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Tweet draws torrent of racial abuse

CNN World - 10 hours 42 min ago
Racist abuse on social media shows no sign of diminishing in European football after British police launched an investigation into abusive tweets sent to Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli.
Categories: International News

Superyachts: Millionaire water toys

CNN World - 10 hours 44 min ago
Personal submarines, jetpacks, even 'walking boats.'
Categories: International News

Does China think this kid is a threat?

CNN World - 10 hours 49 min ago
Joshua Wong has been called an "extremist" by Chinese state media -- he could face jail time -- and he's not even old enough to drive.
Categories: International News

Power walker loses 150 pounds

Health - 11 hours 16 min ago
In the fall of 2011, Jen Corn was the heaviest she had ever been. Her family offered to pay for weight loss surgery but she decided to lose the extra pounds on her own.
Categories: Health

Gen Xers are poorer than their parents

Business News - 11 hours 33 min ago
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Stocks: 5 things to know before the open

Business News - 11 hours 43 min ago
Investor enthusiasm seems to have waned now that the Alibaba IPO has come and gone.

India's new leader: 5 things to know

CNN World - 11 hours 45 min ago
Narendra Modi surprised some with his rise to power. CNN meets the man behind the enigma.
Categories: International News

Visit the famous 'Friends' cafe in China

CNN World - 12 hours 13 min ago
CNN's David McKenzie meets a man who likes the TV show "Friends" so much, he opened his own "Central Perk" in Beijing.
Categories: International News

Westgate survivor recalls attack

CNN World - 12 hours 14 min ago
A man who was injured in the Westgate attack says he survived because of his mother's words.
Categories: International News

Bridge turned to rubble in seconds

CNN - 12 hours 19 min ago
Demolition crews set a series of explosives to implode a bridge over a Tennessee interstate.
Categories: National News

Bikini baristas brew controversy

CNN - 12 hours 20 min ago
A local coffee shop is brewing more than just caffeine, and the baristas are dressed in bikinis.
Categories: National News

7 ways to boost your happiness

CNN World - 13 hours 4 min ago
Happiness isn't just an emotional state. Science shows people who are happy live longer and healthier lives.
Categories: International News

7 ways to boost your happiness

Health - 13 hours 4 min ago
Happiness isn't just an emotional state. Science shows people who are happy live longer and healthier lives.
Categories: Health

Fraternity investigated over 'date rape' drug allegations

CNN - 17 hours 49 min ago
A fraternity at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is being investigated on suspicion that members put "date rape" drugs into drinks served at a party, according to search warrants issued by campus police.
Categories: National News

Obamadale: The secret weapon that could save Iowa Democrats?

CNN - 17 hours 51 min ago
For a small band of supercharged Democratic organizers, the pleasant Des Moines neighborhood of Beaverdale goes by another name: Obamadale.
Categories: National News

Speed-dating diplomacy on tap at United Nations

CNN World - 18 hours 30 min ago
The world comes to New York for the U.N.G.A. this week, accompanied by baggage full of crises.
Categories: International News

New discoveries decode the symbols and mysteries of the Mona Lisa

Education - 18 hours 38 min ago

(BPT) - Almost 500 years after the death of artist Leonardo da Vinci, the world-famous Mona Lisa painting continues to fascinate people of all ages. An estimated 6 million people view the painting each year at the Louvre in France, and many more read and study about its history and the theories surrounding the legendary work of art.

The identity of the woman

One of the most debated mysteries of the Mona Lisa is the identity of the woman behind the iconic smile. Following 12 years of investigation, academic and art historian W.N. Varvel has confirmed that the painting took place in the Italian duchy of Mantua, where da Vinci promised to paint in color the portrait of Marquesa Isabella d’Este, considered to be an intellectual prodigy.

“Leonardo made three preparatory sketches during his stay in Mantua in 1500,” says Varvel. “The key to unraveling the mystery behind the painting’s iconic woman was the discovery of the final preparatory sketch of Isabella d’Este within a private art collection in Florence. When you compare Leonardo’s final sketch to the Mona Lisa, her true identity is immediately obvious.”

Varvel explains several new theories about the Mona Lisa in his book, “The Lady Speaks: Uncovering the Hidden Secrets of the Mona Lisa” (Brown Books Publishing Group).Through illustrations and maps, he details research that identifies the woman and explains the correlation between the painting and the bible.

Hidden meaning behind symbols

Intrigue deepens around symbols hidden in the painting. In fact, Varvel has identified 40 separate symbols comprised of 15 geographic landmarks and 25 religious representations. Several of note include:

Composition
The composition of the Mona Lisa combines three separate elements: a map of the Old City of Jerusalem, a pen and ink sketch of Isabella d'Este done in 1500, and verses found in chapter 14 of the Old Testament Book of Zechariah.

Theme
The symbols within the composition of the Mona Lisa present the message contained within the 21 verses of chapter 14 of the Book of Zechariah. This message states that the Christian concept of the "New Jerusalem" will not begin on earth until women’s rights to the priesthood of Jesus Christ are recognized.

Secret of the smile
The smile of the Mona Lisa is not meant to entice viewers to ponder her physical identity, but to recognize her theological rights and what is being hidden directly behind her back. The answer to this question is the "New Jerusalem." The body of the Mona Lisa has been painted within the exact geographic markers that define the boundaries of the "New Jerusalem" as stated in Zechariah 14:10.

“Leonardo placed symbols in the Mona Lisa as tantalizing clues to reveal the theme of the painting,” says Varvel. “Each of these 40 symbols specifically correlates to a verse found within the fourteenth chapter of Zechariah. This reinforces the theory that Leonardo used this single biblical chapter as his source of inspiration. When Leonardo combined the pen and ink sketch of Isabella d’Este with the map of the Old City of Jerusalem by placing her silhouette within the boundaries of the geographic landmarks, Leonardo married the subject of the painting to its stated theme in Zechariah.”

Summarizing the findings of the research, Varvel concludes, “For 500 years, the general public has suspected that the Mona Lisa was hiding something grand and now we know what it is.”

A video by the author on “The Lady Speaks: Uncovering the Secrets of the Mona Lisa” can be found at www.theladyspeaks.com. The book is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and IndieBound.

Categories: Lifestyle

Peng, Baik Lead Women’s Golf To Third Place At Mason Rudolph

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 10:42pm
FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Ginger Brown-Lemm wanted to see her Mississippi State women's golf team improve from tournament to tournament, and the squad did just that Sunday as they followed a fourth-place finish at last week's Cougar Classic with a third-place card at the prestigious Mason Rudolph Championship in Franklin, Tenn.

Football Vaults Into Polls, Dak Prescott Honored

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 9:04pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Following a historic 34-29 win at No. 8 LSU Saturday night, Mississippi State football returned to the national polls for the first time since the 2012 season as the Bulldogs were ranked 14th in the Associated Press poll and 16th in the USA Today Coaches' Top 25, it was announced Sunday.

Sierra Leone ends 3-day nationwide Ebola lockdown

CNN World - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 8:41pm
Sierra Leone lifted Sunday a nationwide lockdown, which had been put in place to help stop the spread of Ebola.
Categories: International News
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