Wanna play a game? Can you count how many technical gadgets you use during your day? Don’t forget to count your router, lint remover, and every light bulb... Well? 5? 7? Maybe 15? Studies claim that the average household in the USA currently owns around 25 electronic devices. In 2019, this number was more than half lower! The modern speed of life makes it easy to forget that our everyday essentials have history. Let’s do some time travel to refresh our memory. Chances are you’ll never take your toilet paper for granted again.
Imagine you’re an art detective, and your task is to explore the mysteries behind the world’s most famous paintings. I’m talking about works from Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Picasso. Grab your magnifying glass as this journey is about to begin.
Do you know that Leonardo da Vinci created a drawing of a mechanical robot in knight’s armor in 1495? According to the detailed plan, this knight could move and swing a sword thanks to an internal mechanical system consisting of ropes and gears. Whether Leonardo built this robot is unknown, but in 2002, one robotics engineer created this mechanical knight. And do you know what the first real robot looked like? It wasn’t a person in a cardboard robot suit. It was a real machine powered by electricity. It looked like a large box with an arm sticking out of it — like a smaller version of a crane. An inventor from Kentucky, George Devol, created it in the 1950s. He patented his invention and called it “Unimate.” The box with a mechanical arm was used in a TV show. The robot hit a golf ball into a cup, poured a drink into a mug, and impersonated a music band. People were delighted, but the invention didn’t bring George Devol money.
In 1946, people saw the first image ever from space. Kinda grainy, but hey it counts! But the first satellite maps haven’t appeared until recently. Now it is difficult for us to imagine life without GPS navigation. But one man made the first satellite-like map in 1502!At the time when photography didn’t exist at all. It was also impossible to climb to such a height to make a map. But this genius person made it just by walking through the streets of a small Italian town. And you know this man as Leonardo DiCaprio, I mean da Vinci. Let’s see how he did this.A well-known man in Italy, Cesare Borgia [CHEH-zuh-ray BAW-zhuh], invited Leonardo to the small town of Imola [stress falls on the ’i’]. He wanted to study the structure of the city carefully and asked Leonardo to make him a detailed map.
If you feel cold when you sleep, no matter how heavy your duvet or comforter is, try layering instead. You may use less heavy duvets than your usual one, but if you have 2 of them, air gets trapped between the layers, keeping you warmer.
Hey check it out! You could technically live in the Eiffel Tower if you don’t mind residing in a small apartment. Gustave Eiffel designed the tower to feature a private apartment for himself right at the top of the construction. He left the place all neat and tidy, with all the necessary furniture. These days the apartment is home to two mannequins, that of Eiffel himself and his equally famous friend Thomas Edison. A sneak peek of the apartment is available for tourists who purchase a ticket to the top of the tower.
The universe is huge and eternally intriguing. However, even as we explore and learn more about our world, some things remain a mystery. We invite you to put on your explorer hat and join us on a wild ride as we uncover the weird and wonderful secrets of the world.
If you feel cold whenever you sleep no matter how heavy your duvet is, also called a comforter or quilt, try layering. These may be less heavy comforters compared with the ones you normally use, but in case you have 2 of them, the air gets trapped in between the layers keeping you warmer. Even if the comforters feel really lightweight, you’ll feel warm. So, if it’s hot, don’t go beyond only one duvet. By the way, today some comforters can literally hug you. You’ll look a bit like a caterpillar in a cocoon, but trust me — that’s going to be a night of quality sleep.
Yuya Mika, a makeup artist, is best known for transforming into A-list celebrities. She uses the power of makeup to turn herself into some of Hollywood’s most famous stars of all time. Mika is currently based in Chongqing, and her Instagram has over 600,000 followers. We invite you to look at some of her most breathtaking transformations in the gallery below. Then let us know your thoughts on her sorcery and talent in the comment section.
Many of us can agree that history was one of the most interesting subjects in school. We always loved to hear and learn about ancient cultures, long-forgotten places, and old civilizations because, in some way, it opened up our imaginations and made us start wondering. If we look into the history of humanity, we can find a bunch of things that seem unexplainable. However, many of the secrets of the past have been solved over the years by researchers, and their explanations are surprisingly logical.
Okay, the next time you feel like complaining that your bed isn’t comfortable enough and the room is way too small, just think of those people who had to sleep in boxes. Until the early 19th century, that was a common thing in Europe. And no, it wasn’t just the way the poorest people lived — even the nobility had to resort to this unusual sleep situation. The houses back then used to be much smaller, with one or two rooms. The bigger room would serve as both a bedroom and a living room, and everyone living or visiting the house would sleep there. Even in larger houses and palaces, servants would often share the rooms with their bosses. So, people were happy to get any privacy they could. One possible option was a curtain around the bed, but that wasn’t enough in some cases. And that’s how the box-bed tradition was born.
In the past, artists and scientists were very intrigued by the anatomy of the human body, its perfection, and the understanding of each part. During the Renaissance, various studies of anatomy were done that were at the service of painters who sought perfection in their work. These studies opened a door to the mysteries of the human body. And over time, the body continues to fascinate us.
Leonardo DiCaprio doesn’t need an introduction. He’s one of the most loved actors around, and his good looks and charm made everyone swoon back when he appeared in Titanic. But even though the role of Jack led him to become a leading man in Hollywood blockbusters, during his 30-year-long career, he’s only starred in 29 movies.
We all have our favorite celebrities, and it helps to know a little about the person behind the persona. For instance, knowing that Emma Watson had a crush on Tom Felton, as in Draco Malfoy, while filming the Harry Potter movies only endears her to us more. As do Megan Fox’s club thumbs and Denzel Washington’s crooked finger.
Art truly has a purpose. Clever architects and artists behind world-famous landmarks have created marvelous masterpieces aside from the landmarks themselves. They created Easter eggs and hid them in plain sight. Maybe keeping us guessing their ultimate goal, or perhaps they built them for us to find out eventually.
Everyone has something about themselves that makes them special. Yet, deep down, we have many similarities that connect us together as a species. Humans are 99% identical at the genetic level due to our common ancestors and genome composition. Therefore, the 1% difference can lead to fantastic variation in appearance, ranging from having a flexible thumb to being ambidextrous.
According to new research, there are many benefits of pursuing multiple interests, including increased life satisfaction, work productivity, and creativity. In a similar way, we all can be different and unique at the same time. And as we each have different abilities, there are differences in what we can and cannot do.We at Bright Side are challenging you with some of the most interesting talents we can think of. Let’s see who can turn out to be a winner.
In the past, many bright minds existed and created some extraordinary things. And no matter how unbelievable it might sound, considering all the technology available today, many of the new-to-us inventions existed hundreds of years ago.
Oftentimes, expectant parents can’t decide what name to choose for their future baby. Some study lists of popular names, while others decide to name their child after a family member or a famous person who has contributed a lot to the development of humanity.
It’s impossible to answer the question about what makes a person successful and extraordinary. It can be a mix of a sharp mind and good luck, charisma and leadership qualities, an attractive appearance, and the ability to perceive the world through the prism of irony. There’s no exact formula, but still, we can’t ignore the fact that there are common features that help us spot successful people in a crowd.
Your smile can actually betray you and show what you really think. But on the other hand, you can read people’s minds if you know the nuances of facial expressions. And, spoiler alert, every smile does not translate into positive feelings toward you.
Michelangelo sculpture called David is a perfect example of anatomy but it has one anomaly. The way the Mona Lisa looks today is very different in comparison to its original version. There are many details that are hidden from us until you start looking deeper.
Svetlana Petrova is a Russian artist who has become famous around the world for featuring Zarathustra, her huge ginger cat, in famous works of art like Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Vincent van Gogh’s Café Terrace at Night. It all started when a friend asked Svetlana why she didn’t do artwork featuring her cat. Back at that time, she was suffering from a bit of a rough patch in terms of inspiration, so she figured she’d give it a try. The end result was charming for the artist, who did not hesitate to send her work to several acquaintances and friends. Then, one good day a friend of hers found that her cat was on the internet. In other words, Zarathustra had gone viral. Since then, Svetlana Petrova has recreated, together with her cat, about 150 famous masterpieces, which she has uploaded to her website since 2011. Later on, she included most of these works in her book Fat Cat Art: Famous Masterpieces Improved by a Ginger Cat with Attitude.
When hearing the word “Croatia” we instantly imagine luxury beaches with golden sand, the azure sea, and the sound of the surf. However, that’s not the full list of things that this country could surprise us with. A closer look at it reveals details that may not be written in the guidebook.
Painters like to leave secret messages and hidden meanings in their works and very often we are not even aware of them. For example, do you remember that famous painting The Girl with a Pearl Earring? Turns out that it’s probably not an earring at all. How about the 2 paintings from Salvador Dali that are closely related to his sister?
Artists very often leave special messages in their works. But we are used to looking at paintings as a whole, without paying heed to seemingly insignificant details. Bright Side has found 9 famous canvases that aren’t as simple as they seem at first glance. There is a bonus at the end too: an unknown work by Leonardo da Vinci, which may turn out to be another masterpiece.
The task of restorers is to revive dilapidated and damaged works of art. This work is creative but not at all simple: one wrong move and the masterpiece is ruined. Unfortunately, mistakes are inevitable. We at Bright Side have collected some sensational cases where restoration went wrong.
American photographer Freddy Fabris created unusual versions of famous Renaissance paintings. The idea came to him during a visit to a garage somewhere in the western United States. ’Why not?’ thought Fabris, who decided to combine the uncombinable. The photographer tried to preserve the distinctive style of great Renaissance master painters, ever so slightly spicing it up.