The American Gothic House in Eldon Iowa served as the inspiration for Grant Wood’s famous painting American Gothic.
In 1930, Wood was visiting Eldon for an art exhibition of Edward Rowan’s work, and was driving around with a young painter, John Sharp, when they passed by the house. Wood was quite taken with its Carpenter Gothic style so they pulled over so he could make a sketch. Later Wood said that the house caught his eye because of the unique window that he called “pretentious” for such a small house.
You are absolutely forbidden to die by your own hand. It may take three years, it may take five, but whatever happens, we'll come back for you. Until then, so long as you have one soldier, you are to continue to lead him. You may have to live on coconuts. If that's the case, live on coconuts! Under no circumstances are you to give up your life voluntarily.
The Roman Empire is often heralded as one of the greatest societies to ever exist. Roads, bound books, concrete, and sewers are just a few of the wonderfully essential things that the Romans contributed to society.
Mummification is a practice that has existed since ancient times. The Egyptians mummies - their heavily bandaged and embalmed corpses- were amongst the most popular. However, in the Philippines a different type of mummy has recently come to light - the fire mummies.
Although more people were killed in the collapse of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, the deadliest single-building fire in U.S. history occurred nearly a century before the 9/11 attacks. On December 30, 1903, more than 600 people died after a fire broke out at a brand-new theater in downtown Chicago.
Feudal Japan may have been a man's world, but there were plenty of women fighting in it. Onna-bugeisha, which literally translates to "woman warrior," was a type of female warrior belonging to the Japanese nobility class. They were the daughters of samurai clans or wives of samurai trained in the art of combat, either to defend their homes when their husbands went to war or in battle themselves.
Ancient humans may not have the technology we enjoy today, but they have things like flushable toilets, chewing gum and nice purses just like we do. In fact, much more of the everyday stuff we use today have been around for ages and we have listed some of them below.
We bring forth a collection of short biographies as we celebrate #WomensHistoryMonth. This series, compiled by Auberdesigns, draws our attention to the extraordinary achievements and some contribution of women to the major fields of Science and Mathematics.
Not far from the Hungarian Parliament building sit 60 pairs of old-fashioned shoes, the type people wore in the 1940s. These footwear make up the "Shoes on the Danube Bank" memorial which honors the Jews who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest during World War II.
High in the Peruvian Andes lies an old gold-mining settlement that has, over the years, grown to the status of a city. More than 30,000 people live in this mountainous city five kilometers above sea level — the highest-elevation human settlement in the world.
Marisa and David of Queanbeyan, Australia make dollhouses out of beautiful old suitcases they come across. They combined David’s skills in carpentry with Marisa’s love of miniatures to make their unique up-cycled suitcase dollhouses. Each piece is made from a sourced suitcase or wooden box and decorated to suit its individual personality. They can make custom pieces and even turn your old unused suitcases into dollhouses.
Juliane Koepcke was born a German national in Lima, Peru, in 1954, the daughter of a world-renowned zoologist (Hans-Wilhelm) and an equally revered ornithologist (Maria). As a teenager, Juliane was enrolled at a Peruvian high school. Her parents were stationed several hundred miles away, manning a remote research outpost in the heart of the Amazon. Juliane herself was no stranger to the swelteringly harsh Amazonian environment and was well versed in the inner workings of its volatile ecosystem. It was this knowledge that would later save her life
Born Margaret Rose in 1930 at Glamis Castle in Scotland, Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon was the younger daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and the only sibling of Queen Elizabeth II.
Photographer Craig Walker won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for his photo series on Scott Ostrom, a honorably discharged veteran, home from Iraq and struggling with a severe case of post-traumatic stress. These photos were taken in December of 2011 - images that enable viewers to better grasp a national issue.