If I say Italy what do you say to me? Pizza and spaghetti of course! But do you know that noodles were first called “worms”? ironically are centuries that it is disputed whether they were invented by the Chinese or by the Sicilians, now after lengthy discussions it was concluded that both have spread independently, in both geographical areas, what instead is certain to bring in Italy the custom of cooking dried pasta were Arabs.
It appears that one of the earliest written records found about dried pasta date back to 1154, in fact, in that area that now corresponds to Italy, before then it was traditional to eat only fresh pasta.
The term “spaghetti”, however, is more recent, in fact, gone up to eighteen hundred, and has spread to America, as the ‘worms’ term was not really indicated to the food, so they found this word which wanted remember a piece of string to eat !
There is no a certain answer, all is relative to what a person mean by knowledge of a language; But we can say with certainty that there are people considered polyglot who are able to speak also fluently 6 languages. But there is an American linguist who has a knowledge of more than 60 languages, modern and ancient, its name is Alexander Arguelles, he is a native English speaker, but at the university he has learned French, German, Spanish, Latin, greek and Sanskrit, but then he has dedicated himself to the Danish, Swedish, Icelandic and Norwegian in their earliest forms, the high German and old French, also after his doctorate he studied some Germanic dialects, Dutch, Swedish and other Scandinavian languages , Italian, Portuguese, Occitan and Catalan, in recent years he has dedicated to the Korean, Japanese, Mandarin and Chinese classical, Russian, Arabic, Persian, Hindi, turkish and swahili. How he does? Listening to many recordings in the original language and repeating, but above all studing much!
Yes, at the Alnwick park you can die, and is not a joke, the warnings are real and recognizable from the start, in fact, the entrance gates there are signs with skulls (classic symbol of danger and death) joined the words ‘these plants can kill’.
This beautiful and dangerous park is the Alnwick Garden and is located in England (it is precisely the which one where there is the castle of Harry Potter), it is one of the most toxic places in the world, is home to the most dangerous plants of the whole earth; but visit it is so dangerous? No if you follow the rules you do not run any risk, perhaps always keep small children by the hand!
The most dangerous plant in the garden? The Conium maculatum, famous for having been used by Socrates to carry out suicide by respiratory paralysis, not least is the plant known as ‘belladonna’, which in addition to procuring hallucinations can still result in death.
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,