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When you know the answer to something no one else in the room does, it makes you feel like a genius. So, if you're a fan of the little things, want your next night to be memorable, or just love learning new things that no one else knows about, you've come to the right place. You never know when you'll need to pull those facts, which is part of the fun. So, we invite you to play with us and check out our list of random facts.

 

Is there any useless information? Never. All those little random, interesting, funny, scary facts, or did you know that the facts you store in your brain exist for a reason and are sure to come in handy someday...even if it's just for you to could beat your best dude or surprise a bored toddler on a family field trip. Just in case you don't have enough information cluttering your brain, here are some more fun, interesting, or just plain fun tidbits to keep on hand.

 

Interesting and funny facts about animals

 

1. The fur of polar bears is actually clean, and their skin is black.

 

2. Baby flamingos are born grey, not pink.

 

3. A woodpecker's tongue actually wraps around its brain completely, protecting it from damage when it hits a tree.

 

4. The shrimp's heart is in its head.

 

5. Elephants suck their trunks for convenience.

 

6. Anteaters have no teeth.

 

7. Nine-banded armadillos always have quadrupeds, and they are always identical.

 

8. Wombat poop is cube shaped.

 

9. A flock of flamingos is called brightness.

 

 

10. Hippos and horses are actually distant relatives.

 

11. All clown fish are born male.

 

12. In the UK, the Queen legally owns all unmarked swans.

 

13. In order not to disperse, sea otters hold hands during sleep.

 

14. Goats have an accent.

 

15. Dolphins give each other names.

 

16. Gorillas can catch a cold, although you can probably still go to the zoo with a runny nose.

 

17. Forget bald eagles. The turkey was once almost called the national bird.

 

 

18. A group of owls is called a parliament.

 

19. There are 32 muscles in a cat's ear.

 

20. Snails can regenerate their eyes.

 

21. Want to know if your pet turtle is a boy or a girl? Listen carefully! Female turtles hiss and male turtles grunt.

 

22. A starfish can turn its stomach inside out.

 

23. French poodles are actually from Germany.

 

 

24. Seahorses mate for life and are often seen telling each other stories.

 

25. A group of porcupines is called a thorn.

 

26. Andrew Jackson's parrot had to be removed from his funeral because he wouldn't stop swearing. Polly wants to rinse her mouth.

 

27. Sloths can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes.

 

Interesting and funny historical facts

 

28. Henry VIII knighted all four of his Grooms of the Chair - the men in charge of wiping his ass for him.

 

29. Jeanette Rankin was elected to Congress four years before women could vote.

 

30. Women could not apply for a bank loan until 1974.

 

31. Before the invention of modern artificial teeth, dentures were usually made from the teeth of dead soldiers.

 

32. In ancient Egypt, servants were smeared with honey so that flies would fly to them instead of the pharaoh.

 

33. It was once considered blasphemous to use a fork.

 

34. Abe Lincoln was a champion wrestler. He was also a licensed bartender. Maybe they should call him Abe of all trades.

 

35. George Washington owned a whiskey distillery.

 

 

36. More than two percent of the American population died during the civil war.

 

37. Joseph Stalin removed people from photographs after their death or dismissal from office.

 

38. Since 1945, all British tanks have been equipped with everything necessary for making tea.

 

39. Pope Gregory IV once declared war on cats because he thought Satan was using black cats. His statement led to the mass extermination of cats.

 

40. The absence of cats led to an invasion of rats, which led to the spread of the plague.

 

50. John Adams was the first president to live in the White House.

 

51. Go to sleep! Chernobyl, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and the Challenger explosion are all linked to lack of sleep.

 

Interesting and funny travel facts

 

52. The average person living in Sweden eats about 22 pounds of chocolate a year.

 

53. Although the Wright brothers are known as a couple, they actually flew together only once. They promised their father that they would always fly separately.

 

54. In Montana, there are three times more cows than people.

 

55. Parts of the Great Wall of China were made from sticky rice.

 

56. Ninety percent of the world's population lives above the equator.

 

57. There are more saunas in Finland than cars.

 

58. Sixty percent of the world's lakes (three million in total) are located in Canada.

 

59. Virginia is the only state that has the same staff flower and staff tree - Dogwood.

 

 

60. Think before the season. In Egypt, it is considered incredibly rude to salt the food you have been served.

 

61. Ninety percent of the territory of Libya is desert.

 

62. The height of the Eiffel Tower can vary up to six inches, depending on the temperature.

 

63. Do you spend too much on drinks when you eat out? A small town in Italy has a fountain that serves free wine.

 

64. Pilots and their co-pilots should eat differently before the flight so that both of them do not get sick with food poisoning.

 

65. About 600 Parisians work on the Eiffel Tower every day.

 

66. Do you want to go to Rome? Which one of? Six of the seven continents have a city called Rome. (You really fell, Antarctica.)

 

67. When you visit Key West, you are actually closer to Havana than Miami.

 

Interesting and fun facts about music

 

68. Mary, known as "Mary Had the Lamb", was a real person and the song is based on real events.

 

69. Happy Birthday was the first song ever played on Mars. Mars Rover Curiosity played this song to itself on its first anniversary on the planet.

 

70. When you listen to music, your heart is in sync with the beat.

 

71. President Nixon was an accomplished musician. He played five instruments, including the accordion.

 

72. Is the song stuck in your head? This is called an earworm.

 

73. None of The Beatles could read music.

 

74. However, George Harrison was reportedly able to play 26 instruments.

 

 

75. Barry Manilow didn't actually write I Write Songs.

 

76. Metallica is the only band to play on all seven continents.

 

77. Most department stores tend to play music slower to slow down shoppers and make them shop longer. The reverse is true for restaurants.

 

78. Monaco's orchestra is bigger than its army.

 

79. A concert promoter once sold a thousand tickets to a Spice Girls concert in Hawaii that were never booked. Maybe that's where the idea for Fyre Fest came from.

 

80. Leo Fender, inventor of the Stratocaster and Telecaster, couldn't play the guitar.

 

 

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The original meaning of the word "history" goes back to the ancient Greek term meaning "investigation, recognition, establishment." History was identified with the establishment of authenticity, the truth of events and facts. In ancient Roman historiography (historiography in the modern sense is a branch of historical science that studies its history), this word began to mean not a way of recognizing, but a story about the events of the past. Soon, “history” began to be called in general any story about any case, incident, real or fictional.

 

History memes

 

Stories that are popular in one culture or another but not corroborated by third-party sources, such as the Arthurian legends, are usually considered part of the cultural heritage, and not the "unbiased study" that any part of history as a scientific discipline should be.

 

1. Propaganda posters

 

2. Illegal

 

3. Difference

 

4. Disney

 

The word history comes from the Greek language (ἱστορία, historia), and comes from the Proto-Indo-European word wid-tor-, where the root is weid-, "to know, to see." In Russian, it is represented by the words "see" and "know".

 

In ancient Greece, the word "history" meant any knowledge obtained through research, and not just historical knowledge proper in the modern sense. For example, Aristotle used this word in The History of Animals. It is also found in the hymns of Homer, the writings of Heraclitus and the text of the oath to the Athenian state. Ancient Greek also had the word historeîn, "to explore," which at first was used only in Ionia, from where it then spread to all of Greece and, eventually, to the entire Hellenistic civilization.

 

In the same ancient Greek sense, the word "history" was used by Francis Bacon in the widely used term natural history. For Bacon, history is “knowledge of objects whose place is determined in space and time,” and the source of which is memory (just as science is the fruit of reflection, and poetry is the fruit of fantasy). In medieval England, the word "story" was more often used in the sense of a story in general (story). The special term history (history) as a sequence of past events appeared in the English language at the end of the 15th century, and the word "historical" (historical, historic) - in the 17th century. In Germany, France and Russia, the same word "history" is still used in both senses.

 

5. Time traveler

 

6. Vikings

 

7. Wars

 

Since historians are both observers and participants in events, their historical writings are written from the point of view of their time and are usually not only politically biased, but also share all the delusions of their era. In the words of Benedetto Croce, "All history is modern history." Historical science provides a true account of the course of history through stories about events and their impartial analysis. In our time, history is created by the efforts of scientific institutions.

 

All events that remain in the memory of generations, in one authentic form or another, constitute the content of the historical chronicle. This is necessary to identify the sources that are most important for recreating the past. The composition of each historical archive depends on the content of a more general archive in which certain texts and documents are found; although each of them claims "the whole truth", some of these statements are usually refuted. In addition to archival sources, historians can use inscriptions and images on monuments, oral traditions and other sources, such as archaeological ones. By providing sources independent of historical sources, archeology is especially useful for historical research, not only confirming or refuting the testimony of eyewitnesses of events, but also allowing information to be filled in time gaps about which there is no evidence of contemporaries.

 

History belongs to the humanities by some authors, to the social sciences by others, and may be considered as an area between the humanities and the social sciences. The study of history is often associated with certain practical or theoretical goals, but it can also be a manifestation of ordinary human curiosity.

 

8. Colonies

 

9. Any idea

 

10. Homework

 

11. Vikings

 

The term historiography has several meanings. First, it is the science of how history is written, how correctly the historical method is applied, and how it develops. Secondly, the same term refers to a body of historical works, often thematically or otherwise selected from the general body (for example, historiography of the 1960s about the Middle Ages). Thirdly, the term historiography denotes the reasons for the creation of historical works, revealed in the course of their analysis, by the choice of subject matter, the way events are interpreted, the personal convictions of the author and the audience to which he addresses, by the use of evidence or the method of referring to other historians. Professional historians also discuss the possibility of creating a single story about the history of mankind, or a series of such stories, competing for an audience.

 

The historical method consists in following the principles and rules of working with primary sources and other evidence found during the study and then used in writing a historical work.

 

Herodotus (484-425 BC) is considered by most historians to be the "father" of this science:

 

Herodotus of Halicarnassus collected and recorded this information so that the past events would not fall into oblivion over time and the great and surprisingly worthy deeds of both Hellenes and barbarians would not remain unknown, especially why they fought wars with each other.

 

12. Greece and Rome

 

13. Nervous

 

14. Empiers

 

However, the beginning of the use of scientific methods in history is associated with another of his contemporary, Thucydides, and his book "History of the Peloponnesian War". Unlike Herodotus and his religious colleagues, Thucydides viewed history as a product of the choice and actions of not gods, but people in whom he looked for all causes and effects.

 

Own traditions and developed methods of historical research existed in ancient and medieval China. The foundations of professional historiography were laid there by Sima Qian (145-90 BC), the author of the Historical Notes. His followers used this work as a model for historical and biographical writings.

 

Christian and Western historiography in general was greatly influenced by Aurelius Augustine. Up until the 19th century, history was usually seen as the result of a linear development according to a plan determined by the Creator. Hegel also followed this idea, although he gave it a more secular look. From the philosophy of Hegel, the idea of ​​linear historical progress also found its way into the Marxist philosophy of history.

 

The Arab historian Ibn Khaldun in 1377 analyzed the mistakes that historians often make. He emphasized the cultural differences between the present and the past, which requires careful attention to the sources, highlighting the principles according to which one can evaluate them and, finally, interpret the events and culture of the past. Ibn Khaldun criticized the bias and gullibility of historians. His method laid the foundations for assessing the role of the state, propaganda, communication and systematic bias in historiography, in connection with which Ibn Khaldun is considered the "father of Arabic historiography". Of great importance was the development by Ibn Khaldun of the concept of political and demographic cycles, which was one of the first attempts at a scientific description of historical dynamics.

 

15. Ra

 

16. War

 

17. Karl Marx

 

Among other historians who influenced the formation of the methodology of historical research, we can mention Ranke, Trevelyan, Braudel, Blok, Fevre, Vogel. The use of scientific methodology in history was opposed by such authors as H. Trevor-Roper. They argued that understanding history requires imagination, so history should be considered not a science, but an art. An equally controversial author, Ernst Nolte, following the classical German philosophical tradition, viewed history as a movement of ideas. Marxist historiography, represented in the West, in particular by the work of Hobsbawm and Deutscher, aims to confirm the philosophical ideas of Karl Marx. Their opponents from anti-communist historiography, such as Pipes and Conquest, offer an anti-Marxist interpretation of history. There is also an extensive historiography from a feminist perspective. A number of postmodern philosophers generally deny the possibility of an unbiased interpretation of history and the existence of scientific methodology in it [source not specified 1140 days]. Recently, cliodynamics, the mathematical modeling of historical processes, has begun to gain more and more strength.

 

18. Elections

 

19. Zeus

 

20. Switzerland

 

21. Belgian

 

22. New plan

 

23. Confusion

 

24. Common option

 

25. Dead

 

26. Good

 

27. Egypt

 

28. That’s new

 

29. Pyramids

 

30. Germany

 

31. Library

 

32. French people

 

33. Polish people

 

34. Stress

 

35. Short explanation

 

36. England

 

37. Italy

 

38. Europeans

 

39. The church

 

40. World war

 

 

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Russia is the largest state globally, on the territory of which there is everything that may interest travelers of all age groups and individual preferences. Here are the most extensive forests, mountains, and the deepest lakes globally, and twelve seas wash the coastline. Russia is a mysterious country, a country with an “open soul,” and interesting facts about Russia are only a part of what awaits the guests of this vast state.

 

Russia - a short history

 

The history of Russia originates from the emergence of the Slavs, who appeared about 3-3.5 thousand years ago, standing out from the Indo-European ethnic group. From the middle of the 1st millennium BC., they began to move to Eastern Europe, settling by the VIII century. AD the basin of the rivers Dnieper, Dniester, Western Dvina, Oka, and the upper reaches of the Volga.

 

 

The first state of the Russian people, Kievan Rus, existed for about 300 years. It was a federation of principalities ruled jointly by the Rurik dynasty. The development of feudal relations and the strengthening of the independence of individual cities led to the political fragmentation of Kievan Rus. At the end of the thirties of the XIII century. Mongol Tatars attacked Russia, and for almost 250 years, it became dependent on the Golden Horde. The yoke accelerated the process of fragmentation of Russia. Still, at the same time, as the economy and culture revived, it turned into an incentive for unification. Due to several factors, the place of a political leader at the beginning of the XIV century. Moscow advanced, which is explained by its favorable geographical position, and the far-sighted policy of its princes.

 

The reign of Catherine II is called the "golden age of the nobility" and "enlightened absolutism" since the empress completed formalizing the nobility into a privileged class. The situation of the peasants deteriorated significantly: serfdom acquired the features of slavery. The growth of social contradictions resulted in the peasant war of E. I. Pugachev. Still, its defeat led to the expansion of feudal dependence. All this spoke of the brewing crisis of the feudal system, which was acutely manifested in the 19th century.

 

By the middle of the 19th century, serf relations worsened and escalated in the country: among the landowners, they aroused fears for the future, and among the serfs, an increase in dissatisfaction with their beggarly condition. In peasant unrest, which significantly intensified during the Crimean War, the government, led by Alexander II in 1862, carried out a reform that abolished serfdom.

 

 

In the years preceding the First World War of 1914-1917, Russia's foreign policy was determined by the line of rapprochement with Great Britain, fixed by the 1907 agreement on the division of spheres of influence in Iran and Central Asia. This agreement led to the finalization of the Entente - a "cordial agreement," the military-political alliance of England, France, and Russia, and Russia's participation in the First World War. The internal political crisis, which resulted in the February Revolution of 1917, led to Russia's withdrawal from the war. The revolution destroyed the old state system and created a new political situation. The Bolshevik Party seized power in Russia under the leadership of Vladimir Lenin, and the Soviets of Workers', Soldiers', and Peasants' Deputies were proclaimed the supreme authority.

 

On December 30, 1922, the Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) Union was formed. After the death of Lenin, the internal political struggle intensified, and Joseph Stalin came to power, establishing a dictatorship and destroying all his political rivals. In 1939, Russia concluded a non-aggression pact with Germany. Still, on June 22, 1941, Nazi Germany attacked the USSR, violating the agreement's provisions. The Great Patriotic War began. During the battles of Stalingrad and Kursk, Soviet troops went on the offensive. They defeated the German army, victoriously ending the war in May 1945 with the capture of Berlin.

 

Read here more interesting facts: 50 interesting and fun facts about Russia that you probably didn't know

 

 

In 1985, Gorbachev announced perestroika (a set of political and economic reforms). By the early 1990s, perestroika led to the collapse of the USSR. And on December 12, 1993, the Constitution of the Russian Federation was adopted at a referendum, declaring Russia a democratic federal state with a republican form of government headed by a president.

 

How did the Soviet Union's collapse influence today’s Russia?

 

The collapse of the Union was part of the process that began after the First World War - the operation of the failure of multinational states or, more simply, empires. Some of these empires did not survive the First World War - the Ottoman Empire, Austria-Hungary ... And the Bolsheviks managed to maintain control over most of the Russian Empire through violence and a more resourceful policy towards nationalities and national minorities. The Soviet Union was the first to adopt the nationalism and multinationality of the state. It seemed that the national question was resolved and that history was deceived. Still, until the end of the 20th century, the Soviet Union followed the path of the same Portuguese, British, French, and other empires. The 20th century turned out to be the century of the collapse of multinational states and the creation of national states on their ruins or conditions that would like to be national.​

 

 

In a purely Soviet context, reform attempts took place, the primary ideological and moral source of which were the reforms of the Prague Spring, that is, the 1960s. The idea was that economic and political reforms should develop simultaneously: in China, they took a different path - economic reform without political reform. At the same time, in the Soviet Union, these things were interconnected. As soon as Gorbachev introduced the first elements of electoral democracy, the first forces that could mobilize were the national movements. Which, outwardly, were weak. There were few dissidents. Still, if you look at the composition of political prisoners in various forms of the Gulag, the percentage of national minorities - including the Baltic states, Jews, Ukrainians, and so on - went off the scale compared to the number of ethnic Russian dissidents.

 

Electoral democracy turned out to be incompatible with a multinational state. The main "glue" was a force - military, political repression, etc. International states built on such a basis proved unable to exist.

 

What was life like under communism in Russia?

 

75% of Russians believe that the Soviet era was the best time in the country's history; only 18% of respondents do not agree with this judgment. This follows from the study “The Structure and Reproduction of the Memory of the Soviet Union in Russian Public Opinion” prepared by the Levada Center, which Vedomosti has reviewed.

 

Hearing the expression "Soviet era," the respondents, first of all, think about stability and confidence in the future (16% of answers), good life in the country (15%), and personal life - childhood, youth, parents (11%). Negative assessments occur much less frequently: 4% of respondents recall shortages, queues, and coupons, and 1% about the Iron Curtain, stagnation, and repression. In general, 76% of respondents give positive characteristics of the Soviet era, 38% - neutral, and only 7% - negative. As some respondents gave different estimates, this sum is higher than 100%. 65% of Russians regret the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the same number believe that it could have been avoided; 26% of respondents have an opposite opinion on both issues. 52% of those who regret the collapse of the USSR say that they are upset by the loss of a sense of belonging to great power, 49% regret the destruction of the single economic system and 37% - about the increased mutual distrust and bitterness.

 

But at the same time, only 28% of respondents agree to “return to the path that the Soviet Union was following,” while the majority favor either Russia’s “own, special path” (58%) or the European version of development (10%).

 

Russians' ideas about the Soviet era are primarily favorable. Still, general statements about social stability replace personal memories, confidence in the future, and a good life in the USSR says Levada Center sociologist Karina Pipia. It is also noteworthy, according to her, that representatives of all age and generational groups agree with the installation of the socio-economic well-being of citizens in the USSR. Still, nostalgia for the Soviet Union is more typical for older people. However, young people join those who believe that the collapse of The USSR could have been avoided. However, the romanticization of the Soviet past does not lead to a desire to restore the Soviet system.

 

Neither those who lived in the USSR nor the post-Soviet youth want this.

 

 

How did Vladimir Putin become President, and what has been his impact on Russia?

 

In three years, Putin has risen from Deputy Director for Presidential Affairs to Secretary of the Security Council. In 1996, after the failure of Sobchak in the gubernatorial elections, Vladimir Vladimirovich was invited to Moscow for the post of Deputy Chief of the President of the Russian Federation. Putin oversaw the legal department and the management of Russia's foreign property.

 

In the spring of 1997, Vladimir Putin was appointed deputy head of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation, replacing Alexei Kudrin.

 

In the summer of 1998, he became the head of the FSB. In the fall, he reorganized the structure. Six months later, Vladimir Putin took the post of Secretary of Security Council of the Russian Federation while maintaining his position in the FSB. In 1999, President Boris Yeltsin appointed Vladimir Putin as Russia's prime minister.

 

In 1997, Vladimir Putin defended his Ph.D. thesis in economics at the Mining Institute of St. Petersburg. The title of the work is “Strategic planning for the reproduction of the mineral resource base of the region in the conditions of the formation of market relations (St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region).

 

On December 31, 1999, Yeltsin resigned. Putin became acting President of Russia. He was given symbols of power, including the "nuclear suitcase." According to him, it was not an easy decision for him.

 

25  Interesting Facts about Russia

 

1. Russia is the largest country in the world. However, this is no secret to anyone.

2. Russia is the only country washed by a whole dozen seas globally.

3. The deepest lake on earth, Baikal, is in Russia.

4. The most ancient mountains on the planet, the Urals, are of Russian heritage.

5. There are more than eight hundred glaciers in Altai.

6. The borders of Russia and the United States in the north are separated by 4 kilometers.

7. The deepest subway in the world is located in St. Petersburg. Its depth is more than a hundred meters.

8. The world's largest active volcano is Klyuchevskaya Sopka, almost five kilometers high. It has been erupting for over seven thousand years.

9. St. Petersburg has three times as many bridges as Venice.

10. The most significant medieval fortress in the world is the Moscow Kremlin.

11. St. Petersburg is the world's northernmost metropolis with over a million inhabitants.

 

 

12. The area of ​​Siberia is about nine percent of the entire land area of ​​the Earth.

13. Russia borders 16 countries.

14. In Russia, women won the right to vote in elections earlier than in the United States.

15. There are almost ten thousand trains in the Moscow metro.

16. The most extensive plain on the planet is the West Siberian.

17. There are about three million works of art in the Hermitage.

18. The most visited McDonald's globally is in Moscow on Pushkin Square.

19. Sushi is more prevalent in Russia than in Japan.

20. The highest university in the world is Moscow State University.

21. Before the revolution, firearms were sold freely in Russia.

22. The Ostankino TV Tower was the tallest building in Europe for a long time. But in recent years, skyscrapers have surpassed it in height.

23. The coat of arms of Chelyabinsk depicts a camel.

24. About four percent of the territory of Russia is occupied by protected reserves.

25. The world's largest tram network is located in St. Petersburg.

 

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It turns out that the toilet can be not only a room for relieving needs, but also a place where Instagram cries. No, the point is not at all in the toilet itself, but in the bewitching form that opens from it. There are enough toilets in the world, from the windows of which a truly mesmerizing landscape opens up. It can be a view of a modern metropolis, majestic mountains, a lake or a jungle seething with life, but one thing is certain - you will definitely remember the approach to such a toilet forever. 20 gorgeous views from toilets from around the world await you further.

 

A magical place at UC Santa Barbara

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Go to the toilet in the shadow of Mont Blanc

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Or next to the endless canola fields in Malgas, South Africa

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In the humid air of beautiful Colombia

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View from the toilet at the Clarion Hotel in Malmo, Sweden

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A breathtaking place in Laos

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London view

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View from the top of St. Mary's Peak in Montana, USA

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New York view

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On a hike on the Num Num trail in South Africa

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Magnificent mountain view from the municipality of Söll, Austria

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And in the window there is a beautiful reservoir, Annecy, France

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Over the clouds in Seoul

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View from the toilet of the JR Tower skyscraper, Sapporo, Japan

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Glorious throne in Peru

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Winter view from a toilet in Midway, Utah, USA

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Outdoor bathroom in Aquitaine, France

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View of Moscow from Swissotel Krasnye Holmy

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In the mountains of Slovakia

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And finally, this wobbly place on a mountain in Colorado, USA

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The Renaissance is called the period of European history, marking the transition from the Middle Ages to the New Age and covering the 15th and 16th centuries. Some researchers consider it the beginning of the era of humanism. Others believe it is a step backward because magic and witch-hunts flourished in parallel with the flourishing of art in the Renaissance.

 

Top facts about the Renaissance

 

We at Bemorepanda decided to find out more about the mysterious Renaissance. We dug up exciting facts that will allow you to draw your conclusions about whether that time is rightly called the Renaissance.

 

 

1. In Renaissance Florence, men married at 30, while girls became wives at 17–18. Such an age difference led to the fact that there were many young widows in the city.

 

2. The life of the ladies in Florence was not sweet. Having visited this city, a French traveler wrote: “Women are more reserved here than in any other part of Italy; they see the world only through small holes in their windows.”

 

3. According to other information, the ladies were forbidden even to look out the window to not tempt random passers-by on the street.

 

4. The main task of women was to be beautiful. Therefore, they were forbidden to play wind instruments: it distorted their facial features. The ladies were asked to master the strings, such as the lute.

 

5. The most beautiful room in the palace was the bedroom. They received guests there.

 

6. Hairstyles that covered the ears were in fashion. Women wore them for fear of pregnancy. According to legend, the Virgin Mary became pregnant through her ear after hearing the word of God.

 

 

7. One of the principal masterpieces of the Renaissance - "The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci - is in poor condition because of the great painter's love of experimentation. Instead of applying paint to wet plaster, as was usually done when creating a fresco, the master decided to develop the "Last Supper" on drywall. As a result, the paint began to peel off, and Leonardo had to correct his work before it was finished. Perhaps in the Last Supper that we see today, almost nothing remains of the original.

 

8. The Renaissance style icon was Henry VIII, who introduced square-toed shoes into fashion. At the same time, he strictly regulated the trend, issuing an order that limited the width of the sock to 6 inches (15.24 cm).

 

9. During the Renaissance, a fashion trend arose to reveal what was hidden under clothing to the world. And all thanks to the English laws on luxury, which ordered commoners to have a single-color wardrobe. They came up with slits on them to diversify their monotonous costumes, thereby demonstrating the lower layer of clothing painted in bright colors.

 

10. The professions of a surgeon and a hairdresser were different facets of the same work. The same artisans could pull out a tooth and cut their hair.

 

11. At the same time, Renaissance doctors began to do plastic surgery. At that time, duels and diseases could significantly spoil a man's appearance, but surgeons were able to fix it. They performed rhinoplasty, transplanting a piece of skin from the forearm to the bridge of the nose. Thanks to the artisans of the Renaissance, many celebrities today can boast of chiseled noses.

 

 

12. Another Renaissance invention is ice cream. The Medici family announced a competition for the most unusual dish, the winner of which was a Florentine chicken seller, who presented a frozen dessert to the court of the famous family. Around the same time, another Florentine, the courtier Bernardo Buonaletti, was organizing a celebration in honor of the arrival of the Spanish guests. He put on theatrical performances and set off fireworks. Most importantly, he prepared a cream with the taste of bergamot, lemons, and oranges, chilled with a mixture of his invention.

 

13. The famous Uffizi Gallery was not conceived as a museum. It was the official center of Florence. Actually, "Uffizi" is translated as "offices".

 

14. The famous Roman Colosseum served as an industrial building during Renaissance. In the 16th century, it was planned to turn it into a wool factory, but this would have led to its destruction. In 1594, a glue factory was built in the building. By the end of the 17th century, the ancient stadium had turned into a dump.

 

15. During the Renaissance, the Latin language ceased to be alive. Back in the Middle Ages, it was spoken and evolved. Still, the enthusiasm of Renaissance scientists for Antiquity led to the fact that Latin returned to its classical form and its natural development stopped.

 

 

16. The Renaissance got its name because, in these few centuries, the flourishing of interest in ancient culture began, which had utterly faded away in the previous Middle Ages.

 

17. The second name of this era is the Renaissance. It comes from the French "Renaissance" and means, in fact, "Renaissance." Interestingly, this world-famous name came from the French language, although the Renaissance began in Italy.

 

18. To describe this era outside of Italy north of the Alps, "Northern Renaissance" is used. And some researchers even single out the French Renaissance, the Renaissance, Spanish, English, and others.

 

19. During the Renaissance, she was not called by this word. It was popularized and introduced by the French historian Jules Michelet only in the 19th century.

 

20. The Renaissance lasted a little less than three centuries, at least where it originated, that is, in Italy - from the beginning of the 14th century to the end of the 16th. But it came to some other countries later and ended there too later.

 

21. The names of the most famous Renaissance artists are familiar to the world. Leonardo da Vinci was generally a “universal man” who succeeded in everything, including Michelangelo, Titian, and Raphael Santi.

 

 

22. The Renaissance had a significant impact on the development of the sciences. In this era, medieval superstitions began to lose popularity, more attention was paid to scientific development, and the most important discoveries were made. In particular, the Great Geographical Discoveries and the findings of Nicolaus Copernicus.

 

23. Renaissance literature began, by all accounts, with the Divine Comedy by the famous Dante Alighieri. This work became so popular that it brought the Tuscan dialect of Italian to the forefront, effectively establishing it as the "official Italian."

 

24. With the beginning of the Renaissance, music ceased to be a purely ecclesiastical art. It began to spread around the world, imbued with a new worldview.

 

25. The ancestor of the Renaissance in Russia is considered the Grand Duke of Moscow, Ivan III. The latter invited Italian architects and other masters to Moscow. But in general, the influence of the 

Renaissance in Russia was relatively weak due to its remoteness and attachment to Byzantine traditions.

 

26. The Vatican stubbornly opposed many of the ideas of the Renaissance, and many scientists, poets, and writers were persecuted, but they had their patrons. In France, such as, for example, the wise King Francis I, a well-known philanthropist.

 

 

27. In the Renaissance, the old prejudices were supplanted, replaced by scientific views, but not entirely, as is commonly believed. For example, alchemy and astrology were considered essential sciences. The famous Galileo was engaged in the compilation of horoscopes, Isaac Newton wrote many works on alchemy, and the astronomer Johannes Kepler was also an astrologer.

 

It was the Renaissance that gave humanity oil painting. Jan van Eyck was a Dutch artist. Oil paints came to Europe early in the 12th century.

 

29. Of great importance to the Renaissance was the invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg in 1450. This machine made books dozens of times more accessible, contributing to enlightenment.

 

30. One of the strangest events popular during the Renaissance was anatomical theater. This is a public autopsy carried out by doctors who commented and explained their actions to all those present. In the Middle Ages, the “desecration” of the human body was strictly prohibited. Still, during the Renaissance, these prejudices gradually died out, thanks to which anatomy and medicine began to develop rapidly.

 

 

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