Europe

Why Europe Doesn’t Build Skyscrapers Like US or Asia

Why Europe Doesn’t Build Skyscrapers Like US or Asia
Curiosities
9 months ago

Most of Europe’s skyscrapers are concentrated in 5 cities. But even combined, all these places have fewer skyscrapers than New York City alone! For a building to be considered a modern skyscraper, it has to be about 490 ft high, which means it should have at least 40 to 50 stories. A story is simply one floor of a building with an average of 14 feet from floor to ceiling.If you had visited the US just before the 1870s, you’d have found only one skyscraper. The Home Insurance Building in Chicago was the world’s first high-rise building, with 10 floors. Wow! North America started to construct more and more high-rise buildings. It happened because cities were getting too populated. Every piece of land was too valuable.

The Story About the First Person in Europe With Down Syndrome Who Managed to Get an Education and Find a Job

The Story About the First Person in Europe With Down Syndrome Who Managed to Get an Education and Find a Job
People
4 years ago

In 2009, the Spanish film Me, Too was released. The main character of the film is a guy with Down syndrome. This disease did not prevent him from becoming a college graduate, a teacher, and a fan of art. The movie is fictional, but it could easily be a documentary. The thing is, the main part in the film about the only person in Europe with Down Syndrome that managed to get a college degree and find a job is really played by the only European man with Down syndrome and a college degree — Pablo Pineda.

12 People Share Their Most Devastating Regret Ever

12 People Share Their Most Devastating Regret Ever
Curiosities
2 months ago

Mistakes and miscalculations in life are bound to happen. The most challenging part is dealing with the regret that follows. Yet, it’s crucial to remember that everything occurs for a reason. We should view these setbacks as opportunities to motivate ourselves for improvement. In this article, people share their significant regrets, transforming them into valuable stories from which we can learn.

20+ Facts About “Inspector Rex” That Won Our Hearts 30 Years Ago

20+ Facts About “Inspector Rex” That Won Our Hearts 30 Years Ago
Films
3 months ago

In 1994, the first season of the series Inspector Rex was released and immediately became very popular. The audience watched the adventures of the police officer and his dog with bated breath. They cried with emotion when the heroes came to each other’s rescue in dangerous situations, and laughed when they couldn’t share a hot dog. Our favorite TV show has turned 30 so we decided to tell you some interesting facts about it.

10 brilliant items from Amazon that reviewers call real space savers

10 brilliant items from Amazon that reviewers call real space savers
Shopping
4 months ago

Having little storage space is not a problem when you surround yourself with the right tools that can help you make the most of what you have. In our today’s selection of Amazon finds we’ll tell you about 10 items that will help you save space, from a kettle that can be squashed, to ingenious drying rack that lies flat on the wall when you don’t use it. Add them to your shopping cart, and you’ll be surprised to see how much storage space there really is in your house.

15 Users Tell How They Knew They Had Fallen in Love With the Wrong Person

15 Users Tell How They Knew They Had Fallen in Love With the Wrong Person
Relationships
8 months ago

In the complex dance of love, we sometimes encounter couples who seem destined for an unfortunate ending. It’s not easy to take off the rose-colored glasses and let go of a relationship that doesn’t work out, but sometimes some situations force us to accept that Cupid has smitten us with the wrong person. On this occasion, Internet users answered how they realized their relationship would end soon.

Why India Keeps Its Cities So Short

Why India Keeps Its Cities So Short
Places
9 months ago

It all started with the Home Insurance Building that was built in 1885 in Chicago. Just a ten-story building, but it was a revolution at the time, and that was the beginning of the era of skyscrapers. It was constructed using a revolutionary method: the building had an inner skeleton made of steel, which allowed the walls to be thinner and the whole structure being higher than ever.

This Cat Doesn’t Drink and Leaves No Pawprints

This Cat Doesn’t Drink and Leaves No Pawprints
Animals
9 months ago

Let’s get into the “purrfect” world of felines. From the sand cat that can go for weeks without drinking water to the first cat that went to space. Here are the 10 interesting cat facts for you to enjoy and be informed about.

Watch Earth Change 100 Million Years in the Future

Watch Earth Change 100 Million Years in the Future
Curiosities
9 months ago

This. Is. Earth... 335 million years ago. I wasn’t around then, but there’s just one supercontinent, Pangaea. See? Let’s watch it shift around in fast-forward. Ok here we go, it just split into two huge pieces! Australia goes this way, North and South America go that way. Africa, Asia, Europe, forming, forming... and there we go, the planet as it is today. Let’s keep going, I mean, the continents are always on the move! Over time, some of them will crash into each other, others will break apart. But that’ll take about 100 million years! Better put it on super fast-forward! 100 years from now. Humans keep spitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and the planet’s already warmed up a bunch. The world’s ocean levels have risen about 4 feet. The Bahamas? They’ve totally disappeared! 200 years from now. The Earth’s population is about 19 billion people. The climate’s gotten even warmer, we’re packed in like sardines over here! New medical tech makes it possible to live to 180! But why? Fossil fuel reserves of oil and gas... long gone. Oh, and the continents have drifted over 16 feet!

Atlantic Ocean Is Growing and Pushing Pacific to Disappear

Atlantic Ocean Is Growing and Pushing Pacific to Disappear
Curiosities
9 months ago

In 2016, scientists decided to visit the widest part of the Atlantic Ocean, between Africa and South America. It’s kind of lonely there. They went days without seeing a single plane or ship. It was mostly just dolphins and whales swimming by. They were in the middle of nowhere, so why?They were floating right above one of the most important geological spots on Earth, the mid-Atlantic ridge. It’s where two monster tectonic plates meet. Tectonic plates are massive jigsaw pieces that are constantly moving, even though we usually can’t feel them. They form Earth’s crust and, in this case, meet beneath the Atlantic Ocean.

15+ Realities of Life in Austria That Can Puzzle Newcomers

15+ Realities of Life in Austria That Can Puzzle Newcomers
Places
11 months ago

Austria, located in the heart of Europe, remains a perennial favorite among tourists. Its magnetic allure attracts visitors from far and wide, seeking to explore renowned ski resorts and immerse themselves in its abundant historical and cultural treasures. The captivating landscapes of Austria never fail to inspire, leaving an indelible mark on those fortunate enough to experience them. Once enchanted by its beauty, it is no wonder that visitors yearn to return to Austria time and time again, drawn by its irresistible charm.

What If Columbus Never Reached the Americas

What If Columbus Never Reached the Americas
Curiosities
5 months ago

It was hot in the tropics. A type of heat unknown to the men aboard the Ninã, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria ships, led by Italian explorer Christopher Columbus. It had been months since these men left their home cities in Europe. And until then, Europe was all they knew. They were given a difficult and even dangerous task. Spain hired Columbus to find a New Western Route to Asia. They needed new routes for trading and buying spices. But it was far from a simple job.I mean, crossing the ocean never is. Little did those sailors know that their lives were about to change forever! “Land in sight!”, someone must have shouted on board. But when they finally stepped on that new foreign land, they discovered they were not in Asia. They had landed in the Americas.

10 Intriguing Finds From Frozen Places

10 Intriguing Finds From Frozen Places
Curiosities
6 months ago

Meet “Ötzi” or “The Iceman” — a natural mummy. He lived sometime between 3350 and 3105 BCE. He was discovered in 1991 in the Ötztal Alps, near the borders of Austria and Italy. And yes, the nickname derives from the name of the mountain. Ötzi is Europe’s oldest known naturally mummified human. Ötzi was 40 something when it happened. Science is awesome. We now even know that he was left-handed and lactose intolerant! He was wearing shoes stuffed with grass and laced with aurochs leather. He also had a fur hat and carried a backpack with everything he needed to quickly make a fire. His body is now kept in a special room at a constant temperature of around −21˚ Fahrenheit. These days, Ötzi is kinda a celebrity, featuring in numerous documentaries and books.

Scientists Have Successfully Grown Plants in Moon Soil

Scientists Have Successfully Grown Plants in Moon Soil
Curiosities
6 months ago

Ever wanted to taste a salad from space? Well, you might be able to one day. Scientists have taken soil from the Moon and successfully grown plants in it! Back in the late 1960s and early 70s, it was the first time in our history we set foot on a surface that wasn’t Earth. During the several trips to the Moon in the Apollo program, astronomers brought back some rocks and soil to study. Some scientists knew it would be a good idea to preserve this soil, stick some seeds in it, and see what would happen. They didn’t do anything at first, aware that decades into the future, they’d have more advanced equipment to conduct these studies. The researchers named the lunar soil “regolith” and used the seeds of a particular plant called blah-bah-blah-baa — you can read it here [Arabidopsis thaliana] which is found in Asia, Europe, and parts of Africa. It’s similar to such veggies as cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli. Yum.

What’s Up With These Weird-Looking Mushrooms?

What’s Up With These Weird-Looking Mushrooms?
Curiosities
6 months ago

Did you know that the largest living creature on our planet is a mushroom? I know, your first thought was probably a whale or some large tree, like the Sequoia. Surprisingly, if we look at square footage, the largest single living organism is a species of mycelium called Armillaria Ostoyae or the honey mushroom. And you can find it in Oregon’s Malheur National Forest. It stretches across 3 square miles! Not only is it the largest, but it’s also thought to be the oldest organism as well, estimated to be around 8,000 years old! Some scientists believe that mushrooms are intelligent, too. Well, sort of — they don’t have emotions and aren’t actually capable of thinking. But they do have some of the most complex and extensive communication systems in the world.

A Man Who Climbed 700 Skyscrapers Without Equipment

A Man Who Climbed 700 Skyscrapers Without Equipment
People
5 months ago

Imagine climbing a skyscraper without any protection. You have no security rope, no special equipment, and no special powers like Spiderman. The wind pushes you from the side, and the edges under your fingers are slippery.Plus, hundreds of people are watching and cheering you on from the ground. Would you try it? Me? No. There’s not enough money to get me to... However...

Mysterious Man From a Non-Existent Continent — Who Was He?

Mysterious Man From a Non-Existent Continent — Who Was He?
Curiosities
6 months ago

The theory of parallel worlds has been discussed in the scientific community for a very long time. Unfortunately, we’re not developed enough yet to prove or disprove it. But it’s still an interesting theory, and that’s why we have a lot of unusual urban legends about “the guests from a parallel reality”, according to many. Let’s check out a few of them. A man from a non-existent country.

8 Unique & Practical Items That Will Spruce Your Place Right Up

8 Unique & Practical Items That Will Spruce Your Place Right Up
Shopping
year ago

Artificial intelligence was used to study about 50,000 living rooms across the globe to see how other cultures decorate their homes. Some cultural preferences were expected, but some surprised the researchers. There were a lot of rich colors in India and Morocco. In Europe, North America, and South America, people like to put books on display. Living rooms in Europe (in Italy, especially) were filled with wall art. Interestingly, a lot of indoor plants were found in cold areas, particularly in Scandinavia.We bet your home designs reflect your taste in the best possible way. And in case you were looking for some new accents, here is our list of bright and original products that can do the trick.

Why Some Trees Are Painted White + 11 Unobvious Why-s

Why Some Trees Are Painted White + 11 Unobvious Why-s
Curiosities
7 months ago

Have you ever sat in the bathroom wondering why toilet paper has fancy patterns on them? Well if you’re in there long enough, I guess you would finally get around to that. Turns out, those prints actually serve a purpose. They use the prints to fluff up the paper a bit and make it more absorbent. The unique patterns help differentiate different companies’ products on the market. Also, recycled toilet paper is a thing, but it’s not as popular or well-sold in the US as it is in Europe and Latin America. And that’s all I have to say about that.

They Found the Treasure That Everyone Thought Was a Myth

They Found the Treasure That Everyone Thought Was a Myth
Curiosities
8 months ago

It all happened in 1708. On June 8, the Spanish galleon San José was going back home to Spain from the Caribbean. In total, there were 17 ships. The captain of the San José knew they were in for some trouble, as English ships were lurking in that area. He knew that they would be after the treasure loaded on the ships. The price of the treasure from the New World was so astronomical that it could turn the course of historical events in Europe upside down.

7 Unexplained Parallel Universe Stories

7 Unexplained Parallel Universe Stories
Curiosities
8 months ago

It was July 1954, a scorching hot day: a man arrived at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan. He had recently landed from a plane flying over from Europe. There was nothing unusual about him at first glance: he was elegantly dressed, with no distinguishing features. He was just a simple man sporting a beard. He made his way to customs, just as all the other people surrounding him. The customs officer picked up this man’s passport. As soon as he started to browse through its pages, the officer immediately noticed something was wrong. The traveler reassured him: “Oh, I come from a faraway country, but this is my third time visiting Japan!” What was it with that man’s passport that was so unusual, that they thought he was a fraud? Or a spy? Or, most intriguing of them all, a time traveler?

30+ Quirky Facts About Life in European Countries That Can Leave Foreign Tourists Dumbfounded

30+ Quirky Facts About Life in European Countries That Can Leave Foreign Tourists Dumbfounded
Places
year ago

It might seem that since European countries are part of Western culture, travelers are unlikely to encounter anything surprising there. However, some moments of their everyday lives or certain customs can be quite astonishing. We found stories from people who visited some of these countries or moved there permanently, compared them with our own experience, and came to the conclusion that this part of the world can be even more puzzling than an exotic country.

What If You Got $1 Million but Must Spend It in 15 Days

What If You Got $1 Million but Must Spend It in 15 Days
Curiosities
8 months ago

You’re heading down the highway speeding like there’s no tomorrow in your old car. You arrive an hour late, so your boss gets in your face and fires you. You pack up your stuff from your cubicle and drive back home. When you arrive, you check out some vacancies and see an interesting offer. “Experiment! We’ll give you 1 million dollars, only if you know how to spend it wisely within 15 days.” You laugh it off and apply via your phone. You fill in some basic info about yourself, including your bank account, and then sleep it off.

They Found the Treasure That Everyone Thought Was a Myth

They Found the Treasure That Everyone Thought Was a Myth
Curiosities
7 months ago

It all happened in 1708. On June 8, the Spanish galleon San José [Ho-SE] was going back home to Spain from the Caribbean. In total, there were 17 ships. The captain of the San José knew they were in for some trouble, as English ships were lurking in that area. He knew that they would be after the treasure loaded on the ships. The price of the treasure from the New World was so astronomical that it could turn the course of historical events in Europe upside down.

A Bus That Takes You From India to London in 70 Days

A Bus That Takes You From India to London in 70 Days
Curiosities
9 months ago

You’re running around the bus station with 20 bags, looking for your bus. You can’t afford to miss it — the next one is leaving next year. Finally, you find the right bus, and meet 19 other passengers you’ll be traveling with through 18 countries for the next 70 days. Whew, is there a bathroom on this thing?The new luxury bus will get on its first 12,500-mile journey from India’s capital New Delhi to London in the United Kingdom in 2021. It’ll be a hop-on/hop-off trip divided into 4 legs across Asia and Europe and operated by an Indian tour company. Each leg will last 12 to 22 days, and you can book them independently. Passengers will get to visit the sights of Southeast Asia, the Great Wall of China, the Silk Road in Central Asia, Gobi Desert, and Europe’s largest cities. Guided tours, meals, and hotel stays will be included in the $20,000 bus fare.

Are These Islands the Hidden Home of Atlantis?

Are These Islands the Hidden Home of Atlantis?
Curiosities
7 months ago

The Azores are nine islands in the Atlantic Ocean, sitting about a third of the way from Europe to North America. A history textbook will tell you that the Portuguese explorers discovered this beautiful archipelago in the 15th century. Until then, they were uninhabited.

6 Valuable Wrecks Still Waiting to Be Found

6 Valuable Wrecks Still Waiting to Be Found
Curiosities
7 months ago

In 2015, an ROV [Remotely Operated Vehicle] descended into the depths of the Caribbean Sea. It belonged to Columbia, and it was searching for a long-lost treasure ship. At the depth of 9,000 feet, the operators could see their goal, a Spanish galleon [San José] that sank in 1708. The rumor has it that the ship was transporting 200 tons of treasure onboard. For more than three hundred years, no one knew its exact location. Yes, in the 21st century, we are still finding lost treasure ships.

Why Mediaeval Europeans Slept Inside Boxes

Why Mediaeval Europeans Slept Inside Boxes
Curiosities
7 months ago

Okay, the next time you feel like complaining that your bed isn’t comfortable enough and the room is way too small, just think of those people who had to sleep in boxes. Until the early 19th century, that was a common thing in Europe. And no, it wasn’t just the way the poorest people lived — even the nobility had to resort to this unusual sleep situation. The houses back then used to be much smaller, with one or two rooms. The bigger room would serve as both a bedroom and a living room, and everyone living or visiting the house would sleep there. Even in larger houses and palaces, servants would often share the rooms with their bosses. So, people were happy to get any privacy they could. One possible option was a curtain around the bed, but that wasn’t enough in some cases. And that’s how the box-bed tradition was born.