Image manipulation site Worth1000.com’s latest Photoshop contest called on entrants to insert celebrities into works of Renaissance art(yes, some of the entrants applied a liberal interpretation to Renaissance—many of the paintings spill out of that time period).
“You, hear me! Give this fire to that old man. Pull the black worm off the bark and give it to the mother. And no spitting in the ashes!”
Recognize these photos? If you’ve seen Star Wars, you probably do.
This the abandoned set of Tatooine, Luke Skywalker’s home planet. A photographer accidentally stumbled upon the set, which sits in Tunisia. It sits in perfect stillness, at the crest of the Sahara Desert, eaten away by dust and sand.
“Hygge” (Danish): Comfort and coziness. The feeling of enjoying food and drink with friends and family.
Infographic: 19 emotions for which English has no words
- Charles Dickens was a proponent of strict routine—and walking. He worked from 9.a.m. to 2.p.m, without fail, and needed complete silence. At 2.p.m. he would go for a 3-hour walk and returned, the book notes, bursting with energy and ideas.
- Maya Angelou likes writing in hotel rooms. She talks about checking into her sparse hotel room and working from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., accompanied by a dictionary, a Bible and a bottle of sherry.
The PBS special 10 Buildings that Changed America, which premieres May 12, explains the origins of some of the country’s most influential building styles.
“A lot of people ask me whether I expect these emoticons to be around in 50 years,” Fahlman says. “I’m amazed that they are around now. Smileys only make sense in an ASCII world. They resulted from ASCII’s limitations.”
30 Years on and the emoticon is still going strong.
The Miraculous, Magical, Magnificent History Of Beer
Given the happenings in Egypt, perhaps young people or people who are simply less familiar can now better imagine what happened in China in 1989. Protesters that spring occupied Tiananmen Square not just for a few days but for six weeks, shutting down the capitol city and paralyzing the government. Tiananmen Square is big enough to accommodate a million people at one time, and on many occasions that spring, it was brimming. Protesters fought off pro-government thugs and lit barricades of fire on all access routes surrounding the square, as the army stood back and watched for weeks. People poured into Beijing by train from surrounding regions to take part in the combustion. In the ragtag tent city, young people wrote tear-soaked vows in black ink on white silk, to give their lives to revolution. I was only 17 and I could barely grasp what was happening but I knew I wanted in some way to be a revolutionary. It made my blood boil with the intoxicating promise of freedom.