Al Capone was responsible for expiration dates on milk jugs.




Polar Bear Sage


Women rest at the Parthenon whose damaged structure is under repair, December 1930.Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic


Beethoven won a sight reading piano competition by turning his sheet music upside down, playing it, then improvising on one of its themes for thirty minutes. His opponent, Daniel Steibelt, never returned to challenge him again.



The Navy’s Oldest and Oddest Research Vessel

Appropriately called FLIP (Floating Instrument Platform), the 355ft long spoon-shaped ship is the world’s only vessel that can operate both horizontally and vertically. The ship performs its 28 minute transformation when 700 tons of seawater are pumped into the ‘handle’ of the ship causing it to lower into the water and the bow to rise.

Why perform such a bizarre maneuver? FLIP was originally built in 1962 to perform research on wave height, acoustic signals, water temperature and density, and for collecting meteorological data. Once it has been transformed to vertical operation, it is incredibly stable. Even with 30ft waves passing by, the ship only moves 3ft vertically in the water.

“The last 15° of movement prior to arriving in the vertical happens quickly and is reasonably exciting as the exterior decks where everyone is positioned appear to be heading into the sea,” says Captain William A Gaines, assistant director of Marine Physical Laboratory at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

“The crew and riders remain on the external decks during the flipping evolution. The lowest exterior is about 15ft above the waterline when FLIP is in the vertical. There is lots of noise as the remaining air from the ballast tanks escapes from the vent lines located on the lowest external deck.”

As you can imagine, life aboard the ship is anything but ordinary. During transformation, walls become floors and floors become walls. Because of this, many surfaces inside the ship, like beds and shelves, rotate to the new orientation. Other less mobile fixtures, like sinks and showers, have duplicates that work in only one orientation. All this adds up to a ship that is quite cramped for its 16 member crew.

“It does take a special person to serve on FLIP,” says Gaines. “However, many scientists and science party members prefer conducting science from FLIP over being embarked in a conventional research ship because of the stability that FLIP offers. The small crew on FLIP creates a feeling of family and cohesiveness. The Officer in Charge of FLIP, Tom Golfinos, has been onboard for 17 years.”

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Moon, Venus, and Athens National Observatory

Moon and Venus shine in a summer evening twilight of Athens. The historic building of the National Observatory of Athens is on the lower left and at lower right is the Temple of Hephaestus in the ancient Agora.

The national observatory is a research institute founded in 1842; one of the oldest research institutes in Southern Europe. But the astronomical history of this location goes much further back in time. The observatory is next to the Pnyx, a rocky hill in central Athens the Athenians gathered to host their popular assemblies, as early as 507 BC.

It was also where astronomer Meton made observations of the summer solstice in 432 BC, using an instrument named the heliotropion that made him identify his famous calendrical cycle (learn more on UNESCO Astronomy and World Heritage Portal). - Babak Tafreshi

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A detailed view of the Roman Empire in the year 400 AD

I want this in my blog. 

(Source: mapsontheweb, via fuckyeahcartography)


Time Management

Gustave Flaubert enjoyed a light breakfast of eggs, veggies, fruit, cheese and hot chocolate in the morning, Charles Darwin liked to take a walk right after he woke up, Vladimir Nabokov had to have his nap at noon. 

Are you spending your day as efficiently as these geniuses?

Charles Darwin had an interesting day. 

Museums in Athens



  • Acropolis Museum - 1 April – 31 October: Tuesday to Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Last admission: 7:30 p.m.). Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Last admission: 9:30 p.m.). Monday: Closed. 1 November – 31 March: Tuesday to Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Last admission: 4:30 p.m.) Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Last admission: 9:30 p.m.) Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Last admission: 7:30 p.m.) Monday: Closed Closed: 1 January, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 25 and 26 December. General admission fee: €5. Reduced admission fee: €3.


  • Acropolis of Athens - In summer, 8:00-20:00 daily, except on national holidays when it opens 8:00-15:00. Between April 1 to June 16, 8:00-19:00 Monday-Friday and 8:00-15:00 on Saturday, Sunday and national holidays. In winter, 8:00-17:00 Monday-Friday and 8:00-15:00 weekends and national holidays. General admission fee: €12, Reduced: €6.

  • Agora of Athens, Theater of Dionysus, Roman Forum, Library of Hadrian, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Kerameikos Cemetery - 8:00:-15:00, Monday 11:00-15:00. The € 12 combo ticket for the Acropolis includes admission to the main archaeological sites in central Athens and is valid for 7 days.  



  • Benaki Museum - Main Building - Wednesday to Friday: 9:00 - 17:00. Thursday and Saturday: 9:00 – 24:00. Sunday: 9:00 - 15:00. Closed on Monday, Tuesday. Full admission: € 7. Temporary Exhibition: € 5 Reduced admission: € 5. Temporary Exhibition : € 3

  • Benaki Museum - Nikos Hadjikyriakos Ghika Gallery - Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00. Closed on Monday, Tuesday. Also closed during August. Full admission: € 7. Reduced admission: € 5

  • Benaki Museum of Islamic Art - Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 9:00 - 17:00. Closed on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Full admission: €7. Reduced admission: € 5

  • Benaki Museum - Pireos Str. Annex - Thursday, Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00. Friday, Saturday: 10:00 - 22:00. Closed on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Full admission: € 4 to € 6. Reduced admission: € 2 to € 3

  • Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens - Tuesday-Sunday: 09.00 -18.00. Closed on Monday. Temporary exhibitions & museum shop: 10.00-18.00. Full admission: €4. Reduced: €2


  • City of Athens Museum - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00 to 16:00. Saturday, Sunday from 10:00 to 15:00. Closed on Tuesday. Full admission: €3. Reduced: €2


  • Cycladic Art Museum – Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00 -17:00. Thursday: 10:00 - 20:00. Sunday: 11:00 - 17:00. Tuesday: closed. Full admission: €7. Reduced: €3.5

  • Frissiras Museum: Wednesday to Friday: 10:00 - 17:00. Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 - 17:00. Monday and Tuesday: closed. Full admission: €6. Reduced: €3.

  • Jewish Museum of Greece - Monday to Friday: 9.00-14.30. Sundays: 10.00-14.00. Saturdays: closed. Full admission: €6. Reduced: €3.

  • Museum of Greek Folk Art - Bathhouse of the Winds - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 09.00 – 14. 30. Tuesday: Closed. Full admission: €2. Reduced: €1.

  • Museum of Greek Folk Art - Main Building - Tuesday to Sunday: 9.00-14:00. Monday: Closed. Full admission: €2. Reduced: €1.

  • Museum of Greek Folk Art - Mosque - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 09.00 – 14. 30. Tuesday: Closed. Full admission: €2. Reduced: €1.

  • National Archaeological Museum of Athens - Monday: 13:00-20:00. Tuesday-Saturday: 08:00-20:00. Sunday & Public Holidays: 08:00-15:00. Entire halls may be closed to visitors and the museum shop is sometimes closed Sunday/Monday due to understaffing. Full admission: €7. Reduced: €3.

  • National Historical Museum: Open every day from 8:30 to 14:30. Closed on Monday. • Full admission: €3. Reduced: €1.50.

  • Numismatic Museum - Monday: 13:00 – 20:00. Tuesday to Sunday 08:00 – 17:00. Full admission: €3. Reduced: €2.

  • Poseidon’s Temple at Sounion – Open 9:30 to sunset, daily. Full admission: €4. Reduced: €2.

    Nicolas Nicolaides

That’s a good round up. 


The Ship of Dreams, 1912

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Greek emigrants to Australia take a farewell tour of the Parthenon, December 1963.
Photograph by Otis Imboden, National Geographic


A map showing the 22 countries that Great Britain has not invaded [825x412]

When it comes to Greece I guess they mean the British rule in Corfu between 1815-1864? I am fairly sure people in Corfu felt (feel?) glad that happened. 

(via fuckyeahcartography)

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