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Exploring Rome's Hidden Underground City

Like Europe’s other ancient cities, Rome is perched on one vast archeological site. The modern city sits on top of the detritus of its predecessor cities, arching back into time almost three millennia. As each city took form, existing structures were collapsed or filled in with earth to form the …

Turning a Broken Terracotta Pot Shard into a Lovely Flower Pendant

Watch as maker and lovable goofball, Bobby Duke, of BobbyDukeArts, transforms a broken hunk of terracotta flower pot into a lovely piece of jewelry. To accomplish this, he uses little more than a pencil, compass, rotary tool, and a file. He also employs a grinding wheel, a belt sander to create the …

Power Tools

Picking edible flowers? Make sure you choose carefully

Plant experts have warned that a craze for edible flowers could see enthusiastic bakers accidentally poisoning themselves.<p>The new food craze has led to Sainsbury's launching its own edible flowers range.<p>The supermarket said it was reacting to Instagram trends in launching its new range earlier this …

Threshold

A giant steel sculpture with animals in its shadows.<p>About as well hidden as an eight-story, bright yellow sculpture can be, Albert Paley’s …

The world’s art is under attack—by microbes

Bacteria and fungi are a menace to paintings, sculptures, and ancient artifacts.<p>We’re used to seeing famous works of art and historical artifacts marred by the elements. They can be eroded by wind and water, faded by sunlight, or nibbled by insects. But cultural relics can also be damaged by hordes …

Microbiology

Are these the most luxurious train suites on Earth?

For decades the name Venice Simplon-Orient-Express has been the very epitome of all that is luxurious and sophisticated and glamorous in the world of luxury train travel. And yet there has always been one little niggle – the absence of en-suite facilities.<p>Not for much longer.<p>Belmond, the company …

What’s Wrong With Today’s Society Captured In 10+ Brutally Honest Illustrations

It's no secret that our society has its flaws - dependence on technology, taxes, obesity, devaluation of workers - to name a few. Some people may not …

Enormous emerald weighing over 600lb and standing 4ft tall found in Brazil

A similar emerald chunk found in 2001 in Brazil was valued at $300m.<p>A mammoth emerald has been found in the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia, …

Norway to boost Doomsday vault after entrance tunnel was breached

Defences at Norway’s “Doomsday vault” where thousands of varieties of crop seeds are stored in case of natural disaster are to be reinforced.<p>The move follows water gushing into the tunnel entrance after the permafrost melted last year.<p>Although no seeds were damaged there is concern that the the …

Boston museum pays heirs for 18th-century figurines to settle Holocaust restitution claim

A harlequin figure made by the porcelain manufacturers Höchst, Fürstenburg, and Fulda. (Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)<p>BOSTON (JTA) — The …

This Colossal Marble Horse Sculpture Represents the World’s Problems

Claudia Fontes's 'The Horse Problem' brings monumental feminist politics to the Venice Biennale.<p>Frozen in time, 400 rocks hurtle toward a woman and a horse in Claudia Fontes's installation for the 57th Venice Biennale's Argentina pavilion, <i>The Horse Problem</i>. Colonialism, war, animal rights, and …

A Scottish Home That's Like "Stepping into a Rainbow"

<b>Name:</b> Mairi and Richard <b><br>Location:</b> Edinburgh <b><br>Years Lived In:</b> 1 year, owned<p>The colors and textures of the Scottish landscape are Mairi's biggest …

Ring Purchased At Garage Sale May Be Worth Almost Half A Million Dollars

For decades, the owner thought it was just a fun piece of costume jewelry.<p>Shopping at garage sales can be hit or miss, but one lucky customer is cashing in on a major find.<p>Sotheby’s will auction off a sparkly cocktail ring a woman bought at a car boot sale in 1980s England next month with a …

How to Clean Velvet Furniture: Velvet Couch & Chair Care

Is your velvet sofa looking less than luxe? Learn how to clean velvet furniture and keep it looking as sumptuous as the day you bought it<p>Choosing velvet furniture is choosing to make a bold style statement in your space—there's no ignoring its soft sheen, rich color, and innate elegance. But …

Home Decorating

A family home with a Deco twist

When it comes to bright, sunny homes that look and feel welcoming, beautiful and calm, we think we may have hit the jackpot today! Though the …

A Stair-Runner Solution for When You Want to Spend Less

Yes, it involves those cute tiny rugs you have no idea what to do with<p>Runner rugs, with their ingenious long-and-skinny shape, are an obvious way to warm up hallways, corridors, and that length of flooring between a kitchen island and the sink. They can be expensive to procure, however—especially …

10 of the World’s Most Interesting Flea Markets

There are so many routes you can take when planning your next adventure. Maybe you want to circle the globe and eat *tons* of food, or maybe you’re looking to log another exciting excursion in your personal travel journal. Thankfully, there are lots of helpful travel tips and nifty products out …

Flea Markets

Costume jewelry from London flea market really worth hundreds of thousands | The Star

The gem bought at a flea market is expected to fetch about 350,000 pounds ($614,733) when it is auctioned by Sotheby’s next month.<p>The buyer had no …

Flea Markets

A Definitive Guide to the Best Flea Markets in the U.S. and Europe, According to One Expert

Advertisement<p>1/5<p>Marbleized pottery pitcher, $635<p>Nicki Clendening is just one of those people who somehow seems to do it all. Clendening can often be found fielding PR requests for Rizzoli Publications in New York, but also trots the globe in pursuit of one-of-a-kind vintage pieces. And now, thanks …

8 Extraordinary Jewels at Bonhams’ Auction this Month

Great buys, rare discoveries, and stylish jewelry on the auction block…<p>Jewelry auctions are attracting a lot of attention these days for both …

Funny Illustrations From a Vintage Newspaper Show "Then and Now" Daily Life of a 1910 Housewife

All women in 1910, irrespective of social class background, were seen as second-class citizens - a fact underlined by the denial to them of the …

Vintage Vegetables

This little book, published in England in 1925, is one of my all-time favorites. It’s filled with a number of astonishingly good recipes, a reminder …

Why did a $200 toy crash the Museum of Modern Art’s website?

The story behind one of the weirder collectibles and its cult of admirers<p>On May 17, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City sent out an e-mail blast announcing that it had limited supplies of the $200 KAWS Companion action figure available for sale in its stores and online. The resulting rush of …