If you have been in the Netherlands, and if you have visited Amsterdam, or at least you have received a postcard or seen pictures, you may have noticed that in some parts of the city the houses are crooked. Be quiet, you saw well!
This particular incident dates back to many years ago, when the price of the house was based on its width, plus a large was more it costs, so they decided to make it narrow but high; The problem however, was that, between one floor and the other had to use very narrow and steep stairs where it was almost impossible to move the furniture. For this purpose the inhabitants of Amsterdam decided to adopt the use of pulleys pendants from roofs, but in doing so had to tilt the buildings to the outside.
Among all these houses, however, there is one that beats the record, it is indeed the narrowest house in Amsterdam (only 101 cm) and is located in via Singel 7; if you go there, you can must see it!
For a perfect movie night, it is necessary that you have the popcorn, preferably hot and savory, it does not matter if the film is good or not, the important thing is to eat them! But did you know that the word popcorn has been linked to this snack only in 1847? ‘Only’ because the discovery of this food is much older, dating back to about 10,000 years ago in the heart of Mexico, the merit is therefore the Aztecs to have started growing corn, the plant from which then in fact produce pop corn. In the market there are many varieties, savory, salt, sugar, cheese, cinnamon … just Popcornopolis Factory, USA, it produces more than 20 types. But whythe popcorn are associated to the movies? Because in 1930, during the Great Depression, the cinemas were often empty, so someone had the brilliant idea of offering a small snack to enjoy during the projection, and it was the first dish to be proposed !
If in life you never came across studies in psychology or something similar, the Rorschach name will tell you very little, but when it comes to ink stains on a sheet and the interpretation of their meaning, surely you understand what we’re talking about.
These spots so famous and often shooting in several films, are the study instrument used since 1921 by the Swiss psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach, he used them to understand people’s personalities. Although these black ink images seem simple, to each are approximately 200-300 different meanings, this does not imply that some may be right or wrong, all are related to the personality of who analyzes them.
This tool has had over the years a great deal of luck, even if today is not recognized as a reliable method, however, recent studies seem to have found that the more a ‘picture displays more rugged interpretation of its complexity is low.
The Komodo dragon, also known as Varano (Varanus komodoensis), is one of the most dangerous predators, it is a large lizard from the robust body, long claws and a deadly bite other animals and very dangerous for the man.
This dragon 3 meters long, weighs about 80 kg, is covered with scales and a forked tongue, is from an area between Australia and Indonesia, and now lives on the island of Komodo in Indonesia, and no, is a not a legend nor fiction, it really exists!
Despite having a relatively medium size, Komodo dragons are really fast (run up to 5 m / h) and agile, so they can hurt very strong tonnages prey such as buffalo, deer and wild boar, which is why getting too close it is very dangerous to humans, especially since the bite of this reptile causes a quick death because of bacteria and poison containing his saliva. Be really careful!
‘Sleep like an elephant’ is an expression used to say that someone slept very little, in fact, the estimated time of an elephant sleep is very short, only two hours.
This, in addition to being a record sleep (the mammal resting less than ever), it is a disconcerting fact if you think that elephants can stay awake for two days straight!
And if all this does not upset you, you know that elephants sleep standing?, but at least once a week they decide to sleep lying down thus increasing their REM phase, which is the stage where you start to dream, while the puppies are sleeping, however, , parents are always awake and alert to control them.
But how do we know all this? South African researchers controlled a group of elephants for a month, and provide one of new technologies, such as clocks that control the biological parameters of the probe under the skin, or special collars.
Despite became extinct 180 million years ago, recent studies were able to show what was in the stomach of a herbivorous dinosaur died soon after being fed: different foods including seeds of a plant like a palm; they were found still intact, which means that the dinosaur, like many mammals of today, swallowed without chewing.
This specimen 6 meters long and dating from the Jurassic period was found in what is now the Argentine province of Neuquen, Patagonia; This discovery is a real exception, in fact, not only is it very difficult to find dinosaur remains still intact, but it is almost impossible to find the soft parts of their body fossilized, especially the entrails.
It is usually easier than droppings are found in these animals rather than their bowels, for this reason, once finished his studies, the remains of this giant, definitely will go at some famous museum of Natural History.
It will also be funny, but is real, every year on February 2 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania (United States), you can decide how long the winter will br, but to do it is not necessary to use strange technology or ask to scientis of this subject, but you can ask to the groundhog!
This tradition dates back to 1800 with the German emigrants who had occupied the American lands; but how does it work? To make a prediction you need to check the shelter of a marmot, if the animal goes out and fails to see its shadow it means that winter is ending, if it sees his shadow, it will gets scared and back in the den and that will means that winter is not yet over, it will last at least another five weeks.
It does not matter if you believe it or not to the meaning of this festival, what is important is to have fun, so we suggest you watch a 1993 movie, Groundhog Day, which involves precisely this strange American habit,
Pink, yellow, white, blue, fruit, mint, sparkling, sweet or savory, today the chewing gum are everywhere and of any type; many years have passed since the 1871 when they were produced for the first time with a flavor, and, unlike what many of you think, the first flavor was licorice. But only in 1920 it was marketed around the world, especially in Britain, where they created a special law to prohibit the excessive consumption, it was only an excuse to decrease the American market. But the tire that we know, that pink, strawberry with which you can make bubbles, the Bubble gum, has a lot more close origins, was in fact created by an American accountant only in 1928, needless to say it was a huge success, that continues to this day.
Be very careful though, the chewing gums are very dangerous for the environment, they takes more than five years to melt, so absolutely avoid to throw it to the ground!
And so, also the fashion week in Paris is ended, but, what will be the trend of the new season? Here the list of the 5 best must:
- At the top of the list there are the XL sleeves: long or short, white or colored, the important is that they must be very BIG!
- A pice that all of we have in our wardrobe: the little plaid! The best match is black and white, and you can use it with skirt, shirt, pants or everywhere you want!
- If Spring meaning happy color, yellow is the keyword of this year! Don’t care if you use it in accessories, clothes or shoes, the important is wear it!
- Trench is always a good idea! Specially in this season were the weather is really crazy and change constantly… black, white, brawn is the same, you will be always elegant and fashionable with it!
- From 2000 the one shoulder top are back! Particular and sexy, it will be a big must of this season.
It is practically impossible not to talk about her, in fact, with her last extravagant outfits, the famous rapper, Nicki Minaj, still on getting a great media success; the last news? The star showed up to the designer Haider Ackermann fashion show in Paris, wearing a black top half by Thierry Mugler showing her breasts covered only by a little silver nipple pastie (Which, for who did not know, they have become very fashionable among Hollywood stars ) by Agent Provocateur.
Needless to say That the eyes of those present went more about her than on the runway, but the pop star still seemed sure of herself, and without shame; able being once again, to be talked about her all over the world.
That started a race of nipple pasties between Rihanna and Nicky Minaj? What is sure is that, after this particular discovery by the designer Tom Ford, who had shocked everyone some time ago, now we are sure that by the VIP you can expect everything!