Burdock, the origin of Velcro

Velcro is a brand of fabric named after the french words “velours” (velvet) and “crochet” (hook).

After George de Mestral went on a walk with his dog, he noticed that the burdock plant got attached on his clothes and the dog’s hair . The swiss inventor examined the plant under a microscope and got the idea of the Velcro.

More info: Velcro

“Castells”, Human Towers

In Catalonia, castells (“Castle” in Catalan) or human towers were raised to the level of art, they can reach a height of 15 m (about 50 ft).

In 2010, castells were declared by UNESCO to be the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

More info: The Art of Castells

 

Ġgantija Temples

Ġgantija (“Giantess”) temples are the oldest megalithic temples of Malta. The older and larger one dates back to 3600 BC.

Gozitans (from Gozo island) used to believe the temples were built by giants. Some of the limestone blocks weigh over 50 tons and exceed five meters.

More info: Ġgantija Temples

Hawa Mahal, Palace of Winds

The palace of winds (Hawa Mahal) in Jaipur counts 953 windows and balconies.

Built in 1799, the palace was intended to accomodate women from the royal harem. Because of the architecture they were able to observe everyday life without being seen.

More info: Hawa Mahal

Great Salt Lake, Utah

Great Salt Lake is called the “American Dead Sea”.

Covering an area of around 1,700 square miles (4,400 km²), Great Salt Lake has a salinity that ranges from 5 to 27% depending on the lake’s level.

More info: Great Salt Lake

 

Krzywy Domek

The photo of this building is not altered.

Krzywy Domek means “Crooked Little House” in Polish. Built in 2004, it is currently a part of a commercial center, located in Sopot (Poland). The place combines culture and art with business.

More info: Krzywy Domek

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