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Over the last eleven years The Marsden Archive has become widely recognised
as a unique picture library specialising in the fantastic and the supernatural.
Exclusively holding Simon Marsden's extraordinary
and powerful black and white images the collection contains material from
the British Isles, Ireland, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Romania and
On May 26, 1828 a teenage boy appeared in the streets of Nürnberg,
Germany. He was wearing peasant clothing and could barely talk. The only
identifying material carried by the boy was a letter addressed to the
captain of the 4th squadron of the 6th cavalry regiment, in which the
author asked the captain to take the boy in or hang him, and another piece
of paper which appeared to be from his mother to his prior caretaker.
Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia
Official site of the astonishing unfinished church in Barcelona designed
Nightwatchman of Rothenburg
Learn the fascinating story of one of Germany's best known and best preserved medieval cities. From its origins as a stronghold at the crossroads of important trade routes, to its growth into a wealthy and important town within the Empire, to its time of glory and its downfall during the 30 Year's War.
Livio De Marchi
Livio De Marchi was born in Venezia where, still a child, he worked on ornamental sculpture in the Venetian tradition and studied art and drawing at the “Accademia di Belle Arti” in Venice. His activity starts there, displaying at once an astounding skill in moulding materials.
London's heart of stone
The mysterious "London stone" is going to be rescued from a building due to be demolished. Does it mean that London is going to be saved from an ancient legend?
This blog is written by Sarah Clayton, Nicola Dunn and Ainslie Greiner,
and tells what it's like spending the winter in Antarctica conserving
artefacts from the explorer's hut left behind by Ernest Shackleton in
Is the Best Work of American Fiction of the Last 25 Years?
New York Times Book Review's editor, Sam Tanenhaus, sent out
a short letter to a couple of hundred prominent writers, critics, editors
and other literary sages, asking them to please identify "the single
best work of American fiction published in the last 25 years."
There are many exciting animal encounters possible at Grant's Farm, the
281-acre ancestral home of the Busch family, located just south of the
city of St. Louis. The Farm is home to more than 1,000 animals representing
more than 100 different species from six continents.
Grant's Farm, operated by Anheuser-Busch, Inc.,
has been a St. Louis tradition for over five decades. More than 22 million
guests have visited this popular family attraction during its history.
Genetic Disease Consortium
A web site launched to raise awareness about genetic diseases that disproportionately
afflict Ashkenazi Jews. The site includes information about diseases that
are more prevalent among Jews of Eastern European descent, including Tay-Sachs,
Canavan Disease and Gaucher Disease.
of Building a House
Today, a home is not just a few walls covered by a roof - it's a wonder
of science. Home builders employ physics, biology, geology, mathematics,
aerodynamics, chemistry, hydrodynamics, electrical engineering, thermodynamics
and even psychology in their quest to make you, the homeowner, as comfortable
as possible in your domicile. Take a look at the elements involved in
building a house.
Roots - Modern Medicine: Den Paradera
Dinah Veeris is on a one-woman crusade to preserve traditional medicinal
plants. In the early 1980s she began Den Paradera, a magnificent botanical
garden where she propagates over 300 species of wild medicinal plants.
Things You Didn't Know About Leonardo da Vinci
An ambidextrous, paranoid dyslexic, Leonardo could draw forward with one
hand while writing backward with the other, producing a mirror-image script
that others found difficult to read ... and more ...
25 Unanswered Science Questions
What is the universe made of? What is the biological basis of consciousness?
How long can the human life span be extended?
These are just some of the
as-yet-unanswered scientific questions pondered in the special 125th-anniversary
issue of the academic journal Science.
Gangrule is a historical look at the emergence of organized crime since
1890. The site has a database of known gang members, historic events and
family histories, along with photographs, newspaper cuttings and official
Bird Collision Monitors
Most people don't know that birds hitting glass and buildings is one of
the top killers of migratory birds. Chicago Bird Collision Monitors work
to rescue birds injured from striking buildings and we mitigate the risks
of bird-building collisions by educating the public and working with building
managers and architects to find solutions.
Sea Turtle, Inc. was founded in 1977 by Ila Loetscher, better known as
"The Turtle Lady of South Padre Island." STI was formed to aid
and assist in the protection of Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle - and to ultimately
restore the ridley population to a level that will ensure its survival.
Each backyard paradise featured here is a monument to the passion and
vision of its creator. Visit the works of 10 untrained, visionary artists
who have transformed their part of the world in rare and startling ways.
Clough Williams-Ellis built Portmeirion from 1925 to 1975 on a peninsula
off the coast of Snowdonia to show how 'the development of a naturally
beautiful site need not lead to its defilement'. He fought for Beauty
- "that strange necessity".
Tropical Botanic Garden - Coral Gables (Miami), Florida, USA
Established in 1938, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is one of the world's
preeminent botanic gardens, with extensive collections of rare tropical
plants including palms, cycads, flowering trees and vines.
or Reality: The Creatures of Cryptozoology
Cryptozoology is the study of animals that are rumored to exist. Such
creatures are called "cryptids." Some, like the gorilla, giant
squid and okapi, are no longer hearsay and legend but real creatures recognized
by science. Others, like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, continue to
tempt the hopeful and the adventurous with the possibility of their existence.
The thousand images in this collection have been selected from a wide
range of sources, most of them dating from the period of slavery. This
collection is envisioned as a tool and a resource that can be used by
teachers, researchers, students, and the general public - in brief, anyone
interested in the experiences of Africans who were enslaved and transported
to the Americas and the lives of their descendants in the slave societies
of the New World.
10 Profitable Dead Celebrities
While most of us are banking on retirement funds and pensions to keep
the money coming in during our golden years, there are certain lucky individuals
-- in this case celebrities -- who continue to rack in millions even when
they’re six feet under.
Prisbrey's Bottle Village
A series of 13 structures made from colored bottles and other materials
salvaged from the neighborhood dump, Bottle Village is located at 4595
Cochran Street, Simi Valley, California. Work on Bottle Village began
in 1956 and continued until 1981.
10 Most Puzzling Ancient Artifacts
There is a great deal of archeological evidence that the history of life
on earth might be far different than what current geological and anthropological
texts tell us.
Over the last few hundred years, many perplexing artifacts
have been unearthed that do not fit the currently accepted theories of
geology and the history of man.
Eye View of Famous Homes
Ozzy, Hef, and the Cunningham's all shared something with us: their homes,
which we visited through our TV screens. See them here with Zillow's Bird's
Eye View images.
"The pizza could be as popular a snack as the hamburger if Americans
only knew about it,” The New York Times lamented in 1947, illustrating
its plaint with a photograph of a pie subdivided into dozens of canape-sized
Lost City: Atlantis in the Himalayas
Bruno Baumann left Munich in search of the Buddhist Shangri-la and happened
upon the true cradle of Tibetan culture -- the silver palace of the Shang
Shung kings. Fierce warriors and bloodthirsty shamans ruled this remote
mountain realm more than 2,000 years ago.
The Pipe Dream Payoff
Gambling plays on at least two human universals: the urge to get something
for nothing and the difficulty of giving up that dream, no matter how
high the stakes or the odds against it.
Totally silly ways to waste time