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Queen Elizabeth II in Hyperspace!

What do you give a queen who has everything for her Diamond Jubilee? How about a territory in hyperspace? That’s exactly what Oxford University mathematician Marcus du Sautoy gave Queen Elizabeth II: he named a [...]

Sequels That Improved on the Original

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else’s reply, whatever you want. On to this week’s topics of discussion… 1. Most sequels are not very good, or at least not as good as the thing that made people decide another [...]

This Is How The Queen Rolls

Keep calm and wear a hoodie. The photo above, reports Natalie Morales of NBC’s TODAY, shows how Queen Elizabeth II rolls in her Range Rover: Link – via Huffington Post

French Demand Compensation for the Execution of the Last Plantagenet King of England

The House of Plantagenet ruled England, among other lands, from 1154 through 1485.  In 1499, Edward Plantagenet was beheaded in the Tower of London, bringing his line to an end. The French city of Angers, the ancesteral home of the Planganets, is still peeved over the affair. It wants compensation from the current occupant of [...]

Quiz: Name All the Places Queen Elizabeth II is Head of State

© Cordula Donhauser/dpa/Corbis Queen Elizabeth II and her Diamond Jubilee have been all over the news this month. Can you name the 16 countries where she’s Head of State? Take the Quiz: Name All the Places Queen Elizabeth II is Head of State

Vase Shows the Silhouette of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

Danish psychologist Edgar Rubin is best known for the Rubin Vase — an optical illusion that looks like either two faces or a vase. Here’s a real vase that was created for Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. When positioned just right, one side shows the Queen and the other the Prince Consort. You [...]

Queen Elizabeth II Color Wheel

During her sixty years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II has worn many different colors. Oh, not every color in Pantone’s color inventory, but a lot of them. To mark her Diamond Jubilee, Pantone and designer Lee Burnett made this color wheel that helps you match a color with a queen. Link -via Craft

Five Potentially Great Power Couples (and why they never made it)

1. Bobby Fischer and Barbra Streisand Barbra Streisand, the future Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner, actually attended the same Brooklyn high school as Bobby Fischer, who at the time was already competing in and winning international chess tournaments. Streisand later confided that she had a crush on the chess player, saying that he “was always [...]

Coming to America: Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana’s First Visits

With the media all in a tizzy this week over William and Kate’s 10-day jaunt through North America, let’s take a look at the press carnivals that surrounded Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana’s first official visits to our royal-loving shores. Falling in Love With Queen Elizabeth II As a princess and heir to the throne, [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Facts About Number 10

Number 10 Downing Street, that is. We do a lot of posts about the White House and its notable residents here on the _floss, but not quite as many on their counterparts. We’re looking to even the score a little bit today by featuring 10 on 10 Downing Street, the office and residence (sometimes – [...]