Category: STORIES

May 16, 2013

How France Hid the Louvre’s Masterpieces During WWII

How France Hid the Louvre’s Masterpieces During WWII

Photograph by Pierre Jahan/Archives des museés nationaux Beginning in 1938, the threat of war prompted a large-scale evacuation of France’s public art collections. The storage sites chosen for works of art were châteaux, tranquil locations in the heart of the French countryside, far from strategic targets, and thus escaping the imminent danger of bombing.…

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May 15, 2013

This is What Happens When a Billionaire Loses a Bet

This is What Happens When a Billionaire Loses a Bet

Back in 2010, billionaire Sir Richard Branson and AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes made a bet. Sir Richard and Tony each wagered their Formula 1 racing teams (then Lotus Racing and Virgin Racing) would finish ahead of each other in their debut season, and that the loser would serve as a female cabin crew on…

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May 14, 2013

Extreme Plane Spotting at Maho Beach, Saint Martin

Extreme Plane Spotting at Maho Beach, Saint Martin

Located on the Dutch side of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin (i.e., Sint Maarten) is the famous Maho Beach. While it has the characteristic white sand and turquoise water of a Caribbean paradise that is not what makes Maho Beach such a popular tourist destination. Rather, it has much to do with the…

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May 9, 2013

Revealing the Contents of a 100-year-old Time Capsule

Revealing the Contents of a 100-year-old Time Capsule

On April 22, 2013, the Oklahoma Historical Society in partnership with the First Lutheran Church unearthed a 6-ft x 3-ft x 3-ft (1.83m x 0.91m x 0.91m) chest, buried in the church’s basement exactly 100 years prior. Dubbed the ‘Century Chest‘, the project was created in 1913 by Virginia Sohlberg of the Ladies Aid…

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May 7, 2013

50 Faces in Everyday Objects

50 Faces in Everyday Objects

Have you ever looked at an object or building and thought, “hey that kind of looks like a face!”? It’s actually a psychological phenomenon known as pareidolia. Pareidolia involves a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant; it’s a form of apophenia (seeing meaningful patterns or connections in…

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May 1, 2013

15 Famous Quotes on Friendship

15 Famous Quotes on Friendship

It’s been a while since I’ve done a ‘famous quotes‘ compilation so I culled through hundreds of quotes on ‘friendship’ last night, and these wee the fifteen that resonated most. I then overlaid the quote onto a picture because what would a Sifter post without images be? If you have any personal favourites to…

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Apr 26, 2013

Awesome Dad Creates Birthday Treasure Hunt for Son

Awesome Dad Creates Birthday Treasure Hunt for Son

Redditor and fellow Canadian crujones43 decided to do something special for his son’s 11th birthday. Rather than just hand him a present, he decided to give him the gift of adventure. Not only was it a great way to spend the day with his son, but he documented the entire event, providing captions and…

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