Long-time sports fan and pop culture nerd. Aspiring MLB Umpire and Jeopardy! contestant. Childhood founded on Harry Potter and the Atlanta Braves.
it’s that time of year again
this year’s Comic-Con panel
By Josh LN
Meet the Mona Lisa of the Prado, the earliest known copy of Da Vinci’s best portrait. Similarity in the undersketch of the painting indicates that this was very likely painted concurrently with the original Mona Lisa, by a student of Da Vinci.
There is much controversy in the art world over the question of whether or not to clean the fragile Mona Lisa, but her sister has been restored and some fairly odd later alterations removed to show the original vibrant colors and lighting. Some details, such as the sheerness of her shawl and the pattern on the neckline of her dress, have become utterly obscured in the original, but in the restored copy they’re perfectly clear.
It blows my mind a little bit to look at these two sisters side-by-side and imagine how much vivid detail could be hiding in the Mona Lisa under 500 years of rotten varnish.
THE COPY HAS EYEBROWS
Your response to a beautiful piece of artwork done by Leonardo Da Vinci himself is “SHES GOT EYEBROWS”. Alright. All intelligent life has been lost.
Yo Snooty McSnotwhine, the Mona Lisa’s vanished eyebrows have been the subject of debate and analysis in the art expert community for hundreds of years, long before your parents squirted water at each other from across the clown car and then honked their bicycle horns to indicate they really wanted to make a smug, insufferable little clown baby together.
this continues to be the best reply to a criticizing comment on this site
Down the street
They’re so fucking baked
This spider was trapped in tree resin about 20 million years ago. Over time, the resin fossilized to amber, preserving the animal inside. Specimens like this are helpful given that spiders don’t fossilize well in sediment. They offer researchers good information about the group’s more recent history. The oldest known amber specimen is from around 130 million years ago. This specimen was collected in the Dominican Republic.
Learn more in our exhibition, Spiders Alive! open now.
Why has there not been a Jurassic Park type movie but with spiders?
John Mccain is in baseball jail.
This wedding is supposed to be a happy occasion! Let’s not bicker and argue about who killed who.
— Olenna Tyrell, A Storm of Swords (via incorrectgotquotes)
Corny jokes will be the death of me
"And they’d both like to give you some feedback"
How old is this photo.
Because it’s set up like Grandpappy sitting on the rocker telling the youngin’s about his youth.
But at this point in history it looks like one old guy took the only chair and made the rest of his elderly friends sit on the pavement because he’s the senior senior.
when McGonagall finds out that Ginny is pregnant, and that the Weasley and Potter bloodlines will converge, she marks on her calender the day the child will turn 11 and that is the day she retires
"I had insecurities and fears like everybody does, and I got over it. But I was interested in the parts of me that struggled with those things."
Happy Birthday Philip Seymour Hoffman (23rd July 1967 - 2nd February 2014)
I guess I’m spending the rest of today being sad about Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Again.