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Monthly Archive for: ‘October, 2010’

  • Tacky Tourist: She just can’t help herself

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    Our ongoing series of tourists wearing or doing, shall we say…interesting things.  Some will make you titter, some will give you a jarring shock, and others will encourage you to go around putting guardrails around everything, since those unambiguous indicators at least tend to curb …

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  • Tacky Tourist: Your @$$ does NOT belong there!

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    Our ongoing series of tourists wearing or doing, shall we say…interesting things.  Some will make you snicker, some will make you wail, and others will just frustrate you with their short-sighted and insensitive nature.  This one may not seem so bad when you first look …

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  • Investigation of the lappet wig as royal headgear in ancient Egypt–part 1

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    While we may know what a lappet wig is, what does it mean? Among the headgear worn by the pharaohs of the New Kingdom is a particular wig that is short in the back and longer at the sides.  This wig appears in a variety …

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  • Creepy images from our collective memory

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    Check out this bunch of awesome and horrifying images found in art through the ages, collected on the Chicago Art blog.  Just the thing to get you into the Halloween mood!

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  • Tacky Tourist: Speedos and temples don’t mix, dude

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    Our ongoing series of tourists doing or wearing, shall we say…interesting things.  Some will horrify you, some will elicit a belly laugh, and some will make you roll your eyes and wish you had control over who can gain access to ancient sites.  This one …

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  • More benefits of collaboration–solving the honeybee mystery

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    A collaborative effort by military scientists and entomologists has uncovered the reason(s) behind the mysterious and troubling disappearance of honeybee colonies. Since 2006, 20 to 40 percent of the bee colonies in the United States alone have suffered “colony collapse.” Suspected culprits ranged from pesticides …

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  • How to choose a research topic? Just follow the data!

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    A number of people have responded to the red looped sash discussion with a very important question: how, and why, did I choose the looped sash to investigate?  The answer is quite simple: the data led me there. This is the fundamental principle of the …

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  • Collaborative team deciphers ancient mystery

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    Another example of the immense benefits brought by collaboration between specialists of different fields, in this case classical philologists, mathematical historians, and expert surveyors. A 2nd century map of Germania by the scholar Ptolemy has always stumped scholars, who were unable to relate the places …

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  • Tacky Tourist: Tube-top Travesty

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    Our ongoing series of tourists doing or wearing, shall we say…interesting things.  Some will make you shake your head at their apparent lack of thought, some will bring an involuntary guffaw to your lips, and some will give rise to fantasies about required testing before …

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