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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A: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.
A: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.
A:A few of the most powerful villains present in the Justice League Superheroes comics include Starro, Brainiac, Lex Luthor, Amazo, Maxwell Lord, Prometheus, the Injustice Society and Crime Syndicate of America. Just like the heroes of the DC Universe, the villains are varied and full of unique character developments.
A: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.
A:The word "Pokemon" is a contraction of two Japanese words, "Poketto" and "Monsut?," or "Pocket Monsters" in English. The combination of two words to make a single name is a popular way for Japanese titles to transition into English, especially when they're long or similar to trademarked names.
A:Pikachu, the yellow Pokemon that Ash Ketchum typically carries with him, is listed on the official Pokemon website as a "Mouse Pokemon," though anatomically, Pikachu is probably more remniscent of a hamster or a pika.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.