I just emailed MTA requesting info on these mosaics all over the 42nd Street/Times Square subway station that very closely resemble the Confederate flag. I notice them every time I walk through the station and finally looked them up.
Based on what little information I’ve found online, Squire Vickers, who designed many of the stations and mosaics, may have designed them to pay tribute to the former owner of the New York Times, Adolph Ochs. (Ochs had moved the NYT building to Longacre Square in 1904, which was then renamed Times Square.) Ochs was raised in Knoxville, Tennessee and apparently donated a lot of money to preserve Confederate history—including $1,000 to the Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial in Georgia so his mom’s name could be engraved on the founder’s roll.
MTA, maybe it’s time for a renovation?
(I am supposedly going to receive an email response within 15 business days.)
That is not a typo.(via bookoisseur)
This timelapse of fog and clouds is so peaceful,
by: Gary Yost
gonna keep reblogging this
Interpol - Ancient Ways
Your move JCVD.
In celebration of our new film Great White Shark, now playing daily in 3D and IMAX, here are some spectacular shark facts:
- Sharks began evolving about 450 million years ago. Of the roughly 340 living species some have changed little in the past 100 million years.
- Sharks were the first vertebrates to develop an immune system and may have a greater immunity to cancer than humans.
- Shark teeth are made of hard enamel, which may explain why ancient shark teeth are the most commonly found vertebrate fossils today.
- Some living shark species replace old and broken teeth as frequently as every ten days. There are 12,000 bull-shark fossil teeth on view in the Museum’s Hall of Vertebrate Origins—approximately the number of teeth a bull-shark will have during its lifetime.
- Shark bones are made of light, tough cartilage, which is rarely fossilized.
- Like other cartilaginous fishes, sharks do not have a gas bladder to keep them afloat so many species (but not all) must move constantly to keep from sinking. Many sharks have large, oil-filled livers that make them more buoyant.
- Most sharks bear live young. Some species can remain pregnant for over two years, longer than any other vertebrate.
- Sharks typically bear three to 12 pups and many do not reproduce until age 30, making it hard for them to recover when large numbers are killed by humans.
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