dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial. Today is also the federal holiday honoring the assassinated civil rights leader.


Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME / Original image by Alexander Gardner / Library of Congress

Abraham Lincoln is enjoying a renaissance these days. While he was often cited as an inspiration for President Barack Obama during his first campaign, specifically Doris Kearns Goodwin's book Team of Rivals, he's now getting even more interest as that book has been adapted into a movie. Starring Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis, the Steven Spielberg-directed Lincoln opens nationwide next week. So it goes to follow there are a lot of think pieces out there on the former president, including one in TIME. But there's something else fascinating going on with TIME's piece: specifically, Abe Lincoln in full color.


Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway / Original image from the Library of Congress

The magazine commissioned Sanna Dullaway to work some digital magic on photos of Lincoln for their feature, giving them vibrant color as if they were taken yesterday and not 150 years ago. Dullaway's done this before and TIME gave us a peek behind the process.

In each of these renderings, Dullaway's use of color is subtle and sophisticated--yielding images that maintain the photographic integrity of their originals, while presenting a look at how these photographs may have come out had color photography existed at the time. That nuanced ability to handle color runs in the family; Dullaway's father is painter.

The images take anywhere from 40 minutes to three hours to produce, and for the young artist, it's a way of bringing a contemporary perspective to older works. "History has always been black and white to me, from the World War I soldiers to the 1800s, when ladies wore grand but colorless dresses," Dullaway says. "By colorizing, I watch the photos come alive, and suddenly the people feel more real and history becomes more tangible."

This kind of approach isn't new, though, as another project by Bryan Eaton whose Color of Lincoln project has done similar colorizing of Lincoln photos over the last several years.