Sometimes the greatest inventions happen by accident—how this blue pigment was discovered is a testament to that fact. This time lapse gif from 1980 to present day that plots the evolution of the office desk is a fascinating practice in technology and minimalism. If you’ve ever watched Art Attack, then you’ll appreciate how this snowshoe-print large-scale art is made. The adage is that friends are the family you choose, and this piece, on the value of female friendships while single, is proof. Art lovers rejoice: the Smithsonian has digitized 40,000 works of art that are available for download. This NY Times article on raising strong daughters is particularly relevant given Women’s History Month in March. In preparation for St. Patrick’s Day, stock up on the ingredients from this gorgeous Shamrock Shake recipe. Main image courtesy of the Peacock Room by James McNeill Whistler at the Smithsonian.