The “forbidden fruit” mentioned in the Book of Genesis is commonly assumed to be an apple, and is often depicted in Western art, but the Bible never identifies what type of fruit it is. The fruit may have been depicted as an apple due to a dual meaning of the Latin word malum, a noun […]
The colour yellow, when seen from a distance or when used with a dark background, is easiest to see, but when used alone, it is the most difficult color for eyes to process. Research has shown that people lose their tempers more often in yellow rooms and infants cry more when surrounded by yellow. (Psychology.about.com)
In 1961, Matisse’s Le Bateau (The Boat) hung upside-down for 47 days in the Museum of Modern Art, New York – none of the 116,000 visitors had noticed, including the art dealer Pierre Matisse, the artist’s own son.
Foreign accent syndrome (FAS) is speech disorder that causes a sudden change to speech so that a person speaks with a “foreign” accent. The condition is usually occurs after damage to the brain caused by a stroke or traumatic brain injury. Other reported causes include multiple sclerosis and conversion disorder. In some cases no […]
Vincent van Gogh was not a successful artist during his lifetime and sold only one painting while he was alive. “The Red Vineyard” created in 1888, was sold to impressionist painter Anna Boch for 400 francs a few months before his death. The painting was it was acquired by the famous Russian collector Sergei Shchukin, […]
Scientists from Keele University in the UK found that swearing can have a powerful painkilling effect, particularly for people who do not normally use profanities. The study involved student volunteers who placed their hands in a bucket of ice cold water while swearing repeatedly. They then repeated the exercise but, instead of swearing, used […]