May 23rd 1934: Bonnie and Clyde killed
On this day in 1934 the infamous American bank robbing duo Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were ambushed by police and killed in Louisiana. Bonnie and Clyde and their gang were outlaws who robbed banks and killed several police officers and civilians from 1931 to 1934. The couple became legendary for their exploits and their love story, especially after Arthur Penn’s 1967 film ‘Bonnie and Clyde’.
“Some day they’ll go down together;
They’ll bury them side by side;
To few it’ll be grief-
To the law a relief-
But it’s death for Bonnie and Clyde.”
- from Bonnie’s poem about the duo
|—||Bill Watterson (via mikekarnell)|
Is Taylor Swift currently the world’s best pop star?
Look at this live TV performance.
LOOK AT IT
(kindly bought to our attention by @paulblades)
Taylor has a unicorn shirt - so we give her the official geek stamp of approval!
The Meteorite Shower
— Illustration by Ryan Mauskopf
May 20th 1927: Lindbergh begins first solo flight across Atlantic
On this day in 1927 at 7.52am, Charles Lindbergh set off from Long Island in New York on the world’s first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. He landed in Paris at 10.22pm the next day. He covered nearly 3,600 miles in a purpose built single seat plane the Spirit of St. Louis. Lindbergh wanted the Orteig Prize, a $25,000 reward offered by Raymond Orteig for the first non-stop solo flight between New York and Paris; many died in the pursuit of the prize, but Lindbergh won it. Lindbergh was a US Air Mail pilot before his fame from this historic flight, for which he was awarded a Medal of Honor.
Celebrity Photoshop of the Day: Classic Paintings Recreated with Modern Celebrities
Look at these winning submissions fromWorth 1000’s “Modern Renaissance” contest!
Contestant BrunoSousa took both first and second place for recreating Rogier van der Weyden’s “Portrait of a Lady” with the face of actress Angelina Jolie (shown above, top) and Jacques-Louis David’s “Portrait of Doctor Alphonse Leroy” with actor Hugh Laurie’s face (shown above, middle). Contestant Fichtenbrenner came in at third with François-Xavier Fabre’s “Portrait of Edward Fox Fitzgerald” featuring the face of Steve Carrell from The Office (shown above, bottom).
Are we really living in 2013? The Lego ads from the 1980s seem more modern to me.
The three biggest solar flares of the year all happened in a 24-hour period yesterday
When the sun fired off a massive flare late on Sunday, it was the strongest solar eruption this year. That was until another, even stronger flare followed it a few hours later. Soon a third flare, almost twice as powerful as the first blasted out of the sun.
“The [third flare] was also associated with a coronal mass ejection, or CME. The CME began at 9:30 p.m. EDT and was not Earth-directed. Experimental NASA research models show that the CME left the sun at approximately 1,400 miles per second, which is particularly fast for a CME. The models suggest that it will catch up to the two CMEs associated with the earlier flares,” NASA said on it’s website.
Solar flares are graded as A, B, C, M or X with each category being ten times more powerful than the one before it. The flares in the past day were all “X” flares, the first ones of 2013.
“‘X-class’ denotes the most intense flares, while the number provides more information about its strength. (NASA/SDO/AIA)
In honor of Children’s Book Week, here’s a photo of an awesome kid.