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10 Facts About Camarasaurus

2 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

Mario modesto, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 3.0 If you’re reading this, odds are you already know all about last week’s big Brontosaurus story. The dino’s famous name had been deemed scientifically illegitimate since 1903, back when Teddy Roosevelt still lived on Pennsylvania Avenue and the World Series was a brand-new spectacle. Show More Summary

This Spider Knows its Opponent’s Weaknesses

4 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

Philipe de Liz Pereira, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 3.0 You wouldn’t know it, being thousands of times their size and easily able to squish them under foot, but harvestmen, a.k.a. daddy longlegs, are built like tanks. Their hard exteriors...Show More Summary

Fall of the South: “Now He Belongs to the Ages”

4 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

Wikimedia Commons  We're covering the final days of the Civil War exactly 150 years later. This is the ninth installment of the series.  April 14-15, 1865: “Now He Belongs to the Ages”  Arguably the most famous murder in history, the...Show More Summary

7 Incredible Hoards Discovered in the Past 7 Years

5 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

Wikimedia Commons // CC BY 2.0 For thousands of years, people have buried their treasures to keep them safe from authorities and marauders or as offerings to the gods. Every now and then, someone is lucky enough to find one of these long-lost hoards. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Sargent’s Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose

Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose; John Singer Sargent Link is to a zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable, high-resolution file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Tate, Britain. One of my favorite paintings by Sargent (which is to say, one of my favorite paintings by anyone), this is something of an elaborately constructed fantasy […]

12 Things You Didn't Know About 'The Thinker'

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dalbera, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY 2.0 Few sculptures are as iconic as Auguste Rodin's The Thinker. Even if you think you know all there is to this contemplative carving, we'd wager there are some surprises on this list.  1. The Thinker is...Show More Summary

Fall of the South: Lee Surrenders

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Rememberinglincoln, Wikimedia Commons For the next few weeks, we'll be covering the final days of the Civil War exactly 150 years later. This is the eighth installment of the series.  April 9, 1865: Lee Surrenders  The Union breakthrough...Show More Summary

5 Awesome (and Occasionally Terrifying) Marine Worms

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Jenny via Wikimedia Commons // CC BY 2.0 When most of us think of worms, we think of the earthworm; and though there are many species of the dirt-dwelling creatures, most look pretty similar, says Dr. Mark Siddall, Curator of the Division of Invertebrate Zoology at the American Museum of Natural History. Show More Summary

“Courting” Dinosaurs Found in Mongolia?

last weekHumor / odd : mental_floss

iStock (hearts) / Wikimedia Commons (dinosaur) // CC BY 3.0 Stop the presses! A prehistoric power couple might have just been exposed. Fourteen years ago, paleontologists dug up the remains of two Mongolian dinosaurs who apparently died together some 75 million years BCE. Show More Summary

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Found Guilty of All Counts, Including 17 Carrying Possible Death Penalty

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Wikimedia Commons / Voice of America The verdict is in at the Boston bombing trial, leaving the jury to deliberate over whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should receive the death penalty or a life sentence for his role in the April 15, 2013,...Show More Summary

NASA Chief Predicts Evidence of Aliens by 2025

Photo by Lewis Francis via Wikimedia Commons At a panel discussion yesterday, NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan predicted that humans would discover evidence of alien life by 2025. According to the NASA website, Tuesday’s hour-long event...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Portrait of a Married Couple in the Park, Gonzales Coques

Portrait of a Married Couple in the Park, Gonzales Coques (attributed to) Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Staatliche Museum, Berlin. The portrait of the man has considerably more force and presence than that of the woman, leading me to think that it […]

Brontosaurus Might Exist After All

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Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain Tyrannosaurus. Triceratops. Velociraptor. Though dinosaurs remain popular as ever, the general public knows very few genera by name. And, for many years, one of the most famous dino names ever coined has been considered invalid. Show More Summary

pintoras: Mary Shepard Greene Bluemenschein (American, 1869 –...

pintoras: Mary Shepard Greene Bluemenschein (American, 1869 – 1958): The Princess and the Frog (1909) (via Wikimedia Commons)

4 Types of Stones That Could Be Inside Your Body

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Gerhard Elsner, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 3.0 1. Bezoars In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Professor Severus Snape explained that “A bezoar is a stone taken from the stomach of a goat, and it will save you from most poisons.” Ludicrous as it sounds, Snape wasn’t entirely wrong. Show More Summary

Birding Clay CoHrunty

Lark sparrow courtesy of US National Park Servicevia Wikimedia Commons The North Texas Bird and Wildlife Club held a field trip to one of its member's property on Saturday, April 4. Seven members took advantage of the opportunity to walk through Jenny Bechtold's property in Clay County. Show More Summary

Video Interlude: New TED Talk Explains How the Media Influences Architects

Metropol Parasol in Seville, Spain. Photo via Wikimedia Commons New York architect and Architizer co-founder Marc Kushner's new TED talk, "Why the buildings of the future will be shaped by … you," is essentially a crash course on th...

Rembrandt’s Christ and St Mary Magdalen at the Tomb

Christ and St Mary Magdalen at the Tomb, Rembrandt van Rijn The link is to a zoomable version on Google Art Project; there is a downloadable version of the file on Wikimedia Commons; the original is in the Royal Collection Trust, London, which also has a zooming feature. In the story of Mary Magdalene arriving […]

10 Telltale Signs Your Hotel is a DISASTER

(Wikimedia Commons) Staying in a hotel is supposed to be a treat, not a waking nightmare of unanswered complaints and shabby surroundings. These 10 signs are early warnings that you may have checked into Hotel Hell. Notice one or more...Show More Summary

10 Fun Facts About Corythosaurus

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

Daderot via Wikimedia Commons // CC0 You might not have known this week’s dino by name, but there’s a good chance you’ve seen it before. From Philly to Ontario to western Kansas, Corythosaurus appears in dozens of museums across North America. Show More Summary

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