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  • 12 Dazzling Maps of London

    London

    London, England is one of the world globe's greatest cities. Historic, enormous, diverse and innovative, this city has been one of the great hubs of human activity for almost 2000 years when the ancient Romans originally set up the city. Here are 12 amazing maps of the famous city to help deepen your appreciation of the metropolis.

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  • 4 Amazing Spies in American History

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    Nathan Hale was considered the first American spy in history. Fighting for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary war, he voluntarily undertook a dangerous mission behind enemy lines. Dressed in disguise, he was sent on an intelligence gathering mission in New York City. However, he was subsequently caught by the British and executed for espionage. His last words ring in American history, "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country." There now stands a statue of this American hero In Langley, Virginia, at the Central Intelligence Agency's headquarters.

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  • 4 Ways Nashville Really is "Music City"

    Grand Ole Opry

    grand ole opryNashville's famous Grand Ole Opry started in 1925, as a radio show originally titled "WSM Barn Dance." It came to be known as the Frand Ole Opry after the announcer once began the program with, “For the last hour, we have been listening to music taken largely from grand opera and the classics. We now present our own Grand Ole Opry.” In 1954, an unknown teen named Elvis Presley took the stage at the Grand Ole Opry for his first and last time. After his performance, the show's manager Jim Denny advised the young musician to return to Memphis and to not quit his day job as a truck driver.

     

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  • 8 Facts that Illustrate How Enormous Houston Is

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    8. The city of Houston is larger than the state of Maryland. It is that big.

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  • 4 Musicians You Didn't Know Were From Seattle

    Kenny G

    kenny gEveryone knows that Kurt Cobain and Eddie Vedder came from the Seattle, Washington area, but I bet you did not know that the American saxophonist, Kenny G also hails from the Pacific Northwest. You may be surprised to learn that Kenny G is one of the highest selling artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide. While he mainly is known for his Soprano saxophone playing, he also plays both the alto and tenor sax as well. His fourth album, Duotones, is when the instrumental artist break through the mainstream, essentially single-handedly keeping his record label, Arista, afloat for many years. The legendary record executive, Clive Davis, was the one who discovered the artist. He has since collaborated with many famous musicians including Steve Miller, Weezer, Frank Sinatra, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin and Katy Perry, adding his particular flavor of smooth jazz to other artists' sounds.

     

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  • 4 Things You Didn't Know Started in Boston

    Public Parks

    boston commonThat's right, Boston, being one of the oldest cities in America, is home to the oldest public park in the United States. This central public park is located in the heart of downtown. The Boston Common was built in 1634. Originally owned by William Blaxton, who was the first European settler of the city, it was eventually bought by the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The founders of the colony were Puritans who used the Common as cow pastures. The Common was used by the British as a camp during the American Revolutionary War, and the park was also used for public hangings until 1817. Around 1830 the Boston Common became an official park. Cows are no longer allowed there, or anywhere in Boston for that matter.

     

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  • 4 Iconic Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings in Chicago

    The Rookery

    rookery lobbyThe architectural pair Daniel H. Burnham and John Wellborn Root, as Burnham and Root, collaborated in 1887-1888 to create the famous Rookery building in the wake of the Great Chicago Fire. The 11 story building was one of the city's very first skyscrapers and remains the oldest standing skyscraper in Chicago to this day. Root, inspired by Moorish, Byzantine, Ventian and Romanesque styles to create its recognziable interior and exteriors, while using then modern building fashions to create a contemporary masterwork. However, in 1905, a then-young Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned, in his first major gig, to renovate the interior lobby of the Rookery, in the famous light court. Wright brought his Prairie style to the interior of the lobby, and also added significant white marble and golden colored Persian-style ornamentation to the lobby. His geometric lighting fixtures complement the court, opening up the space to more available light. The lobby, having undergone renovation yet again in the 1930's, has since been restored to Frank Lloyd Wright's original design.

     

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  • 4 Inventions You Didn't Know Came from San Francisco

    4. Fortune Cookies

    fortune cookieMany people are surprised to learn  that the fortune cookies that are included with most cheap Chinese take out meals actually have Japanese origins. While a few people claim to have been the person to bring the fortune cookie to America, the general consesus is that a Japanese man credit Makoto Hagiwara with the invention. It is based on a traditional Japanese cookie that was modernized in the 1890's, in the Japanese Tea Garden located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The cookies were produced in the local backery, Benkyodo.

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  • Get Your Child a Globe for Graduation

    The School Year is Almost Up

    graduation-2In just a few weeks, as May ends and June comes around, schools will be holding graduation ceremonies and students will be moving onto the next part of their lives, whether it is another school year, a new school completely or the dreaded "Real World." If you are in the market to get a relative a gift, consider a globe. For one, it's a novel present, one that not many people get, but still very appropriate for the occasion. Also, while it can be used to decorate a future dorm room or apartment that the graduate might be moving on to, it still continues to educational merit besides its obvious aesthetic ones.

     

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