Buddha and his attendants stay zen at the bustling Virgin America ticket counter in the International Terminal at SFO. They are part of The Resplendent Stone, an exhibit of Chinese jade pieces on loan from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Beth Novey/NPR hide caption

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Ella Fitzgerald had not one sad edge to her voice. She always had listeners smiling by the second note. George Konig/Hulton Archive hide caption

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Johnny Mandel, as he appears on the cover of the Johnny Mandel Songbook. He composed the music for popular songs such as "The Shadow of Your Smile" and "Suicide Is Painless." Alfred Publishing hide caption

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WASP (from left) Frances Green, Margaret Kirchner, Ann Waldner and Blanche Osborn leave their B-17, called Pistol Packin' Mama, during ferry training at Lockbourne Army Air Force base in Ohio. They're carrying their parachutes. National Archives hide caption

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"A lot of times when parents are in this industry, they really don't get to see their children," says Charlie Scott III (left). "In the morning, you know, Dad's gonna be there. Like death and taxes." Cindy Carpien/NPR hide caption

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Gabrielle With A Rose, 1911: Gabrielle Renard was the Renoir family's longtime nanny — and the artist's muse. He painted her hundreds of times. Musee d'Orsay hide caption

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Elizabeth Taylor in 1958, with her Cartier ruby and diamond necklace. Photofest hide caption

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"This is a mother to all of us who left Iraq," AlKarkhi says. "So when you look at it, you look into your mother's eye. The eyes of this woman reflect the eyes of the mothers of everybody who left home." Photo: Walid Jawad hide caption

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The Louvre's famous pyramid turns 20 this year. When architect I.M. Pei first designed it in the 1980s, critics said tampering with the Louvre's majestic architecture was "sacrilegious." But over the years, visitors have warmed up to the giant glass structure. Sipa via AP Images hide caption

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Yinka Shonibare's Scramble for Africa features 14 life-size fiberglass mannequins dressed in Dutch wax printed cotton. Yinka Shonibare/By permission, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution hide caption

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