Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/arts-culture/RSS feed for Arts & CultureenFri, 19 Dec 2014 16:23:20 +0000The Tolkien Nerd’s Guide to "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/tolkien-nerds-guide-hobbit-battle-five-armies-180953681/The final chapter in Peter Jackson's trilogy strays furthest from the book, but there are still a few buried Easter eggs for die-hard fans to enjoyFri, 19 Dec 2014 16:23:20 +0000A Stephen Colbert Portrait Returns to the Smithsonian, With Even More Stephenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/stephen-colbert-returns-portrait-gallery-even-more-stephens-180953647/As the Comedy Central host's show ends, his likeness(es) head to the National Portrait GalleryFri, 19 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000London Mayor Boris Johnson on Winston Churchill's Cheekiest Quoteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/london-mayor-boris-johnson-winston-churchill-legacy-180953538/London's mayor talks about his new Churchill biography, 50 years after the British Bulldog's deathWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Monopoly Was Designed to Teach the 99% About Income Inequalityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/monopoly-was-designed-teach-99-about-income-inequality-180953630/The story you’ve heard about the creation of the famous board game is far from trueWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Will the Search for Amelia Earhart Ever End?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/will-search-for-amelia-earhart-ever-end-180953646/Nearly eight decades after she disappeared in the South Pacific, the aviator continues to spark intense passion—and controversyWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000“Descent of Man”, a New Poem by Timothy Steelehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/descent-man-new-poem-timothy-steele-180953649/The award-winning poet penned this new piece about evolutionWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Unpublished Photos by Gordon Parks Bring a Nuanced View of 1950s Black Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/unpublished-photos-gordon-parks-bring-nuanced-view-1950s-black-america-180953660/An exhibit in Boston highlights unpublished photos from the acclaimed <i>Life</i> magazine photographerWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Celebrate Hanukkah the All-American Way With this Menorahhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/celebrate-hanukkah-all-american-way-with-this-menorah-180953655/This unique menorah at the American History Museum is a tribute to liberty and a poignant reminder of what we celebrate Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:29:39 +0000For Every Object, There Is a Story to Tellhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/for-every-object-there-is-story-to-tell-180953589/A Smithsonian curator is asked to select just one artifactWed, 17 Dec 2014 15:59:31 +0000NASA Can See Your Holiday Lights From Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/nasa-can-see-your-holiday-lights-space-180953648/Scientists can use holiday lights during Christmas and Rammadan as a proxy for overall energy use in urban areasWed, 17 Dec 2014 15:42:15 +0000The Best Winter Beers to Try This Holiday Seasonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/best-winter-beers-try-holiday-season-180953592/We spoke with hops and malts expert William Bostwick about the right quaffs to drink while the weather is coldWed, 17 Dec 2014 14:57:39 +0000Some of the Most Beautiful Things in Nature Come in the Tiniest of Packageshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/some-of-the-most-beautiful-things-in-nature-come-in-the-tiniest-of-packages-180953632/The winners of the 2014 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition capture a rat brain, the mouthparts of a vampire moth and other small wondersTue, 16 Dec 2014 20:12:27 +0000How Gone With the Wind Took the Nation by Storm By Catering to its Southern Sensibilitieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-gone-wind-took-nation-storm-feeding-its-southern-sensibilities-180953617/From casting to its premiere, how Southerners viewed the film made all the differenceMon, 15 Dec 2014 20:29:34 +0000Fifty Years Ago This Month, John Coltrane Recorded One of the Greatest Jazz Tracks of All Time http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fifty-years-ago-this-month-john-coltrane-recorded-one-greatest-jazz-tracks-of-all-time-180953583/This Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophone was one of three instruments that John Coltrane played to reinvent himself—and Jazz musicMon, 15 Dec 2014 16:30:37 +0000Six Historic Trains That Embody the Holiday Spirithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/six-holiday-train-rides-take-2014-180953603/Trains have always been a part of holiday celebrations—so why not hop aboard this season? Here are six seasonally appropriate rides to considerMon, 15 Dec 2014 13:07:42 +0000The Smithsonian Design Museum Tells the Story of User-Centered Design Through 120 Beautiful Productshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-design-museum-tells-the-story-of-user-centered-design-through-120-beautiful-products-180953559/A thermostat, a wheelchair, a prosthetic arm and razors are all a part of "Beautiful Users," now on display in New York CityFri, 12 Dec 2014 14:51:46 +0000The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Makes Its Grand Re-Opening in New York Cityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/cooper-hewitt-smithsonian-design-museum-makes-its-grand-re-opening-new-york-city-180953598/The old and the new crash into each other beautifully in the former Carnegie mansionFri, 12 Dec 2014 13:29:41 +0000What’s Your Surgeon’s Jam? Probably Classical or Soft Rock http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/whats-your-surgeons-jam-probably-classical-or-soft-rock-180953597/British doctors make the case for playing music during an operationThu, 11 Dec 2014 23:30:00 +0000After 12/13/14, What Are the Next Fun Dates for Math Lovers?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/last-sequential-date-century-121314-fun-math-lovers-180953413/Sequential integers are a bit boring, anyhow. Here are some more exciting sequences to celebrate over the next 89 yearsThu, 11 Dec 2014 15:09:08 +0000The Evolving Face of Santa, As Seen in the Smithsonian's Vast Collectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/evolving-face-santa-smithsonian-vast-collections-180953571/A look into Smithsonian's vast archives reveals that Father Christmas tends to get a makeover with every generation that embraces him Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:19:43 +0000When America Invested in Infrastructure, These Beautiful Landmarks Were the Resulthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-america-invested-infrastructure-these-beautiful-landmarks-were-result-180953570/Explore eight of the Works Progress Administration’s most impressive structures.Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:15:39 +0000Show Us the Holiday Decorations in Your Neighborhoodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/show-us-holiday-decorations-your-neighborhood-180953569/What does the holiday season look like in your community? Upload a photo of the best light displays, Christmas trees, menorahs and other festive scenesTue, 09 Dec 2014 20:48:20 +0000The Creepy, Kitschy and Geeky Patches of US Spy Satellite Launcheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/creepy-kitschy-and-geeky-patches-us-spy-satellites-180953562/There may be method to the madness behind the outlandish designs of the National Reconnaissance Office mission patchesTue, 09 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0000Turning Shipping Containers Into Urban Farmshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/turning-shipping-containers-into-urban-farms-180953295/In a clever recycling experiment, the startup Local Roots Farms is growing organic, hydroponic produce in America's food desertsTue, 09 Dec 2014 16:56:19 +0000Inside the World of Istanbul's Male Belly Dancershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/inside-world-istanbuls-male-belly-dancers-180953539/The nation’s shifting views toward homosexuality have opened the market for a centuries-old traditionTue, 09 Dec 2014 15:05:19 +0000The Not-So-Simple Simon Proved the Young Were Swifter Than the Oldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/not-so-simple-simon-proved-young-were-swifter-than-old-180953561/In 1978, the new blinking, bleeping toy ushered in the era of computer gamesMon, 08 Dec 2014 20:37:28 +0000Fashion Photographer Rankin Has A New Book of Models in Wild Makeuphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/fashion-photographer-rankin-has-a-new-book-of-models-in-wild-makeup-180953534/The British photographer reveals some unusual new portraits, with a hodgepodge of influencesMon, 08 Dec 2014 20:07:36 +0000Why the Composer of Candy Crush Soda Saga is the New King of Video Game Music http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-composer-candy-crush-soda-saga-new-king-video-game-music-180953556/You may have never heard of Johan Holmstrom, but millions listen to his music every dayMon, 08 Dec 2014 18:29:46 +0000These Photos Capture a Decade of Change at Earth's Poleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/these-photos-capture-decade-change-earths-poles-180953501/From courting penguins to moody icebergs, photojournalist Camille Seaman shares her personal journey through polar habitatsFri, 05 Dec 2014 17:58:24 +0000Can This Berry Solve Both Obesity and World Hunger?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-this-berry-solve-both-obesity-and-world-hunger-180953389/At a playful café in Chicago, chef Homaro Cantu is experimenting with miracle fruit, a West African berry that makes everything a little sweeterThu, 04 Dec 2014 17:52:32 +0000The Photographer Who Ansel Adams Called the Anti-Christhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/photographer-who-ansel-adams-called-anti-christ-180953525/William Mortensen’s grotesque, retouched photos of celebrities were a far cry from the realism favored by the photography eliteThu, 04 Dec 2014 15:21:15 +0000Christmas Markets Might Be the Best Reason to Spend the Holidays in Europehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/christmas-markets-might-be-best-reason-spend-holidays-europe-180953515/From mulled wine to intricate ornaments, Europe's Christmas markets are a mix of food, goods and holiday cheerThu, 04 Dec 2014 15:11:02 +0000Rescuing Jorge Prelorán’s Films From Storage And Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-storage-jorge-prelorans-documentaries-again-see-light-day-180953465/The Smithsonian’s Film Archives is reintroducing the world to the influential work of the Argentine-American filmmakerWed, 03 Dec 2014 22:48:36 +0000Zigzags on a Shell From Java Are the Oldest Human Engravingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/oldest-engraving-shell-tools-zigzags-art-java-indonesia-humans-180953522/The early human <em>Homo erectus</em> also made the oldest known shell tools half a million years agoWed, 03 Dec 2014 19:41:37 +0000These are the Forgotten Places in Your Neighborhood, Paintedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/these-forgotten-places-neighborhood-painted-180953448/Artist Kim Cadmus Owens celebrates the places we ignoreWed, 03 Dec 2014 16:28:06 +0000Fred Savage and “The Wonder Years” Cast Reflect on Why Their Show Still Mattershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fred-savage-cast-mates-reflect-180953508/The cast and crew of “The Wonder Years” reunited at the American History Museum today to donate costumes and other artifactsTue, 02 Dec 2014 20:31:12 +0000Up-Close and Personal With Chicago's Most Infamous Criminalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/-close-and-personal-chicagos-most-infamous-criminals-180953497/"Gangsters & Grifters," a book by the Chicago Tribune, recalls a time when photographers had unprecedented access to the world of crime Tue, 02 Dec 2014 20:21:20 +0000The Racist History of Peter Pan's Indian Tribehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/racist-history-peter-pan-indian-tribe-180953500/Even in the early 20th century, though, critics saw Tiger Lily and her fellow "Picaninnies" as caricaturesTue, 02 Dec 2014 14:33:26 +0000The Scientist Behind "Jurassic World", Jack Horner, Breaks Down the Movie's Thrilling Trailerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientist-behind-jurassic-world-breaks-down-trailer-180953505/We spoke with the paleontologist, who was an adviser on the <em>Jurassic Park</em> movies, about the science behind the franchiseTue, 02 Dec 2014 13:59:47 +0000Haunting Drone Footage of Chernobyl Townhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/haunting-drone-footage-chernobyl-180953495/"Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl" shows a drone's-eye view of the city nearly three decades after nuclear disasterMon, 01 Dec 2014 21:16:38 +0000How Does the Hirshhorn's 60-Foot "Needle Tower" Stay Upright In A Stiff Wind?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-does-hirshhorn-60-foot-needle-tower-stay-upright-in-stiff-wind-180953391/In the 1960s, when artist Kenneth Snelson mingled architectural innovation with abstraction, the result was heavenlyMon, 01 Dec 2014 20:12:29 +0000Njideka Akunyili Crosby's Intimate Work Straddles Mediums And Oceanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/njideka-akunyili-crosby-award-winning-work-straddles-mediums-and-worlds-180953474/The young Nigerian-American artist wins one of the Smithsonian's most prestigious awards.Mon, 01 Dec 2014 18:17:33 +0000The Best Gifts of 2014 for Science Geekshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-gifts-2014-science-geeks-space-biology-chemistry-180953445/A roundup of unique science gifts, from space dog lockets to mathematical bottle openersWed, 26 Nov 2014 17:00:40 +0000What to Give to the Traveler in Your Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/2014-smithsonian-gift-guides-traveler-180953442/From clothespin reading lights to a clear-bottom kayak, gifts for every traveler (and price point)Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:00:30 +0000What to Give to Your Favorite Foodie This Holiday Seasonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-give-your-favorite-foodie-holiday-season-180953461/Special sauces, spices and tools will delight the amateur chef in your lifeWed, 26 Nov 2014 17:00:09 +0000The Architecture of the Hunger Games' Horns of Plentyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/architecture-hunger-games-horn-plenty-180953467/What inspired the architectural object at the center of the Hunger Games arena?Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:01:17 +0000What Do America’s Top Chefs Cook for Thanksgiving?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-do-americas-top-chefs-cook-thanksgiving-180953463/A quick survey of some of the unique dishes that restaurant chefs prepare for their own family dinnerTue, 25 Nov 2014 20:54:24 +0000Stuck at the Airport? Why Not Take In an Art Exhibithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/stuck-airport-why-not-take-art-exhibit-180953432/A missed connection or delayed arrival doesn't have to ruin your time at the airport, especially if your airport has an art showTue, 25 Nov 2014 20:33:49 +0000The Death And Rebirth of the American Mallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/death-and-rebirth-american-mall-180953444/Malls are dying—but a dead mall gives a community the chance to rebuild something that might have been doomed to begin withTue, 25 Nov 2014 14:41:19 +0000How Will We Make Music in 200 Years?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-will-we-make-music-in-200-years-180953439/A group of innovators were asked to imagine what music will be like in 2214. If they're right, it could be pretty bizarreTue, 25 Nov 2014 14:33:37 +0000Why is Turquoise Becoming Rarer and More Valuable Than Diamonds?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/exquisite-turquoise-more-rare-and-valuable-diamonds-180953420/With depleting mines, turquoise, the most sacred stone to the Navajo, has become increasingly rare. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:25:28 +0000The Physics of Whisky’s Aesthetically Pleasing Residuehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/physics-whiskys-aesthetically-pleasing-residue-180953451/A photographer teamed up with scientists to figure out the fluid dynamics behind patterns left in whisky glasses Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:29:41 +0000Here's What It Takes To Win the Smithsonian's Boochever Portrait Competitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-what-it-takes-win-smithsonians-boochever-portrait-competition-180953412/Curator Dorothy Moss gives a hint at what the jurors might be thinking in this high-stakes competitionFri, 21 Nov 2014 15:40:45 +0000It Could Have Been Reginald the Red-Nosed Reindeer http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/it-could-have-been-reginald-red-nosed-reindeer-180953390/Inside the very shiny life of a 75-year-old marketing gimmickThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Roosevelt Family Built a New York Coffee Chain 50 Years Before Starbucks http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/roosevelt-family-built-new-york-coffee-chain-50-years-starbucks-180953398/Teddy Roosevelt’s children brought fresh-roasted beans and European coffeehouse culture to ManhattanThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Story Behind Thomas Hart Benton’s Incredible Masterworkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/story-behind-thomas-hart-bentons-incredible-masterwork-1-180953405/The famed artist drew on his extensive travels to paint “America Today”Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000Before Serial, There Were These Groundbreaking Examples of Serialized Non-Fictionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/serial-there-were-these-groundbreaking-examples-serialized-non-fiction-180953378/Can’t wait for the next episode of the podcast series? Take a look at these popular predecessorsWed, 19 Nov 2014 16:00:12 +0000Why Colors You See in an Art Museum Can’t Be Replicated Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-colors-you-see-art-museum-cant-be-replicated-today-180953332/A look into the history of the pigments used in spectacular artFri, 14 Nov 2014 18:29:38 +0000Designing for Seniors and Soldiers, Toward a "Silver" Architecturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/toward-silver-architecture-180953287/Going green is good, but could architects be doing more for two segments of our population?Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:31:53 +0000The Real Johnny Appleseed Brought Apples—and Booze—to the American Frontier http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/real-johnny-appleseed-brought-applesand-booze-american-frontier-180953263/The apples John Chapman brought to the frontier were very different than today's apples—and they weren't meant to be eatenMon, 10 Nov 2014 14:53:44 +0000Amazing, Rare Photographs of the Berlin Wall Coming Downhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/amazing-rare-photographs-berlin-wall-coming-down-180953278/Photojournalist Alexandra Avakian traveled to Berlin based on rumor, and she ended up becoming a witness to historyFri, 07 Nov 2014 22:01:08 +0000Would Astronauts Survive an Interstellar Trip Through a Wormhole?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/would-astronauts-survive-interstellar-trip-through-wormhole-180953269/Well, it depends on your definition of "wormhole" … Fri, 07 Nov 2014 14:31:30 +0000Why "Interstellar" Belongs in the Pantheon of the Best "Realistic" Science Fiction Filmshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-interstellar-belongs-pantheon-best-realistic-science-fiction-films-180953261/The film follows a well-trodden path, says Smithsonian space historian Cathleen Lewis, who gives it a thumbs up Thu, 06 Nov 2014 19:32:17 +0000Bill Nye on the Risks of Not Debating With Creationistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bill-nye-risks-not-debating-creationists-180953249/Bill Nye the Science Guy has a book out on evolution. Here’s what he has to sayThu, 06 Nov 2014 14:40:18 +0000The Threatened Birds in These Artworks Might One Day Go the Way of the Dodohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/threatened-birds-artworks-might-one-day-go-the-way-dodo-180953216/The Smithsonian American Art Museum's exhibition explores mankind's relationship to birds and the natural worldThu, 06 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000A Label You Rub To See If Food Has Expired and Other Finalists for the Dyson Awardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/label-you-rub-see-if-food-has-expired-and-other-finalists-dyson-award-180953232/There's also a pen that lets you know when you should reapply your sunscreen and a device called Luke StairwalkerWed, 05 Nov 2014 17:00:28 +0000"I’ve Lived the Life of 500 People": The Photography of Art Wolfehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ive-lived-life-500-people-photography-art-wolfe-180953144/<i>Earth Is My Witness</i> chronicles Wolfe's 40-year career as a photographerTue, 04 Nov 2014 18:01:52 +0000The True Story of the Little Ballerina Who Influenced Degas' <em>Little Dancer</em>http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/true-story-little-ballerina-who-influenced-degas-little-dancer-180953201/The artist's famous sculpture is both on view and the subject of a new theatrical performanceTue, 04 Nov 2014 16:46:31 +0000This Bird’s Songs Share Mathematical Hallmarks With Human Music http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/birds-songs-share-mathematical-hallmarks-human-music-180953227/The hermit thrush prefers to sing in harmonic series, a fundamental component of human musicMon, 03 Nov 2014 20:35:28 +0000Architects and Designers Make Money for Norwayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/architects-and-designers-make-money-norway-180953220/Literally, that is. Two firms have been selected to design Norway’s new currency.Mon, 03 Nov 2014 19:34:48 +0000An Awe-Inspiring Altar Remembers One Latino Artist's Guiding Spirit http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/awe-inspiring-altar-remembers-one-latino-artists-guiding-spirit-180953215/At the American History Museum, an installation reimagines the life story of a Latina artist and writerFri, 31 Oct 2014 19:19:40 +0000How Halloween Has Taken Over Englandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-halloween-has-taken-over-england-180953211/The British have long celebrated Guy Fawkes Day on November 5, but now the October 31 holiday is a lot more appealing.Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:40:09 +0000Authors Who Couldn’t Quit the Characters That Made Them Famoushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/authors-who-couldnt-quit-characters-made-them-famous-180953207/Here is a list of famous writers, including J.K. Rowling, who couldn’t resist reconnecting with their creations.Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:25:53 +0000No Costume? Grab A Sheet And Rock a Togahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/no-costume-grab-sheet-and-rock-toga-180953199/Costume designer Mariah Hale explains how to wrap the perfect last-minute togaFri, 31 Oct 2014 14:57:14 +0000What “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” Tells Us About Contagion, Fear and Epidemicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-legend-sleepy-hollow-tells-us-about-contagion-fear-and-epidemics-180953192/Washington Irving fled New York because of a yellow fever epidemic. Twenty-two years later, his classic story spoke to the chaos of his youthThu, 30 Oct 2014 15:31:41 +0000This Grave Atlas Shows Where to Find the Distinguished Deceasedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/grave-atlas-shows-where-find-distinguished-deceased-180953187/We know where the bodies are buried ... take a virtual tour of world cemeteries that host famous artists and roguesWed, 29 Oct 2014 18:01:49 +0000Nine Famous People and What They’re Buried Withhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/nine-famous-people-and-what-theyre-buried-180953186/Icons of their time, these celebrities didn’t stray far from their public personae when it came to their final resting placesWed, 29 Oct 2014 17:27:36 +0000Five “Real” Sea Monsters Brought to Life by Early Naturalistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-real-sea-monsters-brought-life-early-naturalists-180953155/From kraken to mermaids, some monsters are real—if you know how to look for themMon, 27 Oct 2014 18:44:36 +0000Barmbrack, Toffee and Other Treats to Have an Around-the-World Halloween Celebrationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/barmbrack-toffee-and-other-treats-have-around-world-halloween-celebration-180953151/This weekend’s celebrations extend beyond snarfing down Hershey and Mars barsMon, 27 Oct 2014 16:20:16 +0000Women of the Early 1900s Rallied Behind Beautiful, Wartless Witcheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/early-20th-century-women-rallied-behind-beautiful-wartless-witches-180953134/Women looking to work, vote and marry whomever they wanted turned the Halloween icon into a powerful symbolMon, 27 Oct 2014 15:30:23 +0000