smithsonian:

“I thought your cover picture was really marvelous,” Kennedy wrote the artist after the work appeared on Time, “but I don’t have red spots all over my face.”

Roy Lichtenstein, famous for his comic book-style pop art, created very few portraits. Our National Portrait Gallery writes about this rare commission from Time Magazine and the process the artist used to create it.

(via National Portrait Gallery | Face to Face blog: Time Magazine: RFK by Roy Lichtenstein)

postgraphics:

Social Security provides 70 percent of the income of households led by someone age 80 or over. But the program has a financing problem. As the remaining Baby Boomers reach retirement age, current Social Security taxes — or payroll taxes — are unable to keep up with benefits owed. The good news is that there are potential solutions. Read up on these fixes, and then tell us your solution. 

aminatou:

RUDEBOYS

From our new photo blog, a feature on Jamaican fashion!

smithsonianlibraries:

About a year ago, we posted a gif of hover whales. This, however, was our original creation—at the time too big for Tumblr but now able to be posted.
from Suggestions to the keepers of the U.S. life-saving stations, light-houses, and light-ships; and to other observers, relative to the best means of collecting and preserving specimens of whales and porpoises. By Frederick W. True.
“The more I have spoken about feminism, the more I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop. For the record, feminism, by definition, is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes.”

wnyc:

The best and most important blog we discovered this week places octopuses on the heads of United States vice-presidents. All of them.

http://bit.ly/XvhGG6

“We are straight-up Googling on you.”
— Overheard at The Washington Post