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No, the Palais Garnier ceiling didn’t catch on fire. Maybe you’re thinking of the 2004 Phantom movie, where the Opéra Populaire burns after the Phantom brings down the chandelier.
In 1896, there was a chandelier accident at the Palais Garnier, where one of the counterweights fell, killing a concierge named Mme Chaumet. Click here to read the article in Le Matin, the newspaper where Gaston Leroux worked at the time, describing the accident (Leroux later stole and adapted the headline for use in his novel).
The reason why Jules Eugène Lenepveu’s ceiling (titled: “Les Muses et les heures du jour et de la nuit” — “The Muses and the Hours of the Day and Night”) was painted over was that in the early 1960s, the classically inspired ceiling artwork was deemed too old fashioned, and the French Culture Minister, André Malraux, decided to install something modern (read: gaudy and inappropriate) in its place. So they hired Marc Chagall to design a hip new painting for the opera house’s ceiling.
I like a lot of Chagall’s artwork, don’t get me wrong, but his ceiling for the Palais Garnier is completely out of place, and doesn’t even particularly work as a standalone piece out of context. It is garish and childish, and it clashes with everything else in the building.
My mother has a saying that I think applies here: “Always wash your hair before you cut it off.” Meaning, before you do something drastic, make sure that it’s something you really want to do. Rather than slathering over Lenepveu’s artwork with Chagall’s painting, the French Cultural Ministry could instead have restored Lenepveu’s ceiling. Once they saw it in its full glory, they could then have decided if it was something they really wanted to paint over.
For comparison’s sake, here are the two ceilings. Lenepveu’s ceiling beautifully fits the context of the Palais Garnier. Chagall’s ceiling … does not:
The Habits of Smart People
When asked if they would rather be smart or dumb, surely everyone would answer smart! If you’re looking to improve your mental capabilities you can start by following in the footsteps of some of the smartest people in the world.
A person’s Intelligence Quotient indicates their mental abilities relative to others of approximately the same age.
- Average IQ= 100
- Above Average=115
- Genius= 140
- Extraordinary Genius=160
The Good Habits
They are persistent
Smart people don’t let failure stop them.
- Albert Einstein (IQ=160) did not speak until he was 4
- Bill Gates’ (IQ=160) first business failed
- Thomas Edison (IQ=145) tried to make a lightbulb over 1,000 times
- Benjamin Franklin (IQ=160) dropped out of school at age 10
- Ludwig Van Beethoven (IQ=165) was told he would never succeed
They set goals
Students were given 4 weeks to accomplish a goal…
- Students without written goals—->accomplish 43% of goals
- Students with written goals—->accomplish 64% of goals
- Students who share their goals with friends—> accomplish 76% of goals
They are avid readers
The benefits of reading include…
- Increases verbal skills
- Helps articulate thoughts
- Enhances problem solving skills
- Improved memory
- Increases concentration
- Improves writing skills
- Expands vocabulary
Just 15 minutes of reading a day exposes you to over 1,000,000 words a year.
They are self-disciplined
IQ level is a good indicator of rates of virginity amongst adolescents.
- Teens with IQ < 100 are 1.5-5 times more likely to have had sex than teens with 120 < IQ > 130
- Every additional IQ point increases odds of virginity 2.7% for males/ 1.7% for females
87% of all undergrads students have had sex. Undergrads at top schools that have had sex:
- Harvard= 59%
This reflects a desire to safeguard educational and occupational plans by avoiding risk associated with adolescent sex.
They think about thinking
- Metacognition is the self-awareness of one’s own knowledge, and affects critical thinking skills.
- Cognitive skills include comparing, analyzing, and inferring
- Metacognitive skills allow individuals to realize the best way to utilize their cognitive skills.
Being smart obviously has its’ advantages, but there can be a downside…
The Bad Habits of Smart People
They tend to drink
- Studies have shown that intelligent children are more likely to drink as adults, compared to their peers.
- Adults with childhood IQ < 75 engage in binge drinking less than once a year.
- Adults with childhood IQ > 125 engage in binge drinking once every other month.
They are at a greater risk for drug use
- Boys with IQs > 107 were 2x more likely to use illegal drugs during adulthood than peers
- Girls with IQs > 107 were 3x more likely to use illegal drugs during adulthood
They are night owls
Effects of sleep deprivation:
- Increases risk of heart disease
- Increases risk of obesity
- 3x more likely to suffer from depression
- Impairs judgement
They are anxious
In a 2012 study patients with generic anxiety disorder exhibited higher IQ scores than healthy volunteers. Although experts speculate worrisome people are more equipped to for see troublesome situations, anxiety has clear consequences.
Chronic anxiety can lead to:
If you’re looking to improve your success at home, school, or work, you can start by working the positive habits of smart people into your daily routine. Remember, while extreme intelligence has some negative associations, exhibiting these traits won’t make you smarter!
Spaghetti carbonara used to be considered a “poor man’s dish” because peasants were sure to always have pasta, bacon, cheese, and eggs on hand. Source
When howling together, no two wolves will howl on the same note. Instead, they harmonize to create the illusion that there are more of them than there actually are. Source
The Strange History and Mystery of the Ouija Board
Does the Ouija Board really communicate with spirits or is it just a harmless game?The first advertisements started to appear in papers by 1891: “Ouija, the Wonderful Talking Board”. The board was described as magical because it answered questions “about the past, present and future with marvelous accuracy”. It’s price was $1.50.The Ouija board (pronounced Wee-ja) is a flat board marked with the letters of the alphabet, numbers 0-9, and the words “yes”, “no”, and “hello”, “goodbye”. The invention of the original design in still unknown.The Ouija board was, at first, regarded as a harmless parlor game. It’s popularity grew out of the strong American 19th century obsession with spiritualism - the belief that the living are able to communicate with the dead.The first patent was granted in 1891 to Elijah J. Bond as the inventor. Bond’s sister-in-law, Helen Peters (who was reportedly a “strong medium”), is credited for naming the board. While using the board, they asked what it should be named. The word “Ouija” was spelled out and when asked what that meant, the board replied, “Good Luck.”To this day, mainstream religions and some occultists have associated the use of the Ouija board with the threat of demonic possession and have cautioned their followers not to use them.
Many believe that evil spirits, disguising themselves as deceased friends or family members, can trick the users of the board and unwittingly invite “them” into their homes. To be rid of such hauntings, Ouija “experts” advise either to burn the board or dispose of it in a lake since spirits supposedly cannot cross water.
c.1830, 1830s & c.1828
United States & British
UNSOLVED PROBLEMS IN PHILOSOPHY PART 8 OF 8
Diphylleia grayi also known as the skeleton flower. The petals turn transparent with the rain.
I can’t believe I have to do this.
Thank you thelittlestmiju for providing scans. I was able to take the parts that really matter.
This chapter confirms that Sakura still loves Sasuke romantically. Period. Here’s the breakdown.