From iconic museums to a bed and breakfast shaped like a dog, Mental Floss trivia master John Green welcomes us to the salon to school us on some truly strange and wonderful structures worth visiting around the globe. Also, we just love to say the word “googie.”
Over the years, people have used colorful pigments which promised health benefits, beauty, or artistic merit, but ended up being killers. J. V. Maranto explores some of the nastiest colors in this TED-Ed short. Yes, people used to cover themselves with lead paint.
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Did you know that The Great Wave‘s focus is arguably not the wave but Mt. Fuji, since it’s part of a series of paintings about the mountain? Or that there’s a boat at the bottom of the painting? Seriously, we missed that one big time. More on The Art Assignment’s video.
Vox tracks the origins of the graduation score, also known as Pomp & Circumstance (and Randy Savage’s entrance music). Originally called Land of Hope and Glory, it was composed in 1901 and had lyrics extolling the (oppressive) greatness of the British Empire.
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(PG-13: Language) It’s the Cambrian Explosion! After schooling us on the evolution of Japan, historicomedian Bill Wurtz is back with an even more ambitious history lesson – as he attempts to rapidly explain how our whole planet – and all life on it – got from there to here.
They sound cute and cuddly, but the white dwarfs that Kurzgesagt is talking about here will be the last bastions of light and energy in the universe as our universe eventually expires. These highly dense objects are basically the remnants of stars after they burn out.
Wonder Woman and her insignia are often adopted by people fighting for recognition and equality. And for good reason. Kaptainkristian traced the origins of the superhero to remind us that Diana Prince was born from a progressive and optimistic (albeit egotistical) mind.
Volcanoes and lightning working together? No thanks. Mental Floss‘ John Green returns to the salon to share some interesting and unusual tidbits about the fury and mystery of nature’s fiery earthmaking engines. Also, they really should think about renaming Iceland “Fire and Iceland.”