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Lupita Nyong'o Oscar Win

The First Time’s the Charm: Oscars Edition

February 21, 2019

Winning an Academy Award is an achievement some actors and actresses wait their whole lives and careers for. And then there are these performers who were so impressive in their first ever film roles that they took home Oscars for it. LUPITA NYON...

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Whatchu Talkin’ ‘Bout, Willis Tower?

February 20, 2019

They’re called “landmarks” for a reason — giant buildings that define a city, dot its skyline, and become monuments to human architectural achievement. Only the biggest and best buildings get official names, but sometimes those names change...

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Really Weird Oscar Trivia

February 18, 2019

The Academy Awards are around the corner. Here are some of the weirdest nominations and wins in the ceremony’s long history. THERE’S GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS The Razzies, or “Golden Raspberry Awards” are the anti-Oscar and hand out cheap ...

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When Kodak Didn’t Get the Picture

February 14, 2019

In January 2012, Kodak, the company that made casual photography a reality, and a relatively inexpensive one at that, filed for bankruptcy, ending a history of nearly 130 years. While George Eastman’s company brought picture-taking to the masses, i...

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Esther Howland: Valentine Queen

February 12, 2019

In photographs, she presents the grim, humorless visage of a middle-aged, Victorian spinster. But Esther Howland popularized valentine giving in the United States and, by the time of her death in 1904, had earned the sobriquet “Mother of the Americ...

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