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8 illuminating facts about clouds8 illuminating facts about clouds

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

The Cloud Appreciation Society may be the first official organization to celebrate the beauty of clouds, but these fluffy pillows in the sky have been a source of fascination since 3,000 B.C., when they were first discussed in the Upanishads. Aristotle poetically described cloud formation in his 350 B.C. work Meteorology as the process by […]


The joy of cloudspotting: 10 incredible visions in cloudsThe joy of cloudspotting: 10 incredible visions in clouds

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

A “cloud on the horizon” means that something bad is about to happen. Meanwhile, someone with their “head in the clouds” is thoroughly out to lunch. As Gavin Pretor-Pinney points out in today’s talk, clouds get a bad rep when it comes to language. “But I think they’re beautiful, don’t you?” he says. “It’s just […]

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Live with your head in the clouds: Gavin Pretor-Pinney at TEDGlobal 2013Live with your head in the clouds: Gavin Pretor-Pinney at TEDGlobal 2013

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Why do clouds get such a bad rap? In English, when someone’s sad or depressed, they’re “under a cloud.” When there’s bad news in store, there’s “a cloud on the horizon.” It’s everyone’s default doom-and-gloom metaphor. But, Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society, has one message for you: Clouds are awesome. Whatever happened […]