The world’s art treasures have proved irresistible to marauders ever since antiquity, when intrepid grave robbers burrowed into royal tombs to loot jewels, statuary and, well, lutes. Whether they are motivated by greed, national pride or the sheer challenge of pulling off near-impossible heists, art thieves continue to thwart highly sophisticated security systems to perpetrate some of the more fascinating crimes of our time.
Janelle Monáe and Pharrell on what afropunk means to them.
The Bronx Zoo’s snow leopard cubs have made their public debut, and—surprise!—they’re adorable.
Sasha and Malia are probably having a field day with this video.
"The recurrence of August 21st art heists, like that of pop musicians dying at the age of 27, could be mere coincidence—or it could be evidence of a shady conspiracy. Could there be an underground cult of Peruggia worshippers who, every few decades, executes a brazen raid in broad daylight, each one marking the anniversary of, and in some way paying tribute to, Peruggia’s audacious Mona Lisa caper? Was Peruggia’s own crime a tribute to a still earlier August 21st heist from antiquity? Or have I just been reading too much Dan Brown…?"
History seems to suggest that there’s something about today’s date that inspires art theft.
Fashion and etiquette converge in sartorial rules, dictates about the appropriateness of attire for various social and seasonal situations. Emily Post addressed the importance of clothes and railed against the dangers of trends—“Rather be frumpy than vulgar!”—in her seminal 1922 book Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics and at Home. Post’s guide is a touchstone for our examination of dress codes and their evolution in the United States.
"Paradise Lost is an epic poem in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton (1608–1674). The first version, published in 1667, consisted of ten books with over ten thousand lines of verse. A second edition followed in 1674, arranged into twelve books (in the manner of Virgil’s Aeneid) with minor revisions throughout and a note on the versification. It is considered by critics to be Milton’s major work, and helped solidify his reputation as one of the greatest English poets of his time."
Today in 1667 John Milton published “Paradise Lost,” an epic poem about the fall of Adam and Eve, and exactly 191 years later, in 1858, Charles Darwin published his first thoughts on evolution, a study of everything that happened thereafter.
"With two out of every three Americans overweight or obese, it’s all hands on deck—scientists are studying how excess fat changes physical and mental health, demographers are calculating how it’s shortening life spans, and economists are debating the impact it has on America’s productivity and global competitiveness. But how weight affects intimacy and sexuality is barely discussed.Yet it’s a question of high importance for the tens of millions of Americans who are overweight or obese and having difficulty sexually and romantically. It is changing and complicating the mating game and married life alike; stunting the ability of young people to find happiness; and tipping some heavy, but otherwise happy, couples into divorce. For many, a larger body has meant a more troubled mind: a decline in sexual quality, an increase in self-loathing, and a tendency to let these factors stand in the way of love.In "XL Love, "Varney travels the country and tells the personal stories of men and women who are experiencing what millions of others feel every day, along with the stories of those who are in the business of helping them: physicians, researchers, scientists, psychologists, sociologists, and more. Analytic and immersive, personal and eye-opening, "XL Love "tackles the question: How is sex changing in America as the shape of Americans changes?"
A sociological examination of love in the time of obesity.