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Lunch Atop a Skyscraper: Iconic American photo is 80 years old – Telegraph

September 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Lunch atop a Skyscraper, 1932Lunch Atop a Skyscraper, one of the most recognisable photographs of the 20th century, celebrates its 80th anniversary today.

The image depicts 11 construction workers casually enjoying lunch while perched on a girder 69 floors above the streets of Manhattan. Taken on September 20, 1932, the shot captures the spirit of New York like no other. At this time, one in of every four New Yorkers was unemployed as the city plunged into financial crisis during the Great Depression. Despite this huge-scale construction projects, begun during the boom years of the 1920s, were finally nearing completion.

The world-famous black-and-white photograph was taken during the construction of the RCA Building (later renamed the GE Building in 1986), which forms part of the Rockefeller Centre. Captured by photographer Charles C. Ebbets, the image first appeared in the New York Herald Tribune on October 2, 1932 and has grown in popularity ever since.

via Lunch Atop a Skyscraper: Iconic American photo is 80 years old – Telegraph.

Life imitates art as Warhol-inspired soup goes on sale – News – Art – The Independent

September 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Andy Warhol-inspired limited-edition cans of C...Campbell’s Soup has launched a series of four canned tomato soups with labels that pay homage to Warhol’s 1962 work of art32 Campbell’s Soup Cans.”

Timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Warhol’s first solo exhibition, about 1.2 million cans of the tomato soup will be sold in Target stores across the United States for 75 cents each.

The company’s design team, working with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, created four different labels in vibrant combinations such as pink and teal for the tomato soup that went on sale this month.

“This is not something that we do everyday,” said Liesl Henderson, director of communications for Campbell’s Soup, adding that the Warhol Foundation was very protective of the artist’s legacy.

“But we’ve maintained a collaborative relationship with the Warhol Foundation over the years, and there’s a fascination, it seems, with all things Warhol.”

via Life imitates art as Warhol-inspired soup goes on sale – News – Art – The Independent.

Travelers’ Tech Demands Create Huge Opportunity for Airports & Airlines | Fox Business

September 14, 2012 Leave a comment

Two new research reports reveal high traveler expectations for travel-related mobile services and present opportunities for airlines and airports to generate ancillary revenue while providing best-in-class customer service.

The rapid proliferation and capabilities of mobile technology in recent years has made smartphones and other mobile devices as important to travelers as credit cards and identification. Of the 2,600 business and leisure travelers surveyed by FlightView Inc., 80% use a smartphone and more than 35% use a tablet and/or laptop while in the air.

Today’s travelers want to access timely, relevant day-of-travel information via their mobile devices to help smooth travel disruptions and aid better decision making. Also, they are more comfortable with self-service options since it’s often faster and easier to access information or complete transactions online than to wait in an actual line to speak with a live person.

Here’s how airports and airlines can keep travelers happy by providing the information they want while generating ancillary revenue that keeps balance sheets in the black.

What airlines and airports can do today.

With airports and flights more crowded than ever coupled with extreme weather events, travel disruptions are all too common. Keeping travelers informed about delays or other events lets them act immediately to lessen the negative impact, reduce their stress, or even improve their experience. What information is most valuable to travelers that airports and airlines can deliver via mobile devices?

via Travelers’ Tech Demands Create Huge Opportunity for Airports & Airlines | Fox Business.

Amelia Earhart’s beauty case found? Conclusion to mystery nears | Fox News

Amelia EarhartAs the search for Amelia Earhart‘s plane probes the deep waters off Nikumaroro, a tiny desert island between Australia and Hawaii where the legendary aviator may have landed 75 years ago, new clues have surfaced in the artifacts unearthed on the coral atoll.

A variety of fragmented objects collected by archaeologists at a site on the uninhabited island may have originally been American beauty and skin care products, all dating to the 1930s, says a new summary of research by the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery or TIGHAR, which will be published in October by the academic journal Pacific Studies.

TIGHAR researchers had already suggested that a small jar, found broken in five pieces, could have contained Dr.‭ C. H Berry’s F‬reckle Ointment. Marketed in the early 20th century, the concoction promised to make freckles fade.

“It’s well documented Amelia had freckles and disliked having them,” Joe Cerniglia, the TIGHAR researcher who spotted the freckle ointment as a possible match, told Discovery News.

Cerniglia also identified two other bottles as containers of skin products. One green bottle was possibly St. Joseph’s Liniment, which had applications in first aid and as a mosquito repellent.

“This broken bottle was found partially melted in the remains of a cooking fire,” Thomas King, TIGHAR’s senior archaeologist and author of the summary article, told Discovery News.

“It may have been used in an effort to boil or distill drinking water — there is no fresh surface water on Nikumaroro except what can be caught during sporadic rain squalls,” King said.

Spectrographic analysis on another bottle revealed it likely contained Campana Italian Balm, a popular American hand lotion in the 1930s.

“Traces of a substance found in the Nikumaroro fragment matched well with residue from an intact 1934 Campana Italian Balm bottle,” Cerniglia said.

via Amelia Earhart’s beauty case found? Conclusion to mystery nears | Fox News.

Strange Random Island Quote:

“…I once found a list of diseases as yet unclassified by medical science, and among these there occurred the word Islomania, which was described as a rare but by no means unknown affliction of spirit. There are people…who find islands somehow irresistible. The mere knowledge that they are on an island, a little world surrounded by the sea, fills them with an indescribable intoxication. These born “islomanes”…are direct descendents of the Atlanteans” ― Lawrence Durrell, Reflections on a Marine Venus

LIFE: Dust Bowl survivors | Photo Gallery – Yahoo! News

    Not originally published in LIFE. Farmer and sons, Oklahoma, 1942. (Alfred Eisenstaedt—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images) As fears of another and perhaps even more devastating Dust Bowl grip vast regions of the country, LIFE.com offers a series of rare photos — most of which never ran in LIFE magazine — by the great Alfred Eisenstaedt. But these pictures don’t follow “Okies” as they leave their world behind. Instead, Eisenstaedt’s photos chronicle the hardscrabble existence of Oklahoma farmers who stayed: families who fought to keep their livelihoods and their homesteads during those lean, unforgiving years after the Dust Bowl — according to the history books, at least — came to an end.

via LIFE: Dust Bowl survivors | Photo Gallery – Yahoo! News.

Strange Random Photography Quote:

“Above all, life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference” ― Robert Frank

Virgin offers ‘tax-free’ flights to Cancun – Telegraph

Vista de la Playa El Mirador en CancunIts “APD free” sale takes place this weekend and will save a family of four visiting the Mexican resort £324.

Sir Richard Branson, Virgin’s founder, described APD – which is paid by all passengers flying from a UK airport – as a “disgrace” and claimed that the Government will collect around £600 million from the tax during July and August – equivalent to £10 million per day.

“In an Olympic year, it is obscene for the Treasury to be taking £10 million every day from visitors and British holidaymakers alike,” he said. “This suffocating tax has rocketed way out of control. Years of above-inflation increases have hit passengers hard, are hitting the economy hard and are impeding our recovery from the recession.”

Following the most recent rise in the tax, an eight per cent hike made in April, a family of four travelling to Europe must pay £52 in APD, while those flying farther afield are hit even harder. The cost of APD for a family of four flying to the United States or Egypt, for example, is £260; for those travelling to the Caribbean or South Africa, it is £324; and a family visiting Argentina or Australia must pay £368. Those figures are doubled for those flying in premium-economy, business- or first-class cabins.

via Virgin offers ‘tax-free’ flights to Cancun – Telegraph.

Strange Random Tax Quote:

You must pay taxes. But there’s no law that says you gotta leave a tip. – Morgan Stanley advertisement

How Stress And Sleep Loss Are Shortening Your Life – Forbes

AASM pillow

AASM pillow (Photo credit: jepoirrier)

Would you prioritize sleep if you knew it kept your immune system strong? That’s the question the American Academy of Sleep Medicine wants you to ponder this week. Lost in the hoopla surrounding Independence day was the publication of some eye-opening or eye-shutting research by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine showing that the immune system responds sharply to sleep loss.

In the study, intimidatingly named “Diurnal Rhythms in Blood Cell Populations and the Effect of Acute Sleep Deprivation in Healthy Young Men,” Researchers at the Erasmus MC University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and the University of Surrey in the UK measured white blood cell counts in young men who sleep eight hours and men whose sleep was restricted, and found a spike in white blood cells, particularly those called granulocytes, released in response to immune system threat.

The researchers’ conclusion: Severe sleep loss jolts the immune system just as stress does read on for more on stress.

Sleep Loss Quadruples Stroke Risk

In addition to shocking your immune system, lack of sleep also raises your stroke risk – even if you’re relatively young and healthy. New research, presented last month at SLEEP 2012, found that those who cut back their sleep to less than six hours of sleep a night are at 4.5 percent greater risk of having a stroke compared with those who slept 7 to 8 hours a night. Though researchers don’t know the exact mechanism, it seems that chronic lack of sleep causes inflammation, elevates blood pressure and heart rate, and affects glucose levels, leading to a much higher stroke risk in the sleep-deprived.

Most concerning, though, is that the 5,000+ people studied were healthy, middle-aged adults with a body mass index in the normal range — not those typically considered at high stroke risk. And their sleep loss wasn’t as extreme as in the immune study; these folks reported getting less than six hours of sleep a night – the amount that 30 percent of the American population reports getting.

For some tips on getting to sleep more easily, see 5 Foods to Help You Sleep

via How Stress And Sleep Loss Are Shortening Your Life – Forbes.

Strange Random Sleep Quote:

“People say, ‘I’m going to sleep now,’ as if it were nothing. But it’s really a bizarre activity. ‘For the next several hours, while the sun is gone, I’m going to become unconscious, temporarily losing command over everything I know and understand. When the sun returns, I will resume my life.’

If you didn’t know what sleep was, and you had only seen it in a science fiction movie, you would think it was weird and tell all your friends about the movie you’d seen.

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So, next time you see someone sleeping, make believe you’re in a science fiction movie. And whisper, ‘The creature is regenerating itself.” ― George Carlin, Brain Droppings

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