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As of August 2014, there are five books in George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Fire and Ice," the book series on which the "Game of Thrones" television series is based. Martin has said that he plans to write seven books in total.

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    • When was the Mall of America built?

      Q: When was the Mall of America built?

      A: Construction on the Mall of America started in 1989 and was concluded in 1992. It is located in Bloomington, Minn. and was designed by the Triple Five Group.
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    • Why is the Golden Gate Bridge famous?

      Q: Why is the Golden Gate Bridge famous?

      A: The Golden Gate Bridge is famous because it was the world's longest suspension bridge when it was first constructed in 1937 until November 21, 1964, when New York City opened its Verrazano–Narrows Bridge. The Verrazano–Narrows Bridge lost its place as the world's longest suspension bridge when the Humber Bridge opened in England on July 17, 1981.
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    • What materials were used to construct the Taj Majal?

      Q: What materials were used to construct the Taj Majal?

      A: The Taj Majal was primarily made of white marble and red sandstone. Other construction materials used for the world-famous Indian monument include gray and yellow sandstone, black slate, different kinds of bricks, sweet limestone, reed glue and red clay. Molasses, curd, jute and fossilized soil were mixed with lime to serve as mortar and cementing material for the building.
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    • Q: How do architects use the Pythagorean theorem?

      A: Architects use the Pythagorean theorem, which is expressed by the equation: a2 + b2 = c2, in designing and computing the measurements of building structures and bridges. One example involves roof design. A gable roof is made of two right triangles, where the base of one right triangle is called the run, the height is called the rise and the slope is called the rafter.
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    • What is a multi-story building?

      Q: What is a multi-story building?

      A: A multi-story building is a building that supports two or more floors above ground. There is no formal restriction on the height of such a building or the number of floors a multi-story building may contain, though taller buildings do face more practical difficulties.
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    • What's the design theme and philosophy of Frank Gehry?

      Q: What's the design theme and philosophy of Frank Gehry?

      A: Although Frank Gehry does not personally associate with the movement, critics primarily consider his design philosophy to be deconstructivism, an approach characterized by fragmentation and distortions of traditional structure, informed by his belief that all artists should be true to themselves. Gehry’s work is recognizable through his use of asymmetry, exaggerated proportions and unconventional materials. His designs have influence throughout architecture, interior design, art and fashion.
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    • Who made the Super Lamb Banana?

      Q: Who made the Super Lamb Banana?

      A: According to the official Super Lambanana website, the Super LambBanana sculpture is the creation of Japanese artist Taro Chiezo. Chiezo created a four-inch model of the sculpture, and four local artists built the full-size replica for the ArtTranspennine exhibition in Liverpool, England in 1998.
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    • What are different kinds of art?

      Q: What are different kinds of art?

      A: 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.
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    • What is a directional line in art?

      Q: What is a directional line in art?

      A: The meaning or message of a directional line in art depends largely on the direction of the line. Direction lines can be used to lead the viewer's eye through an image.
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    • Where did Leonardo da Vinci live?

      Q: Where did Leonardo da Vinci live?

      A: Leonardo da Vinci was born in Italy, then alternated between life in France and Italy before ending his days just outside of Amboise, France. Leonardo was born on April 15, 1452 in the town of Vinci, Italy, which lies in the Tuscan region. Leonardo then relocated to Florence, Italy to carry out an apprenticeship, then moved to Milan to embark on his first professional endeavor as a sculptor and painter.
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    • How much is a Renoir painting worth?

      Q: How much is a Renoir painting worth?

      A: According to ArtNet, a number of Renoir paintings sold at various auction houses in May 2014 for prices ranging from $32,500 to $3.5 million. Two of Renoir's paintings have sold for over $70,000,000.
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    • What are organic shapes in art?

      Q: What are organic shapes in art?

      A: Organic shapes in art refers to shapes that have less well-defined edges as opposed to geometric shapes. They are generally shapes that are unpredictable and flowing.
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    • Can vampires have babies?

      Q: Can vampires have babies?

      A: According to folklore, a male vampire can father children with a living woman. Sometimes known as dhampirs, such children exhibit unusual tastes for blood, and some have advanced hearing, smell and taste.
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    • What is the moral of "Rip Van Winkle"?

      Q: What is the moral of "Rip Van Winkle"?

      A: The moral of "Rip Van Winkle" is that life passes by with or without a person and that change is inevitable. The story also shows that a person will pay dearly when they try to avoid change; in many ways, Irving is asking his readers to be active participants in their own lives and enjoy each moment.
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    • Who wrote the book "Cinderella"?

      Q: Who wrote the book "Cinderella"?

      A: Cinderella was written and published under the name "The Little Glass Slipper" in 1697 by Frenchman Charles Perrault. In 1812, the Brothers Grimm published the story in their famous book of fairy tales.
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    • What are traditional tales?

      Q: What are traditional tales?

      A: Traditional tales are stories that are passed down orally as part of the shared tradition of a culture. Traditional tales include myths, folk tales and legends. These tales often include fantasy elements and metaphorical lessons.
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    • How do eagles renew their youth?

      Q: How do eagles renew their youth?

      A: There is a claim that eagles can renew their lives by biting off their feathers, talons and beaks and then regrowing them, but this is not true. The myth states that when eagles reach the age of 30, their physical condition critically deteriorates. By plucking out their bad feathers and beak, they are supposedly able to live another 40 years. This myth stems partially from a metaphor in the Bible.
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    • What color was Santa's suit originally?

      Q: What color was Santa's suit originally?

      A: Researchers at the BBC insist that the red and white of Santa's suit has been around for quite some time. Some people have stated that Santa's original suit was a more subdued hue similar to tan.
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