While specific events in history have played a major part in the disappearance of many classical works of art, literature and music (the burning of the Library at Alexandria, for instance), sometimes these things are lost to time, poor preservation or deliberate destruction. And sometimes, they show up in unexpected places or under interesting circumstances, like these six.
1. The Royal House of Savoy
Alexandre Dumas, like many authors, was sometimes pressed to write something quickly for money. This... READ ON
Everyone knows that sleeping well, exercise and playing sudoku can keep your brain in shape. But there are lots of ways you can flex your cerebral cortex, and these ten are pretty easy.
1. Chase the rainbow. Eating foods with naturally high color intensity (an indication of high antioxidant content) can inhibit the progression of age-related cognitive disorders in addition to lowering blood sugar, which also improves brain function. Common recommendations include blueberries, cranberries, red wine, and... READ ON
Today is Hans Christian Andersen's birthday; in his honor, IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) has organized International Children's Book Day to celebrate childhood reading and note the importance of children's books and literacy. By now we all know that Madonna has her own children's book series, but here are ten more celebrity authors you may not have known about:
1. John Travolta's book, Propeller One-Way Night Coach: a Fable for All Ages was written for Travolta's late son,... READ ON
Twice a year the Sun sits vertically above the Equator, giving us nearly equal day and night everywhere on the planet. Here are ten ways to celebrate with your (roughly) 12 hours of daylight.... READ ON
Today marks the 235th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, but this list has nothing to do with that event. Where I come from, tea comes one way: sweet and iced. It serves primarily as a substitute for water (get eight glasses a day!). But there's more to tea than that. I've assembled a list of ten alternative uses for tea—none of which include sugaring it up and drinking it by the gallon.
1. Make new things look old
Matcha green tea has been used to dye fabrics in China, Korea and Japan... READ ON
While our modern beauty regimens certainly don't lack weird ingredients, by tradition our good looks have often been achieved at the cost of good taste and health. What deadly and disgusting things have people used to stay young and pretty? Here are a few of the truly disturbing used throughout history.
1. Bathing in Crocodile... READ ON
Since ancient times, humans have combined strange ingredients to create personal care products. Today, the ingredients are only slightly less bizarre. Here are nine weird items you may not have known about.
1. Sodium Chloride (Table Salt)
Good old table salt is a common ingredient in shampoo, facial cleanser, body wash, bubble bath, and anything else that foams. These products are made using specific combinations of surface-active agents (surfactants), which usually require salt to reach a usable... READ ON