Classical Greece wasn't filled with pure white marble everything. The statues and ruins we see today were actually painted in all kinds of vivid colors that were just stripped bare back to their original white marble by time. theancienthome.com/blogs/…
The Pentagon Building has no marble within it. This is because the Pentagon was built during WW2 amd the source of Marble for the government which was Italy was considered an enemy nation. flightlines.airforcetimes…
After their victory at the Battle of Marathon, the Greeks carved a statue of Nemesis (the goddess who punishes the arrogant) out of an enormous block of marble that the Persians had brought to the battle with the intention of carving a monument to their victory over the Greeks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rha…
The marble lions outside the New York Public Library were named Patience and Fortitude by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia during the Great Depression nypl.org/help/about-nypl/…
During the 1990's it's believed that up to 90% of the worldwide supply of LSD was manufactured in an decommissioned US missile silo converted into a luxury hideaway with hot tubs and bath appointed with imported marble. atlasobscura.com/places/w…
Construction of the Washington Monument was paused for twenty years between 1859 and 1879. The bottom third of the monument is slightly lighter than the rest because marble from different quarries was used after construction resumed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
Today I learned about Margaret Schilling a mental patient who went missing in December 1978. Jan '79 local news reporting her escaped. 5 weeks later, worker finds her body locked alone in a construction area. Her decomp left a stain in the marble of her death pose that endures to today. lightforcenetwork.com/oli…
The Persian Army brought an immense block of marble to the Battle of Marathon, intending to build a monument of their victory. Captured by the Greeks, they sculpted a statue of Nemesis, the goddess who cuts down those with too much pride en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nem…
In 1801, a British Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire may have stolen several priceless Classical Greek marble sculptures from the Parthenon and Acropolis and are currently located in the British Museuem en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elg…
The House of Representatives is surrounded by 23 marble relief portraits of famous historical lawgivers, including Napoleon, Jefferson, Moses, Lycurgus, Solon, Gaius and Hammurabi. aoc.gov/art/relief-portra…
Harrison Schmitt, an American geologist, retired NASA astronaut, and former U.S. senator, is often credited with capturing the famed photograph of the Earth know as The Blue Marble, and he personally collected rock samples that suggested the moon once processed an active magnetic field. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Today I learned about half of the Lincoln Memorial is hidden underground. The 43,800-square-foot basement was built with dozens of concrete columns to support the weight of the marble structure. atlasobscura.com/places/l…
Spray/aerosol cans don't always have metal ball bearings in them, they can also be marbles and are known as 'peas' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aer…
Contrary to what we see, Greek and Roman marble statues are originally painted and colorful. The colors faded as time passes by or scrubbed off by its restorers since they prefer the statues to be white. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Roman statues and buildings haven't always been plain white, they were actually painted in vivid colors and lost their brightness over time. During the renaissance famous artists like Michelangelo therefore only used white marble and formed our modern image of these classic white statues. core.ac.uk/download/pdf/2…
In the 18th century in China, Empress Dowager Cixi siphoned funds from money designated to create a new imperial navy to build a marble boat in a lake in the Summer Palace en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Marble Crayfish are the only type of crayfish that can clone itself. All specimens are female. It was discover in the aquarium hobby, no known wild population exist before it was discovered. It was likely due to accidental hybridization. It is now an invasive species in many counties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Manhattan has a small section of land connected to the mainland US. Marble Hill was previously the tip of Manhattan island, but was cut off by a canal in 1895 and eventually joined to the Bronx in 1914 when a creek was filled in. It has, however, remained technically part of Manhattan. atlasobscura.com/places/m…
Mussolini built a huge marble victory arch in the middle of the Libyan desert, considered a sign of Italian Colonialism Muammar Gaddafi had it blown up when he came to power. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The stock exchange in Milan has a marble statue of a middle finger in its main plaza titled L.O.V.E. (for freedom, hate, vengeance, and eternity in Italian) by Maurizio Cattelan. The bankers wanted it removed but the government voted to keep it in place. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
When Bill Cosby won 3 Razzies in 1987, he insisted that he wanted a real trophy. His original Razzie was worth $1.97, but the Fox Network made him real ones out of 24 carat gold and Italian marble, costing $30,000. He was the first actor to claim any Razzie. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
White marble busts from antiquity were originally in color cnn.com/style/amp/gods-in…
The historic 16th century garden of Babur is considered the loveliest spot in Kabul, Afghanistan. There’s a delicate white marble mosque in the garden built in 1647 by Shah Jahan, who commissioned the Taj Mahal lonelyplanet.com/afghanis…
Today I learned about Caroline Shawk, the inventor of modern butter sculpture. She couldn't afford marble, so she started making butter sculptures to raise money at local fairs. Her butter sculpture became a runaway hit at Centennial exhibition, which allowed her to open her own studio and work with marble. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Venice has put a strict ban on feeding pigeons at the famous St. Marks Square. If a tourist is caught in the act, he/she will have to pay a heavy fine for that. As per authorities, the pigeons were causing damage to the city’s marble statues and other structures by pecking. reuters.com/article/us-ve…
During ancient Roman times, the iconic marble sculptures weren't actually white. They were actually painted and have just lost their paint over the hundreds of years. moco-choco.com/2014/04/18…
Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, Greece is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble. Additionally, it had a greater capacity (50 000) in 144 AD than today (45 000) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
When the Blue Marble photograph was taken, from Apollo 17, it was flipped by NASA to place Antarctica at the bottom πŸ—ΊοΈ visibleearth.nasa.gov/vie…
There was a failed attempt at building a Colorado summer home for the POTUS. funding included a scheme to have schoolchildren donate their pennies. Today, all that remains is a bit of the foundation and a white marble cornerstone dated 1911. outtherecolorado.com/jour…
Because of Uranus’ axial tilt, it β€œrolls” around the sun like a marble. It’s poles each experience 42 years of light and 42 years of darkness during the summer and winter solstices. youtube.com/watch?v=_aRAo…
Many ancient statues weren't meant to be white. Over time, the paint on the statues wore off, and were completely colorless upon their discovery. This lead many sculptors to believe that the refined Greeks and Romans left their marble bare intentionally, creating a lasting trend. artsy.net/article/artsy-e…
The FTC once issued a cease and desist order to Campbell's Soup company for using marbles in their soup ads. The marbles were placed in the bottom of the soup to push the solid ingredients to the top, which was considered deceptive. campaignlive.com/article/…
In 1880, Hiram Codd, the inventor of the carbonated drink bottle with a cinched neck, a marble and a rubber washer, instigated the idea of a bottle exchange in London. Agents charged a small fee on each bottle for providing this service (one penny per each 144 bottles). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hir…
Classical sculptures weren't actually plain marble and were painted newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Michelangelo created masterpieces like David after first creating a series of rough models out of other materials like wax, clay and terrocatta, presenting those models to his patron, and then finally using sketches on marble to recreate the models to achieve the finished product michelangelomodels.com/m-…
The neighborhood of Marble Hill was separated from Manhattan in 1895 for a shipping canal and was then connected to the Bronx in 1914, but is still politically part of Manhattan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Snoopy has seven siblings, Andy, Marbles, Belle, Olaf, Molly, Rover, and most notably, Spike. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sno…
Ancient Greek and Roman statues weren't originally just white marble. They were painted with bright, vivid colors which simply faded away over the centuries. harvardmagazine.com/2007/…
The largest Hindu temple outside of India is in Atlanta. It was designed in accordance with ancient Hindu architectural scriptures and with 34,450 pieces of hand-carved Italian marble, Turkish Limestone, and Indian pink sandstone. It is open daily for worship and to visitors of any faith. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BAP…
The pristine white marble of the Taj Mahal is becoming disoloured thanks to a river which is now too dirty for the fish that used to keep the insects at bay, pollution from industry and a nearby oil refinery, and despite folk remedies of fullers earth mud packs. Current status in comments. bbc.com/news/world-asia-i…
Ancient Greek and Roman statues were actually brilliantly colored and not just bare marble/stone. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Wealthy Ancient Greeks sometimes sent their slaves to sit on the public toilets (made from slabs of marble) to warm it up "in anticipation of their arrival" atlasobscura.com/places/e…
Greek statues were originally painted, usually bright colors, and not plain white marble as they are represented today. artsy.net/article/artsy-e…
The "Brachistochone" is the curve that describes the fastest way for a marble to descend to another point not directly under it (vsauce video exists). Because gravity speeds up the ball as it descends more quickly, a straight line is actually very unoptimal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
A Petersburg VA home is built with marble tombstones from the graves of 2,200 Union soldiers buried in a Virginia cemetery. atlasobscura.com/places/t…
The Michelangelo's 'David' was made from a single, 6 ton piece of marble that was twice discarded by other sculptors. Also, he is left-handed... mentalfloss.com/article/7…
The Tomb of the Unknowns has been continuously guarded without interruption since 1937. There are wear marks in the marble from the sentinels footsteps en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
A huge block of marble lay neglected in a Florence churchyard for 25 years after two sculptors had already tried and failed to turn it into a sculpture. Michelangelo took the deteriorated marble and created the Statue of David. italian-renaissance-art.c…
The oldest musical composition to have survived in its entirety is a 1st century A.D. Greek tune known as the β€œSeikilos Epitaph”. It was found engraved on an ancient marble column used to mark a woman’s gravesite in Turkey as an β€œeverlasting sign of deathless remembrance” history.com/news/what-is-…
On their way to an expected easy victory in Greece, the Persians brought a block of marble along to make a victory memorial. After their defeat at Marathon, the marble was used for a statue of Nemesis, the goddess of divine justice who strikes down those who suffer from hubris and pride. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nem…
How Ben Rich described "the F-117's stealth technology": "The radar cross section of an aircraft carrier was equivalent to a ball a quarter-mile in diameter. A truck driving down the street was equivalent to a basketball. The F-117 Nighthawk's radar cross section was the size of a marble." lockheedmartin.com/inside…
"The Blue Marble" is the only whole-earth photo taken by human hands. No one has since been far enough from earth to take a similar picture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of a 'Codd-neck bottle', a type of bottle used to store carbonated drinks that is sealed by a glass marble. 'Vintage' bottles are now relatively rare because they were often smashed by children to retrieve the marble inside. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cod…
Today I learned of Manaus, a Brazilian city of 2 million people deep in the Amazon Rainforest. It was once a notoriously extravagant rubber boom town in the 1800s. An opera house was built with European marble & crystal. One visiting opera troupe had half of its performers die from yellow fever in one season. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
The facades on many 19th-century buildings are cast iron, designed to look like carved marble. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
β€œThe Blue Marble” is the only whole-earth photo taken by human hands. No one has since been far enough from earth to take a similar picture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Ancient Roman and Greek sculptures originally were colorful, white marble fashion came with Renaissance moco-choco.com/2014/04/18…
Ancient Greek marble statues were not originally white. They were actually painted bright colours but the paint has worn off over thousands of years. harvardmagazine.com/2007/…
The famous Blue Marble photograph was originally oriented with the south pole at the top but was reoriented to fit the more traditional view of north-up. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Washington Monument halted construction from 1854 to 1877 due to lack of funds and the outbreak of the American Civil War. There's a visible difference in the marble approximately 150 feet (46 m) up which shows where construction stopped. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
A tractor trailer’s hitch came loose in Indianapolis and spilled 38,000 pounds of marbles on the roadway. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Zelda Fitzgerald threw herself down a flight of marble stairs at a party because F. Scott Fitzgerald was talking to another girl. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zel…
The marble masterpiece "Sleeping Hermaphroditus” was unearthed ~1608 after being buried for centuries. In 1620, 22-yr-old phenom Gian Lorenzo Bernini carved the marble mattress on which s/he lies today that’s so strikingly realistic visitors are compelled to give it a testing prod. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sle…
The most valuable dollhouse in the world, Astolat Castle, is worth 8.5 million dollars and contains original works of art, gold chandeliers, inlaid marble bathrooms, artifacts from Pompeii, and the world's smallest antique Bible. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ast…
Turkmenistan's dictator Gurbanguly Berdymukhamed has built a 69-foot statue of himself riding a golden horse atop a cliff of white marble in the center of the country's capital city. businessinsider.com/turkm…
The second Shah of Iran built a marble slide for his underground baths that was specifically designed for women in his harem to use to slide "into the arms of their lord and master before being playfully dunked in a pool." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nas…
According to a latin translation of the bible, Moses had horns on his head. He is depicted with horns in a marble statue made by Michelangelo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
The rare book library at Yale University has no windows... because the walls are made of translucent marble. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bei…
Today I learned about Margaret Schilling a ward of the State in the 70s in a the Ohio University mental ward being decommissioned. She was somehow left behind. Her decomposing body left a permanent stain in the marble floor that persists to today. weekinweird.com/2016/08/0…
There's a recommended Wedding Anniversary Gift for 90th Anniversaries ...and it's "Engraved marble or granite." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wed…
The Palatul Parlamentului (Palace of the Parliament) in Bucharest, Romania is the heaviest building in the world and made from: 700,000 tonnes of steel and bronze, a million square feet of marble, 3500 tonnes of crystal and 900,000 square metres of wood viacapitalevendu.com/blog…
The Marble Olympics exists, complete with opening ceremony, audiences, authentic commentary and a Winter Olympics version. youtu.be/hgnE8CDir9U
Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan installed an 11 meter (36 ft) tall marble statue of a middle finger directly in front of the Milan Stock exchange as a clear message to Italy's CEOs and Bankers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of the Elgin Marbles, marble sculptures taken from the Parthenon by Elgin, possibly illegally, which the UK refuse to give back to Greece en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elg…
1/2 liter of water contains just over 25 moles of water molecules (a mole of marbles would cover the Earth 3.5m deep). youtu.be/UI4SSAgYy_s
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has detoriated severely since it was built in 1921. A private citizen paid for a replacement flawless marble slab cut from the same quarry used for the original. The government rejected the replacement and it has sat over a decade unused. denverpost.com/breakingne…
"Seikilos Epitaph" is the oldest known song to have survived in its entirety, it was found engraved in a marble column used to mark a woman's gravesite. history.com/news/ask-hist…
A Sea Organ in Croatia continuously plays music powered by waves that flow through tubes located underneath a set of large marble steps en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
The famous "Blue Marble" photograph of the Earth taken from on board Apollo 17 was originally oriented with the south pole at the top. However, the image was rotated to fit the traditional view. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The town of Marble Bar, Australia. Holds the world record of most consecutive days of 100 Β°F (37.8 Β°C) or above. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Yale's Rare Book & Manuscript Library has translucent veined marble windows for subdued lighting but still protects from direct sunlight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bei…
You could drive 2.85m miles on 1lb of uranium. 1lb of uranium is the size of 3 large marbles. atomicinsights.com/pound-…
Today I learned of a legend which says the last Byzantine Emperor was turned into a marble statue by an angel and is waiting for the day to restore Constantinople to Christendom en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
YouTube celebrity Jenna Marble makes $346,827 annually from her channel nytimes.com/2013/04/14/fa…
One United States Air Force B-2 Spirit long-range, strategic, heavy, stealth bomber "reportedly has a radar signature of an aluminum marble." centennialofflight.net/es…
There are Ancient Viking Graffiti on The Hagia Sophia's Marble Parapets. They May Have Been Engraved by Members of the Varangian Guard in Constantinople in the Viking Age en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Run…
A popular Japanese soft drink called Ramune is found to be difficult to drink for first time users, due to an intentional marble that can block the flow of the drink after opening that is meant to "rattle around" while drinking. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram…
If Earth was the size of a marble, the solar system would measure around 7 miles (11km) across. youtu.be/O_MZ8tda_1I
Black holes are so dense that a black hole with the mass of Earth would be the size of a marble windows2universe.org/kids…
US President Andrew Jackson had been shot so many times people said he "rattled like a bag of marbles." newworldencyclopedia.org/…
The famous "Blue Marble" photograph of the Earth taken from on board Apollo 17 was originally oriented with the south pole at the top, with the island of Madagascar visible just left of center, and the continent of Africa at its right. However, the image was rotated to fit the traditional view. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
In 2005, a Croatian architect installed a set of large marble stairs that descends into the sea that effectively transform the entire area into a colossal musical instrument played by the motions of the winds and the sea. It is called 'The Zadar Sea Organ' cracked.com/article_19915…
The hippo is the animal that kills the most humans per year in Africa. I didn't even realize they ate people. I thought they just ate those little white marbles. goafrica.about.com/b/2006…
A British soldier escaped and got back into a POW camp 200+ times without detection because of a love affair with the German daughter of the director of the marble quarry attached to the camp. telegraph.co.uk/news/obit…
A Codd bottle is a type of carbonated drink bottle that contains a marble in its neck. The marble presses against a rubber washer due to the gas pressure forming a perfect seal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hir…
The historic "Blue Marble" photo of earth was flipped for a better representation how most societies view the world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Ashgabat (capital of Turkmenistan ) holds s Guinness World Records for having the highest concentration of white marble buildings than any other city in the world with 543 new buildings clad and a total of 4.5 million cubic meters of white marble. amusingplanet.com/2014/03…
There is a massive marble map of ancient Rome that scholars have been trying to piece together for centuries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
It took 20,000 men to build the Taj mahal that included sculptors from Bukhara, calligraphers from Syria and Persia, inlayers from southern India, stone cutters from Baluchistan, a specialist in building turrets, another who carved only marble flowers tajmahal.gov.in/creation.…
Roman emperor Caligula's horse, Incitatus, had a stable of marble, with an ivory manger, purple blankets, and a collar of precious stones. Inctatus had servants and was fed oats mixed with gold flake. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inc…

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