This 65-feet-tall stunner is no stranger to controversy. In 2000, a nature photographer came under fire for, well, lighting one beneath the arch to demonstrate a particular photography technique and was subsequently fined over $10,000 for damages. Following that, photos surfacing of climber Dean Potter’s jaunt to the top caused authorities to forbid climbing on any named arch all year.
For a while, the black death’s etiology was uncertain. But thanks to ever-improving technology, scientists have determined that the plague originated in a Chinese rodent population in the form of the rod-shaped Yersinia pestis, which likely made its way to Europe via the Silk Road and merchant ships between 1346 and 1353. Science jargon aside, the plague took with it between 75 and 200 million people, or at least one-third of Europe’s population at the time. It took over 150 years for all of Europe to recover from a mere bacteria, but not without monumental social, political and economic upheavals.
Most people have heard of Anastasia, the daughter of Czar Nicholas II and Alexandra Feodorovna who, according to a trove of rumors, survived her family’s extrajudicial murder in July 1918. Though the rumors were later disproved, general fascination with Anastasia and the tragic story of Imperial Russia’s final sovereign family has garnered extensive attention and even an animated movie, Anastasia, released in 1997.
Though the movie wasn’t historically accurate, Rasputin, the minion-dispatching menace did exist. According to many eyewitness testimonies, the “man who wouldn’t die” was just as intriguing as the royal family itself.
One man pays tribute to his mother’s teachings in an entirely untraditional way: by dancing in a pool. David Bolger, choreographer and artistic director of Dublins’ CoisCéim Dance Theatre, sashays through the waters of the Marian College swimming pool…where his mother served as an instructor and taught Bolger to swim so long ago.
The National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest hits its mid twenties this June. For nearly 25 years, wanderlust-riddled individuals have sent their snapshots into the DC-based magazine in hopes of sharing a slice of their experience with the masses. And, OK, getting a little name recognition in the process. Thanks to The Roosevelts, we’re able to share some of 2013′s most promising entries thus far.