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Go on a virtual tour of The State Hermitage / Federal Cultural Institution, the largest of the more than 200 museums in St. Petersburg, Russia.
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Read what happened when the author brought her treasures to an Antiques Roadshow appraisal event in Anaheim, California in 2013.
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This article discusses the life of Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso, better known as Pablo Picasso.
Blue laws prohibit certain non-religious activities from taking place on Sundays. Read about blue laws, silly laws, and unusual laws in countries around the world.
A blue law is a law restricting or forbidding certain secular activities on Sundays. Learn about these types of laws, the origin of which dates to 1781.
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Pablo Picasso was one of the 20th century's greatest artists. A ceramicist, painter, printmaker, sculptor, and stage designer, Picasso co-founded the Cubist movement.
This article explains why the main figure in Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” is screaming.
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US law restricts American citizens and permanent residents of the US from traveling to Cuba. Prospective travelers must obtain a license in order to be permitted to travel.
Farmington is a city located in the Four Corners region of northwest New Mexico. On March 17-18-19, 1950, an armada of UFOs—200 to 500 of them—was seen by more than half the population of Farmington.
Travis Walton was a member of a logging crew in a national forest in Arizona who was purportedly abducted in 1975—in front of witnesses—by aliens. Read the story of his "missing" five days.
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Aztec is a small city in northwest New Mexico known for its Anasazi pueblo ruins from the 11th to the 13th centuries and a UFO landing hoax perpetrated by two con man against a magazine columnist.
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Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, Francisco Hernández de Córdoba, Rodrigo de Bastidas, and Vasco Núñez de Balboa explored Latin America. This article provides interesting facts about...
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Poetry is a form of literature using language to portray the artistic qualities of words—the beauty of words—to evoke meanings or emotions outside the dictionary definitions of those words.
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National Inconvenience Yourself Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated every year on the fourth Wednesday in February. Learn about this day on which the focus is upon helping others, not thinking about oneself.
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St. Patrick was a Romano-British Christian missionary—born in England—who is generally recognized as the primary patron saint of Ireland.
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Read what happened in Needles on May 14, 2008 and learn what the official explanation is of the event.
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Citrus is a genus of flowering plant in the rue family—Rutaceae. There are more than 100 members of the genus. Read about, and view photographs of, some of the types of citrus plants grown throughout the world.
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Hawai‘i Creole (Pidgin) is the language which originated on the sugar plantations in Hawaii in the middle of the 19th century.
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Jackie Chan is alive and well. The recurring rumors that he suffered a fatal heart attack are a hoax, an urban legend.
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San Juan (Saint John) is the capital city of Puerto Rico, a United States territory. The official name of San Juan is Municipio de la Ciudad Capital San Juan Bautista— Municipality of the Capital City, Saint John...
Some paintings, mosaics, and other works of art have survived many hundreds of years, but the names of the persons who have executed the paintings have not survived.
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Washington, D.C. — officially called the District of Columbia— has many buildings, museums, memorials, statues, and monuments which are of interest to visitors to this great city.
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View photographs and learn the history of some of the more than 150 ghost towns in California. Learn what the term "arrested decay" means.
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The Nuestra Señora de Atocha was a Spanish galleon built in 1620. During her second voyage to Spain, she sank in the waters west of Key West, Florida. Find out what happened and why it happened.
View photographs of the 50 capital cities in Europe. Take a general knowledge trivia-type of quiz about the cities.
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Learn the differences between Japanese haiku and English language haiku. Learn what a modern haiga is. Learn how to add a cut (kiru) and a season word (kigo) to your 17-syllable poem.
I joined HubPages on October 14, 2011, but I didn't publish my first Hub, Claustrophobia and the MRI Machine, until November 19, 2011. Women Painters, published on October 20, 2012 is my 100th Hub. It contains...
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When traveling outside the country in which you live, you might be invited to dinner by an acquaintance or business associate. What is the proper etiquette? Should you bring a gift?
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What do you do when traveling and you would like to start a conversation with someone or ask for directions or ask another question? Learn the correct way of approaching people in other countries.
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South America, is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and east, the Pacific Ocean on the west, and North America and the Caribbean Sea on the northwest.
I have traveled to more than 30 countries, island nations, and island dependencies. One phrase I find essential to know when traveling is “Where is the toilet?” or “Where are the...
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Learn the differences among the types of urban art (street art) found worldwide—guerrilla art, stencil graffiti, traditional graffiti, wheatpasting, skatepark graffiti, and refrigerator graffiti.
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Read about the tea producing regions of India (Assam, Darjeeling, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu) after viewing the author's video.
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The Phantom of the Opera is a musical theater production based upon Le Fantôme de l'Opéra, Gaston Leroux's novel. Learn about the Paris Opera House, Leroux's novel, and the Broadway musical, the most...
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There are many terms and definitions unique to Broadway and the theater-going experience. Gaining an understanding of these terms will enhance your viewing enjoyment when you attend a performance.
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There were two female pirates, Anne Bonny from Ireland and Mary Read from England, who operated in the Caribbean during what became known as the Golden Age of Pirates.
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Disco music is a genre of dance music popular in the late 1960s through the late 1970s. It’s a blend of soul music and funk that was initially popular in New York City and Philadelphia.
This article, through text and examples, aims to provide an understanding of the difficult concept of abstract art.
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A country’s capital city is, in most cases, the official seat of government, as defined by law or the country’s constitution. Learn what the capital cities are of the 50 countries in Europe.
Read about the history of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. View a selection of the museum's paintings.
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Life imitates art, and art imitates life. Read about the "real" pirates of Penzance and Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance.
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An oracle is a priest or priestess through which a deity (god) speaks. The term also describes the location from which the person offers their predictions. Learn all about the author's trip to Greece and her visit to...
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Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa (La Gioconda / La Joconde / Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo) is the most parodied painting in the world.
The history of what is now Paris, France goes back further than 55 BC. Read a brief history of this fabulous city. Learn about some of the famous and infamous people associated with Paris. Test your knowledge of the...
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As I look over my right shoulder as I’m typing this, out into my front garden, I see Vincent van Gogh’s irises — they’re my irises, Persian irises, but they look like the ones in van Gogh’s...
Read the warnings on your prescription medicine bottle labels. Learn what medication-induced photosensitivity is.
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I have traveled to more than half of the states in the United States and more than 30 countries. One of my favorite travel destinations is the state of Hawaii. I hope you'll learn something new about this fascinating...
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Over the years, I have read a number of suggestions regarding growing plants indoors. One popular theory is that if you talk to a plant, the plant will grow better.
Soap is a substance used for bathing, washing, and cleaning. Making soap is an easy craft for everyone. Learn how easy it is by reading this comprehensive article.
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Follow the step-by-step instructions in my article and create a Duck© Tape (duct tape) wallet...for yourself or to give as a gift.
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Wire is a versatile craft medium. Using wire, you can create entire pieces of jewelry, or beads, clasps, ear wires, jump rings, head pins, eye pins, and other jewelry components. You can create embellishments for...
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Polymer clay is made from tiny particles of polyvinyl chloride plastic mixed with pigment and a liquid plasticizer. When baked in an oven at a low temperature, it becomes a permanent solid plastic.
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There are more than 200 museums in London, England, many of which are history museums. The first national museum in the world — the British Museum — founded by an Act of Parliament on June 7, 1753.
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Learn how to make a hair bow using Duck® Tape .
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The Teddy Bear was named for United States President Theodore ("Teddy") Roosevelt. This article explains why the bear was named after the president and provides information about the history of the Steiff and...
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This article explains how to create a customized cookbook which contains your family’s favorite recipes, a recipe book you’ll use frequently—rather than a book which gathers dust on a shelf.
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Retro craft projects, like those popular in the 1960s and 1970s, are fun to make. This article explains how to make coasters and trivets using wine corks and vases using the bottles.
A poodle skirt is a wide swing skirt made of felt, which has a design appliqued or ironed on. The skirt is usually black, pink, or powder blue. The design is frequently a French poodle.
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Bath salts are water-soluble, usually inorganic solid products designed to be added to a bath. Learn how to make bath salts from both Dead Sea salt and Epsom salts, for yourself and to give as a gift.
This article shows you how to make friendship bracelets using memory wire and your choice of beads.
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Learn the differences between two major schools of painting. You’ll then be better able to decide which paintings you like, and understand why you like them.
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The Caribbean is a group of 7000+ islands stretching more than 2000 miles which separates the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea to the west and south from the Atlantic Ocean to the east and north.
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You'll learn a lot if you take this quiz.
Named for the Battle of Midway, USS Midway (CVB-41) was the first aircraft carrier commissioned after the end of World War II. It opened to the public as a museum in in San Diego, California in 2004.
Over time, I've collected a number of "techniques" for grocery shopping. I hope you will find some of them to be useful.
The aria, that is, operatic solo, is why opera buffs attend performances. Opera is the Olympics of Singing, and the solos are the main events. There are also some fantastic duets. This Hub contains a few of what I...
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If love is the universal language and "I love you" is the most important thing to say, how will you tell the world how you feel? Here are more than 165 ways to say "I love you" in different languages.
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In this article, I discuss briefly my favorite instrumental classical music, focusing upon short pieces and movements from larger works. I'm using the word "classical" loosely throughout this Hub — some...
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Tom Swifties are a type of pun in which an adverb or adverbial phrase refers to how someone said something. They originated in the series of books first published in 1910 featuring the fictional character Tom Swift....
Flowers are a gift appreciated by most women, and even some men. When ordering flowers for someone, do you take into consideration the number of flowers you’re giving or the color or the variety? Use the...
New Year's Day is celebrated on January 1 in nearly all countries — the first day of the year in the Julian calendar that was used in ancient Rome, and the first day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. I have...
This article lists the ways to say "Merry Christmas" in more than 110 languages. Included are Christmas music videos, a video of The Nutcracker ballet, and photos of vintage Christmas cards.
The MRI procedure can be very scary and upsetting for an anxious or claustrophobic person. This article offers information and coping methods to help you cope with your anxiety.