by Maryam on Thursday, May 09, 2013 No Comments
Ashgabat is in between a desert and a mountain range in Central Asia and has a population of about a million people. The main means of work are textiles and metal. They have art and science museums for the people of the city to visit. They also have a history museum and a carpet museum. They have a statue in the middle of the city of the former president that rotates to face the sun during the daylight hours. This statue is made of pure gold. The stuff that makes this city weird is what the former president did. He banned beards, ballets and even lip synching to music. He renamed January after himself and closed the hospitals outside the city.
by Maryam on Wednesday, May 08, 2013 No Comments
The North Yungas Road is a 61-kilometre (38 mi) or 69-kilometre (43 mi) road leading from La Paz to Coroico, 56 kilometres (35 mi) northeast of La Paz in the Yungas region of Bolivia. It is legendary for its extreme danger and in 1995 the Inter-American Development Bank christened it as the “world’s most dangerous road”.One estimate is that 200 to 300 travelers are killed yearly along the road. The road includes cross markings on many of the spots where vehicles have fallen.
by Maryam on Tuesday, May 07, 2013 No Comments
Discovered more than 5000 feet above sea level on Mount Victoria in the Philippines, the giant, carnivorous pitcher plant secretes a nectar-like substance to lure unsuspecting prey into a pool of enzymes and acid. A series of sticky, downward ribs makes it nearly impossible for trapped prey to escape. The plant’s 30-centimeter diameter is large enough to trap unlucky rodents, but insects are its most common meal. Pitcher plants, of which there are about 600 different species, tend to grow in nitrogen-deficient environments, and therefore get their nutrients from decaying victims.
by Maryam on Saturday, May 04, 2013 No Comments
The SSK was the last car designed for Mercedes-Benz by the engineer Ferdinand Porsche before he left to found his own company. The SSK was based on the earlier Mercedes-Benz S, but with the chassis shortened by 19 inches (480 mm) to make the car lighter and more agile for racing, especially short races and hillclimbs.
by Maryam on Friday, May 03, 2013 No Comments
The chapel of Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France completed in 1954, is one of the finest examples of the architecture of Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier and one of the most important examples of twentieth-century religious architecture.The chapel is the latest of chapels at the site. The previous chapel was completely destroyed there during World War II. The previous building was a 4th century Christian chapel. But, at the time the new building was being constructed, Corbusier wasn’t exactly interested in “Machine Age” architecture. He felt his style was more primitive and sculptural, so he decided to build something more interesting.
by Maryam on Thursday, May 02, 2013 No Comments
Tigers are normally not man eaters, but for some reason in India they are attacking humans every chance they get. In the past year there have been six cases of tiger attacks. They are positive that there have been many more cases that have gone unreported. They believe that the tigers are coming down from the wooded area into the villages to eat. They are unsure of why they are doing this, but the attacks are increasing and efforts to find out why are also increasing.
by Maryam on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 No Comments
The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota, in the United States. Sculpted by Danish-American Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum, Mount Rushmore features 60-foot (18 m) sculptures of the heads of four United States presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.