Celebrities become part of classic masterpieces when magazines are perfectly lined up

September 16, 2014 | No comments

Eisen Bernardo, a Philippines-based graphic designer and illustrator, is carefully superimposing iconic magazine covers onto pieces of classical artwork. He says of his project, Mag + Art

This ongoing project…is my way of giving homage to the magazines – as a venue of human artistic expression and vehicle of popular culture.

The result is a beautifully curated collection of new icons that are equal parts amusing and intriguing…

The Birth of Angelina

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The Ryan of Man; Rihanna’s Mood

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This Black guy stood up to the cops at his door…and got away with it

September 15, 2014 | 3 comments

When two officers arrived at Avel Amarel’s door recently to question him about a crime that happened outside his building, they tried to get him to stop filming and then they tried to come in his house. He shut them down on both counts.

Given the news of late and the tension that is sadly common between many communities and the police employed to protect them, this footage is especially stressful to watch. Fortunately, in this case, the encounter ended harmlessly…but not without showing how hard it can be for some people to stand up for their rights…

1943 letter invites young man to play for the NFL, but he’ll need to bring his own shoes

September 14, 2014 | No comments

In April 1943, a strapping 23-year-old Harold Gutke was invited to play for the New York Giants, or the New York Football Giants, as they were called then. The letter he received acknowledges the likelihood that he would be drafted, but lets him know he can make $150 a game if he’s available.

But he’ll have to provide his own shoes…

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In fact, Mr. Gutke did end up being drafted so he didn’t have the chance to become a football star. After serving in the Navy, he came home, had a family (one of whom would post this letter many years later), and coached high school football and track for 35 years.

Do you know the richest city in your state? There’s a good chance you don’t…

September 11, 2014 | No comments

Most of us can name the largest cities in our state and the capital city, of course, but what about the richest city? Based on the data from the 2008-2012 American Community Survey, here is a map featuring each state’s wealthiest town based on median income…

The West

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The East

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New Yorker in shock answers reporter with chilling understatement after first tower collapsed

September 11, 2014 | No comments

After the first plane flew into the World Trade Center, photojournalist Mark LaGanga was almost immediately on the scene documenting the terror. Of all the awful moments he captured, one of the most chilling is a simple interaction he had with a man walking away in shock from the wreckage moments before the second tower collapsed…

On 9/11 US fighter jets took off on a suicide mission. Meet the pilot willing to give her life…

September 11, 2014 | 2 comments

In September 2001, Heather “Lucky” Penney was a young, inexperienced F-16 pilot with the 121st Fighter Squadron of the D.C. Air National Guard. As the first female pilot in her squadron, it was a dream come true; her father had served as a fighter pilot in Vietnam, so when Congress opened up combat aviation to women, she was the first in line:

I signed up immediately. I wanted to be a fighter pilot like my dad.

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But on that fateful Tuesday morning thirteen years ago, 26-year-old Lt. Penney was called upon to make the greatest sacrifice of her life…bring down United Airlines flight 93, no matter what. Even knowing that the pilot for one of the planes could be her own father, Penney was prepared to take them down —

We had to protect the airspace any way we could.

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The drastic change to Frozen’s original plot that made everyone love the villain

September 10, 2014 | 1 comment

Frozen, Disney’s most successful movie to date, almost didn’t happen. Well, at least not the Frozen we know and love.

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Walt Disney became interested in adapting the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, “The Snow Queen,” in the 1930s — but he was never quite satisfied with it. It was recently revisited, and the resulting movie became a $1 billion hit.

But a new ABC special, ”The Story of Frozen” exposes the one big change that could’ve cost the studio its mega hit.

Elsa was originally the bad guy.

But as Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the movie’s songwriting team, started exploring Elsa’s character in order to write her signature song, they found themselves unable to villify her. Instead they couldn’t help but empathize with her.

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Pendulum wave machine…made with bowling balls

September 8, 2014 | No comments

You have probably seen a pendulum wave machine in motion before, whether in school or online. Here’s a popular demonstration of the classic experiment…

As the folks at Harvard Natural Science describe it

[U]ncoupled simple pendulums of monotonically increasing lengths dance together to produce visual traveling waves, standing waves, beating, and random motion.

It is at once scientifically as well as hypnotically fascinating. And it becomes even more so when the scale is increased to the point that pendulums are swinging bowling balls…

This demonstration is on private land in North Carolina and isn’t available to the public…so if you want to see this in real life, you’ll have to build your own.