The Space Shuttle had almost no room for iteration because there were people on board. So you couldn't be blowing up shuttles. So that's a big problem.
— Elon Musk, "Starbase Tour with Elon Musk [PART 2], Everyday Astronaut
To some extent, a news story doesn’t feel real until it’s been replied to with an endless series of memes reflecting all the different hot takes that are possible.
— Brad Troemel, Replacement Theory: How memes rendered commercial art obsolete
He complained that "the Americans have great accumulated expertise of photography of the region due to the fact that they have been doing it for so many years. They can even distinguish between houses that are frequented by male visitors at a higher rate than is normal."
— Peter L. Bergen, The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden
THE CORICANCHA, one of Cusco’s most mesmerizing megalithic sites, features this finger-tip-sized precision stone.
— @accidentalmystery
As the historian Brian Dippie has astutely observed, "the belief in the Vanishing Indian was the ultimate cause of the Indian's vanishing." Metamora was just one of dozens if not hundreds of literary productions by which the fate of the Cherokees, Choctaws, Seminoles, Creeks, and Chickasaws was made acceptable to the American public by virtue of its very inevitability.... Did they suspect that white New Englanders' valuable opposition to Indian removal depended on the illusion that there were no more Indians in New England?
— Jill Lepore, The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity
Elaine Scarry has argued that the lingering evidence of a war's destruction documents and reinforces its ending: "The very endurance of the record partly explains why the outcome is abided by."
— Jill Lepore, The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity
“They’ve been selling privacy to the world and making people trust their devices,” Mr. Green said. “But now they’re basically capitulating to the worst possible demands of every government. I don’t see how they’re going to say no from here on out.”
— Jack Nicas, "Apple’s iPhones Will Include New Tools to Flag Child Sexual Abuse," The New York Times
I asked you to go to the Green Day concert
You said you never heard of them
— Weezer, "El Scorcho," playing at Fenway before Green Day
He's singing opera.
— Lily on Billy Joel
My artistic idol is the carpenter who carved this image so high up in a church, people didn't know about it for 800 years
— @MadelineHorwat1 reposted by @everyverything
If I die, your word "treachery," is almost as important as my wound, since you alone survive to make meaning of my death. War is a contest of injuries and of interpretation. As the literary critic Elaine Scarry has argued, war "differs from all other contests in that its outcome carries the power of its own enforcment."
— Jill Lepore, The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity
Ruin value (German: Ruinenwert) is the concept that a building be designed such that if it eventually collapsed, it would leave behind aesthetically pleasing ruins that would last far longer without any maintenance at all.
— Wikipedia
Oil paintings are lovely but so hard to fit in your pocket.
— Connecticut Historical Society Museum wall text about portrait miniatures
Sir, there is something on your chin.
— Note Biden held up
This is his claim to fame.
— Dad on the information written about Thomas Leach only saying "• Captain Leach, who sailed out of Salem, died at sea in 1828 • Took son at age 9 out as a cabin boy and chastised him for wearing mittens"
William F. Galvin has held the office since 1995.
— "Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth," Wikipedia
Mr. Hirst is selling a collection of 10,000 NFTs, each of which corresponds to a physical dot painting, for $2,000 each. A year from now, the collectors of the series, called “The Currency,” will have to decide whether to keep the NFT or the painting; whichever one they don’t choose will be destroyed.
— Paul Sullivan, "A Painting or an NFT of It: Which Will Be More Valuable?," The New York Times
That's a lot of points.
— Lily on how many Alexa "question of the day" points we have
The South Korean broadcaster MBC showed photographs associating pizza with Italy, Chernobyl with Ukraine and Count Dracula with Romania in its coverage of the opening ceremony.
— Subhead for "Broadcaster Apologizes for ‘Inappropriate’ Images Aired During Olympic Parade," The New York Times
More mud my man.
— Phrase Isaac and Mason repeated over and over while they played in a pool of water dug on the beach