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Five Facts About Opera
1. The term itself comes from the Latin "opus", meaning work. So think about this the next time you go to the opera or listen to your favourite aria in the privacy of your own home. 2. There are several types of opera. You talk about Grand opera when all is set to music, but when it is comical and funny you are enjoying the Opera...
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Three Board Games You Need to Buy If You Love Art
1. Pastiche Published in 2011, this elegant and colourful game wants you to discover 34 of the greatest European works of art and in a way making them yourselves. Think of it as an art history lesson which covers about 600 years of painting, and you are nearly there. Wonderfully presented, rich in detail and graphical elements, Pastische...
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Six Facts About Guillermo del Toro
1. He began making home movies using his father's Super 8 camera when the future film director was just eight years old. He would experiment and create short stories using toys, vegetables (even a killer potato, as he remembered later) and everything he could have thought of. In his own words it was the best beginner's movie school one could hope...
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Seven Facts About Phil Collins
1. The musician is an expert when it comes to the Battle of Alamo, a tragic and major event in US history. Phil Collins not only wrote a book about it, but also collects memorabilia and documents about the Alamo, and has donated a large part of these to a Texas museum. 2. He started playing drums when he was only five, but would end up joining...
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Famous Collectors of Unusual Things
Have you ever seen Elton John live, on stage, singing and putting on a show nobody could ever forget? What may be surprising is that the musician is not a fan of modern technology. No computers or tablets for him, but bring him a pair of glasses, as colourful and outrageous as possible, and he would be really happy. According to Sir Elton John...
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Did You Know? Facts About Versailles
1. The future palace was initially no more than a hunting lodge, used by Louis XIII due to the fact that the region was ripe with game. So the king bought a chateau and lived there from time to time, when he came on hunting trips. But nobody could have imagined that later the former chateau would become a modern day wonder. The "guilty" one...
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Queen and Adam Lambert Will Be Back On the Road
Queen and Adam Lambert will embark in a new European tour starting this summer, in June, although many of their old and young fans thought that they had had enough with touring and concerts. After two world tours which were succesfull beyond the most optimistic expectations, with many sold-out shows (2014-2015 and 2017-2018) Brian May and Roger...
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Five Lego Facts and Stories
1. What does LEGO actually mean? Well, the founder of the company, the one and only Ole Kirk Christiansen, simply started from "leg godt", in Danish meaning "play well", and putting together the first letters he came upon the now legendary name - Lego. So it is simply Play Well, which doesn't have quite the same ring to it. And in...
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Elton John Announces Farewell Tour
After more than five decades in the spotlight and over 300 million records sold worldwide, Elton John has recently announced that he will embark this year on his final tour, starting in September in the USA. The " Farewell Yellow Brick Road " tour will be a worthy goodbye from the artist to his fans, as it will have no less than 300 shows...
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Three Lost Books by Three Famous Writers
1. Several novels by L. Frank Baum Famous today for the Oz series (14 titles in all) which are among some of the best loved children books ever, Baum was also a prolific author (and for a time a theatre owner) who publised several novels, short stories, poems and also wrote several plays. Yet he seemed to be followed by bad luck, as several of...
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Five Facts About Ernest Hemingway
1. He was a close friend of James Joyce and during the time they spent in Paris they were also drinking-buddies. And often Joyce needed Ernest the fighter, for the Irish writer used to provoke everybody and sometimes got into trouble, when another customer simply jumped upon him. Rather than being crushed, Joyce called for Hemingway, who usually...
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Three Art History Moments
1. When it came to tragedy the famous painter Edvard Munch seemed to have had it all. His mother and one of his sisters died of consumption (and he was afraid for the rest of his days that he would end up the same way), another sister had a nervous breakdown, and his tyranical father often made his life a living hell. In fact Munch often said that...
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Five Facts About The Lord of the Rings Movies
1. Among the cast Sir Christopher Lee was the only one who had met Tolkien himself, and despite the fact that he was already a wellknown actor he was simply lost for words. A huge fan of the books, Christopher Lee read the trilogy once a year, every year, and had been doing that for decades. No wonder he truly wanted to be a part of this project, and...
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Seven Facts About Arthur Conan Doyle
1. Remembered today mainly as the "father" of Sherlock Holmes (and it is a valid question how many of his casual readers ever bothered to try something else by him), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was also a fascinating person, with a full and rich life. He was not only a succesfull writer, but he trained to be a medic and worked as a surgeon, he...
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Seven Facts You Perhaps Didn't Know About Haruki Murakami
1. Although he is nowadays one of the most famous Japanese contemporary writers, Haruki Murakami is a very private person, who values most of all his anonymity and to a large degree refuses to comply to the "bestseller author" type of life. He gives very few interviews, very rarely he attends book signings or public events, is surprisingly...
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Three Little Known Facts From Art History
1. Georgia O'Keeffe is nowadays famous mainly for her wonderful paintings depicting colourful, enlarged, mystical flowers, yet maybe even some of her greatest do not know that her studio... wasn't a real studio. In fact this original artist preffered to work in such a cramped and enclosed environement that it might seem like a joke. O'Keeffe didn't...
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Five Famous Statues You Must See
1. The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen, Denmark: hard to imagine a statue which could ever replace the Little Mermaid in the history of Denmark, and it is no wonder that this particular work of art is still so popular. Although rather small comparing it to other much larger statues - as it is only 1.25 meters high, a little disapointing when you first...
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Seven Facts About David Bowie
1. The real name of this music legend was David Robert Jones and he was born on the 8th of January 1947 in Brixton, London, UK. The funny fact is that David Bowie had the same birthdate as Elvis Presley. He would later change his name to David Bowie for fear of being mistaken for then rather famous David Jones from The Monkees. And the very first...
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Salvator Mundi By Leonardo Da Vinci Sells for 450 Million Dollars
" Salvator Mundi ", a portrait of Christ painted by Leonardo da Vinci somewhere between 1506-1513 and long considered to be lost, recently sold at Christie's New York for the record final price of 450.3 million dollars, becoming the most expensive painting ever to be sold. It is an astonishing figure, as not only the estimates ranged...
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Disney Announces Future Star Wars Trilogy
Disney has recently announced a future Star Wars trilogy, which will feature new characters and a new place in the galaxy which wasn't previously featured and also the possibility of producing sometime in the future a Star Wars TV series. Judging by the critical and box office succes of Rogue One and the excitement with which the fans are...
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Traditions, Customs and Superstitions
If you want to scare the evil spirits in Brazil you must wear white clothes all the time. At least that is the old wives tale. Did you know that in China although most of the population doesn't follow any religion about one in every three Chinese people believe in one or more forms of fortune telling? Living and working in Japan is...
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Strange Void Discovered Inside the Great Pyramid of Giza
The Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt has captured and fascinated the imagination of countless generations and for many it was the beginning of devoting themselves to studying the history of these mysterious monuments and the ancient, nearly forgotten dynasties that had made a great civilization once upon a time. But despite the studies and...
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Five Facts About Stranger Things
After the surprising success that the very first season of this Netflix show had (as if to show everybody that the genre is far from being out of fashion) the second Stranger Things season aired to the same kind of reaction. Bringing together science fiction, horror, the 80s atmosphere, music and nostalgic charm, and continuing to tell a story...
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Top Nine Strange European Facts and Figures
1. Travelling to Romania you can visit an totally unusual cemetery, the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta, an important tourist attraction, very popular for locals. The reason? The wooden large funeral monuments are not only painted in bright colours and further decorated with naive elements, but funny epitaphs are written on them. It might be shocking for...
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Facts About the Outer Space
1. The very first human who looked into outer space using a telescope was no other than Galileo Galilei, more than four centuries ago. But he couldn't have known that there is no sound in space. Or that there is no gravity. 2. Our Moon is about 238,750 miles away from the Earth, and according the recent theories it might have formed due to a...
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Talking About Recycling
You should be already familiar with the green symbol for recycling. Those green arrows that make some sort of a circle, surely you have seen it before. But did you know that the symbol was the creation of one Gary Anderson, who in 1970 entered it in an art and design contest organized by Corporation of America. It was supposed to increase awareness...
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Facts From Cinema History
1. It might seem to be just a story, but before the smashing success of Rocky, Sylvester Stallone was so poor that he had to sell his dog, Butkus, for just 50 dollars. Not only that he didn't have enough to feed the pet, he simply didn't have enough food for himself. After selling the script for Rocky he not only bought the dog back for 3000...
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Fun and Weird History Facts
1. In the past you could win an art medal at the Olympic Games. Although it might seem weird today, starting with 1912 and ending with 1948 there were fine arts competitions at the Olympics, thus remembering the fact that ancient Greeks had art festivals during the games. So in keeping with that tradition you could compete in music, painting,...
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Art History Can Be Unusual
Armand Guillaumin (1841 - 1927) might not be today one of the most popular of the Impressionist artists, but in his time he was not only rather wellknown, but also friend to some of the greatest painters. He worked during his free time - he had a full time job for many years - and still managed to exhibit in 1863 at the now famous Salon des Refuses...
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Space, Planets, Stars and Science
Did you know that it takes 8.3 minutes for the light of the Sun to travel to Earth? The planet Uranus has 27 moons, or at least so many have been discovered so far. There could be more. On Mercury just one day lasts as long as 59 days on Earth. Approximately. The Moon is larger than Pluto. There are "seas" on the...
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