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9 Child Prodigies (Who Actually Ended Up Doing Something)

Four-year-old Australian Aelita Andre is the talk of the international art world. She sold one painting for $24,000, and her work is currently on display at the Agora Gallery in New York. Perhaps a few decades from now, she’ll earn a spot on this list, which we first published in 2009. By Rick Chillot Being a child [...]

Get Out! How 8 Dictators Spent Their Exile Years

As civil war rages in Libya, many observers are calling for Qaddafi to step down and go into exile. This wouldn’t be the first time an oppressive leader has stepped aside in exchange for a relatively comfortable retirement abroad. We’ve compiled this handy list of famous exiled emperors and dictators for reference. 1. Napoleon Bonaparte (Elba [...]

Anteater Picks a Name for Her Baby

(Photo link) The Smithsonian National Zoo didn’t think it was right to name a baby anteater without input from his mom, so they gave her a choice. They attached names to three flowerpots with different tasty treats underneath – mango (Fausto), grapefruit (Demetrio) and hard-boiled egg (Pablo). You can see where her heart… er, stomach, ended [...]

The People’s Artist: Qi Baishi

Thursday was the 53rd anniversary of the death of Qi Baishi (1864-1957), who is considered an “obscure Chinese artist” by westerners but “the Picasso of China” by the Chinese. So, in the hopes of educating the west about this influential Chinese painter, today’s post is devoted to Qi Baishi. 1. Copying figures and motifs from The [...]