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The 20 Mediterranean islands you must visit in your lifetime

Is it the sea, the strange sense of security, or just that wonderful feeling of escaping from life on the mainland that makes an island break so special? Whatever the exact chemistry, islands make brilliant holiday destinations, and nowhere more so than in the Mediterranean in summer. With the help …

Adventurer of the Year, Ueli Steck, Killed Climbing Near Mount Everest

The “Swiss Machine” was known for his speed ascents and love of mountains.<p>Ueli Steck, a charismatic Swiss mountaineer famous for speed ascents of some of the tallest and most difficult mountains around the world—feats of mind-blowing endurance that earned him the nickname “Swiss Machine”—was killed …

Paintings of ancient Egypt in Pompeii garden show just how cosmopolitan the Romans were

The garden of a large ancient house in Pompeii was home to stunning paintings depicting the Nile river flowing among green, lush landscapes. These …

Vintage Maps Rekindle the Romance of Early Air Travel

All Over the Map<p>Before pat downs and checked baggage fees, commercial flight carried an air of mystery and adventure.<p>In the early days of the 20th century, an exciting new mode of travel became possible. Anyone with enough money could take to the skies on a commercial flight. Trips that would take …

British Airways

9 Rules of Storytelling from Moneyball Writer Michael Lewis

“Have the nerve to be yourself” — and other advice from a master storyteller<p>Michael Lewis is the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of multiple books …

Writing

Look closer at nativity paintings – and see visions of apocalypse

Christmas cards are full of cutesy depictions of nativity scenes, but Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli and Caravaggio remind us of the death in Jesus’s story<p>Nativity scenes are the art we see at Christmas, often on cards that put a masterpiece on the mantelpiece. Baby it’s cold outside, so let’s warm …

Time To Clean Up On Your Finger Knitting Skills

The Maltese priest and the kidnapped Caravaggio: The amazing true story of the scrappy octogenarian who busted an audacious art heist

<b>EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 12: Staff at The Queen?s Gallery at the Palace of Holyrood view The Calling of Saints Peter and Andrew by Caravaggio on November 12, 2008 in Edinburgh, Scotland.The painting is one of two lost works which were discovered in the Queens collection, it hangs along</b> …

Caravaggio

Alpine hunting cabin in Jotunheimen, Norway. Contributed by Ivar Fosse

Alpine hunting cabin in <b>Jotunheimen, Norway</b>.

The Surprisingly Humanlike Ways Animals Feel Pain

A hurt rabbit pins back its ears and narrows its eyes—part of a "grimace scale" that tells us how animals feel discomfort.<p>Don't tell someone who just stapled a string of Christmas lights to their hand, but pain can be a good thing.<p>Pain is a messenger: It tells us that there's a problem and that we …

A Watch Like Me

James Cameron tells the story of the passion for diving that turned the legendary watch into his inseparable companion. He shares extraordinary adventures few have ever seen — from exploring the deepest ocean to conquering the heights of Hollywood.<p>The Submariner is far from just a timepiece. It’s a …

Nomadic Artist Traverses Six Continents To Photograph Nude Bodies In Nature

Clayton Woodley traveled to over 30 countries for "Dreams to Awaken."<p>For the past two years, photographer Clayton Woodley has been traveling the world, determined to capture images that appear strange and otherworldly.<p>His series “Dreams to Awaken” chronicles the most surreal moments from the …

Art

The erotic masterpiece we nearly lost

Frederic Leighton’s Flaming June is now considered a treasure of Victorian painting. But at one point it was practically worthless – and nearly vanished, writes Alastair Sooke.<p>This is how the story goes: one day in 1962, an Irish builder walked into a junk shop on Battersea Rise in south London, …

Biographies

Nico, 1988: Biopic will portray final years of singer's life

Nico, the late cult singer, perhaps most famous for her work with Andy Warhol and The Velvet Underground in the ’60s, will be getting a new biopic …

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A major character on “Westworld” was actually inspired by this famous painting

The saying goes that life imitates art. But sometimes, it’s <i>art</i> that imitates art. In HBO’s new dystopian show, <i>Westworld</i>, Evan Rachel Wood plays the …

Fat Femme Artists Team Up To Worship And Celebrate Big, Beautiful Bodies

"Our fatness will be seen and its nothing to be ashamed of.”<p><i>Warning: Some images in this post may not be suitable for work environments.</i><p>A surge of recent exhibitions sweeping galleries and museums across the country are celebrating the power ― and long overlooked talent ― of feminist artists.<p>Many …

A Drone Accidentally Captured These Two Newlyweds and The Photo is AH-MAZE-ING

They found one another, but now the Internet is on the hunt to find them! When filmmaker Brandon Li sent his drone up over Hong Kong to capture some sunset shots, he ended up shooting something far more romantic — a bride and groom lying on a rooftop, basking in their newlywed bliss. The craziest …

Drones

We've been using the Gregorian calendar for 434 years. It’s still bizarre.

Today is the 434th anniversary of the introduction of the Gregorian calendar, as a subtle new Google Doodle reminds us.<p>Back in 1582, Pope Gregory XIII decreed that the 10 days following October 4 <i>simply</i> <i>wouldn’t exist.</i> The next day would be ... October 15. Thereafter, a new calendar would come into …

Calendars

20 reasons why Reinhold Messner is the world's greatest living man

To mark World Mountain Day, we're paying homage to (probably) the coolest person on Earth right now. Here's why we love him:<p>1. He was the first man to climb every mountain over 8,000 metres<p>There are 14 peaks on Earth with summits in the “death zone”, above 8,000 metres (26,000 feet). Just over 30 …

Mountaineering

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4 Hacks to Make Painting Your Nails Much, Much Easier

<i>For Allure, by Maddie Aberman.</i><p>PHOTO: GLOW IMAGES, INC/GETTY IMAGES<p>Getting a manicure is a nice treat, but for numerous reasons (like cost or time or laziness), many of us prefer painting our nails at home. Some people even find painting their own nails relaxing, especially if they're doing it while …

This Renaissance take on The Legend of Zelda is stunning

There’s no shortage of <i>Legend of Zelda</i> fanart in the wild, but Zelda fans still manage to thrill and inspire with their new offerings. The latest …

Milla Jovovich, 1994, The Morning After The Night Before

I’ve been a bit quiet over here on the blog the last couple of weeks, big apologies to those of you who have been waiting with gritted teeth for a …

Peep Through These Stunningly Bittersweet Photos of Staten Island In the Early 80s

Photographer Christine Osinski's new book <i>Summer Days Staten Island</i>, features a visual tale of the summer she spent documenting young people in early 1980s Staten Island.<p>In an interview with <i>Vogue</i>, Osinski--who grew up in a working class neighborhood of Chicago--explained her initial pull towards …

Caravaggio Redefined Art by Not Learning the Rules

I have long been a devotee of Caravaggio and now, by virtue of living in Rome amidst churches where his paintings still hang, I have become an …

Get into the groove at Nicaragua's Maypole festival

The capital of Nicaragua's southern Caribbean coast, Bluefields, generally doesn't hold visitors' attention for long – it's a gritty, ramshackle city and the white sand wonders of Corn Island and laid-back charm of Pearl Lagoon are just boat rides away. But Bluefields comes into its own as the …

Airport staff confiscate gay man's ashes from husband as he wasn't deemed next of kin

A British man was forced to hand over the ashes of his husband by officials at Hong Kong airport during a flight home from Australia, where his husband died days earlier in a tragic accident on their honeymoon.<p>The distressing encounter came just days after a horrific ordeal in which Marco …

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