Weekend Links: Everyone is Beautiful

In the latest social experiment from the Dove Real Beauty team, women were asked to describe their own facial features to a forensic artist as he drew them. A stranger was then called in to provide a second, more objective account of the woman’s appearance, and those drawings came out drastically different. The women then viewed the two sketches of themselves side-by-side, and their reactions were unsurprisingly emotional.

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Live fast, die young: the saying holds true if you’re famous and successful, as a recent study found that successful people who were also famous, e.g. athletes and artists, tend to die sooner than their successful but less well-known counterparts in business or politics.

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The rich and famous might not just want to watch their health, but their wallets as well: these five historical spendthrifts could make anyone think twice about how much they really need that 3001st pair of shoes.

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TIME just released its 2013 list of 100 Most Influential People. This year’s covers feature rapper and record producer Jay-Z, actress and charming interviewee Jennifer Lawrence, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, and entrepreneur Elon Musk.

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The American Library Association’s list of Most Frequently Challenged Books in 2012 includes Fifty Shades of Grey, but the erotic novel was beaten out for top billing by three works of children’s literature, including the Captain Underpants series in the number one spot. So…what are kids reading these days?

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It might be a little late to pack up and take a road trip this weekend, but with this warm weather, it could be a good time to start planning a few mini-vacations to the 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013.

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How British is your English? If you’re anything like me, you’ve been speaking like the Queen for years and never realized it. Cheeky, innit?

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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