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The Allure of Cleopatra

Long, long before the famous 1960s movie starring Elizabeth based on Cleopatra's life came out, the Egyptian queen had been a powerhouse in people's imagination. She continues to attract attention today. She was powerful, alluring, and intelligent. She knew how to rule and fight. She spoke at least seven languages. Known for her affairs with the great Roman emperor Julius Caesar as well as the politician and general Mark Antony, she's portrayed in film and stories as beautiful, dangerous, and shrewd.  The truth, of course, is somewhere in between.  What we do know is that Cleopatra lived from 69 BC to 30 BC. She was from the Ptolemaic dynasty of Egyptian rulers and the last queen of Egypt. She was highly...

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The Creepy Clown Uprising

In late August last year in Greenville, South Carolina, a little boy in Alabama ran to his mom with a odd story. Two people dressed in clown garb - one with a red wig, the other with a black star on his face - had tried to lure him into the woods. And so it began.  Clowns began appearing like pumpkins at fall festivals. Calls came pouring in at the Greenville County police's office, as both children and adults reported clown sightings near apartment complexes and at the edge of the woods. In Spartanburg, also South Carolina, there were reports of clowns trying to lure kids into the woods with treats.  By September, North Carolina cities Greensboro, Marion and Winston-Salem were...

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Examples of Anthropomorphism in Victorian Art

Anthropomorphism - the attribution of human traits and emotions to non-human entities, including animals - has existed probably since the dawn of time. One ancient example is Aesop's Fables, in which stories such as The Hare and The Tortoise have been recounted to numerous generations. In the 19th century, Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland was and continues to delight audiences to this day - it includes a talking caterpillar, mice, flowers, and late hares in full human dress. In the same era Alice came out, the Victorian Era (1837-1901), there was a trend of photographs or paintings of animals in various anthropomorphic poses, doing human things and wearing human clothing. An example of a Victorian Christmas card: Victorian ad on a trading card...

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Where the Monsters Roam

Where the Monsters Roam Architect Pirro Ligorio competed the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Rome after the death of Michelangelo.  Pirro was an amazing architect but he created a place so unusual, it was strange for back then in the Renissance and even more strange now.  The park is called the park of wonders and is a mix between reality and mythology.  The park is in Bomarzo, Lazio, Italy.   The Park of Monsters Pirro created a park that has strange mythological creatures sculpted into the surroundings.  The park celebrates mythology and the struggle between good and evil.  Some of the sculptures in the park include Hercules in battle, Jupiter, dragon, pegasus, cerberes and various monsters.  The park opened in 1552....

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Relativity

Let's Talk Time Time is a standard unit, like a pound or millimeter, it can be measured.  Pounds by weight, millimeters by distance and time is measured in seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years.  The point is that time has standard units.  The thing is we feel time.  Our brains might know it is a standard unit, but time feels slow or time can feel fleeting.  The think is our brain tricks us.  It make fun go by fast and the boring times go by slow. Visual Aid Art can be seen as the ultimate magic trick.  Artist take things like paper and canvas and make them tell a story.  They give us reasons to believe, reasons to...

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