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October 15, 2019

As it turns out,  animatronics have a history that’s a story in and of itself, and it unofficially begins in 13th century Europe. Villard De Honnecourt (1225 — 1250) was a French architect who is best known for his sketchbook containing notes and obs...

July 15, 2019

In 1973, anthropologist Justine Cordwell wrote a paper titled “The Very Human Arts of Transformation” in which she explains her theory for why people put such attention on changing their appearance. “Mankind, from earliest times,” she writes, “has pr...

April 15, 2019

She found herself on the ground, with her legs stuck between the fender and the front tire of the motorcycle. She remembers being worried about her hair; the bike was still on and she was afraid that her long braid would end up getting caught in the...

December 28, 2018

First called The Magic Cube and later renamed The Rubik’s Cube, the toy quickly gained momentum. It was discovered by Tom Kremer at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 1979, who understood its potential and convinced Ideal Toy Company to take up its distributi...

October 1, 2018

Now, after years of minimal representation, taxidermy has returned with new practices, a fresh style, and a new bread of taxidermist. A practice called Rogue Taxidermy has emerged, a practice in which artists focus less on recreating an animal’s natu...

October 1, 2018

Interactive murder mystery games have found popularity for many generations, exciting the young and old with spooky, silly, and sometimes historical mysteries. These games go far beyond the board game, Clue, but the classic who dunnit game plays an i...

July 1, 2018

On the night of April 1, 1998, a reception was held in artist Jeff Koon’s Manhattan studio. Musician David Bowie (1947 – 2016) hosted the party to celebrate the launch of the first book from his art-publishing house, 21. The book was Nat Tate: An Ame...

April 1, 2018

And yet, over the course of history, there hasn’t been as much diversity in swimwear as one might assume. Pamela Anderson’s red one-piece wasn’t much different from the one Farrah Fawcett (1947 – 2009) wore some fifteen years prior in the iconic 1976...

December 31, 2017

City murals beautify metropolitan areas, tell community stories, and even encourage city growth. From densely populated urban areas to long stretches of highway, this art form can be a pleasant escape from bare landscapes and plain concrete walls. Bu...

October 1, 2017

Turns out the root of the wedding cake is quite interesting; a tale lined with history, love, and fondant. And, like many cakes today, it’s also filled with delicious surprises, the first being that the wedding cake stems from a tradition of serving,...

July 1, 2017

Almost anyone can admit there’s something about dances like the tango, rumba, paso doble, salsa, bachata, and kizomba that bring heat. The constant contact between partners, quick movements and intense looks are powerful, and super sensual. These dan...

March 31, 2017

I’ve come to understand Watson’s stand on the corset matter as a lot more than just a rebellion against uncomfortable fashion. In fact, the buzz surrounding the corset (or lack there of) surfaced around the time as other intriguing stories about the...

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