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This Infographic Lists 128 Words You Can Use Instead of “Very”

Our English teachers told us to avoid the word “very” because it’s weak and vague. They were right, and many times, we use “very” as a modifier for a …

Software Used by Hayao Miyazaki’s Animation Studio Is Now Officially Ready to Download

FYI: Early last week, Colin Marshall gave you a heads up that Studio Ghibli, the animation studio behind Hayao Miyazaki’s <i>My Neighbor Totoro</i>, <i>Princess</i> …

Architecture
Urbanism

Beautiful, Color Photographs of Paris Taken 100 Years Ago—at the Beginning of World War I & the End of La Belle Époque

It may well be that the major pivot points of history are only visible to those around the bend. For those of us immersed in the present—for all of …

Franz Kafka Says the Insect in The Metamorphosis Should Never Be Drawn; Vladimir Nabokov Draws It Anyway

If you’ve read Franz Kafka’s <i>The Metamorphosis</i> in English, it’s likely that your translation referred to the transformed Gregor Samsa as a …

50 Brilliant Science Fiction Movies That Everyone Should See At Least Once

Science fiction has rocked cinemas for a century, and the genre has produced many undisputed classics during that time. But which movies are …

Science Fiction

The Essence of Hayao Miyazaki Films: A Short Documentary About the Humanity at the Heart of His Animation

Filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki detests being referred to as the Japanese Walt Disney. The great animator and storyteller admires the gorgeous animation of …

Terry Gilliam’s Lost Animations from Monty Python and the Holy Grail Are Now Online

This year marks the 40th anniversary of <i>Monty Python and the Holy Grail</i> and as the group has always been upfront about shamelessly milking their fans …

Comedy

You can now get half an MIT master’s degree almost for free, and without ever going to MIT

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is one of many elite US universities jumping on the bandwagon of free online education. The institution’s latest move even goes a step further, allowing students to take free online coursework that counts as credit toward a degree.<p>MIT’s pilot program, …

Online Education

100 Skills Every Man Should Know | The Art of Manliness

It’s been fodder for many a heated debate among men for centuries.<p>What skills should every man know?<p>A vast amount of ink and e-ink has been spilled …

Bullying

I'm convinced: Renoir really did suck at painting

Until recently, if you'd asked my opinion on Pierre-August Renoir, I'd have looked up casually from my phone and replied, "Oh, you mean the French artist (1841-1919) who was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style? Yeah, he's great. Love a bit of old Renners." Now, though, …

Renoir

Vintage Cartoons Recall When Pickpocketing Was All the Criminal Rage

You can still step outside your door right now and have your pocket picked (or the modern version, having your iPhone snatched right out of your hand …

Product Recalls

Here's How the Scooby Doo Crew Would've Dressed Through the 20th Century

In her delightfully titled “Scooby Doo, When Are You?” series, artist Julia Wytrazek has perfectly imagined what Velma, Daphne, Shaggy, and Fred …

Scooby-Doo

Study: You’re Going To Give Up On New Music At 33

Getting old is never easy. It just sneaks up on you. All of a sudden, what’s “it” is weird and scary, and it’ll happen to you! At least according to this study extrapolated from Spotify and Echo Nest data. Conducted by Ajay Kalia, the study suggests that by your early 30s, you effectively lock into …

Real Places On Earth So Surreal, They Look Like Alien Landscapes

If you want to see strange and exotic landscapes, you don’t have to travel the solar system; you just have to take a closer look at our own planet. …

Yellowstone National Park

The Sweet Wood-Fired Bagels of Montreal Versus the Chewy Boiled Bagels of New York City

In a somewhat disturbing episode of his incredibly informative video essays about music, YouTuber Polyphonic dove into the illustrious career of …

New York City

A Fascinating Video History of the Evolution of the Famous Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Lion Logo

Movie Munchies has created a fascinating video history of the evolution of the famous Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lion logo through the years. It began in …

MGM

These Are Easily The Most Gorgeous Maps Of The Moon Ever

On the request of NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey has prepared two highly detailed maps of the Moon. Fortunately, they've also been made available …

U.S. Geological Survey

Watch: 12-Minute In-Depth Discussion on the Lenses Kubrick Used

Camera nerds and cinematographers gather ’round. A video has been uploaded to YouTube that features cinematographer <b>Joe Dunton</b> (<i>Dance Craze, Checkout</i> …

Stanley Kubrick

Artist Scott Blake Creates Clever Flip Books With a Hole Punch and Other Inventive Techniques

Artist Scott Blake (previously) has made a creative collection of flip books using a variety of novel techniques. Among Blake’s animated creations: …

A Chart Of The Most Common Colors In Paintings Over The Last 200 Years

Next time you're strolling through a museum, pay attention to just the colors of the paintings and the years. Notice anything? Paintings have been …

Painting

This designer doesn’t make chairs. He grows them—from trees

Can nature prove to be the best furniture designer? Early prototypes of chairs growing from a field in Derbyshire in the British countryside is showing exciting possibilities.<p>“We’ve taken a complete rethink of how wood is used as a material,” said designer Gavin Munro. His production method upends …

Trucking
Cows

Here's What The Night Sky Would Look Like With Much Better Eyes

Not too long ago, most people on Earth could look up at night and see the Milky Way's stunning ribbon of stars. But if you live in a modern city or …

Check Out Some Gorgeous Portraits of Scorsese, Hitchcock More

Check Out Some Gorgeous Portraits of Scorsese, Hitchcock & More<p>Most of the original artwork we feature is paying tribute to specific films, featuring …

Filmmaking
Birds