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‘Woman without paint is like food without salt’

History of makeup

May 26, 2017
‘Woman without paint is like food without salt’
The history of cosmetics spans at least 6000 years and is present in almost every society on earth. Some argue that cosmetic body art was the earliest form of ritual in human culture, dating over 100,000 years ago from the African Middle Stone Age. The evidence for this comes in the form of utilized red mineral pigments (red ochre) including crayons associated with the emergence of Homo sapiens in Africa.

‘Emperor’ who ate his enemies

Cannibalism as cultural norm

May 25, 2017
‘Emperor’ who ate his enemies
Cannibalism is as old as the hills. It is the act or practice of humans eating the flesh or internal organs of other human beings. The expression cannibalism has been extended into zoology to mean one individual of a species consuming all or part of another individual of the same species as food, including sexual cannibalism. It has been both practiced and fiercely condemned in several wars, especially in Liberia and Congo. It was still practiced in Papua New Guinea as of 2012 for cultic reasons and in ritual and in war in various Melanesian tribes.

Saving lives

Courageous flight attendants

May 24, 2017
Saving lives
The life of flight attendants is often glamorized: they travel to faraway countries, get to know different people and wear a beautiful uniform. However, not everyone comprehends that this occupation is dangerous as well. Besides flying high in the sky, these slender in build young women sometimes risk their lives saving passengers.

From coca leaves to laughing gas

Evolution of anesthesia

May 15, 2017
From coca leaves to laughing gas
Attempts at producing a state of general anesthesia can be traced throughout recorded history in the writings of the ancient Sumerians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Indians, and Chinese. It is generally agreed that certain scientific discoveries in the late 18th and early 19th centuries were critical to the eventual introduction and development of modern anesthetic techniques.

Armenia among most religious and USSR-nostalgic nations

Facts and figures

May 11, 2017
Armenia among most religious and USSR-nostalgic nations
Nostalgia for the USSR is common among Armenians, and the majority identify themselves as followers of the Armenian Apostolic Church, according to a major new Pew Research Center survey of 18 countries in Central and Eastern Europe. In addition to religious identity, beliefs and practices, and national identity, the survey explores respondents’ views on social issues, democracy, the economy, religious and ethnic pluralism, and more.

Mysterious village of dwarfs

Black turtle’s curse

May 10, 2017
Mysterious village of dwarfs
The remote Chinese village known as Yangsi that has baffling scientists for decades is located in the country’s southwest Sichuan Province. It’s a very unusual place, as around 40% of its population are dwarfs, who were all born and raised there. Because of the large number of height-challenged residents, Yangsi is known as the ‘Village of Dwarfs’.

Otri Trio performs for children with disabilities

Chance to have another dream

May 6, 2017
Otri Trio performs for children with disabilities
On May 5, 2017, Yervand Kochar Museum in Yerevan hosted a concert organized by a group of Armenian musicians and Pyunik charity organization for an unusual audience. More than 10 children with disabilities were invited to listen to the works by Aram Khachaturian, Komitas and Dmitri Shostakovich.

Fashionable or absurd?

Horse in suit and pet boutiques

May 5, 2017
Fashionable or absurd?
While animal rights activists call to stop killing poor creatures to make fashionable dresses, some designers create clothes for favorite pets. Dressed dogs and cats are no longer a wonder, but in March 2016, the world saw a horse in a suit.

Hope from the sea

Ship that rescued Musaler Armenians

May 4, 2017
Hope from the sea
On September 5, 1915, the crew of Guichen warship from the 3rd French squadron that patrolled the East Mediterranean noticed huge white flags on the Turkish shore: one with a red cross and another saying “Christians in trouble, please help.” Captain Joseph Brisson ordered to lower the boats and find out what was going on.

Empire built on rice

The Great Wall of China

May 2, 2017
Empire built on rice
The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, rammed earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China to protect the Chinese states and empires against the raids and invasions of the various nomadic groups of the Eurasian Steppe.
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