The word "canvas" is derived from the word cannabis. Hemp, a variety of the cannabis, was commonly used to make sail canvas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hem…
Although canvas is usually made of cotton or linen today, historically it was made from hemp. This explains its similarity to the word cannabis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Japan is planning to create the worlds first artificial meteor shower later this year. A Tokyo based company, Astro Live Experiences sent microsatellites that will release tiny balls to mimic shooting stars above Hiroshima as part of the "Sky Canvas project" independent.co.uk/life-st…
Dali began selling signed blank sheets of canvas, originally intended as lithographs, to the market, allowing for counterfeiting and forgeries. Around 350,000 authentic Dali blank sheet signatures were released, but in 2016 over 12,000 fakes were seized, one which was estimated at $6.75 million. artsy.net/article/artsy-e…
Samuel Morse dreamed that his painting "Gallery of the Louvre", a massive six-by-nine-foot canvas which took him 14 months to complete would propel him to fame. But Morse's painting career got completely overshadowed by his experiments in eletromagnetics which led to the telegraph artsy.net/article/artsy-e…
Today I learned about Graham's number. This is a finite number so large that you couldn't write it out even if the numbers you used were subatomic in size and you used the whole observable universe as a canvas. But we know it ends in a seven. youtube.com/watch?v=XTeJ6…
In 2013 an anonymous bidder paid $43.8 million dollars for a painting of "a field of blue paint crossed by a ragged white line. The canvas version of the video game Pong" (click the link to see the pic) nypost.com/2013/05/15/43-…
Diego Rivera used the walls of universities and other public buildings throughout Mexico and the United States as his canvas. He appreciated the large scale and public accessibility of murals as they were opposite of what he regarded as the elitist character of paintings in galleries and museums theartstory.org/artist/ri…
During WW1 there was around 95,000 Chinese who volunteered to work for Britain/Allied. They were literally painted out of the canvas which recorded all the nations effort for the war. There was no tribute to them and no descendants as they were refused any rights to settle after the war. theguardian.com/world/201…
Today I learned of the Hockney-Falco Thesis, which argues that the rise of ultra-realistic paintings by early Renaissance artists such as van Eyck or Rembrandt came in part from utilizing new optical aids, such as a camera lucida projecting an image on the canvas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoc…
Today I learned about the famous painting The Nightwatch from Rembrandt that they had to cut of a sizeabele section from the painting in order to fit it in the city hall on Dam square in Amsterdam. This particular piece of the canvas has disappeared, never to be found again. nightwatchexperience.com
The 1894 song β€œThe Little Lost Child” is thought to have been the precursor to music videos. They projected a series of still images on a canvas during the live performance, which lead to the sale of over 2 million copies of the sheet music. historyofinformation.com/…
A group of women navigated canvas and plywood planes at night to drop 23,000 tons of bombs over invading German armies in WWII. Their stealthy swooshing sounds led them to be known as the Night Witches. theatlantic.com/technolog…
3 hidden figures were found in Picasso's The Old Guitarist by using x-rays and an infrared camera. The figures are "an old woman with her head bent forward, a young mother with a small child kneeling by her side, and an animal on the right side of the canvas". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A 73-year-old woman bought a painting from a thrift store for $5 only to later discover that, thanks to a fingerprint on the canvas, it was actually an unsigned Jackson Pollock worth millions of dollars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who…
The S scrolls on the sides of a hearse are a holdover from when most carriages had convertible canvas tops. The β€œS” was called a Landau & was the spring that helped open & close a lightweight frame. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa was not painted on canvas but on a poplar panel. monalisa.org/2012/10/14/d…
The Eiffel Tower is painted in three shades, progressively lighter with elevation, in order to augment the structure’s silhouette against the canvas of the Parisian sky history.com/news/10-thing…
What a penguin tastes like... "The penguin, as an animal, seems to be made up of an equal proportion of a mammal, fish, and fowl...[it tastes like] a piece of beef, an odriferous codfish, and a canvas-back duck, roasted in a pot, with blood and cod-liver oil for sauce" south-pole.com/p0000083.h…
The US military has a combat art program for each military branch, consisting of a tiny troupe of painters who document conflicts on canvas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
Two families escaped over the Berlin Wall by building a hot air balloon. A mechanic and a mason, used their mechanical know-how to build a hot air balloon engine out of old propane cylinders. Their wives pieced together a makeshift balloon from scraps of canvas and old bed sheets. mentalfloss.com/article.p…
The English words 'cannabis' and 'canvas' come from the same Scythian (or Thracian) word. Which the Greek called 'KΓ‘nnabis' and in Vulgar Latin 'Cannapaceus' which means "made of hemp". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ety…
The word "canvas" is traced to Old French canevas, which in turn may be from Vulgar Latin cannepaceus, meaning "made of hemp," derived from the Greek word κάνναβις (cannabis). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
The word β€œcanvas” is derived from the word β€œcannabis” because canvas used to be made from hemp fiber. potvogue.com/facts-about-…
Napoleon Crossing the Alps refers to 5 versions of an oil on canvas equestrian portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte painted by the French artist Jacques-Louis David between 1801 and 1805 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nap…
After Edith Thompson's hanging in 1923 caused a massive vaginal haemorrhage - later speculated to be a foetus - women sentenced to death by hanging were made to wear special canvas knickers to prevent such things occurring again. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
A community of monks in the Austrian Alps in the 16th century invented a method of painting on canvas made from spider webs, and today less than 100 known examples exist. auxfilsdelart.com/histoir…
In 2013, unbeknownst to his fans, street artist Banksy once opened a surprise popup boutique in NYC for 1 day, selling 100% authentic original signed Banksy canvas art for $60 each. He told his fans the next day, and in 2014, two of the canvasses sold for $214,000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban…
Today I learned of James Allan Ward. In WW2, the right wing of his Wellington bomber was set afire by a german fighter. He took a canvas cover, crawled onto the wing in mid-flight and put the fire out. His plane landed safely back in Great Britain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
At Art Cologne 2014, performance artist Milo MoirΓ© expelled paint-filled eggs from her vagina onto a large canvas, which became an abstract work of art. huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014…
During WW1, France developed plans to build a full scale replica of Paris just north to fool German bombers. Built of wood & canvas, it included working lights, industrial sectors, running trains, the Arc de Triomphe & the Champs-Elysees. WW1 ended before it was finished, so it was disassembled. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The Mona Lisa is not painted on canvas, but on three pieces of wood roughly an inch and a half thick us1.campaign-archive2.com…
Iran has the highest rate of nose surgery in the world per capita because the mandatory hijab leaves nothing but the small circle of the face as a canvas for beauty and self-expression vice.com/read/shes-so-naj…
Casino mogul Steve Wynn once accidentally put his elbow through the canvas of a Picasso painting, causing $54 million worth of damage. content.time.com/time/spe…
The word "canvas" is derived from the word "cannabis" because canvas used to be made from hemp fiber. etymonline.com/index.php?…
A painting from Yves Klein which is simply to the naked eye, a blue canvas, sold for 4.7 Million Dollars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yve…
When casino mogul Steve Wynn was showing off his Picasso painting "Le Reve" [valued at $139mil at time ], he accidentally put he elbow thru the canvas; thus, devaluing it by $54mil. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_…
The word canvas is derived from the Latin word β€œcannabis”, and canvas made from hemp was quite popular among artists for whom cost mattered until the end of the 18th century. dianablake.net/ArtHistory…
Linear Perspective Was First Used By Humans in Art to Represent Three Dimensional Space on a Two Dimensional Canvas in 1415. Before This Time Little to No Attempts Were Made to Depict Our Three Dimensional World in Drawn or Painted Art. op-art.co.uk/history/pers…
While masturbating by holding his penis against the canvas drive-belt of a piece of running machinery, a machine-shop worker accidentally tore his scrotum. Not realizing he'd lost a testis, he used a heavy duty staple gun to close the sac, then went back to work. darwinawards.com/stupid/s…
The word Canvas is derived from the word Cannabis since the fibers of the plant were often used to make canvas for sails. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hem…
Levi Strauss got his start selling pants made out of tent canvas to gold miners during the California gold rush. When they complained of chaffing he switched the fabric to denim. inventors.about.com/od/ss…
There's a website that is one giant open canvas for the whole world to leave drawings on and view webcanvas.com
The origin of the the word "Canvas" comes directly from "Cannabis". en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/C…
The Oxidation Paintings by Andy Warhol were actually oxidized using piss. Warhol invited friends to urinate onto a canvas covered in metallic paint in order to cause oxidation. warhol.org/education/reso…
In the late 70s, American artist Andy Warhol composed a series of what he called Oxidation Art. They are referred to now as "Piss Paintings" because after painting the canvas with copper paint, he would have his friends urinate on the canvas. wikiart.org/en/andy-warho…
The word "canvas" is related to the word "cannabis", because early canvas was made from hemp en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
"Roy, come and get this goddamn cat" was the first in-flight radio transmission. In the end, the cat found itself stuck on the ship after a failed retrieval attempt in a canvas bag dangling from a rope. aviationhumor.net/roy-com…
Dermatographia is an immune disorder where the skin swells up even when only lightly scratched. Artist Adriana Russel has it, and uses her skin as a canvas. visualnews.com/2012/05/14…
An all-female Soviet flying regiment in WWII made 30,000 bombing missions in converted plywood & canvas crop dusters which made a whooshing sound as they flew by -- Nazis called them "Night Witches" nytimes.com/2013/07/15/wo…
Russian women flew plywood-and-canvas planes to bomb Nazi forces during WWII; earned nickname "Night Witches" by Nazis nytimes.com/2013/07/15/wo…
Critics lauded painter Claude Monet for developing an abstract style during the tail end of his life. However, Monet had actually developed cataracts in his eyes, and could not properly see his canvas. archopht.jamanetwork.com/…
There is a painter who "paints using only his eye as a paintbrush. First he puts the paint into his nose, next he forces the paint up through his eye and finally he squirts it onto a canvas." oddycentral.co.uk/leandro…
A Polar Bear hair was found in American Abstract Expressionist, Jackson Pollock's work β€œRed, Black and Silver,” 1956, creating a battle to authenticate the canvas as his own. nytimes.com/2013/11/25/ar…
The Roman Colosseum is believed to have originally supported a retractable awning, known as the velarium, that kept the sun and rain off spectators. This consisted of a canvas-covered, net-like structure made of ropes, with a hole in the center. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vel…
The Soviet Air Force had female military aviators, in WWII, that flew wood and canvas biplanes on bombing missions. The planes could carry only two bombs at a time and a stealth technique of the night bombers was to idle the engine near the target and glide to the bomb release point. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nig…
The word "Canvas" derives from "Cannabis" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hem…
99 years ago, British Futurist artist Christopher Nevinson painted La Mitrailleuse Machine gun ..."soldier going to be dominated by the machine ... I was the first man to express this feeling on canvas." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_…
In 1810, for the wedding of NapolΓ©on Bonaparte, the incomplete Arc de Triomphe de l'Γ‰toile in Paris was brought to life when a wood and painted canvas replica of the Arch was constructed the same as it was to be built. This allowed the architect to make second changes to the famous arch. arcdetriompheparis.com/hi…
Today I learned of CANVAS, who can be hired to help start and organise revolutions against dictators. (Proven track-record in the article includes Serbia and Egypt) foreignpolicy.com/article…
The original oil on canvas painting used in the Jaws paperback cover and movie poster was stolen 40 years ago and has never resurfaced. Some Hollywood insider probably has the most iconic image in cinematic history hanging on their wall. collectorsweekly.com/arti…
In 1942, operation β€˜Camouflage California’ consisted of covering whole air bases, factories and plants with camouflage netting to protect against air attacks. Suburbs and rural neighborhood scenes were painted on the canvas, including fake trees, shrubs and rubber cars.(pictures in the article) twistedsifter.com/2012/01…
There's an artist who works with flies to create paintings. John Knuth's process includes feeding flies watercolor paint and sugar, and then as the insects digest externally, a small mark is left behind on the canvas. For his last collection of paintings, the artist used over 200,000 flies. kcet.org/arts/artbound/co…
The term "canvas" came from "cannabis" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hem…
"OP will surely deliver"-image is actually a oil on canvas painting painted by the Skeleton Project a.k.a. Nicole MonΓ©. theskeletonproject.com/Th…

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