German poster for SMITHEREENS (Susan Seidelman, USA, 1982)
Poster source: Westgate Gallery
The skull-shaped Snapdragon Flower Dragon(Antirrhinum majus) seed pod. The Antirrhinum, commonly known as the snapdragon has been a popular garden plant for many years. Also known as the dragon flower, its common name derives from the resemblance of the flower to a dragon’s head.Yet once the flower has died, leaving behind the seed pod, something a little more macabre appears. The dragon – just a visual metaphor after all – appears to have a skull.
“If you say that there are elephants flying in the sky, people are not going to believe you. But if you say that there are four hundred and twenty-five elephants flying in the sky, people will probably believe you.”
Happy birthday, Gabriel García Márquez, who is eighty-seven today.
Because one can never have enough platypus.
How animals eat.
Special satellite tags that track baby sea turtles show that some ride the North Atlantic Gyre while others float in the Sargasso Sea
Photo: Jim Abernethy
The first few hours of a loggerhead sea turtle’s life are pretty exciting. After hatching in their beach nests, the baby turtles crawl clumsily into the Atlantic Ocean and swim out to sea.
But, what happens after these golf-ball-sized swimmers paddle off into the sunset?
Read more about baby sea turtles and see more photos of them at Smithsonian.com
President Obama is complicit in suppressing the truth about CIA torture of prisoners. That’s clear from the fact that the Senate intelligence committee’s $40 million, 6,000-page torture report is still being suppressed 15 months after being adopted. It is made clearer still by a scathing letter that one member of the committee, Senator Mark Udall, sent the White House on Tuesday. Its claims are jaw-dropping.
Senator Udall wants the torture report released to the public as fully and quickly as possible. He is also interested in a separate CIA report about torture of prisoners.
Read more. [Image: Reuters]
Bargello stitch wool binding. 1759.
Holy wow. It hurts me to think about sewing this.
Still Hope: Axolotl, Thought to Be Extinct, Spotted in Mexico City Habitat
The elusive and mythical axolotl, woven into Aztec legend, seems to have gotten a reprieve. After declaring it potentially extinct a month ago, biologists have caught a glimpse of the salamander-like creature in its habitat in the southern outskirts of Mexico City.