transfiguration-monastery-in-samovodene-bulgaria

Transfiguration Monastery in Samovodene, Bulgaria

Colorful frescoes fill the interior of this 19th-century monastery. Though their colors are bright and inviting, the subjects they portray are rather dark and foreboding. The first monastery building in this area was established in medieval times and gained autonomy in the 14th century. Over the years, it was attacked many times by Ottoman conquerors…

ehrenfest8217s-signature-wall-in-leiden-netherlands

Ehrenfest’s Signature Wall in Leiden, Netherlands

Paul Ehrenfest was an Austrian theoretical physicist, a close friend of Albert Einstein, and the head of the physics department at Leiden University in the Netherlands. He was an enthusiastic and engaged professor, and even hosted a monthly dinner and lecture combination that has been going strong since 1912. At the end of each of these…

8-extremely-native-mascots-that-are-price-cheering-for

8 Extremely Native Mascots That Are Price Cheering For

Why does an English football club have a hippo for a mascot? It’s all local history. Barrington Coombs / EMPICS/PA Images via Getty ImagesYou need look no further than the rise of Gritty for proof that a costumed mascot can energize people. Partly, that’s because behind any good mascot’s cartoonish appearance or over-the-top behavior, there’s…