Aug 24 2012

'Last Supper'

'Last Supper' painting may include two Leonardo da Vinci self-portraits. YAHOO! NEWS

 

Could both of these "Last Supper" figures be da Vinci self-portraits? (Original image, Wikicommons)

Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper" may include two self-portraits of the legendary Renaissance artist, according to a British art expert.

Ross King says the nose, beards and hairstyles of two of the apostles standing to the right of Jesus in the portrait, Thomas and James the Lesser, match a portrait of Leonardo that was made several years after he created his masterpiece.

King told the Independent that while historians have long-suspected Leonardo placed images of himself in his works, no one has thoroughly researched "The Last Supper" for such evidence.

The 15-x-29-foot painting has been the source of endless speculation, though most of the analysis has focused on hidden meanings within the painting itself, such as how each of the apostles is reacting to the revelation that one of them has betrayed Jesus.

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Aug 24 2012

Most-Stolen Vehicles

Top 10 list of most-stolen vehicles filled with foreign sedans, American pickups. YAHOO! Autos

 

As it has for several years, the 1994 Honda Accord retained its title in 2011 as the nation's most-stolen vehicle in the National Insurance Crime Bureau rankings. The rest of the top 10 looked familiar as well, with crooks maintaining their preference for imported sedans, Detroit pickups and the occasional minivan. Yet this year's list comes with a warning: After a decade of losing targets to electronic deterrents, thieves are getting smarter.

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2011 RankingModel              2010

1.  1994 Honda Accord           1

2.  1998 Honda Civic             2

3.  2006 Ford F-150              5

4.  1991 Toyota Camry          3

5.  2000 Dodge Caravan         7

6.  1994 Acura Integra           8

7.  1999 Chevrolet Silverado   4

8.  2004 Dodge Ram             6

9.  2002 Ford Explorer           9

10.  1994 Nissan Sentra        NR

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Aug 24 2012

Affordable Gadgets

Affordable gadgets for back to school. USA TODAY

Between tuition costs, books and more, higher education can really wallop a wallet. Even high-school students living at home can feel the pinch — or rather, their parents can.

And then there's technology to consider, whether mandatory machines — such as an Internet-connected computer — or optional but highly convenient gadgets used to remain productive, in touch or entertained.

The good news is that there are relatively inexpensive gadgets and gear that won't break the bank. They might not be "best in class" products, mind you, but "best bang for your buck" tech tools.

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