In ancient and medieval legend, the griffin is a creature with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion; some traditions also give it a serpent's tail. The griffin is thought to have originated in ancient Middle Eastern legend and is often found in Persian sculpture. Although its significance is obscure, the griffin is thought to have been a protective symbol, representing strength and vigilance. What is a hippogriff and why is it an even more implausible creature than the griffin?
Back in the day
On August 22, 2004, Edvard Munch's most famous work, an Expressionist depiction of the existential agony of modern man, was stolen at gunpoint from the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway. A different version of the same painting had been stolen in 1994; fortunately, however, it was recovered in a sting operation that same year. What other Munch painting was stolen in the 2004 robbery?
Born on a day like today
Riefenstahl was a German filmmaker whose most famous works are documentary propaganda films for the German Nazi Party. Her Triumph of the Will, a documentary of a huge Nazi rally glorifying Hitler, is widely regarded as one of the most effective pieces of propaganda ever produced. After the war, Riefenstahl was classified as a Nazi sympathizer and blacklisted. Later, she became interested in underwater photography and the Nuba tribe in the Sudan. What did she do on her 100th birthday?