Carl Sagan Writes Neil DeGrasse Tyson

March 24, 2014

Carl Sagan Writes Neil DeGrasse Tyson

This exchange is the stuff of scientific and cultural legend. When Neil DeGrasse Tyson accepted Sagan’s invitation and spent a Saturday touring Cornell University labs with the famed astrophysicist, his life was irrevocably changed.

A 17 year old when he met Sagan for the first time at Cornell University, Tyson later described the encounter in this way:

“At the end of the day, he drove me back to the bus station. The snow was falling harder. He wrote his phone number, his home phone number, on a scrap of paper. And he said, “If the bus can’t get through, call me. Spend the night at my home, with my family.”

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The Grimm Truth About Your Favorite Fairytales

March 22, 2014

Fairytales—at least as we know them—are a childhood staple. We know the classics by heart, but our beloved Disney-diluted iterations couldn’t be further from their true, markedly more sinister origins. The Brothers Grimm, a pair of German siblings who created some of the original tales in the 19th century, didn’t shy away from any gory details. In fact, not many of the original authors of our favorite fairytales did.

Fairytales: Cinderella

Fairytales Disney Cinderella

Source: Family Spot

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20 Bizarre (And Offensive) Vintage Ads

March 21, 2014

While many ad campaigns of days past may have been ill-conceived and oddly executed, they still manage to capture our current attentions with their wacky (though often misogynistic) imagery. These advertisements make apparent how far we’ve come in regard to scientific discovery and gender equality, and yet serve as a stark reminder of the thinking that has helped shape our culture for centuries.

These ads may have seemed like fabulous designs at the time, but the ones below clearly show us that some ideas –and products- should rightfully stay in the past. Whether you file these under hilarious, creepy, or just plain, old-fashioned bad ideas, here are 20 bizarre items from the world of questionable ad choices:

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Vintage Ads Cellophane Baby

Source: Daily Mail

Motorola Ad

Source: Blogspot

Bizarre Vintage Ads Pig

Source: Bored Panda

Baby Razor

Source: Bored Panda

Kill A Woman

Source: Bored Panda

Vintage Ads Carrington

Source: Buzzfeed

Cocaine Drops

Source: Xaxor

Bizarre Vintage Ads Daisy Gun

Source: Offbeat Earth

Revolver

Source: Xaxor

Bizarre Vintage Ads Jolting Chair

Source: Zion's Trumpet

Bizarre Vintage Ads Pain Cure

Source: Blogspot

Bizarre Ads Sunnybrook

Source: Buzzfeed

Bizarre Vintage Ads Violet Rayas

Source: Blogspot

The Evolution Of Madonna’s Feminist Message

March 20, 2014

Women of a certain age will remember the wannabes; they might even have been one. The surf slang was popularized in the mainstream to describe the packs of peroxide blonde high school girls in thrift shop attire—vented t-shirts, denim jackets, rubber bracelets all accessorized with lace, especially the fingerless gloves—who roamed American malls in the mid-1980s.

Costumed in crucifixes and layers of lace, Madonna bounced onto the world stage in 1983 inviting us to take a Holiday, and by the end of 1985 she had become a phenom due to her sophomore album, “Like a Virgin.” The appeal to high school girls was apparent; Madonna captured the imaginations of the wannabes, and once she held them and other record buyers in the palm of her hand, she crafted messages of empowerment. One might trace it back to “Material Girl.” In her Marilyn Monroe caricature, Madonna uses her old-fashioned feminine wiles to get what she wants, materialistically.

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History’s Cool Kids: The Best Of Old School Cool

March 19, 2014

While nostalgia for yesteryear can feel mawkishly selective, there is a certain je ne sais quoi appeal to fashions past. Enter “old school cool”, a community on Reddit that catalogs some of the best photographs that capture the human appeal of years past. From the vintage to the recent and the celebrity and the criminal, enjoy forty of the best photographs of old school cool:

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Paul Newman Venice

Paul Newman boating around Venice, Italy during a 1963 film festival.

Louis Armstrong Playing At The Sphinx

Louis Armstrong serenades his wife at the Sphinx.

Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen resting after completing a 500 mile race in the Mojave Desert.

Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner in the late 1950s.

David Bowie Mugshot

The mugshot of David Bowie after being arrested for marijuana possession in Rochester, New York.

Old School Cool Hippies

Tony Hawk In The Early 1980s

Tony Hawk in the early 1980s.

JFK

John F. Kennedy and Jackie O take in the America's Cup.

Showgirls Playing Chess In 1958

Showgirls play chess before a show in 1958.

Ice Skating In New York

Ice skating in Rockefeller Center in New York City during the early 1930s

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger poses with a glass of cognac.

Aubrey Hepburn

Aubrey Hepburn

Eatmore Ice Cream

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix

Princess Yvonne And Princess Alexander In 1955

Princess Yvonne And Princess Alexander of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, Germany, enjoy some mid-day activities in 1955.

Franklin D Roosevelt At Harvard

Franklin D Roosevelt takes a break during crew at Harvard.

Debbie Harry

Debbie Harry poses for the camera while driving in New York City.

James Brown In 1967

James Brown in 1967

Krazy Kat Club In 1921

A photograph from the Krazy Kat Club in 1921.

The Stoned Rollers

The coolest bowling team ever.

Muhammad Ali 1964

Muhammad Ali poses with his prize winnings during a photoshoot in 1964.

New York Subways In 1980s

Sophia Loren Playing Pool

Sophia Loren lining up a shot in pool.

Filming Of Psycho

Stanley Kubrick takes a selfie during the filming of Psycho.

Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla

Old School Computers

Mick Jagger And Andy Warhol

Mick Jagger hangs out with Andy Warhol in New York City.

Old School Cool

Boating

Old School Cool Biker Gang

Old School Cool Pictures

Old School Cool Ditka

Chicago Bears Coach Mike Ditka waves to reporters before the game.

Old School Cool Photographs

Sean Connery Teaches Handstands

Sean Connery teaches handstands during breaks of shooting a James Bond film.

Old School Villians

New York City In 1982

Best Of Old School Cool

Waiting for a bus in Iran in the late 1970s

Old School Cool Scooter

Roadside Flowers

A woman sells flowers on the roadside of California in the early 1970s.

The Beatles Arrive In America

When the Beatles arrived in America.

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Belle The Hippo During The Siege Of Leningrad

March 14, 2014

Belle The Hippo Leningrad

Of all the horrors of war, a destitute hippo is one of the last sights you’d expect to see. Translated directly from the source: “Belle survived the war thanks to her caretaker, Yevdokia Dashina. In 1941 water was turned off throughout the city and Belle’s pool was empty, so her skin began to dry out and crack. Every day, Dashina would drag a 40-liter barrel of water from the Neva river and rub the suffering hippo with camphor oil. Eventually, Belle’s skin healed and she was able to hide underwater through the air raids.”