Firefighters that responded to last year's fire at Notre Dame knew which works of art to rescue and in which order following a protocol developed for such a disaster. sciencemag.org/news/2020/…
Prior to making Finding Nemo, Pixar's in-house art team was required to take Marine Biology, Oceanography, Ichthyology, and Scuba Diving Classes in order to get the look & feel of the characters and their world just right. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
A study was conducted in an Australian University in 2008 found that "male science nerds" are most likely to be virgins and that female art majors were the most sexually active, but have little knowledge of what chlamydia is. The study was prompted by rapidly increasing cases of chlamydia. smh.com.au/national/male-…
The computer chips that are put into spacecraft are not state of the art, but are so old as to be obsolete. Their known reliability makes up for it. arstechnica.com/science/2…
Buzz's "girlfriend," (woof!) in Home Alone was actually the art director's son dressed as a girl. The movie bosses thought that it would be too mean to use a real girl only to be mocked movieweb.com/home-alone-m…
Sir David Attenborough is a member of the β€œOrder of Merit,” in 2015. It recognizes distinguished service in the armed forces, science, art, literature, or for the promotion of culture. Only 24 (living) people can be a member at a given time wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_…
Today I learned about "Pierre Brassau," a chimpanzee named Peter who journalist Γ…ke Axelsson used to test whether art critics could tell the difference between the work of a real abstract artist and a chimpanzee. While one art critic said, "Only an ape could have done this," most praised the chimpanzee's work. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie…
Gary Larson, creator of The Far Side comics, is teaching himself digital art and has started to make new comics again. thefarside.com/new-stuff
Today I Learned that there is a rare occurrence in individuals living with ASD and other CNS injuries known as Savant syndrome. The syndrome presents itself through incredible gifts in arts, music, mathematics (and more). Most Savants have excellent memories to accompany their primary gift. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
In 2017, Apple announced plans to demolish a historic Aboriginal art gallery to make way for one of their stores in Melbourne. After intense backlash from Australians, authorities rejected the plan. macdailynews.com/2019/04/…
New Zealand has an official Wizard. He was initially threatened with arrest because of his antics, but after being named a living work of art and performing a successful rain dance during a drought, the PM named him The official Wizard of NZ, Antarctica, and relevant offshore areas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
During WW2, Americans stationed in Papua New Guinea shared The Phantom comics with the Wahgi tribe. The character became an icon and is represented in tribal art. youtube.com/watch?v=VnYZg…
At age 30, Wassily Kandinsky saw Monet at an exhibition and became obsessed. He promptly abandoned his law career and devoted himself full-time to the study of art, later becoming one of the founders of pure abstraction in painting biography.com/artist/wass…
Today I learned about β€˜Redemption Roasters’ world’s first behind bars specialty coffee company in the U.K. who train offenders professionally in the art of roasting and barista skills and help find jobs in their own coffee shops or with partners. redemptionroasters.com/
The National Gallery of Art in Washington was wholly created by one person, Andrew Mellon, whose funding was regarded as amounting to the largest gift from an individual to a government in history. nga.gov/features/slidesho…
The Amber Room was a priceless work of art with over 6 tons of amber. It was once considered the 8th Wonder of the World. The entire room went 'missing' during WW2. history.co.uk/article/the…
In the medieval period the church believed that Jesus was born a perfectly formed little man and changed little throughout his life. This is often reflected in the art of the time. blog.artsper.com/en/a-clo…
DAISUGI in Japan, is the art of pruning a tree, to have many offshoots! This technique, enables foresters to harvest wood much more quickly. The shoots can either be planted (to help quickly populate a forest) or harvested. Similar techniques can be found dating back to ancient Rome. mymodernmet.com/kitayama-…
Today I learned of StΓ©phane Breitwieser, perhaps the world’s greatest art thief. Between 1994 and 2001, he robbed nearly 200 museums, averaging a theft every two weeks, and amassed a collection worth $1.4 billion. He claims to have never sold a single piece. gq.com/story/secrets-of-t…
Today I learned of 17th cent. Swedish Queen Christina who surprisingly abdicated her throne. Very bright, and a lover of arts, she almost bankrupt Swed. in her extravagance. Speculators suggest her abdication was a result of her proclivity towards "men's pursuits," wearing men's clothing and refusal to marry. headstuff.org/culture/his…
The original host of the gameshow Jeopardy, Art Fleming, died of pancreatic cancer nndb.com/people/580/00009…
Banksy was involved in a street art "war" with another London artist called King Robbo. It was triggered when Banksy painted over a famous King Robbo tag, and many Robbo supporters keep up the anti-Banksy battle to this day. twistedsifter.com/2012/01…
The IRS appraises pieces of art. irs.gov/appeals/art-appra…
Vincent Van Gogh was named after his dead older brother, who died in infancy exactly a year before he was born. It’s been suggested that being given the same name might have had a deep psychological impact on him and influenced his art. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
In the 1915 film Inspiration, the story of a sculptor's model, model Audrey Munson appeared fully nude, the first woman to do so in an American motion picture. The censors didn't ban the film - because if they banned it, they would also have to ban Renaissance art en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aud…
'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' received 126 rejections before publication en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zen…
For the movie "O Brother, Where art Thou?", the cows that were shot and hit by the police car looked so realistic that the American Humane Society wouldn't immediately certify the movie as "No Animals Were Harmed". A representative had to be shown how they were digitally created ten times. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
There are two mystery paintings in an Australian art gallery that have been there for decades, but no-one knows where they came from or who the artist is. geelongartscentre.org.au/…
In 2017 , 2 Students Left A Pineapple in an art gallery. When they came back 4 days later , it was in a glass frame. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Brad Garrett, who portrayed Ray's brother on Everyone Loves Raymond, is featured on the album art for Electric Light Orchestra's album Discovery en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Adolf Galland, one of the top-scoring German aces of WWII, often flew missions in just his swimming trunks, smoking a cigar, and with a plane emblazoned with Mickey Mouse art. "I've always liked Mickey Mouse," he said when asked about the strange behavior. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
There is a Chinese MMA fighter challenging and taking out Chinese martial arts "masters" inkstonenews.com/society/…
After janitor James Hampton died in 1964, his massive outsider artwork entitled "Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations' Millennium General Assembly", it was donated to the Smithsonian American Art Museum, where it has been on display ever since. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Along with tracking physical heritage sites, UNESCO has a list of "intangible cultural heritage" for anything to do with "intangible human treasures worldwide." The list includes traditions, events, art, and practices. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UNE…
Today I learned of Microbial Art done using fluorescent or pigmented microorganisms as "paint" on agar plate canvases; the American Society of Microbiology has held an annual Agar Art competition since 2015 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Edvard Munch's art represented his own emotions, mostly the darker ones of fear, dread, loneliness, and sexual longing. The screaming figure in his famous lithograph print personifies existential horror metmuseum.org/art/collect…
A man actually managed to teach martial arts to a chimpanzee, and even said that the chimp was the fastest learner he’d ever taught youtube.com/watch?v=Ekd-2…
Today I learned about Morten Viskum, a Norwegian artist who creates art using dead human hands. artfacts.net/exhibition/m…
Tai chi is a martial art and is actually a form of kung fu. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
That’s the guy who sings Hey Brother by Avicii is the same guy who sang the George Clooney vocals for A Man of Constant Sorrow in the movie O’ Brother, Where Art Thou bbc.co.uk/music/artists/8…
Today I learned about Rogan Art a 400 year old art which uses paint 'strings' made out of castor oil youtu.be/H3Den05Q_D0
Despite not having a nuclear engineering program (no engineering programs at all) Reed College in Portland, OR is the only liberal-arts school to have a nuclear reactor. It is run by undergraduates, and has more female operators than any other nuclear program in the world combined. reactor.reed.edu/about.ht…
In 2002, Steven Spielberg recieved a bachelors degree for completing a course on film and electronic arts at university. To pass the advanced filmmaking class exam, he submitted his own 1993 epic, 'Schindler's List'. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/enter…
Avatar co-creator Bryan Konietzko was a storyboard artist and art director for the Jhonen Vasquez cult classic Invader Zim. Aang's design was based on a character he designed for Invader Zim, and he said that he left "traces of Jhonen Vasquez's idiosyncratic style in the character's poses." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inv…
Today I learned about Thomassons, architectural remnants that are well maintained but useless, such as an outer door on the second floor of a building or a stairway to nowhere. The term was coined in Japan by artist Akasegawa Genpei, who considered them art. messynessychic.com/2017/0…
Due to Galileo's training in Renaissance art and an understanding of chiaroscuro (a technique for shading light and dark) he quickly understood that the moon shadows he was seeing were actually mountains and craters. From his sketches, he made estimates of their heights and depths loc.gov/collections/findi…
Many puzzle manufacturers reuse the dies which cut their puzzles into pieces, so pieces from one can fit into another. And one man has turned this into an art. mymodernmet.com/montage-p…
Omni Magazine was an influential publication that ran from 1978 to 1995. Created by Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione and wife Kathy Keeton, it featured interviews with scientists such as Freeman Dyson, art from H.R. Giger and Chris Foss, and original fiction from authors such as Isaac Asimov theverge.com/2017/6/2/157…
Donnie Yen and Jet Li were childhood classmates in their martial arts school scmp.com/lifestyle/entert…

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