The literary canon is filled with intelligent, feisty, never-say-die heroines, and legendary female authors. Like today’s women, they too placed a premium on personality, spirituality, career, sisterhood, and family. When their backs were against the wall, characters like Scarlett O’Hara, Jo March, Jane Eyre, and Elizabeth Bennet fought back - sometimes with words, sometimes with gritty actions.
The Boy Scouts of America is so identified with gender that "boy" is in the 107-year-old organization’s name. And for years, the organization has defined that to mean individuals assigned a male gender at birth.
Many people know the feeling of that combination of early morning calamities: You can’t find your shoes, your coffee turned out bitter. Thank goodness your toast came out right—brown and crispy, just like you like it. But you might want to think twice before taking a bite: As the BBC reports, British food scientists just declared that browned toast might be bad for your health.
Listen up, would-be Anglophiles: Here's how never to mess up your realms, kingdoms and empires again.
Head to any major city in the United States and you’ll see bike share programs like New York’s CitiBike and Denver’s B-cycle.
Thailand is a must-visit destination for the devoted foodie—a place where tiny food stalls can be found on seemingly every corner, filled with inexpensive and delicious street food for hungry passers-by. But in one of the country’s most delectable destinations that tradition is about to end. As the AFP reports, Bangkok authorities plan to remove all street food stalls by the end of the year.
You’ve just stepped into a very old library. What’s the sensory experience like? Dust could shimmer in the light; silence fills your ears. But the sense most people notice first is smell—the scent of old books prickling your nose.
Are you a champion couch potato? A legendary lie-about? If you also happen to be spectacularly fit and have a Y chromosome, The Guardian’s Kim Willsher has the scoop on the perfect job for you: a French study recruiting men willing to lie on their backs for two months for the sake of space research.
At first blush, the weatherproof, vandal-proof tombstones may look like normal tombstones, but when you stand in front of one it shows pictures, video and other information about the deceased person on a 48-inch interactive screen.
Being homeless is dangerous and difficult. But finding shelter isn’t the only logistical challenge people who can’t afford a permanent residence face. Basic tasks like doing laundry can become an insurmountable and expensive challenge if you live on the street. But for some homeless people in Rome, that’s about to change—thanks to the pope.
People look at art for their own reasons—to soothe their souls, shake up their everyday lives, and reencounter old friends. But which exhibitions do people like most—and what kinds of art are waning in popularity?
In 2014 and 2015, Ebola spread through West Africa like wildfire, affecting over 28,000 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia and killing 11,310. But just how did the dangerous virus spread? A new study has a surprising answer, reports the BBC’s James Gallagher—the majority of cases were caused by a small minority of infected people.
1975 was a year of political disillusionment as the United States pulled out of Vietnam, the Khmer Rouge regime took over Cambodia, and American officials were convicted of crimes in the Watergate scandal. It was also the year in which two women independently tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford in the same month, writes Atlas Obscura’s Sarah Laskow.
Harriet Tubman was born in slavery in Maryland, but she lived out her old age in Auburn, New York, on a property all her own. Now, that property and others related to Tubman are being celebrated anew. As the Associated Press reports, Harriet Tubman is getting her own national historical park in upstate New York.
At nearly 200 miles in length, the Whanganui is New Zealand’s longest navigable river. It starts as an alpine stream, then gains steam with waters from other major tributaries.
In 1939, a young journalist named Clare Hollingworth got the scoop of the century when she first witnessed German forces amassing at the Polish border, then saw them invading the country. She broke the news—and her way into history books—and went on to a career as a war correspondent and reporter that spanned over seven decades.
The concept is relatively simple: An engraver named Graham Short has created micro-portraits of Jane Austen on four British £5 notes in honor of the 200th anniversary of her death in 2017. Short, who is known for his extremely tiny art, engraved the four unique, nearly invisible portraits on the transparent part of the fivers, which were recently introduced as plastic bills.
in 1890, Vincent van Gogh, flattened by depression and loneliness and plagued by financial woes, shot himself in the midst of a wheat field in Auvers, France.
In the midst of disaster, small items like batteries or medical supplies can be a matter of life or death. But what is the safest and most cost-effective way to deliver those items?
What if George Washington weren’t a false-teeth-wearing, presidential icon but rather an amiable bro who kept his sunglasses in the pocket of his vest? It’s a question you likely have not asked yourself before—but inside one Washington, D.C., restaurant, it’s one that’s answered nonetheless.