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The model for Uncle Sam on the famous 1917 post “I want you” is the face of the painter, James Montgomery Flagg. For effect he aged his own portrait and added the goatee beard. Flagg used his own picture in order to avoid the need to find a model.

Did you know that while orbiting Earth, NASA's space shuttle traveled 17,500 miles per hour, making one complete orbit every 90 minutes? That means its crew saw a sunrise or sunset every 45 minutes!

Higgs Boson formerly known as the God Particle.

Contemporary art group Random International creates a digital installation that gives visitors the chance to experience how it might feel to control the rain. In 'Rain Room', the sound of water and moisture in the air gives the impression of being in the centre of an unpredictable downpour, without getting wet.

An amazing story about elephants that defies human explanation. For 12 hours, two herds of wild South African elephants slowly made their way through the Zululand bush until they reached the house of late author Lawrence Anthony, the conservationist who saved their lives.The formerly violent, rogue elephants were rescued and rehabilitated by Anthony. For 2 days herds loitered Anthony’s compound to say good-bye to the man they loved. But how did they know he had died?

As the wife of the ruler of Dai, Xin Zhui led a life of luxury 2,000 years ago in China. When that life ended at the age of 50, she was wrapped in 20 layers of fine silk, submerged in an “elixir of immortality,” encased in four coffins, surrounded by five tons of charcoal, and entombed fifty feet underground. The body of the “Lady of Dai” has been declared the best-preserved mummy ever seen, with blood that is still liquefied, organs that are still intact, and limbs that are still flexible.

Kintsukuroi: the art of repairing pottery with gold.

The natural phenomenon of Trovants: stones that literally grow by themselves. Romania may be known as the land of Dracula, heaped with bloodthirsty vampires and other creatures shaped by Hollywood imagination, but it is also a land where nature has had an interesting activity. Far less known to the world than Dracula, stand an impressive number of stones which quite literally grow by themselves. The stones are real and known as Trovants.

Aerogel, also know as frozen smoke, is the world’s lowest density solid, clocking in at 96% air. If you hold a small piece in your hand, it’s practically impossible to either see or feel, but if you poke it, it’s like styrofoam. It supports up to 4,000 times its own weight and can withstand a direct blast from two pounds of dynamite. It’s also the best insulator in existence.

Fortingall Yew- Perth, Scotland: This may be the oldest living thing in Europe. Experts estimate it to be at least 5,000 years old – pre-dating Egypt's pyramids. Many believe it could be closer to 9,000 years old.

Four Corners is only place in the country where four states meet, and because of this unique distinction, it is a popular US travel destination. The states that come together at this unique destination are Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado. For those who visit the Four Corners Monument, it is possible to stand in all four of them at the same time. NOTE: Open 7 am - 8 pm (June - Sept) Open 8 am - 5 pm (Oct - May)

Only about one in 100 million lobsters are albino - lacking in colored pigments. These are also referred to as "white" or "crystal" lobsters due to their metallic appearance. *~♥*Jo*♥~*

droppingthephysics: The transfer of Information in any form is limited to the speed of light. If our Sun suddenly disappeared, it would take 8 minutes for the last photon emitted by the Sun to reach Earth; the Earth would be lit for 8 minutes before darkening. What’s even stranger is that the Earth would remain in its orbit and revolve around nothing for the entire 8 minutes! Even the force of gravitation can’t travel faster than light.

In an emergency a crayon will burn for 30 minutes. You know, for the zombie apocalypse. ;)

In the 1930s, workmen clearing the dense jungle of Costa Rica stumbled upon some incredible objects: dozens of stone balls, many of which were perfectly spherical. They varied in size from as small as a tennis ball to an astonishing 8 feet in diameter and weighing 16 tons. Although the great stone balls are clearly man-made, it is unknown who made them, for what purpose and, most puzzling, how they achieved such spherical precision.

The analemma is the name for the figure-eight path that the sun follows in the sky throughout the year, when photographed at exactly the same time during the day. It is about the ultimate in multi-exposure photography, and very few people have managed to photograph the analemma on a single piece of film. Here it is shown over a yucca plant at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico (USA).

The Scared Flames of Beltane. The Festival of Beltane is celebrated on May 1st, also referred to as May Day and is one that is celebrated world wide. Deep with in the roots of Paganism, Beltane is one of the most beautiful rites as it is the symbolic joining or marriage of The Lord & Lady, the Great God & Mother Earth. The sensual dance begins as the Bale Fires Roar.. The union of the God & Goddess and the consummation of their marriage is celebrated once more....