The most famous picture of Earth ever taken turns 50 today — here’s the fascinating story behind it

NASA “Earthrise” is the first image of Earth captured by humans from space.  The photo of Earth was taken aboard Apollo 8 on December 24, 1968, by lunar module pilot Bill Anders. The image made people aware of Earth’s fragility, since it was seen against the blackness of space. On December 24, 1968 — exactly […]

Book Excerpt: The Fascinating Tale of ‘Feuding Fan Dancers’

When Leslie Zemeckis was making her feature documentary Behind the Burly Q, she met someone with a story that seemed to go beyond the burlesque history she was making. Her interview subject was the son of Sally Rand, the New York showgirl who became the sensation of the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago. She claimed […]

‘Phantom Doctrine’ Is A Fascinating And Flawed Cold War Spy Thriller

Phantom Doctrine is the cold war spy thriller of my dreams, spinning an intricate web of intrigue and conspiracy. The game has you staring at a world map, trying to unravel the increasingly complicated plot while sending your agents all over the globe, doing spy stuff in turn-based encounters. It’s a moody, highly atmospheric game […]

The Deminer film review: A fascinating portrait of an extraordinary individual

His fearless, reckless devotion to his job becomes a form of addiction in the documentary The Definer. Using camcorder footage shot after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, the film captures Fakhir at work armed with nothing more than a pair of pliers and a determination to make the world a safer place. During […]

The most fascinating details and secrets from inside Singapore Airline’s food facility

“Mega Food”/Netflix How airplane food is made can depend on the airline. For Singapore Airlines, they contract an airline catering firm called Gate Gourmet in Switzerland to produce more than 50,000 meals a day. Some of the most fascinating details and secrets from inside Singapore Airline’s food facility include that the kitchen has only five hours […]

Bombshell review: Hedy Lamarr's story is a touching and fascinating tale

Bombshell, an absorbing documentary from Alexandra Dean, relates how she caused a global scandal with erotic Czech film Ecstasy, made a daring escape from Nazi-occupied Vienna, wooed movie mogul Louis B Mayer and became a siren of the silver screen. But Dean saves her biggest revelation for the final act. The six-times married actor was […]

Bombshell review: Hedy Lamarr's story is a touching and fascinating tale

Bombshell, an absorbing documentary from Alexandra Dean, relates how she caused a global scandal with erotic Czech film Ecstasy, made a daring escape from Nazi-occupied Vienna, wooed movie mogul Louis B Mayer and became a siren of the silver screen. But Dean saves her biggest revelation for the final act. The six-times married actor was […]

‘Generation Wealth’ Review: A Fascinating and Horrifying Examination of Cultural Excess [Sundance]

“Societies accrue their greatest wealth at the moment they face death,” says one of the talking heads in the opening seconds of Generation Wealth, setting the tone for a documentary that takes a deep dive into the excesses of societies across the globe and surfaces with some disturbing results. You may recognize Lauren Greenfield as […]

Stretch your boundaries: Fascinating travel destinations both near and far

Float in the infinity pool or swim in the lagoon before being pampered at the wellness centre where you can join a yoga class or have a Balinese massage.  Virgin Holidays (0344 557 1542/virginholidays.com) offers four nights from £735 (two sharing), B&B. Price includes return flights from Heathrow to Dubai. Departs January 17.  AGADIR, MOROCCO […]

The cryptocurrency mania is the most fascinating financial phenomenon I’ve ever seen

Wolf Richter with Jim Goddard on “This Week in Money“: The piquant irony: My ruminations were recorded on Wednesday, before the stupendous crypto-crash on Friday when some of the things we’d discussed two days earlier actually occurred. Youtube Embed:http://www.youtube.com/embed/tGARD4AI7_4Width: 560pxHeight: 315px And here’s what happened on crypto-crash day. You’ll get whiplash just from watching. Read…  Cryptocurrencies […]