When on board H.M.S “Beagle,” as naturalist, I was much struck with certain facts in the distribution of the inhabitants of South America, and in geologic relations of the present to the past inhabitants of that continent.

On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin.

One of the best opening lines—ever.

bigbennklingon:

Brigitte Bardot

bigbennklingon:

Brigitte Bardot

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@SN_Baseball: 100 years ago today, Babe Ruth made his @MLB debut. Look at his career in iconic photos - http://t.co/J81hNf44hk  http://t.co/NHmvsrbaKe

@SN_Baseball: 100 years ago today, Babe Ruth made his @MLB debut. Look at his career in iconic photos - http://t.co/J81hNf44hk http://t.co/NHmvsrbaKe

vintageanchorbooks:

atlasobscura:

The Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rising three-stories above the central study area on each wall, the book collection contained in the Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading has created one of the most stunning examples of “library porn” on the planet as well as showing the history and breadth of writing that has come out of Portugal.  

The doors of this massive library were opened in 1900, bringing a nearly endless collection of Portuguese texts to readers in the capitol of the empire. The cabinet was founded in the early 1800’s by a trio of Portuguese immigrants who wanted to bring their country’s culture to the Brazilian capitol. The collection’s current home was built in the 1880’s specifically to house their growing collection, and was designed to evoke a Gothic-Renaissance influence that was popular at the time. At 350,000 titles, the collection soon became the largest collection of Portuguese works outside of Portugal itself including rare original manuscripts, singular works of literature, and unique proofs.

Keep reading more about the Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading, on Atlas Obscura…

Whoa.

cartoonpolitics:

"I’ll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one." .. (Robert Reich)

cartoonpolitics:

"I’ll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one." .. (Robert Reich)

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theparisreview:

Faulkner and Hemingway had a famously snippy rapport—Will was all like, “He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary,” and Ernie was all like, “If you have to write the longest sentence in the world to give a book distinction, the next thing you should hire Bill Veek [sic] and use midgets”—which makes Faulkner’s one-paragraph review of The Old Man and the Sea all the more surprising in its candor and courteousness. “Time may show it to be the best single piece of any of us, I mean his and my contemporaries.”
For more of this morning’s roundup, click here.

theparisreview:

Faulkner and Hemingway had a famously snippy rapport—Will was all like, “He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary,” and Ernie was all like, “If you have to write the longest sentence in the world to give a book distinction, the next thing you should hire Bill Veek [sic] and use midgets”—which makes Faulkner’s one-paragraph review of The Old Man and the Sea all the more surprising in its candor and courteousness. “Time may show it to be the best single piece of any of us, I mean his and my contemporaries.”

For more of this morning’s roundup, click here.

strandbooks:

It’s a beautiful day for browsing the dollar carts…
muchadoaboutmolly:

Every time I’m in NYC, without fail, I end up buying at least one book at The Strand.

strandbooks:

It’s a beautiful day for browsing the dollar carts…

muchadoaboutmolly:

Every time I’m in NYC, without fail, I end up buying at least one book at The Strand.

My great grandmother turned me onto rock ‘n roll back in 1957. Each day when I returned home from 5th grade at Polk school she had Dick Clark’s American Bandstand on TV. When I heard Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly that sealed the deal. We lived on A Avenue where the St. Luke’s Hospital parking lot is now. That was back in the day when the street was made of bricks.

@OnThisDayinMath: 1916 Silvanus P. Thomson died published Calculus Made Easy, It is still in print http://t.co/ioK3efPRFJ

But what I wanted to say is this: After the period of melancholy is over you will be stronger than before, you will recover your health, & you will find the scenery round you so beautiful that you will want nothing but paint. — Vincent van Gogh  (via wordsnquotes)

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@Baseball_Photos: “Slump? I ain’t in no slump. I’m just not hitting”- Yogi Berra http://t.co/cvZ3Ox7pDD

@Baseball_Photos: “Slump? I ain’t in no slump. I’m just not hitting”- Yogi Berra http://t.co/cvZ3Ox7pDD

mightyflynn:

In the Bleachers by Steve Moore (May 28, 2014)

mightyflynn:

In the Bleachers by Steve Moore (May 28, 2014)

"A mathematician is one to whom that is as obvious as that twice two makes four is to you…" —Lord Kelvin

"A mathematician is one to whom that is as obvious as that twice two makes four is to you…" —Lord Kelvin

@pickover: When kids look up to great scientists…. http://t.co/zT4EWKh449

@pickover: When kids look up to great scientists…. http://t.co/zT4EWKh449