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The Cultural History Of The Plastic Pink Flamingo

The Cultural History Of The Plastic Pink Flamingo

Author: Annie Dell'Aria /  In 1957, a 21-year-old art school graduate named Don Featherstone created his second major design for the Massachusetts-based lawn and garden decoration manufacturer Union Products: a three-dimensional plastic pink flamingo propped up by two...

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Keeping Feathers Off Hats–And On Birds

Keeping Feathers Off Hats–And On Birds

By Angela Serratore / smithsonian.com  2018/ It’s easy to imagine the glamorous early 20th-century woman who might wear the tiara in front of me. Delicate and adorned with wispy white feathers that wouldn’t come cheap, this aigrette (the French word for egret) would...

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These Birds Make Their Own Citrus-Scented Cologne

These Birds Make Their Own Citrus-Scented Cologne

By Benji Jones /  The sexiest male crested auklets have large head feathers and a strong tangerine smell, a new study finds. On Alaska's rugged Shumagin Islands, no fruit tree dares take root, yet the smell of fresh lemons and tangerines hangs heavy in the air. A...

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The Great Feather Heist

The Great Feather Heist

By Franz Lidz / April 2018 /The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century / Smithsonian/ The curious case of a young American’s brazen raid on a British museum’s priceless collection. Of all the eccentrics cataloged by “Monty...

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Audubon’s Species: Bird Art, in All Its Glory

Audubon’s Species: Bird Art, in All Its Glory

Written by CORNELIA DEAN   Watercolor by Sarah Stone / from Beautiful Birds  In 1812, John James Audubon filled a wooden box with about 200 of his paintings of American birds and left it with a relative for safekeeping while he went off on one of his many trips. When...

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