The world has been about to end for a long time. In fact, if there’s a single philosophical idea that runs like a connecting thread through thousands of years of history, it’s that we definitely don’t have thousands of years left to live. People have been predicting the end of the world – any day now – since before we started smelting iron. The study of humanity’s indecent eagerness to see the world end is so common, it has its own name: eschatology.
What Goes On Underground While we don’t, by and large, live underground, we do work, play, pray, celebrate, visit, smuggle, stockpile, and hide there. The work can be as primitive as mining…
Consider this shot a micro-example of the legendary Pale Blue Dot photo. Here, we see the International Space Station (that speck just right of center) as it crosses the moon. The image has a humbling effect: many bemoan the cost of maintaining the ISS and, more broadly, space exploration. But as this photo conveys, we have so very much to learn.
For many in London, it’s not spring without the Chelsea Flower Show. Long enjoyed by Britain’s upper crust, the Royal Horticultural Society has held the five-day annual event for over a century, and it is considered to be the most important and prestigious flower show in the world.
The Royal Horticultural Society first launched their event in 1833 in Chiswick Gardens, and after a couple moves found a permanent home on the grounds of the Chelsea Royal Hospital. The first officially named Chelsea Flower Show debuted on May 20th, 1913.
Caitlyn Jenner has captured the world’s attention–and apparently Twitter’s, too–with her debut appearance on the cover of Vanity Fair. Over the past several months, we have learned much about her transformation, and ourselves. As much as Jenner is doing to raise awareness for the trans community, she is aided substantially by the steps of Christine Jorgensen, the first person to become widely known in the United States for having sex reassignment surgery.
One day before Valentine’s Day, 1953, Christine Jorgensen returned to New York after what was quite literally a transformative trip abroad. Prior to her travels, Christine went by George. But when her plane landed in the United States, not only was Christine no longer George–she was no longer “average”, either. Almost overnight the American media catapulted Christine, who had begun the process of gender reassignment, to national fame. While not the first person to undergo gender reassignment surgery, Jorgensen was the first American to become somewhat of a celebrity as a result of it.