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The earliest lighthouses were simply bonfires built on hillsides to guide
ships. The first light served the old world city of Alexandria in 285
B.C. The first American light came to life in 1716 at Boston Harbor.
A collection of travel journals, diaries and photos from around the world.
Arts - Telephone wire baskets
For centuries South Africa's Zulu people have been famous for the sturdy
and beautiful baskets they weave from grasses and palm leaf. The weaving
was so tight that the best ukhamba baskets were actually used to store
beer! Today these baskets are still woven in the countryside, but the
Zulus living in urban area have invented a new kind of basket, the imbenge
basket woven entirely of recycled telephone wire.
and the Rose
A beautiful short animation directed by Mark Benard and Dennis Tal. Two
seeds sprout side by side, an orchid and a rose, the beginning of a tragic
See and Not See
What happens when an adult who has been blind since childhood suddenly
has his vision restored? The experience of Virgil, a fifty-year-old Oklahoman
who regained his sight after forty-five years, raises questions about
perception that have haunted philosophers and scientists for centuries.
the Scenes at Disney World
Did you even know you could peek behind the curtains at Disney World?
They do almost nothing to promote these stunning backstage ops. But in
fact, any civilian willing to pony up $12 to $199 can ogle a bit of what
goes on within one of the most painstakingly designed, constructed and
managed patches of all human civilization.
Take the spelling quizzes to find out how bad of a speller you really
Then compare your results with others who have taken the same quiz.
A loving and lavish portrait of a river so rich in history that, of its
two-hundred-mile course, there is barely a mile that has not had a part
to play in the story of England over the past two thousand years.
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the Thames : A Journey from the Source to the Sea
of your information than you think might be online
Government Web sites often display Social Security numbers. If you are
worried about a thief stealing your identity, it's not your wallet that
needs guarding -- it's your state and local governments.
A new Weegee exhibition at New York City's International Center for Photography
showcases over 100 of his rarely seen images.
Celebrity 100 - Forbes.com
Only a combination of earnings and sizzle will land a celebrity a coveted
spot on Forbes' Celebrity 100 list of the most powerful names in the business.
David Attenborough: The Lyrebird
In April 2006, to celebrate naturalist David Attenborough's 80th birthday,
the public were asked to vote on their favourite of his television moments.
This clip of the lyrebird was voted number one. A Lyrebird is either of
two species of ground-dwelling Australian birds, most notable for their
extraordinary ability to mimic natural and artificial sounds from their
Was Mary Magdalene?
The whole history of western civilization is epitomized in the cult of
Mary Magdalene. For many centuries the most obsessively revered of saints,
this woman became the embodiment of Christian devotion, which was defined
Planning our September/October trip to Hungary ...
A comprehensive guide to Budapest that contains loads of information from
tourist attractions to tipping hints or stag party bars.
Blog of an American family living in Budapest for a ten month stay.
and Cathedrals in Hungary
The four-star Danubius Hotel Gellert is one of the most traditional hotels
in Budapest and Hungary. Next to the hotel you can find the world famous
Hues of Cities
Foreigners strolling around Budapest are usually impressed by the wide
variety of architecture in the city, as well as the daring and imaginative
ornamentation of facades. The Hungarian capital's architectural appeal
is due, more than anything else, to its Art Nouveau style, which is traceable
here in greater concentration than almost anywhere else in the world.
Learn Hungarian, list your genealogy research, read about traditions and
famous Hungarians, or browse the link pages.
- A Strange Cake on the Menu
Hungarians are proud of their language, just because it is so different
from all European languages, unable to express things like masculine and
feminine, having no word for "to have", but being able
to express (with a separate verb conjugation!) whether the object is indefinite
Hungarian Parliament: House of the Nation
Building work started in 1887 and lasted for a total of seventeen years,
employing a daily average of a thousand people. The resulting building
is usually classified as "historicist-eclectic", a reflection
of the fact that it contains gothic, baroque and renaissance elements.
The little sister of Hungary's most famous cukrászda, at the heart
of the downtown tourist district. Little Gerbeaud allows only for standing
or to-go orders, but you can get almost everything as in the main coffeehouse.
THE GREEN GUIDE Hungary/Budapest
The daily dish of cosmopolitan Budapest.
Of The China Trade
The classic designs of Hungary's Herend porcelain factory are still state-of-the-art.
Worst of Hungary
Pestiside's guide to nastiest places, ickiest things, worst trends and
skankiest people in the Hungarian capital.
After the Great Fire of Rome in 64 AD, the Roman Emperor Nero took advantage
of the space where many buildings had burned down to build himself a new
palace right in the middle of downtown Rome, which he called the Golden
House (Domus Aurea).
Rescue Team: Peter Wallerstein
Since his first rescue in 1984, Wallerstein has dedicated his every waking
moment to saving the injured sea creatures along LA county’s very
diverse coastline. From San Pedro to Santa Monica, Peter is the man to
call whenever whales, sea lions, seals, dolphins and sea birds are in
Abbey - House of God and House of Kings
An architectural masterpiece of the 13th to 16th centuries, Westminster
Abbey also presents a unique pageant of British history – the shrine
of St Edward the Confessor, the tombs of kings and queens, and countless
memorials to the famous and the great. It has been the setting for every
Coronation since 1066 and for numerous other royal occasions.
Frost crystals grow from water vapor in the air, just like snow crystals
(see the Snowflake Primer). But while snow crystals form on suspended
dust particles high in the clouds, frost crystals form near the ground
-- on window panes, blades of grass, or just about any other solid surface.
Whether wild or cultivated, familiar white button or exotic newcomer,
there is more to mushrooms than meets the eye.
to extinction: Who killed the Dodo?
For such an iconic animal, it seems strange that we know next to nothing
about the dodo - except, of course, that it is dead. We don't know how
it lived, what it ate, how many eggs it sat on or even whether it was
fat or thin.
But that could all change with a scientific expedition
just begun in Mauritius, the remote island in the Indian Ocean where the
dodo lived for millions of years before being driven to extinction in
the late 17th century, just 80 years after it was sighted by European
The history of the American Terra Cotta Corporation (1881-1966), which
primarily produced terra cotta tiles and embellishments for building exteriors
- Leonardo's Last Supper
Details about Leonardo Da Vinci's painting "The Last Supper,"
which is located in the refectory of the Church and Convent of Santa Maria
delle Grazie in Milan.
Sea turtles, air-breathing reptiles with streamlined bodies and large
flippers, are well adapted to life in the marine environment. They inhabit
tropical and subtropical ocean waters throughout the world. Of the seven
species of sea turtles, six are found in U.S. waters.
Plate -- the end of the mystery?
For years, California schoolchildren were taught that a brass marker discovered
in 1936 was Sir Francis Drake's "Plate of Brasse," recording the California
coastal landing in 1579 of the English explorer and his ship, the Golden
was the case until 1977 ...
Day is June 18
From the U.S. Census Bureau, facts and statistics about fathers, fatherhood,
and Father's Day. Topics include a brief history of the holiday, popular
Father's Day gifts, and statistics about stay-at-home and single dads.
Things To Make You Want to Puke
F oods that one eats and enjoys are culture based and the love of sushi,
kimchi, and a rare steak are cultivated based on where you were raised,
but some things are just plain disgusting ...
Extreme Diet Coke & Mentos Experiments:
What happens when you combine 200 liters of Diet Coke and over 500 Mentos
mints? It's amazing and completely insane.
Much Do You Know About the World?
Can you name the world's most spoken primary language? The largest consumer
of oil? The most heavily fortified border on the planet? The current population
of the U.S.?
Photographer Howard Schatz asks an array of character actors to do what
they do best.
Totally silly ways to waste time