Subway Snaps

New York-based video journalist Rebecca Davis swapped out her work camera for her iPhone on the subway, taking over 3,000 candid photos of fellow passengers in 2012 alone. She calls the series “Commuters.”

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After announcing a decision to cut costs by eliminating Saturday mail delivery services, the U.S. Postal Service is taking a foray into high-end fashion with a line of “smart apparel” and accessories for men. The “Rain Heat & Snow” brand will operate a storefront in New York City’s Garment District, where they will have no excuse for closing due to inclement weather.

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The human body is a work of art: Y/N? If you answered yes, of course yes, then Austria has the museum exhibit for you.

Marcel Proust looks like he plays a mean air guitar. Serena Williams seems more of the strumming your pain with her fingers type.

Henry Grossman spent four years and 6,500 frames documenting the rise of the Beatles, but most of his photos were never published.

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This list of 10 fictional characters based on real people might surprise you.

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For anyone waxing nostalgic about Hostess Twinkies already, Gone But Not Forgotten Groceries will really help you wallow in your old-school snack memories. Remember Crystal Pepsi?

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According to this rundown of Oscar speech thank-yous since 1971 by the numbers, Academy Award winners are most thankful for their wives, mothers, America, and Harvey Weinstein.

If March 15 Is the Ides of March, What Does That Make March 16?

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Everyone knows that the soothsayer in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar was talking about March 15 when he warned the Roman emperor to "beware the Ides of March." We also all know Caesar's response: "Nah, I gotta head into the office that day." But if March 15 is the Ides of March, what does that make March 16?

At the time of Caesar's assassination, Romans were using the Julian calendar (introduced by Julius Caesar himself). This was a modified version of the original Roman calendar, and it is very similar to the one we use today (which is called the Gregorian calendar). A major difference, however, was how Romans talked about the days.

Each month had three important dates: the Kalends (first day of the month), the Ides (the middle of the month), and the Nones (ninth day before the Ides, which corresponded with the first phase of the Moon). Instead of counting up (i.e., March 10, March 11, March 12), Romans kept track by counting backwards and inclusively from the Kalends, Ides, or Nones. March 10 was the sixth day before the Ides of March, March 11 was the fifth day before the Ides of March, and so on.

Because it came after the Ides, March 16 would’ve been referred to in the context of April: "The 17th day before the Kalends of April." The abbreviated form of this was a.d. XVII Kal. Apr., with "a.d." standing for ante diem, meaning roughly "the day before."

So, had Julius Caesar been murdered on March 16, the soothsayer's ominous warning would have been, "Beware the 17th day before the Kalends of April." Doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

This story first ran in 2016.

Show Houseguests Who's in Charge With This Game of Thrones Doormat

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ThinkGeek

If you’re prone to houseguests who shed crumbs on your sofa and use all the toilet paper without replacing it, it might be time to demand a little respect. This Game of Thrones doormat from the merchants at ThinkGeek offers some guidance. Emblazoned on the mat is an order to “bend the knee” before entering your home.

A doormat from the HBO series 'Game of Thrones' is pictured
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The 17-inch long by 29-inch wide mat arrives in time for the eighth and final season of the popular HBO series, which is set to debut April 14. Chronicling the lives of disparate characters vying for control of the Iron Throne, the show has often depicted Daenerys Targaryen, also known as the Mother of Dragons and played by Emilia Clarke, ordering subjects to “bend the knee” before addressing her. In season seven, King in the North Jon Snow famously refused to do so before eventually capitulating. Had she laid out the doormat, it’s possible he wouldn’t have taken as long.

The mat retails for $24.99 and can be purchased online here.

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