"Killing Mr. Griffin," a young adult novel by Lois Duncan, has been banned by a number of schools and other institutions for its macabre plot involving several high school students kidnapping a teacher who dies before they decide to free him. The book was originally published in 1978.
Big Ben was built as part of a design decision in 1844 that the new Houses of Parliament should include a tower and a clock. The rebuilding of the Houses of Parliament was necessary after a fire in 1834 destroyed the old Palace of Westminster.
Viaducts are types of bridges; the term “viaduct” refers to long bridges or series of bridges that are connected to one another or structurally supported by arches or sturdy platforms between two end towers. As with bridges, viaducts may cross waterways or roadways, and exist primarily to provide an overhead passage to move trucks, cars, trains and pedestrians from one point to another.
The leaning tower of Pisa is made of white marble quarried from mountains close to the town. The tower began its famous lean about the time that the second story had been built. It took 199 years to complete the tower.
The Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 World Exhibition in Paris. The tower took over two years to build, and it was meant to last only through the World Exhibition. Gustave Eiffel, for whom the tower is named, engineered and oversaw construction of the tower.
The superstructure of a building is the part that is entirely above its foundation or basement. It is the part of the building that is above ground level, and it usually serves the purpose of the building's intended use.
The eclectic design and artistic style known as Art Deco thrived throughout Europe and the United States from 1908 through 1935. It gained serious momentum shortly after World War I concluded in 1918. The style began in Paris before fanning out into the rest of the continent and across the Atlantic.
Hello Kitty was born in London, England, but was created by a Japanese company called Sanrio that is based in Tokyo, Japan. The company requested that designer Ikuko Shimizu invent a cartoon character that would appeal to preteen girls.
Custom Yu-Gi-Oh card sleeves are covers that are designed to protect cards by keeping them clean and not allowing them to bend. These sleeves can come in a simple solid color such as green, or they can be completely customized to reflect the personality of the individual.
Snoopy's plane is a Sopwith Camel, which is a single-seated biplane fighter flown by the British during World War One. His enemy during these fantasies, known as the Red Baron, was an actual German pilot named Manfred von Richtofen, who was credited with 80 air combat victories during the war.
The main purpose of political cartoons is to give an opinion or a point about a political event or view in a humorous way. Most cartoons make people get amused or laugh, but they are intended to persuade people or pass along certain information.
The Thing, Human Torch, Mister Fantastic and Invisible Woman make up the Fantastic Four, often recognized as the first team of super heroes. The Marvel Comics crew made its debut in 1961 in the first issue of its own comic book series and makes its home in the Baxter Building of New York City.
According to the modern versions of the Superman origin story, Superman got his powers from the rays of the yellow sun when he came to Earth. Krypton, his home world, had a red sun, and normal Kryptonians did not have super powers.
In art, texture appeals to the sense of touch and is the tactile feeling of an art piece. Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art forms use texture to convey themes of the work.
The four steps to art criticism are: to describe what you see, analyze the elements the artist has used, interpret what the artist is trying to say, and evaluate its importance. This kind of analysis is done in an organised approach.
The artist Pablo Picasso, often referred to simply by his last name, was married twice. His first wife was a ballerina named Olga Khokhlova, and his second wife was an artist's model named Jacqueline Roque.
Prose drama is a form of writing that focuses on a natural flow of speech to describe an exciting or unexpected series of events. This type of writing does not follow a metrical structure.
Fine art includes many broad categories, such as painting, print, drawing, photography, craft, design, performance art, mixed-media, sculpture, installation, and new media. Each category includes various styles and classifications. For instance, some of the different styles within the painting genre are realism, photo-realism, painterly, impressionism, expressionism, abstraction and abstract.
In art, the horizon line (also called eye level) marks the point where the sky meets the land or water below. The horizon line helps to put objects in a painting or drawing in their proper positions, and makes them appear realistic. Artists use the horizon line to make objects in paintings proportionate, and to set the stage for outdoor and landscape paintings.
Sarah Albert at WebMD says that superstitions start when a ritual or belief is given magical significance. For instance, if a woman believes that a black cat crossing her path means she has to go back home and start over or suffer bad luck, she follows a superstition. Superstitions spread when they "work," and other people repeat them.
The moral of "Cinderella" is that people should always fight for what they want with a good heart and hard work. Cinderella is never negative or angry due to how poorly her stepsisters and stepmother treat her, and she keeps working hard despite things seeming hopeless.
The moral of "The Ugly Duckling" is that people should never give up on following their passions and finding their place in society. "The Ugly Duckling," a fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen that was published in 1943, focuses on the story of a young "duckling" who doesn't appear to fit in with or look like the rest of the group.
Originally, elves were creatures of ancient Norse myth, and they looked like slender, small versions of fair-skinned blond Scandinavian people. As tales of elves spread throughout cultures and then literature, their appearances became increasingly varied.
In Irish mythology, the pot of gold is hidden at the end of a rainbow by a small member of the fairy family called the leprechaun. Humans who are lucky enough to spot a leprechaun by following the rainbow may still have problems catching him because the fairies bestowed upon leprechauns the magical ability to disappear.
Depending on the tradition one reads, besides Arthur there were between 12 knights and over 1,600. The most commonly accepted number, however, is the 25 knights shown on the Winchester Round Table.