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Tapped Four

Parties, game nights and even dinners become so boring at times but one good game can bring back all the excitement. Tapped four is...

Heroin Was Initially Marketed As A Cough Suppressant By Bayer AG

From 1898-1910, the German drug company Bayer marketed diacetylmorphine as an over the counter drug under their trademark name Heroin.  The name was derived from the Greek...

Syndromes: Foreign Accent Synrome

Foreign accent syndrome (FAS) is speech disorder that causes a sudden change to speech so that a person speaks with a “foreign” accent.  The...

Exploding Everlasting Gobstopper

Gobstoppers, (aka Jawbreakers in Canada and the US), are a type of hard candy made up of a number of layers, each layer dissolving...

Important Facts and Information about Coronavirus

Coronavirus is a family of different viruses that can trigger someone to suffer from a common cold or other severe ailments such as SARS...

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QUIXOTRY: Highest Scoring Scrabble Word

On October 12, 1996 in the basement of a Unitarian church on the town green in Lexington, Massachusetts , the record for the highest...

Inventions: Duct (Duck) Tape

Developed in 1942 during World War II by Permacel, formerly a division of Johnson & Johnson, duct tape, (aka duck tape), is a pressure sensitive...

Accidental Inventions: Bubble Wrap

Originally marketed as wallpaper, Bubble Wrap was invented in 1957 by engineers Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes who sealed two shower curtains together, creating a smattering...

Syndromes: Foreign Accent Synrome

Foreign accent syndrome (FAS) is speech disorder that causes a sudden change to speech so that a person speaks with a “foreign” accent.  The...

Rousseau’s Jungles

Henri Rousseau is known for his scenes of exotic jungles and animals. In fact, Rousseau never left France. His paintings were based on images...

Word Origins: Good-Bye

The word “Good-bye” is actually derived from the words God be with you.  Its first recorded use is in a 1573 letter.  Earlier forms of...
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Picasso: Nude, Green Leaves and Bust: Highest Selling Painting at Auction

In 2010, Picasso’s, Nude, Green Leaves and Bust sold for $106.5 million US to an anonymous buyer,  setting a record for the sale of...

Edvard Munch’s Graffiti

Edvard Munch’s famous painting The Scream was vandalized  with lightly scrawled graffiti that reads in Norwegian, “Could only have been painted by a madman.”  It is...

Origin of the Louvre

The Louvre was originally constructed as the fortress of Philippe Auguste in 1190. Charles V oversaw the first modernisation process  in the 1300s which resulted in...

Origin of the Photograph

The first permanent colour photograph, was conceived by James Clerk Maxwell in 1861. Thomas Sutton, inventor of the single-lens reflex camera, photographed a tartan ribbon three...

Caravaggio’s Unruly Life

Revolutionary Baroque painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was infamous for his unruly life.  He was known for brawling and was arrested and imprisoned numerous times. In...

Rousseau’s Jungles

Henri Rousseau is known for his scenes of exotic jungles and animals. In fact, Rousseau never left France. His paintings were based on images...

E.E. Cummings: Poetry and Art

E.E. Cummings was very popular throughout the 20th century and received tremendous critical acclaim for his poetry and writing. Less well-known is his accomplishments...

Groundhog Day: February 2

Groundhog Day is a holiday celebrated on February 2 in the United States and Canada. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a...

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John Lennon – Annie Leibovitz Photo

Born in 1949 in Connecticut, USA Leibovitz studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. She became interested in photography  when she lived in...

Hyperrealism

Hyperrealism is a genre of painting and sculpture resembling a high resolution photograph. It is a fully-recognized school of art and is considered to be...

Van Gogh’s Ear: What Really Happened?

There are two schools of thought about how Vincent van Gogh lost part of his left ear on December 23, 1888. Some believe that Paul Gauguin...

Pablo Picasso’s Full Name

Pablo Picasso’s full name was Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito...

Picasso vs. Braque: Who Can Tell the Difference?

From 1909 – 1914, Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso worked closely together daily to develop Cubism. Both artists produced paintings of monochromatic color and...