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Monstrous, Angelic, Unusual Bridge Sculptures

“QUANTUM SHOT” #801 Link – article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams Monstrous, Angelic or Just Plain Weird – Unusual Bridge Sculptures, Part One There are bridges in every country, all over the world, each one serving a very functional purpose, so it’s nice to know that some of the [...]

World War I Centennial: Imagining the Demise of France

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 [...]

World War I Centennial: Protests and Pistols in Hungary’s Parliament

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 [...]

How the Snow Globe Went Global

Snow globes capture slices of fantasy and protect them under glass from harsh, outside realities. They’ve become popular kitschy souvenirs, but once they were high-end, luxury items for wealthy homes. Swati Pandey wrote a history of these quaint decorations. It all started in Vienna: Around the turn of the century, Erwin Perzy, a Viennese medical instrument [...]

Russian Nuclear Icebreakers: to the North Pole!

“QUANTUM SHOT” #395(rev)Link – article by Avi Abrams Odyssey in the Arctic with the Russian Icebreaker Fleet The nuclear-powered icebreakers were considered the symbol of Soviet technological power for many decades. Today this fleet is still used to aid ship navigation in the seas north of Siberia – but also for the purpose of elite tourism, which [...]