Quick! Who designed the Statue of Liberty? If you guessed Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, you get a gold star. Our symbol for freedom has been standing in New York Harbor for 118 years. In fact, Lady Liberty was a gift from the French people in 1886, to celebrate the friendship between our two countries during the American Revolution. It also takes 354 steps up to look out of the Statue of Liberty's crown. So, if you plan on visiting Lady Liberty, get in shape - that's one long stairway!
Peacock Feather/Dragonfly by popularmechanics: Pyrotechnicians agree that the blue-violet shades of this peacock feather are the most challenging to formulate. The concentrations of chemicals used to make vivid violet blues are unstable and extremely dangerous. In this case, copper oxide and strontium carbonate get the job done. Gold pellets are placed circumferentially at the shell’s equator to create a golden Saturn ring. Photo by Michael Arrigo. #Fireworks #popularmechanics
From peonies to chrysanthemums to dahlias, the reason why so many fireworks are named after flowering plants is because they burst out of a seed, or shell. The shell houses all the ingredients necessary for the firework’s development and its structural integrity must be faultless along the journey from the lowly launch pad to the soaring heights, until it bursts into spellbinding colors and shapes of the utmost intrigue How Do Fireworks Work-Popular Mechanics