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Amazing city of Queen of Sheba

Amazing city of Queen of Sheba. Ruins of ancient Marib

Amazing city of Queen of Sheba. Ruins of ancient Marib


Queen of Sheba is one of the most famous biblical characters. She is first mentioned in the Third Book of the Old Testament Kings. And although her existence is considered unproven, the image of Queen of Sheba had a significant impact on the folklore and literature of the peoples of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
In our days, filmmakers have repeatedly use this character in their works. But where was her country?
Scientists had been trying to enter the city of Marib where in ancient times the legendary Queen of Sheba ruled. However, its location for a long time remained a secret that was carefully kept by the local Arab tribes and the authorities of Yemen. In 1976, another attempt to enter the coveted city was made by the French. They corresponded with the Yemeni authorities for seven long years, until they obtained permission to visit the ruins by one person who was only allowed to examine them. And then they decided to send a Parisian photographer from the Figaro magazine, who knows how to shoot with a hidden camera.
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Trains under English Channel

Trains under English Channel

Trains under English Channel


The Eurotunnel, or the Channel Tunnel, is one of the greatest buildings of the 20th century. The tunnel was opened on May 6, 1994. Eurotunnel connects the Foggy Albion, which for centuries was proud of its isolation, and continental Europe. Now the journey from London to Paris is a little over two hours. 20 minutes you will travel underground and under the ocean floor.
The width of la Manche, which in French means “sleeve”, or the English Channel, as the inhabitants of Britain called it, at the narrowest point between the English Dover and French Calais is 52 km. The depth in the fairway is about 25 m. At this point of the strait, they had long dreamed of digging a tunnel or building a bridge.
People thought about this in the 18th century, when a prize was instituted at the University of Amiens for someone who would present a tunnel project from France to England. Even then, digging the so-called gallery under the English Channel was considered a cost-effective enterprise, and no one doubted its reliability. One French specialist suggested not only dig, but also arrange the transportation of people in carriages. Also it was suggested to light the gallery by candles. To dig with shovels alone meant digging for decades, and to light with candles, it was necessary to build a special candle factory.
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Awesome Kangaroos

Awesome Kangaroos

Awesome Kangaroos


Kangaroo is one of Australia’s most recognizable and popular animals. Indeed, its image is even present on the state emblem of the Green Continent! For every Australian kangaroo is a symbol of progress, non-stop forward movement, and all because this animal is purely physically unable to jump back.
Despite the fact that the kangaroo appeared in the scientific world more than a hundred years ago and has been closely studied by biologists since then, this beast remains a mystery to scientists. Even the name itself – the kangaroo – for a long time baffled everyone. The most popular version of the origin of this name was a mythical story that the “kangaroo” from the local dialect is translated as “I do not understand.” Allegedly, this is exactly how the natives answered the questions of the curious captain Cook, who poked his finger at a jumping marsupial animal unknown to Europeans. So the version that the “kangaroo” actually translates as “big jumper” is much more believable. And the word was heard not by Captain Cook, but by a completely different English navigator William Dampier. And if you stick to the first version, then all the animals and plants of Australia would have been called “kangaroo” by the Europeans.
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Pineapples – sweet juicy fruits

Pineapples - sweet juicy fruits

Pineapples – sweet juicy fruits


The official homeland of pineapples is Brazil. There, this plant can be found in the wild: a short trunk (up to a meter high) becomes thicker every year and sometimes reaches two meters in diameter. At the top is a rosette of hard leaves, and inside there is a large fruit.
Ananas means “excellent fruit” in an Indian language from South America.
In the world there are more than eight dozen varieties of pineapples. The shape of the fruits is the same for everyone, but the weight varies from half to 4 kilograms.
Pineapple was brought to Europe by Christopher Columbus, because he really liked the appearance and taste of this fruit. And now, pineapple is firmly rooted in the traditions and customs of many countries. So, in Germany, a glass of champagne with a slice of pineapple is considered a traditional drink for the New Year.
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Mexico – Ring of Fire

Mexico - Ring of Fire

Mexico – Ring of Fire


Mexico is a unique country. The Spanish conquistadors, who once came to these lands, persistently instilled their customs to the local Indians, but, despite this, the Mexicans managed to maintain their traditions. The culture of modern Mexico is an incredible mix of European and Native American cultures, making this country one of the most unusual and distinctive in the whole world.
The first people appeared on the territory of modern Mexico at least by the 20th millennium BC.
In ancient times, it was inhabited by many powerful tribes, the most famous of which are the Aztecs and Mayans.
Believers from all over the world come to Mexico City to see the main shrine of Latin America – a cloak with the image of the Holy Virgin of Guadalupe.
Here is the only volcano on the planet the beginning and end of growth of which were recorded by scientists. For 8 years, the Paricutin volcano, which appeared in the middle of a local resident’s field, reached a height of 424 meters.
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Meteorites – messengers of heaven

Meteorites - messengers of heaven

Meteorites – messengers of heaven


Owing to their special nature and origin, meteorites have long been endowed with great power and often served as objects of worship. People saw in them the personification of infinity, a piece of celestial matter that fell on our planet. Even today, despite the fact that modern science has been able to reliably establish their true nature, they still remain something mysterious and alluring.
The ancients called meteorites “stones that fell from the moon.” The Chinese gave them the name “stars that fell from heaven and turned into stones.” The Greeks regarded them as burning clots of air. Almost every ancient civilization had its own, as a rule, mystical and religious explanation of what “shooting stars” are.
It is curious that in the history of the development of science there was a period of official rejection of “heavenly stones”. Rationalism categorically refused to accept the fact of their existence. The generally accepted opinion at that time was that stones cannot fall from the sky, since they are not there. In their defense, supporters of this hypothesis made a rather dubious argument: they say that meteorites cannot be “fallen stars,” since no one has ever seen a star disappear from heaven.
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Finches – cute little birds

Finches – cute little birds

Finches – cute little birds


Finches are songbirds of the finch family.
The Latin word “fringilla” is closely related to the word “frigor” which means cold. These birds come back among the first in the very early spring, that is, they return to the end of March, when the snow has not melted yet.
This bird is the size of a sparrow with body length of about 14.5 centimeters. The wingspan is 24.5-28.5 centimeters and it weighs 15-40 grams.
Male finch is one of the most brightly colored birds in Europe. They are easily recognizable by the grayish-blue crown of the head, the tawny chest, the chestnut back and the bottle-green base of the tail. Females are not so bright. Their body is covered with brownish feathers, on the wings and tail they have white stripes.
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