Why does the Leaning Tower of Pisa lean?

In 1172, Donna Berta di Bernardo donated sixty silver coins to the local cathedral for the purchase of stones to be used in the base of a new bell tower. The next year, construction on the tower started and almost immediately there were some problems. The tower site that sat on soft ground composed mostly

Where does silver come from?

Many people wear and love silver. But most really do not have a very solid idea about the origins of silver. Silver is one of the precious metals. At present, approximately 18,000 metric tons of silver is being mined annually in sixty countries around the world. Ten of these sixty nations account for a full

What’s the origin of the Christmas tree?

Long before the start of Christianity, plants and trees that remained green throughout year had a special meaning for people during the winter. Just as we today decorate our homes during the festive season with pine, spruce, and fir trees, ancient peoples used evergreen boughs over their doors and windows. In many countries, there was

Will the Leaning Tower of Pisa ever fall?

The tower of Pisa has been leaning so long. Try 840 years! So it’s just natural to assume it will defy gravity forever. However the famous structure has been in danger of collapsing almost since its first brick was laid. It began leaning shortly after construction started in 1173. Builders had only reached just the

How long should you keep your make up?

A number of factors come into play when you decided whether you should hold on to your eye shadows, blushes, and lipsticks. Some of these include type of make up, how they have been stored, and whether you’ve had an eye infection. Some make up should not be kept longer than 3 months, but some

Does cannibalism still exist today?

Cannibalism is rare nowadays, but it still exists. If you have been following the news, there have been reports from time to time of people being suspected of committing human cannibalism. Even until the late 18th century, human cannibalism is being practiced in some areas in the modern world. Hostility toward the practice later became

Why do Eskimos rub their noses instead of kiss?

In modern Western culture, an Eskimo kiss is known as the act of pressing the tip of one’s nose against another’s. This act is loosely based on a traditional Inuit greeting called a kunik. A kunik is a way of expressing affection, usually among family members and loved ones, that involves pressing the nose and

Why do we shake hands?

Why do we shake hands as a form of social greeting? How this practice started is not really known, but many historians believe that shaking another person’s hand arose out of the tradition of displaying an open palm to a stranger to signify it held no weapon. Eventually the gesture became symbolic rather than practical.

Why do people hate Mondays?

When you have trouble waking up on Monday mornings, you are not alone. And if you have barely a reason to smile on that day, you are not alone either. According to researchers, many people find Monday mornings so depressing, that on average, people do not crack their first smile until 11:16 AM. A study

Who invented writing?

No one knows actually who invented or started writing, but according to history experts, writing is thought to have been invented in Mesopotamia (now known as Iraq) about 6,000 years ago, in 4000 B.C. There are some issues that writing had occurred 2,000 years earlier, from the tortoise-shell carvings excavated in China, although it is