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Greetings, dear readers!
2018 marked the 10th anniversary of World Culture Pictorial online journal, and we’re ringing in 2019 with a site relaunch with more mobile-friendly and other features for your viewing enjoyment.

The archives from 2008 to 2018 can be found at the original site http://www.worldculturepictorial.com/blog/archive whereas all new entries will be posted here going forward.

A big Thank-You to long-time visitors and new, and a very Happy New Year to all!
Publisher, WcP Blog

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A Survey Found That 1 in 10 U.S. Airbnb Users Have Found Hidden Cameras
They could be anywhere.

Airbnb has been under fire lately after numerous reports of hidden cameras found in some of the rentals were brought to the public’s attention. As creepy and privacy-invading as it sounds, apparently it happens a lot more often than we read more

On the left, Tiger Woods hugs his father after winning the Masters in 1997. On the right, Tiger Woods hugs his son, Charlie, after winning the Masters in 2019. (CBS)

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Tiger Woods has won the Masters on Sunday at a rainy Augusta National, finishing what was arguably the greatest career comeback in the history of golf nearly a decade after injuries and scandal derailed his game.

The 43-year-old golf legend walked up the 18th hole to the sound of roaring cheers to secure victory, read more

The first image of a black hole, from the galaxy Messier 87.

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Astronomers announced on Wednesday that at last they had captured an image of the unobservable: a black hole, a cosmic abyss so deep and dense that not even light can escape it.
“We have seen what we thought was unseeable,” said Shep Doeleman, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and director of the effort to capture the read more

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Last week, Google announced that it had formed an AI Ethics committee to assist with the direction of its intelligent technology. This week came an update that few expected – the panel has already been dissolved.
Google has claimed that the committee “can’t function” as it wanted. Although, many believe that the reason for the sudden collapse of the panel read more

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After Sears made headlines for its bankruptcy filing and store closures, the next retailer facing similar hardships is now JCPenney.
The department store will shutter 27 of its 860 locations by the end of the 2019. Of the affected locations, 18 consist of department stores while the remaining nine are home and furniture read more

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Rescue helicopters were battling severe winds on Saturday to airlift more than 1,300 people off a Viking Cruises’ ship that issued a distressed call after an engine failure off the coast of Norway.

Of the 1,300 stranded, 915 were passengers on the Viking Cruises’ ship called The Viking Sky, Norway’s Rescue Coordination Centre told read more

Sun of the sleepless! melancholy star!
Whose tearful beam glows tremulously far,
That show’st the darkness thou canst not dispel,
How like art thou to joy remember’d well!

So gleams the past, the light of other days,
Which shines, but warms not with its powerless rays;
A night-beam Sorrow watcheth to behold,
Distinct but distant — clear — but, oh how cold!

Sun Of The Sleepless! – Poem by Lord Byron

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For nearly 15 years, Mars was what you might call the land of Opportunity, as the little Mars rover punched way above its weight and managed to roam the red planet well, well beyond its expected lifespan.

“I stand here with a sense of deep appreciation and gratitude that the Opportunity mission is complete—and with it, the Mars Exploration Rover [MER] mission read more

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They went surfing during the polar vortex and the photos are surreal… Temperatures below zero can’t come between these guys and catching some waves!

MARQUETTE, Mich. — Some of the best waves on Lake Superior happen in the winter. So naturally, a little polar vortex couldn’t stop Daniel Schetter and Allen Finau from read more