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Operation Eagle Claw: The Disastrous Rescue Attempt During the Iranian Hostage Crisis

© Mahmoudreza Kalari/Sygma/Corbis The Iranian Hostage Crisis, in which Iranian student revolutionaries held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days, was an unprecedented act of state-sanctioned terrorism and a profound humiliation for the United States. In many ways “Operation Eagle Claw,” the ludicrously ambitious plan to rescue the hostages, was the nadir of the whole affair. Intended [...]

Art at Large: 11 Record-Holding Paintings, Drawings, Photos and Sculptures

Ever wonder what the world’s biggest photograph looks like? How about the largest knitted pink bunny? Wonder no more, flossers; here are 11 bizarre and/or massive works of art, each of which holds a current world record. 1. Largest photograph, taken with the world’s largest pinhole camera The Great Picture features a 32′x111′ panoramic view in black-and-white [...]

Solar Eclipse Photograph with a Bonus Feature

Astrophotographer Thierry Legault (featured previously at Neatorama) went all the way to Oman to take a picture of a solar eclipse. The shot he wanted was only available for a split second today, and he got it! Not only is the moon moving across the sun, but you can see other things in the picture [...]

Putin’s New Puppy and Other Snuggly Diplomatic Gifts

© Pierre Marsaut/ZUMA Press/Corbis Last week, during their meeting about the South Stream gas transit pipeline and other large-scale energy projects, Bulgarian Premier Boyko Borisov gave Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin a Karakachan puppy, which he nuzzled in front of the cameras. Throughout history, many other world leaders have exchanged animals. From showing might to making [...]

Camel Racing

Camel racing is a popular Race sport in India, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates (Dubai), Oman, Australia, and Mongolia. Professional camel racing, like horse racing, is an event for betting and tourist attraction. Camels can run at speeds up to 65 km/h (18 m/s; 40 mph) in short sprints and they [...]

6,600 Miles Away: Bahraini Artists

Reader Paul A. lives in Bahrain, part of a region whose artists have not yet been covered in “Feel Art Again.” While much less information is available (especially in English) on Bahraini artists (and artists from other small countries), I focused on Bahraini artists today because it’s important for us to remember that there are [...]