Astronomers from Texas State University and Iowa State University analyzed the iconic V-J Day in Times Square and pinpointed the exact time the photo was taken.
“Every tall building in Manhattan acts like the gnomon of a sundial,” the authors explain in the article.
By working out what structure caused the shadow, the scientists could compute the sun’s position, and thus the time the photo was taken. With a topographical analysis of Manhattan’s layout at the time, they concluded that the shadow was cast by a sign atop the Hotel Astor and across the intersection from the Loew’s Building.
I like to imagine that the astronomers were wearing a deerstalker and smoking a pipe while working this out.
In light of today’s Supreme Court decision, the Washington Post published an infographic showing the states where same-sex marriage is now legal.
Vulture has ranked every episode of Seinfeld.
In the interest of both helping novices prioritize and reminding veterans about forgotten jewels, we’ve ranked every episode in the series from worst to best. The ratings are based less on cultural significance — you’ll find many recognizable episodes fairly low on the list — and more on the density and quality of jokes, the inclusion of multiple strong narrative arcs, and, to a lesser extent, how well the comedy and stories have aged.
For personal reasons, I haven’t watched Seinfeld in about 6 years, but after watching Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and the cast sort of reunite on Curb Your Enthusiasm, I think I’m ready to start watching it again.
The Wall Street Journal had Grammarly evaluate MLB fans and found that Mets fans make the most spelling and grammar mistakes.
The second-most mistake-prone fan base belonged to the Mets’ NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies. These results should come as no surprise to anyone who has sat in the upper deck of a late-night Mets-Phillies game. Typically, by the seventh inning of these games, the rival fan groups have forgone the English language to grunt and throw peanuts at each other.
Seventh inning? That’s how Phillies fans sound all the time, amirite?
Lens, the NY Times photo blog, brings us the final days of The Subway Inn by Timothy Fadek:
“This is representative of everything that depresses me about New York City,” Mr. Fadek said. “The loss of Times Square, all the great bars, CBGB’s, independent diners. All gone and replaced by chains.”
I used to live not far from The Subway Inn, and it’s neon sign was welcoming when coming out of the subway late at night.
The Atlantic looks at why men and women’s buttons are on different sides.
For a corollary to that, we can thank, again, Napoleon. That hand-in-waistcoat pose? Women, apparently, used to mock the emperor by mimicking that pose. One theory (which, warning, I can’t find much corroboration for, but I put out there for your consideration) holds that Napoleon ordered women’s shirts be buttoned on the opposite side of men’s to end all the fun-making at his expense.
That theory makes the most sense to me because Napoleon strikes me as that kind of guy.
The Star Wars movies will finally be available digitally on April 10th:
Plus, unlike Lando’s bargaining with Darth Vader, this deal is getting better all the time: Enhancing the movie collection are a host of never-before-seen special features including Star Wars: Discoveries from Inside and insightful Conversations between key contributors from across this celebrated film franchise, plus a curated collection of classic Star Wars extras from each film.
These are the Special Editions, not the theatrical originals. Worthless.