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25 Most Important Questions in the History of the Universe
People magazine has its 50 Most Beautiful People … Time has a Person
of the Year … And mental
floss magazine - besides having tons of fascinating, cool, and juicy
stories, anecdotes, and trivia - now has something that trumps ‘em
Doria Sinking 50 Years On
Before its fateful last voyage 50 years ago, the Andrea Doria had already
crossed the Atlantic 100 times, plying the Genova-New York route. The
ship was 100 nautical miles from New York Harbor, in the waters off Nantucket,
when it collided with the 13,000-ton Swedish liner Stockholm and sank
on July 26, 1956.
disease: A mystery ailment gets under skin
The symptoms sound like something straight out of a horror movie: crawling
and biting sensations all over the skin, dementia and insomnia, painful
sores that never heal and, most terrifying of all, mysterious tangled
fibers pushing out through the open wounds.
Thousands of victims concentrated in Texas, California
and Florida claim to be afflicted by the debilitating malady, for which
there is no known cause and no certain cure.
Eye View of Famous Homes
Ozzy, Hef, and the Cunninghams 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 Mask of Macedonia
Even before Alexander the Great, Macedonia evoked power from which to
steer clear. When the ancient Greeks held their Olympic Games they forbade
the participation of the mountainous neighbor to the north because the
hunter-warriors there were too strong, too fast, too good.
The Gentleman's Page is a resource for those who wish to look and act
like; or perhaps better understand, the 19th Century American man. It
is intended to help costumers, theatrical performers, museum docents,
reenactors and anyone with an interest in the life of 19th Century America.
Studios- Growing trees into forests of ideas
Tour Arborsmith Studios, where where houses are planted, chairs are watered,
tables are pruned and fences grow taller and stronger as the years sail
Facts & Legend
It appears that the word pirate (peirato) was first used in about 140
BC by the Roman historian Polybius. The Greek historian Plutarch, writing
in about 100 A.D., gave the oldest clear definition of piracy. He described
pirates as those who attack without legal authority not only ships, but
also maritime cities.
Wealth of Kings: Masterpiece Persian Carpets
“The Wealth of Kings: Masterpiece Persian Carpets” focuses
attention on a number of early carpets made during the golden age of Persian
Carpet production, circa 1450-1650. Scanning through these photographs
one cannot help but marvel at the beautiful designs, splendid colors and
be impressed by the great artistic and technical achievement these weavings
In 1587, over 100 men, women and children journeyed from England to Roanoke
Island on North Carolina's coast and established the first English settlement
in America. Within three years, they had vanished with scarcely a trace.
The most comprehensive exhibition of Tiffany jewellery ever mounted, Bejewelled
by Tiffany, 1837-1987, will introduce Great Britain to the rich history
of the jewellery of Tiffany & Co. Some 180 glittering pieces from
the Tiffany Archive, together with a small selection of jewels loaned
from private collections, will chronicle Tiffany's first 150 years. Many
of these works have never before been on public display.
10 most expensive cars in the world
T he list of 10 most expensive cars in the world. At the top of the list
is of course the legendary Bugatti Veyron, most expensive, most powerful,
and fastest production car in the world.
Italy and the Sassi
The Sassi are built along the right bank of a ravine that presents itself
as a labyrinth of winding streets, neighbourhoods, squares, caves, rock
churches and cantinas that are sunken into the viscera of the earth. Some
parts of the habitations are literallycarved out of the rock, while other
parts have been constructed or added.
which tells of 17,000 residents, mostly poor peasant farmers, who were
forced by the government to evacuate in the early 1950s after Italian
artist and writer Carlo Levi published an account of the squalid living
conditions where they lived, not in regular houses, but in thousands-of-years-old
cave dwellings called the sassi.
House of Hapsburg
Scholars have deemed the Hapsburgs as one of the most prominent (if not
the most) families to rule Europe, even suggesting that "European
history revolved around the Hapsburgs". From the middle ages, to
the Ottoman invasion, to the Napoleonic wars and ending in World War One,
Hapsburg rulers have had their hand subtly positioned in the political
affairs of Europe.
of the Unexpected and Neglected Architecture
Many cities keep traces of the glorious past, but numerous unexpected
monuments are today on the way to rot, the worth being destroyed.
There are some 50 stone circles in Cumbria, including some of the earliest
stone circles in Britain. There is a vast range of types, from the vast
monumental circles at Castlerigg, Swinside and Long Meg, to the standard
early bronze age circles of about 100 ft in diameter as at Casterton and
Elva Plain, to diminutive rings associated with alignments and burials.
Queen of Trees
It may be one of nature's oddest couples: a tiny wasp that can barely
be seen, and a giant fig tree, the sycomore, which shelters a remarkable
menagerie of wildlife among its limbs. The wasp and the fig depend on
each other for survival. Without the wasp, the tree could not pollinate
its flowers and produce seeds. Without the fig, the wasp would have nowhere
to lay its eggs.
10 enchanting eccentricities that make Chicago unlike anyplace else.
The mission of the Castles Society to make sure that the historic environment
of castles around the world is properly maintained and cared for. They
aim to help people understand and appreciate why the historic buildings
and landscapes around them matter.
Urban Etiquette Handbook
New rules for getting along in an endlessly wired, ruthlessly crowded,
sexually libertarian city.
Stone Age passage-tomb, Co. Meath, Ireland
Newgrange is one of the best examples in Ireland and in Western Europe,
of a type of monument known to archaeologists as a passage-grave or passage-tomb.
Drugs Identification Chart: What They Look Like & How to Recognize
Knowing what illegal drugs look like, their effects on those that use
them and how they are administered can benefit virtually everyone - especially
parents, grandparents, teachers and school administrators, and anyone
who cares for teens and children.
and Green, "Heaven is a Hotel"
In the heart of the Stone Town of Zanzibar, a beautifully restored palace
- once the home of one of the richest men in the Swahili Empire - recreates
the atmosphere and grandeur of the past.
Photos by Remi Benali.
Leonardo: Leonardo da Vinci online
Universal Leonardo is a programme aimed at deepening our understanding
of Leonardo da Vinci through a series of European exhibitions, scientific
research and web-based resources.
of the Passenger Pigeons
Passenger Pigeons (Ectopistes Migratorius) were once so numerous that
by some estimates they outnumbered all the rest of the birds in North
America combined. The swift birds were capable of flying in excess of
60 miles per hour, and frequently migrated hundreds of miles in search
of suitable grounds for nesting and feeding. Yet their speed and mobility
were no match for the advancing settlers of 19th-century America. In less
than a century, the most numerous bird on the planet was completely eliminated
from the wild by a ruthless campaign of eradication.
Big Bang: How Fireworks Became the World's Most Popular Explosive
The invention of fireworks can be traced back several thousand years ago
to ancient China, around the time of the Han Dynasty (206-220 BC). During
that period, it was discovered that when rods of bamboo were lit on fire,
they began to crackle and eventually exploded with an astonishingly loud
Hotels of the World
Unusual Hotels of the World offers 'experiential' hotels. Staying there
is worth the trip, which will often be long and arduous, and delivers
the guest a memorable and hopefully enjoyable experience. Some are luxurious,
some are not, and throughout the guide you will find a range of choices
to suit the budgets of every traveller.
Little Girl Giant :: Horseguards Parade in London
On the morning of Sunday 7th May the little girl giant woke up at Horseguards
Parade in London, took a shower from the time-traveling elephant and wandered
off to play in the park.
Hunt Continues for the Holy Grail of Gardening: A Red Iris
Irises are among the easiest flowers to propagate, and growers everywhere
have sought to put their own spin on them, offering an array of elaborate
blooms in virtually every color of the rainbow. Except one: red.
A unique website exploring the most beautiful towns, villages and countryside
of England with countless photographs of the most beautiful and historically
interesting places in England to visit.
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