Medication used to treat pain and fever. It is typically used for mild to moderate pain relief. There is mixed evidence for its use to relieve fever in children. It is often sold in combination with other medications, such as in many cold medications.
Group of residential buildings located in Nanterre, in the inner suburbs of Paris, France.
The cone of plausibility is meant to graphically represent the relationship between the present moment in time and the certainty of our knowledge about future events. It provides a useful visual heuristic for planners looking into the future. But as the diagram depicts, the further into the future we seek to plan, the greater the number of possible events.
The autobiography of french mountaineer Lionel Terray stands among the “100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time”, according to National Geographic Adventure magazine. Following World War II, when France desperately needed successes to heal its wounds, Terray emerged as a national hero, conquering summits atop the planet’s highest mountains.
Paintings of distorted automobiles by Peter Cain in the early 90s. Rendered with precision, their gleaming surfaces intensified the seductiveness of the advertisements on which they were based, leading one critic at the time to call them “literal and figurative icons of autoeroticism.”
Instrument that focus exclusively on the psycho-social situation of school-age youth, and refer specifically to the cultural and historical traditions of Japan.
Three-movement composition by American experimental composer John Cage (1912–1992). It was composed in 1952, for any instrument or combination of instruments, and the score instructs the performer(s) not to play their instrument(s) during the entire duration of the piece throughout the three movements.
The Nintendo 64 (officially abbreviated as N64, hardware model number pre-term: NUS, stylized as NINTENDO64) is a home video game console developed and marketed by Nintendo. Named for its 64-bit central processing unit, it was released in June 1996 in Japan, September 1996 in North America, and March 1997 in Europe and Australia. It was the last major home console to use the cartridge as its primary storage format until the Nintendo Switch in 2017.
The following is a list of hybrid entities from the folklore record grouped morphologically based on their constituent species.
United States Air Force aircraft and missile storage and maintenance facility in Tucson, Arizona, located on Davis–Monthan Air Force Base. The 309th AMARG was previously Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center, and the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center, and its predecessor was established after World War II as the 3040th Aircraft Storage Group.
Ato Jabari Boldon OLY (born 30 December 1973) is a former track and field athlete and politician from Trinidad and Tobago and four-time Olympic medal winner. He holds the Trinidad and Tobago national record in the 50, 60 and 200 metres events with times of 5.64, 6.49 and 19.77 seconds respectively, and also the Commonwealth Games record in the 100 m. He also held the 100m national record at 9.86s, having run it four times until Richard Thompson ran 9.85s on 13 August 2011.
The “Axis of Evil” is a name given to an anomaly in astronomical observations of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). The anomaly appears to give the plane of the Solar System and hence the location of Earth a greater significance than might be expected by chance. A result which has been claimed to be evidence of a departure from the Copernican principle.
Impression left by the friction ridges of a human finger. The recovery of partial fingerprints from a crime scene is an important method of forensic science. Moisture and grease on a finger result in fingerprints on surfaces such as glass or metal. Deliberate impressions of entire fingerprints can be obtained by ink or other substances transferred from the peaks of friction ridges on the skin to a smooth surface such as paper.
First European Sex Paper was founded in Amsterdam in 1969 by William Levy, Heathcote Williams, Germaine Greer, Willem de Ridder, Susan Janssen and Lynne Tillman.
A 24-meter stone statue of Soong Ching Ling (1893-1981) in Zhengzhou, capital of Central China’s Henan province. Soong Ching Ling is former vice-president of China and wife of Sun Yat-sen, the leader of the 1911 Revolution that toppled the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), China’s last dynasty. The statue’s base since then was designed as a meeting hall with an area of 800 square meters. It has been mysteriously destroyed in 2015.
The sound barrier or sonic barrier is the sudden increase in aerodynamic drag and other undesirable effects experienced by an aircraft or other object when it approaches the speed of sound. When aircraft first began to be able to reach close to the speed of sound, these effects were seen as constituting a barrier making faster speeds very difficult or impossible. The term sound barrier is still sometimes used today to refer to aircraft reaching supersonic flight.
The Helmut Lang FW-1999 presentation revolutionized the structure of the traditional fashion show by being the first to present his collection exclusively online. Guests were invited to attend the virtual show via CD-ROM.
In August 2016, an official expert group of scientists presented the declaration of the dawn of a new human-influenced age to the International Geological Congress in Cape Town.
“Humanity’s impact on the Earth is now so profound that a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene – needs to be declared. (…)
World Industries Skateboard video (1994). Starring Jason Dill, Clyde Singleton, Gino Iannucci, Billy Valdes, Eric Pupecki, Joey Suriel, Fabian Alomar, Chris Lambert, Jason Maxwell, Shin Okada, Caine Gayle, Mike Santarossa, Mike Crum, Quy Nguyen, Kris Markovich, Marcelle Johnson, Sam Devlin, Maurice Key, Shiloh Greathouse, Daewon Song, Kareem Campbell, Henry Sanchez, Keenan Milton, Lavar McBride and Ronnie Creager.
Ambitious project attempting to create a universal repository of all the world’s recorded knowledge. It was developed at the turn of the 20th century by Belgian lawyers and bibliographers Paul Otlet and Henri La Fontaine. The Mundaneum institution aimed to classify knowledge according to a system called the Universal Decimal Classification. In 1895, Otlet and La Fontaine established the International Institute of Bibliography and announced plans to create a Universal Bibliographic Repertory that would serve as a global clearinghouse for bibliographical data.
Lee Smolin, The Emergence of Space, in Time Reborn. From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston – New York, 2013.
Compendium-like text by French semiotician Roland Barthes, originally published under the title of “Éléments de Sémiologie” in the French review Communications. In the slightly expanded introduction to the book, Barthes suggests that although linguist Ferdinand de Saussure conceived of linguistics as a branch of semiology, semiology should rather be seen as a branch of linguistics.
These drone-hunting birds of prey are being trained at a French Air Force base in Southwestern France. They’re literally born on top of drones, and kept there during early stages of feeding. When they’re ready to fly, they’re brought to a field to intercept drones. In turn, they’re rewarded with meat.
A set of rather uncanny diagrams from Die Heilgymnastik in der Gynaekologie: und die mechanische Behandlung von Erkrankungen des Uterus und seiner Adnexe nach Thure Brandt (1895), translated from German as “The physiotherapy in gynecology and the mechanical treatment of diseases of the uterus and its appendages by Thure Brandt”.
The United States presidential state car nicknamed “The Beast”, “Cadillac One”, “First Car”; code named “Stagecoach” is the official state car of the president of the United States. The current model of presidential state car is a unique Cadillac that debuted on September 24, 2018.
Binaural recording is a method of recording sound that uses two microphones, arranged with the intent to create a 3-D stereo sound sensation for the listener of actually being in the room with the performers or instruments. This effect is often created using a technique known as “dummy head recording”, wherein a mannequin head is outfitted with a microphone in each ear.
Kukeri (Bulgarian: кукери) are elaborately costumed Bulgarian men, and sometimes women, who perform traditional rituals intended to scare away evil spirits.
Japanese artist who gained notoriety in the 1970’s for his avant garde approach, connecting traditional Japanese art styles such as Shunga (erotica) and Yokaiga (mythology) with postmodern radical pop art culture.
Also known as freak waves, monster waves, episodic waves, killer waves, extreme waves, and abnormal waves are unusually large, unexpected and suddenly appearing surface waves that can be extremely dangerous, even to large ships such as ocean liners.
The Ryugyong Hotel (Korean: 류경려관; sometimes spelled as Ryu-Gyong Hotel), or Yu-Kyung Hotel, is an unfinished 105-story, 330-metre-tall (1,080 ft) pyramid-shaped skyscraper in Pyongyang, North Korea. Its name (“capital of willows”) is also one of the historical names for Pyongyang. The building is also known as the 105 Building, a reference to its number of floors. The building has been planned as a mixed-use development, which would include a hotel. The building is currently listed by Guinness World Records as being the tallest unoccupied building in the world.
Japanese jazz pianist Yōsuke Yamashita revisits his 1973 recital on a burning piano (famously made into a short by director Kiyoshi Awazu) with a repeat performance on a beach in Shika-machi, Japan.
Tales of Mystery and Imagination (Edgar Allan Poe) is the debut studio album by British rock band The Alan Parsons Project. It was released on 1 May 1976 in the United States by 20th Century Fox Records and on 1 June 1976 in the United Kingdom by Charisma Records. The lyrical and musical themes of the album, which are retellings of horror stories and poetry by Edgar Allan Poe, attracted a cult audience. The title of the album is taken from the title of a collection of Poe’s macabre stories of the same name.
The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens was a series of volcanic explosions and pyroclastic flows from Mount St. Helens in Skamania County, U.S. state of Washington, that began on March 27, 1980. It initiated as a series of phreatic blasts from the summit then escalated on May 18, 1980, as a major explosive eruption. The eruption, which had a Volcanic Explosivity Index of 5, was the most significant to occur in the contiguous 48 U.S. states since the much smaller 1915 eruption of Lassen Peak in California.
Back in the late eighties when acid house found it’s way into UK club culture a group of like minded friends and associates, who disenchanted by the lack of scene and dominance of commercial nightclubs in their hometown decided to put on their own events, mainly in disused warehouses and units around the industrial backdrop of Blackburn.
The Planetary Society is an American internationally active, non-governmental, nonprofit foundation. It is involved in research, public outreach, and political advocacy for engineering projects related to astronomy, planetary science, and space exploration. It was founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman, and has about 60,000 members from more than 100 countries around the world.
Surgical diagram which first appeared in European medical manuscripts of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The illustration acted as an annotated table of contents to guide the reader through various injuries and diseases whose related cures could be found on the text’s nearby pages. The image first appeared in a printed book in 1491 when it was included in the Venetian Fasciculus medicinae, likely Europe’s first printed medical miscellany.
Meaning: A process of entropic acceptance and false belief in a clearly broken polity and the myths that undergird it. The term was coined by Alexei Yurchak in his book “Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More: The Last Soviet Generation” (2005) to describe the atmosphere during the final days of Russian communism.
In chemistry, absorbance or decadic absorbance is the common logarithm of the ratio of incident to transmitted radiant power through a material, and spectral absorbance or spectral decadic absorbance is the common logarithm of the ratio of incident to transmitted spectral radiant power through a material.
1983 Canadian science fiction body horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg and starring James Woods, Sonja Smits, and Debbie Harry. Set in Toronto during the early 1980s, it follows the CEO of a small UHF television station who stumbles upon a broadcast signal featuring extreme violence and torture. The layers of deception and mind-control conspiracy unfold as he uncovers the signal’s source, and loses touch with reality in a series of increasingly bizarre and violent organic hallucinations.
The posthumous book “Swiss Rebels” catalogues Swiss-German photographer Karlheinz Weinberger’s journeys into the alternate universe of 1950s and 60s Switzerland. “My real life began on Friday evening. And it ended every Monday morning,” he said during his first major exhibition in 2000.
Passive device used to reflect and focus (concentrate) sound waves. Parabolic acoustic mirrors are widely used in parabolic microphones to pick up sound from great distances, employed in surveillance and reporting of outdoor sporting events. Between the World Wars, before the invention of radar, parabolic sound mirrors were used experimentally as early-warning devices by military air defence forces to detect incoming enemy aircraft by listening for the sound of their engines.
Richard Long & Associates designed many of the top clubs during the disco era, notably New York’s Studio 54 and Paradise Garage, and Ministry of Sound in London. RLA is broadly credited for making discos the immersive audiotopias that they were.
Earliest known major civilization in Mesoamerica following a progressive development in Soconusco. They lived in the tropical lowlands of south-central Mexico, in the present-day states of Veracruz and Tabasco. It has been speculated that the Olmecs derive in part from neighboring Mokaya or Mixe–Zoque.
Robotic surgical system made by the American company Intuitive Surgical. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000, it is designed to facilitate surgery using a minimally invasive approach, and is controlled by a surgeon from a console. The system is used for prostatectomies, and increasingly for cardiac valve repair and gynecologic surgical procedures. According to the manufacturer, the da Vinci System is called “da Vinci” in part because Leonardo da Vinci’s “study of human anatomy eventually led to the design of the first known robot in history.”
Inside a deteriorating hangar at the Baikonur Cosmodrome sit a pair of derelict spacecraft, built by the Soviet Union as part of a bold challenge to the U.S. manned space program.
From “The Critique of Judgement” by Immanuel Kant, published in 1790. The term “sublime” is used to designate natural objects that inspire a kind of awed terror through sheer immensity. Kant defines “The Sublime” as that which is beyond all comparison, that is absolutely great, either mathematically in terms of limitless magnitude, or dynamically in terms of limitless power.
Meaning: excessive sleepiness. A disorder of sleep that is characterized by prolonged nocturnal sleep periods and by the presence of excessive daytime sleepiness.
Typhoon Trami, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Paeng, was the second typhoon to affect Japan within a month. The twenty-fourth tropical storm and tenth typhoon of the annual typhoon season, Trami developed from a low-pressure area southeast of Guam on September 20. It intensified into a tropical storm on the next day, and intensified into a typhoon on September 22. Trami steadily intensified and reached its peak intensity late on September 24.
Michael Myers is a fictional character from the Halloween series of slasher films. He first appears in 1978 in John Carpenter’s Halloween as a young boy who murders his sister, Judith Myers, and then, fifteen years later, returns home to Haddonfield to murder more teenagers.
Poison dart frog (also known as dart-poison frog, poison frog or formerly known as poison arrow frog) is the common name of a group of frogs in the family Dendrobatidae which are native to tropical Central and South America. These species are diurnal and often have brightly colored bodies.
Gabrielle d’Estrées and one of her sisters is a painting by an unknown artist circa 1594. It now hangs at the Louvre in Paris and is usually thought to be the work of a painter from the Fontainebleau School.The painting portrays Gabrielle d’Estrées, mistress of King Henry IV of France, sitting nude in a bath, holding a ring. Her sister sits nude beside her and pinches d’Estrées’ right nipple.
“The Blair Witch Project” is a 1999 supernatural horror film. The film is composed of the fictional “found footage” of a group of student filmmakers, who enter the woods in hopes of tracking down the local legend of the Blair Witch. The trio disappear, and their footage is found in the forest a year later. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 1999 and subsequently grossed 250 million US dollars globally while having been created on a budget of 60,000 US dollars. It is one of the most successful independent films of all time.
The Empire State Building is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. It was designed by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon and completed in 1931. The building has a roof height of 1,250 feet (380 m) and stands a total of 1,454 feet (443.2 m) tall, including its antenna. Its name is derived from “Empire State”, the nickname of New York, which is of unknown origin. The Empire State Building stood as the world’s tallest building for nearly 40 years until the construction of the World Trade Center’s North Tower in Lower Manhattan in late 1970.
Cops is an American half-hour documentary reality crime/legal television program that premiered on the Fox network on March 11, 1989. The series follows city police officers and county sheriff’s deputies, sometimes backed up by state troopers or other state agencies, during patrols and other police activities including but not limited to prostitution and narcotics stings. Some episodes have also featured federal agencies.
The Northrop (later Northrop Grumman) B-2 Spirit, also known as the Stealth Bomber, is an American heavy strategic bomber, featuring low observable stealth technology designed for penetrating dense anti-aircraft defenses; it is a flying wing design with a crew of two. The bomber can deploy both conventional and thermonuclear weapons, such as up to eighty 500-pound class (230 kg) Mk 82 JDAM Global Positioning System-guided bombs, or sixteen 2,400-pound (1,100 kg) B83 nuclear bombs. The B-2 is the only acknowledged aircraft that can carry large air-to-surface standoff weapons in a stealth configuration.
Meaning: drawing something absent-mindedly. Artwork by Sigmar Polke (1975).
Coveted catalogue that displays 440 pages of teenage iconography, including film stills, fashion shoots, art works, and more.
As described in “Get Tough! How to Win in Hand-to-Hand Fighting, as Taught to the British Commandos and US Armed Forces” by Major W.E. Fairbairn (1979)
The Secret Intelligence Services (SIS) building, also known as the MI6 Building, is the headquarters of the British Secret Intelligence Service situated on n the River Thames in London. Terry Farrell, the building’s architect, was met with criticism for his Mayan- and Aztec-esque temple design, which translated into a post-modern style. The Secret Service structure was completed and inaugurated in 1994 and is, ironically, recognized as one of London’s most distinctive buildings.
96-minute music-theater opera composition by German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, which premiered in 1977 at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. The mystery science-fiction play tells the story of four agents from a planet orbiting the star Sirius, who are sent to earth to deliver a message.
[HOW-TO] Dress in comfortable clothing.
Enter a quiet, dim room and sit comfortable in a reclined position. Do not lie down. Do not cross your legs. Cover yourself with a blanket and wear headphones, if necessary.
Allow for 30 minutes of uninterrupted time (silence your devices and lock the door).
Choose your hypnosis goal and memorize it as a mantra or affirmation. It is important to visualize your mantra in the present tense, such as: “I am in control, and I am valuable;” “I choose to no longer smoke cigarettes;” or “I am eating healthy.”
Infamous contract created by Scientology. Sea Org is an organization within Scientology, described by Scientology as a “fraternal religious order, comprising of the church’s most dedicated members.” Sea Org members are required to make a lifetime commitment by signing a billion-year contract.
Photography book by Swiss photographer Hansjörg Sahli, which shows images of the Rhône Glacier covered in gargantuan white blankets. The function of swaddling the glacier is to shield the ice and the grotto beneath it from solar radiation. The images were taken between July 2014 and August 2017.
Razzle dazzle camouflage is a type of ship camouflage that was used extensively during World War I. It consists of complex patterns of geometric shapes in contrasting colors. Razzle dazzle is reminiscent of a zebra’s pelt. However, Picasso claimed that cubist artists like himself had invented it. The technique is widely credited to the British marine artist Norman Wilkinson and was then adopted by the British and the United States Navy.
The Quantum Zeno Effect, also known as the Turing paradox, is a feature of quantum-mechanical systems allowing a particle’s time evolution to be arrested by measuring it frequently enough with respect to some chosen measurement setting. Simply put, it is a phenomenon in quantum physics where observing a particle prevents it from decaying as it would in the absence of observation.
Mixed-use center in Atlanta, Georgia, designed by Architect John Portman and completed in 1988. A defining feature of the Peachtree Center is a network of enclosed pedestrian skybridges suspended above street level, which have garnered criticism for discouraging pedestrian city bustle. Most of the structures in Atlanta’s Peachtree district were designed by Portman, who died in December 2017.
Meaning: or “object sexuality.” A form of swexual or romantic attraction focused on particular inanimate objects. Individuals with this attraction may have strong feeling of love and commitment to certain items or structures of their fixation.
Related: Animism. : sense reciprocation, based on the belief that objects have souls, intelligence, and feelings, and are able to communicate.
Magnus Hirschfeld was a German doctor and sexologist, whose practice was based in Berlin-Charlottenburg during the Weimar period (1918-1933). Hirschfeld was an outspoken advocate for sexual minorities and one of the first homosexual and transgender rights activists. He became interested in gay rights because many of his gay patients committed suicide.
Nom de plume, pseudonym, or multiple-use name informally adopted by hundreds of artists and activists all over Europe and the Americas. The name first appeared in Bologna in 1994, when multiple cultural activists used it to author their urban and media performances, which were often humorous, political pranks. The pseudonym was borrowed from real-life Luther Blissett, based purely on comic value of the name, who was a notable soccer player for AC Milan and England in the 80s.
Highly intelligent and obscure horologist with a heavy southern accent who became the central figure of the podcast “S-Town,” (2017) after he emailed the producers asking them to investigate an alleged murder that took place in his hometown of Woodstock, Alabama. Mclemore refers to Woodstock as “Shit Town” [see: podcast’s title]. Mclemore committed suicide by drinking cyanide while the podcast was in production. The show explores Mclemore’s character and life, including his rumored closeted homosexuality, hobbies (like maze-building and gold-plating), family history, and extended rants on the state of the world.
The devil’s hour or witching hour. It is believed that witches, demons, and ghosts appear and are at their most powerful at 3AM. Black magic is thought to be most effective at this time.
“Dr. Lecter could overcome his surroundings. He could make it all go away. The beeping of the computer game, the snores and farts, were nothing compared to the hellish screaming he’d known in the violent wards. The seat was no tighter than restraints. As he had done in his cell so many times, Dr. Lecter put his head back, closed his eyes and retired for relief into the quiet of his memory palace, a place that is quite beautiful for the most part.
For this little time, the metal cylinder howling eastward against the wind contains a palace of a thousand rooms. (…)
An emotional support animal, or ESA, is a type of service animal that alleviates symptoms of stress, anxiety, and psychological trauma in its owner. In recent years, the number of ESA’s accompanying owners during their travels has exploded, due to the relative ease of acquiring a therapist’s letter stating that the animal contributes to one’s psychological wellbeing.
The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is a strip of land that runs across the Korean Peninsula and serves as a buffer zone between North and South Korea. It is 250 kilometers long and approximately 4 kilometers wide.
Still from security camera footage of Columbine shooters captured during the Columbine High School massacre and attempted bombing that occurred on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado, United States.
Meaning: A set of straps placed on an animal or person, used to connect said being to something else. : decorative fetishized fashion accessory.
A novel by Aldous Huxley, published in 1932. The book presents a nightmarish vision of a future society.
Viral YouTube clip captioned as “Crying Guy from the A&E Show Intervention.” The clip’s sound (“Intervention,” Season 8, Episode 13, 2010) was sampled on the track “Everybody” by DJ Rashad & Freshmoon (2013).
Mysterious, obscure, spiritual and philosophical book by unknown author(s) that originated in Chicago sometime between 1924 and 1955. It claims to “reveal the mysteries of God, the universe, world history, Jesus, and ourselves,” and attempts to do so on 2097 pages. Notable readers of the book include Sun Ra, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Hillary Clinton, reportedly.
“Alexis Sorbas” is a black-and-white Oscar-winning film by Greek director Michael Cacoyannis, which was released in 1964 and featured actor Anthony Quinn. The film revolves around the relationship between the writer Basil, who travels to Crete, and Alexis Sorbas, whom he befriends on the island.
The most godly hour, the hour of great mercy. It is believed that Jesus Christ died at the crucifix at 3PM.