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Heart-Shaped Wine Bottle

“Blood of grapes from the heart of France.” Constantin Bolimond’s wine bottle design reminds viewers of the nation that perfected wine. I’m not sure how his reference to the Rh blood group fits wine. What do you think? Link | Designer’s Website

Napoleon Wasn’t Short, Vikings Didn’t Wear Horned Helmets, and 3 More Historical Misconceptions

There’s nothing a history geek likes more than saying, “Actually, everything you think you know about [insert historical event here] is wrong. And here’s why.” In this four-minute video, C.G.P. Grey tackles five historical misconceptions, contrasting the commonly accepted stories with what the historical record actually shows. My favorite is his explanation of Napoleon [...]

World War I Centennial: Schlieffen Is Dead, but His Plan Lives On

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass will be looking back at the lead-up to [...]

Infrared Photography by David Keochkerian

These infrared photographs by Amiens, France-based photographer David Keochkerian have a mesmerizing, dreamlike quality. The dark skies and electric-colored landscapes seem as if they were shot in another world.  Keochkerian’s impressive body of work can be viewed at his 500px photostream, Facebook page or his portfolio. Link

Does dried squash hold blood of Louis XVI ?

Scientists have confirmed the authenticity of a blood sample said to be from the French king. King Louis XVI of France was sentenced to death by behea…

New Trampled Snow Art from Simon Beck

Simon Beck makes art by stepping in snow. Even with sturdy snowshoes, it’s hard work, and takes a special talent to get it right. Beck (previously on Neatorama) has been busy the past few weeks tramping out new designs in the snow at Les Arcs ski resort in France. You can see some of the [...]

WWI Centennial: The Conference of London Convenes

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass [...]

Bicycle Santa

Photo: Patrick Pleu/AFP/Getty Images German bicycle designer Didi Senft is the builder of the world’s largest bicycle and the largest mobile guitar, which was made out of bike parts. He likes bicycles. He is also known as “El Diablo” of the Tour de France because he always dresses up as a devil for the event. This year, [...]

Breed-Specific Architecture for Dogs

No ordinary dog house will do for your special pooch. Why, the Papillon is descended from the dogs of the Kings of France! That’s why Kenya Hara commissioned architects to create themes appropriate for individual breeds, including the Jack Russell Terrier, the Bichon Frisé, the Pug and others. You can view them all at the [...]

The History And Impact Of The Red Cross

In honor of the founding of the Red Cross on October 29, 1863, here’s a closer look at the organization, how it works, and its greatest triumphs. How It Works There is no international Red Cross. Instead, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) oversees and approves national Red Cross organizations, ensuring those local organizations always [...]