Astronaut Neil Armstrong smiles inside the Lunar Module July 20, 1969.
July 18, 2020
Half a century ago, on July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts took off for the moon. Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, and Michael Collins arrived four days later to a place no human being had ever been before.
Every day we encounter thousands of signs and symbols. We actually use some of them to express our strongest feelings when we can’t find the right words. But have you ever wondered about those symbols’ origins? And are we using them in the correct manner?
Since the 1950s there has been an intellectual vogue in running down the Rev. Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993), whose post-war bestseller “The Power of Positive Thinking” made him the official smiley face of positive-mind spirituality.
There are those who would have you believe that being lucky is just a matter of chance. Those people have clearly never wanted to be Jedi Masters. And, well, it turns out you can come pretty close to being one.
The London residence of Britain’s sovereigns since 1837 and today the working headquarters of the monarchy, Buckingham Palace is one of Britain’s most popular tourist attractions. Here we look back at seven notable moments in the palace’s near 180-year history…
There’s a stunning website dedicated to Hieronymus Bosch’s “Garden of Earthly Delights,” one of the great (and enduringly popular) treasures of “Early Netherlandish” art. If you should check it out, you’ll be treated to a high-res image of the painting, Dolby-esque sound effects like snarling animals and lapping water, and an erudite series of audio clips explaining certain aspects of the painting, which you can take in sequence (as a tour) or investigate after your own fashion.
An inventor and entrepreneur who brought us legions of wonderfully gimmicky toys before he died, at 77, in 2003, von Braunhut holds forth about times gone by, interrupted only when his cockatoo chews at the wire connecting his hearing aid to the telephone.
We tend to hold history's inventors in high esteem, praising their achievements as the fruit of ingenuity, insight, and painstaking research. But, as Robert Hume reveals, many products through history were stumbled upon merely by chance…
A statuette from the John Huston–Humphrey Bogart classic The Maltese Falcon is one of the most recognizable, and sought-after, pieces of movie memorabilia in history. In fact, Steve Wynn paid $4.1 million for it. But was it the genuine article? Bryan Burrough tracks down a flock of Falcons, with links to both Leonardo DiCaprio and a famous Hollywood unsolved murder.
In 2019 I read over 120 books. While I did learn a lot, I did not get anywhere near the amount of wisdom I should of from the 500+ hours of reading I did. I have grown and learned MUCH more in 2020 by ignoring books and doing these things instead.