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The people of Buffalo could be forgiven for being unaware of this until now. Rather than hanging on a museum wall, the unfinished painting was for years stuffed behind a sofa in the house of the Kober family. Even the Kobers, who took the picture off their wall after it was hit by an errant tennis ball, weren't sure whether it was priceless or worthless. If it is a Michelangelo, it is considerably closer to the former than the latter, and, if similar works at New York'sMetropolitan Museum of Art are any guide, could be worth anything up to $300m (£190m). The quest to find out the truth was started, on his father's urging, by Lieutenant Colonel Martin Kober in 2003 after his retirement from the US Air Force. He took his job seriously, vaguely conscious that the bundle behind the couch might one day become the most important art find of the century.
When we envision parenting role models, few of us likely think of our mud-caked, animal hide-wearing early ancestors, or ask ourselves, what would a Paleolithic hunter-gatherer do?
When I was fifteen-years-old, I watched Hillary Clinton during the difficult times she faced when her private life and President Clinton's private life became public.
Julie Burchill: Moss looks like a toothpick, Widdecombe a dinghy, but they both do as they please - Julie Burchill, ColumnistsBut – here's the thing – they WOULDN'T let themselves be used as either. Because they're their own women.
We Ask America 7/17/12-7/18/12; 1,092 likely voters, 2.95% margin of error Mode: Automated phone We Ask America release Nevada 2012 President 49% Obama (D), 43% Romney (R), 2% Johnson (L) (chart)
In the discussion of one porn performer testing positive for HIV, a detail has been overlooked: the performer crossed over from gay porn to straight, which matters to the extent that the two industry sectors have very different safety norms.
Marymade this homebrew water wall for her esthetics studio using a sheet of glass from IKEA, some plywood, and a sump pump.
Lovers of Elusive McRib Pork Patty Track Their Sightings
" The Fisher Kings are a gang of urchins who keep to the roofs and gutters. They specialise in a pa..." The Fisher Kings are a gang of urchins who keep to the roofs and gutters. They specialise in a particular larceny: relieving passers-by below of their fine hats and wigs by means of a line, a hook, and the deft flick of a wrist. They are a superstitious crew: you can only be a member if you bear the scar of an old wound that never fully healed, and they consider it bad luck to ever set foot upon the ground. Collapse
BIG CAT TV is a close look into our day to day operations, the conservation efforts we support, and the 100+ feline residents of "Big Cat Rescue" in Tampa, Fl.
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Most Tennesseans Say Muslims Should Get Full Rights, Back Construction Of Murfreesboro Mosque ExpansionAs ThinkProgress has previously reported, for months, conservatives have led a hateful campaign against the expansion of a local Islamic center and mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Noah Millman uses gay equality to make a larger point: It gets worse before it gets better indeed, it gets worse even as it’s getting better. That’s the way the politics of these sorts of issues goes, issues that appear to present very fundamental challenges to an entire worldview.
Razib points today to an article in Der Spiegel about the revival of folk migration as an explanation for the Neolithic in Europe.