When psychologists at Northeastern University offered taste testers meat samples with background stories — where the meat came form and how it was raised — consumers tended to prefer the meat they thought was humanely cared for and processed over samples they believed to be sourced from factory farms.
Two hundred and fifty years after Catherine the Great founded the Hermitage, the Hermitage Amsterdam presents her life story in a sumptuous exhibition on Europe's longest-reigning empress. Her name has always been surrounded with stories and superlatives, often about her private life and court intrigues. Some of these stories belong to the realm of myth, but others are perfectly true.
Tell me what I need to know; are you in danger? That’s the first thing my anxious, distressed mother asked the moment she learned about my sanctions. “Of course not Maman! it’s just EU sanctions, people don’t get killed because of that,” I responded with a reassuring tone.