A typical 20th-century aerial rotating house, as drawn by Albert Robida. The drawing shows a dwelling structure in the scientific romance style elevated above rooftops and designed to revolve and adjust in various directions. An occupant in the lower right points to an airship with a fish-shaped balloon in the sky, while a woman rides a bucket elevator on the left. Meanwhile, children fly a kite from the balcony as a dog watches from its rooftop doghouse.Artist: Albert Robida
A Common Grass Blue (Zizina labradus), a small Australian butterfly. This specimen, perched on a rose, is approximately 10 millimetres (0.4 in) in size. Females generally have a larger wingspan compared to males (23 and 20 mm or 0.9 and 0.8 in respectively).Photo credit: John O'Neill
This photograph, entitled Dalí Atomicus, explores the idea of suspension, depicting three cats flying, a bucket of thrown water, and Salvador Dalí in mid air. The title of the photograph is a reference to Dalí's work Leda Atomica which can be seen in the right of the photograph behind the two cats. This is an early unretouched version where the suspension wires are still visible.Photo credit: Philippe Halsman
A 1918 stereograph of the Wawona Tree, a famous giant sequoia (227 ft or 69 m in height and 90 ft or 27 m in circumference) that stood in Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park, California, United States. The tunnel was cut through the tree in 1881, enlarging an existing fire scar, making the tree a popular tourist attraction. Often travelers would come to have their picture taken either driving through the tunnel or standing underneath the tree. When it collapsed in 1969, its estimated age was 2,300 years.Photo credit: Keystone View Co.
A full-length photograph of the Shroud of Turin which is said to have been the cloth placed on Jesus at the time of his burial. The shroud bears the image of a man who appears to have been physically traumatized in a manner consistent with crucifixion. Radiocarbon dating in 1988 by three independent teams of scientists determined that it was made during the Middle Ages, long after Jesus lived. However, it is possible that the tested sample was not a part of the original cloth. The shroud was also damaged by a fire in the Late Middle Ages which could have added carbon material, resulting in a higher radiocarbon content and a later calculated age.
American stand-up comedianJosh Blue, the winner of the fourth season of the reality showLast Comic Standing. Blue has cerebral palsy and many of his jokes center on living with his disability, how he deals with it and how other people view him. He coined the term "palsy punch" during his final set of the final round of the show, when he said that the palsy punch is effective in a fight because "first of all, they don't know where the punch is coming from, and second of all, neither do I."Photo credit: Bryce Boyer
The "Darnley portrait", the official portrait of Elizabeth I of England, likely painted from life ca. 1575–76. This portrait is the source of a face pattern which would be used and reused for authorized portraits of Elizabeth into the 1590s, preserving the impression of ageless beauty. It features a crown and sceptre on a table beside the queen, and was the first appearance of these symbols of sovereignty separately used as props (rather than worn and carried) in Tudor portraiture, a theme that would be expanded in later portraits.Artist: Unknown
Crewmen aboard the USS Iwo Jima, prime recovery ship for the Apollo 13 mission, hoist the command module aboard ship on April 17, 1970, after the spacecraft splashed down in the South Pacific. The crew successfully returned to Earth after a critical malfunction en route to the Moon and the mission eventually became known as a "successful failure". Commander Jim Lovell's radio transmission, "Houston, we've had a problem", spawned the misquoted phrase in popular culture, "Houston, we have a problem".Photo credit: NASA
A Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis) perched on a blooming Cestrum species. The Silvereye is a very small passerine bird (~12 cm (4.7 in) in length) native to the Australasia region. Silvereyes are omnivorous but have a particular fondness for fruit. Some orchardists, grape growers, and home gardeners regard them as a pest particularly as, being so small, Silvereyes simply ignore bird nets, popping in and out through the netting at will.Photo credit: Noodle snacks
The flower of a Cymbidium Clarisse Austin 'Best Pink' cultivar of boat orchid, one of the most popular and desirable orchids in the world. One feature that makes the plant so popular is that it can survive during cold temperatures (as low as 7 °C or 45 °F). Orchid hobbyists in temperate climates appreciate their ability to bloom in winter, when few other orchids are blooming. Only a few Cymbidiumspecies are commonly grown in nurseries, due to the popularity of hybrids.Photo credit: Derek Ramsey
Two pot-bellied pigs sleeping. This breed of domestic pig belongs to the same species as the Wild Boar and the common farm pig (Sus domestica), and originated in Vietnam. Most adult pot-bellied pigs are about the size of a medium- or large-breed dog, though their bodies are denser at a weight of 60 to 300 pounds (27 to 136 kg).Photo credit: Joaquim Alves Gaspar
The Cobbe portrait is a 17th century panel painting recently claimed to be of William Shakespeare. Support for this theory is drawn from the inheritance of the portrait by the Cobbe family from Shakespeare's patron, Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton, and its resemblance to the Janssen portrait, a long-standing candidate to be a portrait of Shakespeare. Scientific examination has dated the panel and paint used to Shakespeare's lifetime. These claims, however, have been met with considerable skepticism from both Shakespeareans and art experts, some of whom believe that both the Cobbe and Janssen portraits represent Sir Thomas Overbury. The portrait goes on public display for the first time today in Shakespeare's birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, England.
Summit of the Chachani (on the left, elevation 6,057 metres or 19,872 feet), and Mt. Fatima (highest point), the highest of three volcanoes above Arequipa, Peru. The path to reach the summit can be seen, going almost to the top of Mt. Fatima first. Because this region is extremely arid, the mountain is almost entirely devoid of snow.Photo credit: Alexandre Buisse
A female sand wasp (Bembix oculata) in its habitat. They are so named because they nest in sandy places, using the front legs to dig holes in which they store prey (usually flies) to feed their larvae.Photo credit: Joaquim Alves Gaspar
An ijazah certifying competency to teach Islamic calligraphy, 1206 AH/1791 CE. The ijazah qualification, which indicates that one has been authorized by a higher authority to transmit a certain subject or text of Islamic knowledge, appeared in the 9th century and is considered to be the first academic degree.Image credit: 'Ali Ra'if Efendi
An 1835 lithograph of Red Jacket, a Native AmericanSeneca chief. He took this name (one of several) from an embroidered coat given to him by the British Army for his wartime services. The Senecas took the British side during the American Revolution, although Red Jacket later supported the U.S. in the War of 1812. Red Jacket became famous as an orator, speaking for the rights of his people. In 1792, he played a prominent role in negotiations with the new U.S. government. During these negotiations, he received a special "peace medal", a large oval silver plate showing an image of President George Washington on the right hand side shaking his hand engraved upon it. Red Jacket wore this on his chest (shown here) in every portrait painted of him thereafter.Artist: Henry Corbould, printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel