‘Onkel Toms Hütte’ – or Uncle Tom’s Cabin – is the name of a subway station in Berlin.
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Why did Confederate flags start appearing in the country's anti-lockdown protests?
The giant predators were a deadly danger to early European explorers of the Arctic.
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Do you see a fearsome predator? A fragile icon of impending extinction? What these arctic giants have stood for in art has continually evolved.
In ‘The Queen’s Gambit,’ chess doubles as a game of life for protagonist Beth Harmon.
Ever since players tweaked the game to reflect the medieval social order, poets and writers have used chess as an allegory for love, duty, conflict and accomplishment.
Nigerian women use nudity to turn traditional ideas of protest on their heads.
Nigerian women have successfully used their naked bodies as an instrument of power, rather than shame, to protest injustice.
Many books, like ‘Charlotte’s Web,’ contain symbolism.
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Authors sometimes put deeper meanings into their stories, but really, it's the reader who decides.
A cheesy book.
As societal habits change so too does language and metaphors.
Scott Pruitt signing an official order at the Resolute Desk in President Trump’s office.
A desk is a place to work. But it can also be a symbol of prestige and power, as EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has demonstrated in his choice of expensive and ostentatious desks for his office.
Million of Germans gather to show faith in the Hitler regime, 1933.
The reboot of the Nazi salute should not be taken lightly, given its history of hatred and genocide.
The US and Cuban flags with Havana’s National Capitol Building in the background.
Cuba's National Capitol Building has been reclaimed as the seat of the National Assembly 54 years after it was abandoned by the new revolutionary government. There are lessons in this for others.
The horseshoe motif symbolises swift feet that win races for their owners and jockeys, but it symbolises much else too.
Two motifs predominate in racing fashion: the horseshoe and the horse bit. But what does it mean when "fillies on the field" dress in clothes adorned with stirrups, bits and other equine symbols?
What you name your child might affect them more than you know.
Imagine you’re on a spaceship with engine trouble. Your captain knows she must land the ship for repairs. The navigator identifies two viable planets that could do the job. Little is known of either, other…