Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) on St. Maarten has an extremely short runway (7152 feet) that forces jets to get mighty close to people at Maho Beach.
Who the hell are these people? The US Library of Congress's Moving Image, Broadcast and Recorded Sound Division shared several dozen photos of mystery people in its collection and is seeking the world's help to identify them. Cary O'Dell at the Library's National Recording Registry writes: To review: We found each of these photos within… READ THE REST
The Natural History Museum, London, has released a selection of gorgeous "Highly Commended" images from their Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Seen here are some of my favorites. The overall winners will be revealed in October. Above: "Amazon burning" by Charlie Hamilton James, UK. Below: Large male gharial and its offspring by Dhritiman Mukherjee,… READ THE REST
In the latest Recomendo newsletter, Claudia Dawson wrote about Window Swap, a site where people share 10-minute videos of the view outside their windows. I just spent the last ten minutes on Window Swap staring out a window in Villalago, Italy, where I could see the mountains and hear birds chirping and church bells ringing.… READ THE REST
Thanks to Netflix's wildly popular series, The Queen's Gambit, chess, a game invented about 1,500 years ago, is surging back into public consciousness. But while the Game of Kings may be riding a wave of increased awareness right now, it is, by no means, the only game that has survived the test of time into… READ THE REST
Only 20% of American students learn a foreign language. While that's low, it ends up feeling downright pathetic when you consider that more than 9 out of 10 European students are schooled in at least one other tongue. Sure, there are so many languages in Europe that residents there have to learn a few to… READ THE REST
You love your family and friends. You love your spouse. You love your kids. But, even among those things you treasure most in this world, there's still a special kind of love you hold only for your pet. For as much as we shower our love and affection over these furry family members, there isn't… READ THE REST