Women also competed as gladiators in ancient Rome and there is a marble relief dating to around the 2nd century A.D. depicting a bout between two women dubbed β€œAmazon” and β€œAchillia,” whom the inscription says fought to an honorable draw. history.com/news/10-thing…
In the 9th century AD, a viking named Halvdan carved his name on a marble in Hagia Sophia. The runes he carved reads "Halvdan was here" which are still visible today. fellowprimo.com/the-bored…
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/…
To make a scale model of the solar system with the earth the size of a marble would require 7 miles is space. youtube.com/watch?v=zR3Ig…
After the Harlem River was rerouted over 100 years ago, a neighborhood called Marble Hill became separated from Manhattan. Despite now being geographically attached to the Bronx, it is still legally part of Manhattan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Edmonia Lewis (1844-1907) became one of the first African American artists to earn international acclaim. She sculpted marble busts of abolitionists like Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Horace Greeley, and her patrons included President Ulysses S. Grant. edmonialewis.com/
When 1930s workers found hidden marble bathtubs in the US Capitol, their origin was a mystery until a man "offered his account of using the tubs as a boy." They were put in before the Civil War for Senators staying at inns without plumbing. They were obsolete by the 1890s, forgotten by 1900. atlasobscura.com/places/s…
Ancient Greek & Roman statues were painted bright colors, not left as white marble. theancienthome.com/blogs/…
The iconic picture of Earth coined, 'The Blue Marble", was the first picture that viewed the entire planet as a whole and was only possible due to the sun being behind the Apollo 17 crew. Originally, the image was South up with Antarctica on top, but NASA flipped it to be more recognizable. theatlantic.com/technolog…
The Seikilos Epitaph is the world's oldest surviving complete melody written on a marble stele. It was discovered near present day Aydin, Turkey, and is from the 1st or 2nd century A.D. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sei…
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…
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…
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…
Marble Hill actually was part of Manhattan until they built a canal where the current Harlem River is. I also learned that St. Stephen's Church used to overlook the original estuary, Spuyten Duyvil Creek. newyorkfamilyhistory.org/…
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…
Today I learned about the Raj Ghat, a black marble pedestal that marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated after his assassination in 1948 travelgumbo.com/blog/raj-…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
White marble busts from antiquity were originally in color cnn.com/style/amp/gods-in…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
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…
Ancient Greek and Roman statues were actually brilliantly colored and not just bare marble/stone. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
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…
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…
Snoopy has seven siblings, Andy, Marbles, Belle, Olaf, Molly, Rover, and most notably, Spike. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sno…
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 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…
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…

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