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Pilgrims to Gangotree - 1867 This chromolithograph is taken from plate 44 of William Simpson's 'India: Ancient and Modern'. The Gangotri is the source of the River Ganges, sacred to Hindus who make pilgrimages to the icy waters that spring from the mouth of the Gangotri glacier in the high passes of the Himalayas. The actual source is a few kilometres from the town of Gangotri. In the town, with priests officiating, pilgrims could make offerings and buy holy water. They would ring a great bell on a terrace in front of a temple on arrival. The foremost figure in the print is a holy man, begging for alms. Many ascetics and hermits took up residence along the pilgrimage route. Copyright © The British Library Board

Crossing the River Tons - 1820 This coloured aquatint was made by Robert Havell and Son from plate 10 of JB Fraser's 'Views in the Himala Mountains'. It shows a detachment of William Fraser's 'Irregulars' crossing the River Tons - a tributary of the Yamuna - by means of a harness dangling from a rope. Crossing rivers in the Himalayas was always a hazardous undertaking as the waters from the mountains were often raging torrents. Copyright © The British Library Board

47 unearthly lightning strikes [PICs]

IN THESE IMAGES, lightning appears close up, often seemingly just a few city blocks away. Don’t let the images fool you though — pro lightning …

Anamorphic Sculptures

London-based artist Jonty Hurwitz creates ‘Anamorphic Sculptures’ which only reveal themselves once facing a reflective cylinder. Hurwitz took an …

The Lonely Island Perform "Semicolon" with Alanis Morissette, Revive "Ironic" - PAPER

<b>The Lonely Island</b> was on <i>Jimmy Kimmel Live</i> last night and they killed two birds with one stone, performing their bad grammar-ific song "Semicolon" and, more importantly, reviving the greatest Dave Coulier take-down in pop culture history. "Semicolon" usually features a <b>Solange</b>, but when they boys …

Listen to Kathleen Hanna's New Song With the Julie Ruin - PAPER

Diddy, Paul Rudd and Robyn Star in The Lonely Island's "Go Kindergarten" Video - PAPER

Surprise! There's another <b>Lonely Island</b> #WackWednesday video even though it's not Wednesday and even though we'd incorrectly assumed there'd be no more videos once <b>The Wack Album</b> dropped (it's out today). At any rate, here's the real video for <b>"Go Kindergarten"</b> -- another clip came out two weeks ago, …

Daphne Guinness's First Music Video Is Here - PAPER

A few months ago <b>Daphne Guinness</b> announced on Twitter that she was in a studio recording an album. Now we get to see what a Daphne Guinness music video looks like with the release of her first single, "Fatal Flaw." Like the videos commissioned by Parisian store Printemps -- which Guinness sang in …

Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy and His Son Jam in "I Like the Things About Me" - PAPER

<b>Mavis Staples</b> has been in the studio working on a new album with <b>Wilco</b>'s Jeff Tweedy and the result, <i>One True Vine</i>, comes out on June 25. (Read all about it in our upcoming Summer Music Issue, on stands June 17th!) Staples, of course, has been recording since the '50s, when she began performing with …

From Punk to Witchy R&B, All the Cant-Miss Acts This Year - PAPER

<i>Deervana performs at the 2011 Northside Festival. Photo by Signe Pierce.</i><p>The fifth annual Northside Festival starts tonight, shutting down ten blocks of Bedford Avenue. Since its inception, the Festival has added a tech conference (NExT, for "Northside Entrepreneurship and Technology") and a film …

"Hipsters Who Dress Like Jackie From Roseanne" = Perfect - PAPER

How are we just now finding out about the amazing new Tumblr Hipsters Who Dress Like Jackie From <i>Roseanne</i>? It's hilarious and perfect. [via TheFrisky]<p>New Favorite Twitter Alert: Feminist Taylor Swift. [AfternoonSnoozeButton]<p>A video of dogs sticking their heads out the window. Could you ask for …

Miguel Is Making R&B Look -- and Sound -- Damn Good Again. - PAPER

<i>Shirt by Alexander Wang, bracelets by The Great Frog and Shayan Afshar. (Click to Enlarge)</i><p>Last year at this time, Miguel was a relative unknown. The 26-year-old singer was working on his second album, <i>Kaleidoscope Dream</i>, when his studio partner, Pharrell Williams, attended the celeb-studded Met Gala …

Die Antwoord's "Cookie Thumper" Video Is Their Latest Attempt to Make Us Deeply Uncomfortable - PAPER

Our favorite freaky-ass South Africans, <b>Die Antwoord</b>, released a new video today for their song, <b>"Cookie Thumper,"</b> and, per usual, it's highly entertaining but will also make your skin crawl. Directed by group member Ninja, it stars his groupmate Yo-Landi Vi$$er as an orphan girl crushing on a bad …

That 200-year-old French exam everyone says is obsolete? It looks a lot like the SAT

The waiting game is on in France. More than 600,000 people in France have just wrapped up the test needed to secure a high-school diploma, the <i>baccalauréat</i> (better known as <i>le bac</i>) and results should be out next week. Today’s New York Times reports on general disillusionment with the exam, saying it …

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Pixies release new single 'Bagboy' as BitTorrent bundle (video)

Yes, there have been BitTorrent bundles from high profile artists before, but it's still a nice surprise to see The Pixies release its first original song since 2004's <i>Bam Thwok</i> on the service. If you want to be amongst the first to hear "<i>Bagboy</i>," then simply download the bundle and unlock it with …

Miley Cyrus Makes Skulls Out of Fries, Does More Twerking In "We Can't Stop" - PAPER

In her latest attempt to detour out of the world of Disney, Miley Cyrus throws a wild party in her new video, "We Can't Stop." The clip shows Miley under house arrest and throwing a bash where she can finally do want she wants, which, in this case, means building skulls out of French fries, eating …

These Elaborately Groomed Dogs Are Fabulous/Awful - PAPER

We're deeply fascinated (and mildly disturbed) by these elaborate examples of dog grooming. [via Pleated Jeans]<p>All Dave, every Dave.<p>[via Coin Farts]<p>Our eternal doctor crush, Noah Wyle, made this video spoofing e-cigarette brand Blu in which he talks about his love of brownie alternative, "Blu-nie." …

BrEaCh's New Music Video "Jack" Has Some Ca-razy Hair Art - PAPER

<b>BrEaCh</b> is the moniker of longtime UK house music producer <b>Ben Westbeech</b>, who started his own label, Naked Naked, in September of 2012. BrEaCh is also the maker of this music video, which features some ca-razy effing hair art and a fabulously weird dance duo. Everything in "Jack" is made with hair, …

Rap Songs About Miley Cyrus, Ranked - PAPER

The rap sensation of the week* is Migos, three Atlanta youth who last Friday released the mixtape <i>Young Rich Niggas</i>, full of triplet verses, trap beats (often by Gucci Mane collaborator Zaytoven), and repetitive hooks about conspicuous consumption. One of the most repetitive is "Hannah Montana." …

The Best, Worst and Weirdest of the Week - PAPER

<b>Best Wikipedia edit:</b> This addition to Texas Senator Wendy Davis' Wikipedia page made Tuesday night, after Davis filbustered for 10 hours and effectively derailed a senseless abortion bill from passing in the Texas legislature. -- <b>Elizabeth Thompson</b><p><b>Smallest Violin Award for Minor Frustrations:</b> Having …

WHISTLEBLOWER - feat. Edward Snowden & Glen Greenwald [RAP NEWS 19]

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SEE: The 'New Yorker' Cover That Has People Talking

Bert and Ernie — yes, <i>Sesame Street</i>'s Muppets — have been thrust yet again into the gay marriage debate.<p>This time, for its July 8 and 15 issue, <i>The New Yorker</i> decided to use an illustration of Bert and Ernie for their coverage of the Supreme Court's decisions on two landmark gay marriage cases. The …

America the Beautiful: 50 States in 50 Photos

At 3.79 million square miles (9.83 million km2) and approximately 315 million people, the United States is the third largest country by land area and …

What the Night Sky Would Look Like If the Other Planets Were as Close as the Moon

It's not always easy to imagine just how big the other planets are. Here, a space artist's thought experiment turns into a lesson in Earth's relative size.<p>Space artist Ron Miller has created a series of images that illustrate the sizes of the other planets in our solar system in a way that makes …

Watch 6 Wondrous Clouds Float Inside Museum Walls

Like a magician, Berndnaut Smilde conjures up miniature indoor clouds.<p>Anyone who has tried drawing or painting clouds knows that they’re incredibly difficult to reproduce in pictorial form. Well, that can’t actually be tougher than making them, right? In the last few years, artist Berndnaut Smilde …

How Meditation Works

Mindfulness meditation is having a moment in the West, and with it some compelling reasons to understand and try it.<p>NicoleAbalde/Flickr<p><i>Mindfulness meditation</i>. Chances are that you've either heard or seen (or rolled your eyes at) these words in recent months, as studies, celebrity endorsements, and …