As with history and truth, beauty and our understanding of it don’t simply exist; we create them. Looking at beauty as a sort of cultural document, certain hairstyles and accented facial features can help explain the values and aspirations of a group of people at specific point in time. In under a minute, Cut Video examines the changing forms of beauty, reminding us of its inherently malleable properties.
While the media and public were fixated on the January terrorist attack at Charlie Hebdo’s Paris headquarters, a village in the northern Borno State of Nigeria was the site of a five-day…
Some people are born to sainthood, while others have it thrust upon them whether they like it or not. Such was the case for Saint Veronica of Milan, our first in a series of hagiographies to help you better know a saint.
And you thought One Direction and Justin Bieber fans were the scourge of the planet. As the United States turned a cold shoulder to the USSR in the middle of the 20th century, it–or at least its young men and women–clamored for the gyrations of the King of Rock n’ Roll’s hips. The raven-haired Tennesseean lit the States on fire with his crooning and unabashed sexuality, using his background with black Gospel music to really pave the way for the boisterous, frenetic and electric sounds that would define the 1960s and beyond. Featured above is a woman at a 1957 Presley concert, who we can only assume was having a good time.
As one of the leading figures of American history, Benjamin Franklin is certainly one of the most interesting as well. He enjoyed a long life filled with countless achievements and colorful adventures. Franklin truly was a polymath, wearing many different hats throughout his life: politician, businessman, civic leader, inventor, author, printer, scientist etc. It’s no surprise that someone with such a distinguished career has so many fascinating stories to tell.
1. He had a knack for pranks. Franklin was never above causing a bit of mischief for his friends and family. When he was a teenager, Ben worked for his older brother’s newspaper, The New-England Courant. When his brother refused to publish one of Ben’s letters, Ben adopted a false identity – that of a widow named Silence Dogood – and started writing letters in her name. These, of course, got published and became pretty popular. Eventually, he put an end to the prank when Mrs. Dogood started receiving marriage proposals from readers.