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Antiquity

Infidelity of Zeus

April 1st, 2013 7:08 PM

The so-called King of the Gods’ famed virility still remains a popular subject of study for many scholars of ancient Greek mythology to this day.

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Renaissance

Vitruvian Man

April 1st, 2013 6:30 PM

This drawing by Leonardo da Vinci is based on the ideal human male proportions described by the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius.

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Enlightenment

Vampire

April 1st, 2013 6:20 PM

Although the earliest records of vampire-like creatures in folklores and mythologies date back to the Mesopotamian era, the cold and intelligent archetype of the blood-sucking monster wasn’t developed until the emergence of vampire literature in the early 18th century.

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Renaissance

Fountain of Youth

April 1st, 2013 5:30 PM

This mythical spring that grants eternal youth to anyone who drinks from it was popularized in the 1500s after conquistador Juan Ponce de León was rumored to have sought it out.

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Modernity

Got Milk?

April 1st, 2013 4:18 PM

This 1993 ad campaign designed to promote milk consumption in the state of California went on to become one of the most successful cases of commodity branding to be ever launched in the United States.

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Enlightenment

Werther Effect

April 1st, 2013 3:05 PM

To this day, German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s 18th century epistolary novel is widely recognized as one of the first documented “literary sensations” in Europe.

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Modernity

Loch Ness Monster

April 1st, 2013 2:26 PM

Since the first supposed sighting of this cryptid in 1933, people have been traveling to Great Britain’s largest body of fresh water seeking Nessie out.

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