Go on a virtual tour of The State Hermitage / Federal Cultural Institution, the largest of the more than 200 museums in St. Petersburg, Russia.
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.
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.
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 these men.
Read what happened in Needles on May 14, 2008 and learn what the official explanation is of the event.
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.
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.
View photographs and learn the history of some of the more than 150 ghost towns in California. Learn what the term "arrested decay" means.
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.
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?
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 ‘facilities’?” or “Where...
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.
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.
Life imitates art, and art imitates life. Read about the "real" pirates of Penzance and Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance.
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 series of iris...
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...
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.
Learn how to make a hair bow using Duck® Tape .
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 Vermont...
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.
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.
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.
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.
You'll learn a lot if you take this quiz.
This collection of senryu is dedicated to a friend who pushed me to write beyond limits I wrongly perceived.
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.
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...
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.
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 of the works...
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 might be scary and upsetting for an anxious or claustrophobic person. This article offers information and coping methods for patients. It also provides helpful resource information.