Wormholes reveal what was destroying art 500 years ago

Wormholes — made by actual worms in wood, not gravitational forces in space — are a key to the past. These holes are where beetles lay their young, in trees, furniture, and even great works of art.. And now scientists say the wormholes in ancient paintings reveal the movements of insect species hundreds of years ago. »11/23/12 11:30am11/23/12 11:30am

The statue of George Washington deemed too risqué for Capitol Hill

If you've been to the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, then you may have seen "Enthroned Washington," the statue Horatio Greenough sculpted in honor of the centennial of George Washington. The statue was originally destined for the US Capitol rotunda, but many were offended by the idea of a… »10/21/12 11:00am10/21/12 11:00am

"Ruined Spanish Fresco Monkey Jesus" is 2012's hot Halloween costume

You may remember how an eighty-year-old Spanish woman lovingly trashed the fresco Ecce Homo in a failed art restoration attempt. Reddit user Spinjump took inspiration from this "very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic" and recently debuted this gold-star costume at Anime Weekend Atlanta. We anticipate a veritable … »10/03/12 12:10pm10/03/12 12:10pm

An incredibly surreal photo of the real-life goths from American Gothic

Here's a photograph seemingly plucked from The Twilight Zone. Chances are you're familiar with artist Grant Wood's iconic 1930 painting American Gothic, but you may not know that Wood recruited his sister and his dentist to pose for this slice of unsmiling Americana. And in 1942, the dour duo of goths reunited for the… »7/09/12 6:30pm7/09/12 6:30pm