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Masters of Photography with Their Most Famous Images

For every famous photograph, there is a photographer unseen behind the camera. Tim Mantoani puts<p>For every famous photograph, there is a photographer unseen behind the camera. Tim Mantoani puts 150 of these incredible artists in front of the camera in his new book <i>Behind Photographs: Archiving</i> …

Photography

42 Visions For Tomorrow From The Golden Age of Futurism

It's 2015. But sometimes it feels like our futuristic dreams are stuck in the 1950s and 60s. And there's actually a good reason for that.<p>The period …

Science Denialism Has Consequences

When I was kid, there was this commercial that became a 1970s version of a meme. In it, Mother Nature is seen in a forest with a gathering of animals telling fairytales about Goldilocks eating porridge covered with sweet butter. When informed that her porridge is, in fact, slathered in Chiffon …

Public Health

What the International Response to the Civil Rights Movement Tells Us About Ferguson

Images of armed soldiers blocking nine African-American high school students from integrating a public high school in Little Rock, Ark. shocked the …

Carl Sagan’s Undergrad Reading List: 40 Essential Texts for a Well-Rounded Thinker

Earlier this year, we brought you Neil de Grasse Tyson's List of 8 (Free) Books Every Intelligent Person Should Read. The list generated a lot of …

7 Hat Legends, Fact Checked

<b>This story originally appeared in the December 2014 issue of mental_floss magazine. Subscribe to our print edition here, and our iPad edition …

Spy messages could finally solve mystery of UN chief’s death crash

US urged to hand over intercepts to establish truth of 1961 plane accident in Zambia in which Dag Hammarskjöld died<p>For more than half a century, the circumstances of the tragic death of Dag Hammarskjöld have been shrouded in mystery.<p>That the former UN secretary-general died in a plane crash while …

The Most Infamous Graffiti Artists Of 1970s New York City

In the crime-ridden New York of the ’70s, trains were wild canvases. Here, the work of 12 graffiti kings and their stories.<p>In 2014, New York City’s subway cars look mostly homogenous, with exteriors of blank steel and interiors decorated with the smiling faces of Venmo Lucas and Dr. Zizmor. But in …

No spoilers: meet the film critic who's never watched a single film

He reviews dozens of films but hasn’t seen any of them. Tommy Edison, aka the Blind Film Critic, talks American Hustle, audio description and the joys of ‘watching’ his first silent movie<p>The next time you’re watching a big budget action movie – a superhero spectacle, perhaps, or a Michael …

Music: new talent for 2015

Sex, cinema and secrets: early exposure at the arthouse

Raised by 70s bohemian parents, Erin Cressida Wilson drew on a young education in erotica for her first script, Secretary. Ahead of the release of tech-and-sex drama Men, Women and Children, she looks back at those first glimpses from the back row<p>Growing up in 1970s San Francisco I was often …

Marked Up Photographs Show How Iconic Prints Were Edited in the Darkroom

Want to see what kind of work goes into turning a masterful photograph into an iconic print? Pablo Inirio, the master darkroom printer who works at …

Photographer Captures 24 Sunsets in 8 Hours, Chases the Sun Around the Globe for Citizen

Photographer Simon Roberts and ex-NATO pilot Jonathan Nicol were recently given an incredible task to perform: they were asked to steal a night back …

'Don't play with your food' obviously doesn't apply to sushi

All about my mother: ‘It’s amazing what the living expect of the dying. We expect wisdom, insight, bursts of clarity’

For much of my life, there was something about my mother I felt almost allergic to. Yet, as she approached death, for the first time I found I didn’t merely love her, I actually liked her • Meghan Daum: ‘I don’t confess in my work – that implies guilt’<p>People who weren’t there like to say that my …

'Serial': the new podcast that's already a cult phenomenon

Never has a podcast collected a loyal cult following in such a short amount of time like <i>Serial</i>.<p>The nonfiction series, which unravels a story …

50,000 Norman Rockwell Photographs Now Digitized and Available Online

<i>Reference photo for Norman Rockwell’s portrait of Robert F. Kennedy, c. 1968. Courtesy of the Norman Rockwell Museum Collections</i>.<p>Whatever you think …

The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine

Reflecting on the ritualization of creativity, Bukowski famously scoffed that “air and light and time and space have nothing to do with.” Samuel Johnson similarly contended that “a man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it.” And yet some of history’s most successful and …

Mental Health . . . A Photographer’s Perspective (this isn’t going to be easy)

As photographers, writers, illustrators, actors, musicians… As creatives, we create the world that we exist in, we create the world that the rest of …

How Thousands Of Nazis Were 'Rewarded' With Life In The U.S.

In the early '70s, New York Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman received a confidential tip that American immigration authorities knew of dozens of former Nazis — some implicated in serious war crimes — who were living in the U.S.<p>Holtzman looked into it and discovered that it was true, and that the formerly …

100+ Clever Street Art Works in New Book by Oak Oak

French street artist Oak Oak has just released a new book that has more than 100 images of his creative and clever works. From Bruce Lee kicking some concrete to a tightrope walker about to cross a chain, each piece is a hilarious take on an ordinary object. Here's the intro to the book.<p>“Oak Oak is …

Artworks

Incredible surreal images of Earth's landscapes

The sad, twisted truth about conservative Christianity’s effect on the mind

Some religious beliefs may alter brain function, making us more prone to anxiety and depression<p>“<i>I am 30 years old and I am struggling to find sanity. Between the Christian schools, homeschooling, the Christian group home (indoctrinating work camp) and different churches in different cities, I am a</i> …

Chuck Palahniuk: ‘I’m fascinated by low fiction that disgusts the reader or makes them sexually aroused'

<b>My father was murdered 15 years ago.</b> [He was shot by his partner’s ex-boyfriend]. I used to say something profound and sensitive when asked about it, but it’s more muddy now. Today I feel a huge amount of sympathy for my dad, because I am turning into him.<p><b>There hasn’t been an edgy book,</b> like</i> …

If Star Wars was part of everyday life

Photographs from 1969 of America's War on Drugs

With Colorado legalizing recreational Marijuana this year, we take a look back at the October 1969, LIFE cover story titled, "MARIJUANA: At Least 12 …

U.S. Holocaust Museum displays graphic photographs of Syrian victims

The<p>U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museumin Washington is displaying a series of graphic images that it believes were taken by a Syrian military photographer assigned to take pictures of the corpses of those who died at the hands of the Syrian government.<p>Officials at the museum said that the photos went on …

Middle East

Striking Collages Replace Guns from Vintage Photos with Life-Size Flowers

A French creative who goes by the name Mister Blick fuses vintage black and white photographs with colorful illustrations of flowers. The monochromatic pictures depict men at war, and we see them among the trenches and fighter jets. But, instead of guns in their hands, Blick has seamlessly replaced …

Vintage