Scientists Unlock Secrets of Ancient Pompeii Scrolls

Scientists Unlock Secrets of Ancient Pompeii Scrolls

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Way back in the first century, Mt. Vesuvius erupted and destroyed the towns of Herculaneum and Pompeii. In the process, a library of ancient scrolls was carbonized by the extreme heat of the ash coming from the volcano. Nearly two millennia later, a group of scientists say there might be a way of reading what was locked away in those scrolls during the eruption. Using high-energy x-rays and artificial intelligence, they may be a way to observe the texts without having to risk opening them. Professor Brent Seales, the Computer Science chair at the University of Kentucky, is leading the …

7 Hauntingly Horrible Halloween Costumes

7 Hauntingly Horrible Halloween Costumes

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Halloween is almost upon us! Or, at the very least, the time to plan ahead for Halloween is almost upon us! It can be tempting to pick a costume based on one of your favorite characters, or a costume that really amps up the sex appeal. In order to save you from some spooky strife this season, here are some of literary characters you definitely should NOT dress up as this Halloween. 1. The Cat in the Hat (The Cat in the hat)   Image via Yandy   I had never heard of Yandy before I began compiling this list, …

Seven Sensational Shel Silverstein Sayings

Seven Sensational Shel Silverstein Sayings

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September 25th is Shel Silverstein’s birthday! To celebrate that beloved American poet known for books like The Giving Tree and A Light in the Attic we’ve put together a few of Silverstein’s best quotes.   When the light turns green, you go. When the light turns red, you stop. But what do you do when the light turns blue with orange and lavender spots? Draw a crazy picture, Write a nutty poem, Sing a mumble-gumble song, Whistle through your comb. Do a loony-goony dance ‘Cross the kitchen floor, Put something silly in the world That ain’t been there before. Listen to the mustn’ts, …

Cafe Pushkin Is Every Book and Food Lover’s Dream!

Cafe Pushkin Is Every Book and Food Lover’s Dream!

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Housed in a mansion built during the 19th century, Cafe Pushkin is a five-star restaurant serving French and Russian cuisine in the heart of Moscow.   image via inyourpocket.com   Cafe Pushkin’s traditional Russian menu is a bit expensive, but it’s world class cuisine is worth it when you consider the fact you’ll be eating in one of the most beautiful Baroque libraries in the world.     Just imagine thumbing through something by Tolstoy or Dostoevsky after your meal!   image via cafepushkin.ru   Though the restaurant only opened in 1999, dining at Café Pushkin feels like stepping back …