Caesar Augustus died two thousand years ago, on August 19, 14 AD. He was Rome’s first emperor, having won a civil war more than 40 years earlier that transformed the dysfunctional Roman Republic into an empire. Under Augustus and his successors, the empire experienced 200 years of relative peace and prosperity. Here are 40 maps […]
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As always, if your airline seat is not comfortable, just get up and walk around! Quote of the Day: “The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.” […]
More than 2.4 million people are behind bars in the United States today. The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously last week to allow nearly 50,000 nonviolent federal drug offenders to seek lower sentences. The decision of the commission retroactively applied an earlier change in sentencing guidelines to now cover roughly half of those serving federal drug sentences. Both the Department […]
Sometimes the big picture is even bigger than the BIG picture! Quote of the Day: ”Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who’ll get the blame.” – Bertrand Russell
Noolkisaruni Tarakuai, Third Wife of a Maasai Chief – 800 Calories Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio, photographers who also happen to be married, traveled around the world and met people from all walks of life. During their time with these people, they asked them to pose for photographs with their daily diets in front of […]
This map comes from Ben Blatt of Slate who has created a map that shows the most commonly spoken language in each state in the U.S. besides English and Spanish.
When Rex applied for the job as pool security guard, he was imagining far more bikinis! Quote of the Day: “I am patient with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it.” – Edith Sitwell
“Don’t make me dig out my claws!” Quote of the Day: “A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.” – Baltasar Gracian
Jazz musician, Sun Ra. Popular culture tends to turn to the fantastical, providing an escape from the harsh realities of life during times of economic and political crisis. However, what is usually represented as Utopian in mainstream science fiction is often culturally European with a story that frequently revolves around a white male character. Even when […]
Where Children Sleep Some kids experience childhood in poverty, lacking food and sanitation, while others are born in countries where basic necessities are taken for granted. Photographer James Mollison came up with the project when he thought about his own childhood bedroom and how it reflected who he was.