Topic: Arts & Culture

Watch: Streets of Lagos

Why Are All Swedish Cottages Painted Red?

One company has exclusive rights to the source of the iconic pigment—a copper mine's supply of iron deposits that may last just a century more

The Mad 1920s Fad of Pole-Sitting

Forget planking – or any other useless but mildly entertaining stunts you might have seen via Tik Tok for that matter. Before all that, came the strange spectacle of pole-sitting, a fad that...

Venice Syndrome

Venice Syndrome spots the similarities between Venice and 2 replicas of Venice (a chinese replica in Hangzhou and Las Vegas)

The Unlikely Endurance of the Rubik's Cube

Nearly half a century after its humble invention, the cube continues to be a global sensation. What's the secret?

This Ain't My First Rodeo: America's Queer Cowboys in Pictures

Luke Gilford spent four years immersing himself in queer rodeo culture – and discovered a world where steer roping meets lip sync battles and camp glamour

How Do People Picnic Around the Globe?

Outdoor dining is having a moment. Let these traditions from eight different places help you put together the ultimate open-air meal

The Fantastic Art of Tatsuya Tanaka

A Simple Guide to Asian Architecture

"No Memory Is Ever Alone" Photo Series

One Man’s Trash

In an era of aspirational minimalism, two new books reveal the meaning latent in the junk we collect.

A Beginner’s Guide to End Times

Today, the utopian is whoever believes that everything can just keep going as before

The 'Wickedest' City on Earth?

Now a relatively quiet fishing village, Port Royal was once so notorious that it was considered by many to be ‘the wickedest city on Earth’ – until it sank into the sea.

The Happy History of the Word Cheers

Do We Have Victorians to Thank for Consumerism?

There were things to cover things, things to hold other things, things that were representations of yet more things.

A Rare Day-By-Day Document of Life Aboard a Slave Ship

The logbook is written from the white perspective, and its horrors are plain to see.

Britain's Last-Ditch Line of Defense Bunkers Uncovered

Likely survival rates for these men were judged to be as low as 12 days, which may be why OBs were sometimes referred to as 'Suicide Bunkers'.

In Pictures: Teenage dreamers, growing up in rural Argentina

Guille and Belinda are two cousins who spent their summers dreaming of becoming famous singers – then love and motherhood arrived

Skeletons in the closet

The history of the cross and its many meanings over the centuries

Sept. 14 is the the Feast of the Holy Cross celebrated by many Catholics and some Christians. A scholar revisits the history of the cross, how it became a symbol of divine love, but also of violence.

2,600-year-old Phoenician wine 'factory' unearthed in Lebanon

The oldest press found in the country was used by ancient Phoenicians to manufacture vintages once adored around the Mediterranean.

Visions of a Visionary, The Designs of Eero Saarinen

The exemplary career of Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen demonstrates how talent can indeed run in the family. An individual who looked to the future, and often sky, with his bold...

Why Women Can Dress Like Men But Not Vice Versa

A woman slips on her boyfriend’s cotton shirt, its shoulders dropping inches below hers, and rolls up the long, long sleeves. She looks even more feminine. A man borrows his girlfriend’s soft blue...

The Love of Life in the Face of Death: Keith Haring

“It is very important to be in love with life… Life is very fragile and always elusive. As soon as we think we ‘understand,’ there is another mystery. I don’t understand any…

The Guys Making Bootleg Toys of Your Favorite Movies and TV Shows

Why wait for official action figures from your favorite old shows and movies when you could make your own (or pay someone hundreds of dollars to make it for you)?

The Paris Morgue Provided Ghoulish Entertainment

With its huge windows framing the corpses on display, the morgue bore an uncomfortable resemblance to a department store.

Comedy Wildlife Photography awards 2020 finalists

Landcapes of Russia: panoramas and cityviews from the largest nation on Earth

Perfect Switzerland Landscapes

An Ode to "Duck Architecture"

Now I know. Did you? There's an official name for all those kitschy roadside buildings shaped like the merchandise they're selling. Most popular in the 1920s and 30s, giant coffee pots, hot dogs,...

Out There: On Not Finishing

What happens if the stories we tell ourselves about our lives leave us lonely, wrestling with meaning?

This Norwegian Island Claims to Be the Fabled Land of Thule

Residents of Smøla believe they live in the northernmost location mentioned in ancient Greek and Roman literature. Other contenders say not so fast.

Hokusai: More than 100 lost works by non-western world’s most famous artist rediscovered

Book: The Suburbs Are Still Hell

Two new books by Jason Diamond and Eula Biss expose the fraught moral dilemmas of living in the ’burbs.

Why We All Need Philosophy

Philosophy can help us live more meaningful lives and build better societies. We just need a framework of philosophy that fits our modern-day problems.

Inside Turkmenistan’s extravagant and empty tourist resort

Nestled on the Caspian Sea, Awaza is unattainable to locals — and tourists are few and far between

The Story of the Teacher Who Integrated New York Transit

In 1854, Elizabeth Jennings was forcibly kicked off a horsecar. Her fight changed the city.

Watch: VHS HERO

An unknown artist from upstate New York transforms newly released films into VHS tapes.

Labor Day's surprisingly radical origins

Celebrated each year on the first Monday in September, this holiday was born amid violence and unrest over oppressive working conditions.

From Chaos to Order: A Brief Cultural History of the Parking Lot

Urban designer Eran Ben-Joseph charts the evolution of the humble parking lot.