Even Robin superfans admit it: The Batmobile is probably the best sidekick Batman’s ever had. Since its inception in 1941, Batman’s ride has been a character unto itself. From the dashing roadsters of the Sixties to the military-grade tankmobile of the “Dark Knight” trilogy, each Batmobile is a mirror for the generation that created it—just like the superhero at the wheel.
After 50 years of being vilified as immoral and dangerous, drugs like LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in “magic” mushrooms) are at the center of a resurgence in psychiatric research. It turns out these drugs might help treat conditions ranging from depression to obsessive-compulsive disorder. Far out, indeed.
Crazy fact: There are probably 15 million species of plants, animals, and fungi in the world, and we’ve only discovered 2 million of them. So scientists are constantly discovering new species all over the world. Just last year, the Smithsonian Institution announced the discovery of the olinguito, an incredibly rare (and ridiculously adorable) relative of the raccoon.
From AllDay.com: 10 Species Science Never Knew Existed … Until Recently
Sometime in 1974, a bunch of long-haired, leather-jacketed punks walked into an upstart club in New York’s Bowery looking to play some music. The club at 315 Bowery was supposed to be country, blues, and bluegrass joint. Nobody had heard of the leather-jacketed punks.
But when the Ramones shouted that first “1-2-3-4!” at CBGB on August 16, 1974, it signaled the beginning of a new era—sweaty, cigarette-smoke-filled, and impossibly loud—that changed history of punk rock forever.
Watch: CBGB: The Birthplace of Punk
Firebrand. Songwriter. Punk.
Joe Strummer, the lead singer of the Clash, was as wild as he was talented. With his battered, sticker-plastered Telecaster and his jittery “electric leg,” Strummer dragged Britain into the punk era kicking and screaming—and that’s exactly how he’d wanted it. August 21, 1952, we take a look back at Strummer’s life in music.
On August 21, 1961, a new song took over the airwaves. “Please Mr. Postman,” a new single recorded by The Marvelettes, soared to #1 on the Billboard charts.
It was the brilliant new sound of a young America. And with hits like “Please Mr. Postman,” a young impresario named Berry Gordy, Jr. made Motown Records into an empire that reshaped music and pop culture across the United States and the world.
Watch: A History of Motown Records
In 1943, an incredible British plan called Operation Mincemeat completely fooled the Nazi high command and changed the course of World War II.
The plan all hinged on one unbelievable fact: The man who carried it out was already dead.
On November 9, 1989, humanity was once again reminded that concrete will always break before the human spirit does.
Though the Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago, its lessons are more relevant than ever — especially where walls divide us today.
With his iconic silver wigs, pallid makeup, and outsized glasses, Andy Warhol redefined the notion of celebrity artist. Born on August 6, 1920, Warhol stayed in the public spotlight by repositioning (and often distorting) the spotlight on American life.
Warhol was a pioneer of the distinctly American style of pop art. Drawing on his experience as an advertising illustrator, Warhol blended the highbrow with the quotidian, often provocatively. Over at AllDay.com, I’m asking: Who was Andy Warhol?
Bob Dylan is one of the few American singer-songwriters who has earned a worldwide popular following while at the same time appealing to the counterculture movement. Even though he long ago entered the cultural mainstream—he’s won 11 Grammys, a Golden Globe, an Academy Award, a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, and the 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom—Dylan earned his early accolades with a unique brand of songwriting and poetically caustic lyrics. He is also one of America’s most prolific musical minds, with over 40 albums (and six books of painting and drawing) to his name since 1962.
So it shouldn’t be that surprising that Dylan is supposedly releasing a new album in August, possibly called “Shadows in the Night.” But even then we sort of wonder: After five decades of music and non-stop touring, why does he keep going? And that in turn begs the question—Who is Bob Dylan, the enigmatic musician we all know so well?