Allison Meier

Post image for Cheery Skeleton Mosaic Found in Turkey Says, “Enjoy Your Life” [UPDATED]

Reclining by a wine jug and a portion of bread, a cup in one bony hand, the skeleton on a 3rd-century BCE mosaic discovered in Turkey has a simple message for its viewers: “Be cheerful, enjoy your life.”

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Post image for Escape Your Home in a Game About the Anxieties of OCD

You’re running late to work and need to get out the door in three minutes if you have any chance of making it to the office on time, but did you leave the stove on?

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Post image for The Most Beautiful Subway Station in the World: NYC Pays Tribute to Prince

Travelers through the Prince Street subway station in Manhattan yesterday may have looked twice at its signage that was temporarily transformed into a memorial for the late Prince.

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Post image for In a Game Based on the Failing US School System, Leave No Pineapple Behind

No Pineapple Left Behind, from Subaltern Games, turns the controversial 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, which connected federal funding in American public schools to standardized test scores, into a bleak management game.

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Post image for An Interactive Map of a Midcentury Botanist’s Amazonian Trips

Richard Evans Schultes took peyote with the Kiowa in Oklahoma in the 1930s, was the first scientist invited to a hallucinogenic yagé ceremony in the Amazon’s Sibundoy Valley in the 1940s, and inadvertently helped launch the psychedelic era of the 1960s.

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Post image for Harriet Tubman Bumps Slave-Owning Andrew Jackson Off Front of $20 Bill

The president who signed the Indian Removal Act, which pushed thousands of indigenous people off their land through events like the Trail of Tears, and owned over 100 slaves, will finally get his own removal from his central place on the American $20 bill.

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Post image for Scarred Rejects from the Farm Security Administration’s Great Depression Photos

Spend some time browsing the 145,000 negatives at the Library of Congress from the Farm Security Administration (FSA) and an odd pattern will emerge.

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Post image for Climbing into a Mortuary Drawer to Smell the Scents of JFK’s Last Moments

In Famous Deaths, you experience the smells and sounds of the last four minutes of someone’s life, all while closed inside a metal mortuary drawer.

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Post image for Filming a Memorial Ride to the Massacre at Wounded Knee

The US Cavalry massacred over 300 unarmed men, women, and children at Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota in 1890, and those who didn’t die from the bullets were left to freeze in the bitter December cold.

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Post image for A Day in the Life of the ‘New York Times’ Obituary Writers

The New York Times is one of the few publications with full-time obituary writers on staff, who each morning tackle a new life suddenly at its end, summing up in a few hundred words how this one person changed our world and why we should care.

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