5 Dragons that Rocked Popular Culture

imagine dragonsDragons are mystical creatures that will forever tickle the imaginations of children and adults alike. Are they real? Are they out there somewhere, slumbering, waiting for the time to wake up and destroy humankind? What odd questions to ask. Seeing that my favorite band Imagine Dragons are having tours at this original site makes me wonder about the most famous dragons of all time. As it turns out, here are five of them:

Sephira of Eragon

Eragon is the well-received novel of Christopher Paolini about a farm boy who later became a spawn of good versus evil. One lovely day he stumbled upon a mysterious stone which turned out to contain a dragon, Sephira. It was so popular it warranted the release of its trilogy and a motion picture, too.

Mushu of Mulan

The Chinese people love dragons as evident in their Chinese Dragon dances every New Year. How they came to love dragons deserves a whole other post. For now let’s focus on Mushu, the funny little odd dragon that stays by Mulan’s side as she journeys to the realization of the real sense of womanhood and courage. Mushu was excellently voiced by Eddie Murphy.

Smaug of The Hobbit

Smaug is the evil dragon that everybody hates in Tolkien’s 1937 novel The Hobbit. Smaug guards treasures in the Lonely Mountain, treasures which, it turns out, rightfully belong to the dwarves. Smaug is such a popular dragon that he appeared on Forbes’ Fictional 15 several times. He currently ranks as the second wealthiest fictional character with an estimated $54.1 billion net worth, just second to Scrooge McDuck who has a net worth of $65.4 billion.

Elliot from Pete’s Dragon

Pete was rather fortunate to have Elliot, the sometimes-invisible dragon, as a best friend. Elliot was very mischievous and often times caused havoc, but later redeemed himself by igniting the torch of a light house.

Puff The Magic Dragon

Who would ever forget Puff the Magic Dragon who lived by the sea? Not me. It was the anthem of my childhood. Peter, Paul, and Mary sang about Puff and unknowingly sparked a love for the said dragon, inspiring a movie in 1978. Puff was voiced by Burgess Meredith. We wish we can see Puff rolling in the mist of Honah Lee.


A Walk Through the History of Listening to Music

Music-HistoryImagine a time where music was a fleeting treat, something that is anticipated for a long period of wait, and experienced in a short span of time. Before the twentieth century, before all the technology appeared that made our lives easier, listening to music is a social event. People gather to listen to singers, operas, choirs in churches, and orchestras, and enjoyed music together.

With the invention of phonograph came the new trend of people listening music at the privacy of their own homes, but it was still a luxury by then to own one. And it also changed how music is made. When people did not have the phonograph yet, music was written in such a way that it will be enjoyed for a long time, so composers wrote long symphonies and operas for the enjoyment of the audience. A phonograph can only hold a couple of minutes’ worth of music, that is why musicians changed the way music was written by shortening the songs and only showcasing the melodies that would generally stick to the audience. Because of the birth of this technology, songs have become the short snippets that last 3 to 4 minutes.

Another technology that changed the course of music is the radio. Because of the price of the phonograph, there are still people who cannot listen to music at home. Thanks to radio waves, the likes of Elvis Pressley and the Beatles were discovered and became viral. After that, the pace of technology became even faster with the invention of the Walkman. Music is no longer a shared intimate event by a family but it became personal since the Walkman made it possible for music to be transported to your room or outside the home.

Today, music has become digital and readily accessed. Even going to a concert by Blake Shelton, the Maroon 5, or Lady Gaga will only require a person to click their original site to see the concert dates and venues. If you missed their concert, you can easily download their songs online or listen to them through various websites.

History of music shows us that even if technology exists it does not mean music has been radically changed. It still maintained its original purpose and that is to entertain.

The Unexpected Effects of World War I

wwiAnyone who is asked to change the course of history and stop World Wars from happening would definitely say yes. The loss of lives and properties because of the war is so vast that until now, a lot of people can still feel its effect. World War I for instance took place a century ago and has resulted to the death of over 15 million people. However, despite what happened, the WWI still had unexpected results that have given something positive for the future generation,

  • A British surgeon named Harold Gillies was given the task to rebuild disfigured soldiers in a battle. Due to the gravity of some cases, he was forced to reconstruct faces out of something that has seemingly been wiped out. This is where he pioneered new techniques for facial reconstruction. The advancement in this field has started because of his dedication during the war.
  • The aviation industry has developed drastically as a result of wars. Back then, flying planes was only known to a few people. It was also deemed very dangerous. However, because of war and the need to utilize air space, governments poured in money for the development of a better technology to be used in aviation. This is where it eventually became an industry of its own. In 1919, Arthur Brown and John Alcock made a successful nonstop transatlantic flight in just 17 hours with the use of a modified WW I plane. This seemingly impossible feat was made into a reality.
  • The war gave birth to women empowerment. Women during WW I were basically left at home to take care of the family. However, due to war, there was a need for more manpower. This is where over 30,000 women became involved in various services and were employed. In Britain, over 2 million women joined the workforce. From there, the role of women has gotten more and more important.

Again, if we can just erase WW I, we will. However, these positive effects as a result of war are worth thanking for. Check this original site for a stand up comedy show so you can forget the bad memories of war for some time and smile.

Louis Armstrong: The Goodwill Jazz Ambassador

louis-armstrong-12When the Cold War sent the USA and Russia on a whirlwind mission to outdo each other in technological and racial advancements, the Central Intelligence Agency founded the Congress of Cultural Freedom (CCF). This congress spearheaded the promotion of American culture by publishing literary journals, sponsoring modernist musical performances, and hosting modern art exhibits.

Part of its strategy was to send jazz musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, and Duke Ellington throughout Europe, Africa, and Latin America. One of the biggest icons of jazz during that time was Louis Armstrong, also known as Satchmo or Pops. Louis Armstrong and his All Stars, the official name of the jazz band he was part of, toured all over the world to promote how awesome jazz is.

His band was so well-received in Europe that he gained the nickname “Ambassador Satch”. Perhaps in the modern times of the Internet, thousands of fans would buy his tickets at this original site of ticket distribution. The Berlin wall was not able to stop his popularity; soldiers and civilians in and out of the wall absolutely loved him. The legend himself related how West Berlin fans “slipped over the Iron Curtain” to hear him live.

That was in 1955. Ten years after, in 1965, they went to East Berlin to play the tunes How High the Moon, Hello, Dolly and Mack the Knife. They also went to Budapest and dazzled the crowd with their tunes, inspiring an annual Louis Armstrong Festival and the Satchmo Jazz Café.

He made quite a noise in the political arena, too. He was known for his opposition to racial discrimination and other forms of inequality. He once cancelled a tour to the Soviet Union in protest to the use of the National Guard troops to hinder the integration of blacks and whites at Central High School in Little Rock.

While he went around the world as a representative of the American government, it seemed that the government wasn’t doing the Black race any favor. While promoting democracy to the rest of the world, Armstrong’s race didn’t experience freedom in their own homeland. This perplexing irony inspired Dave Brubeck to write the satirical jazz musical known as The Real Ambassadors.

The jazz ambassador continued to play until his last night, July 6, 1971, when he died of a heart attack in his sleep.

Comedy Since Ancient Times

photoComedy, from the Greek word ‘Komoidia,’ pertains to a dialogue or presentation shown humorously that intends to amuse and seek laughter from its audience.

Since the beginning of dramas, plays and orations in the Greek era before the Roman period, comedy played a role to not only entertain people but get people to side with the best humorist in their opinions not only socially but politically as well.

Humorist before uses parody and satire with some (even twisted) logic to dissuade an opinion, thought or belief and they were very effective in political debates. Even today it has not changed as politicians using humor and logic (fallacious or not) to put down political opponents in one-liner monologues and punch lines.

Shakespeare had his share of comedy plays during his time and they were a delight to many that these masterpieces have become classics and still played until now in drama theaters worldwide.

Stand-up comedy, however, started in the 19th century and in 1966, people named the humorist or the medium that made people laugh as a ‘stand-up comic.’ Those were the days of vaudeville, minstrel shows and theater plays.

Some founders of modern American stand-up comedy were Bob Hope, George Burns, Fred Allen, Jack Benny and Milton Berle. Bob Hope, most famous stand-up comedian during World War II, toured Europe during the war to entertain American soldiers and boost their morale.

Comics, another name for the comedians, incorporated other mediums in their show such as magic, playing musical instruments, singing and other props that could help with their presentations. Jeff Dunham used ventriloquism and showed several puppet dolls in every show he did.

Some comics sing and dance like the early stand-up comics such as Bob Hope, George Burns and Milton Berle. Even today, there are many who can sing, dance and/or play instruments during their show like Robin Williams, Woody Allen, Jack Benny, Johnny Carson and Jay Leno.

Daniel Tosh is also an upcoming great stand-up comedian who is going on a comedy tour now. To get his schedule and buy Daniel Tosh tickets if you decided to watch his show, click here.

After watching a comedy show, if you are also interested in a musical entertainment show then check out Justin Moore’s concert tour (visit this website to buy Justin Moore tickets).

Natural History

Explore-The-Natural-History-Museum-Of-New-York-City-3Natural history is concerned with study and research of organisms as they move in their environment; the method of study used is more observational rather than experimental. Scientific research is involved, results of which are often covered in magazines. Natural history is broad, covering ancient Greco-Roman era, Arabic world, up to the European Renaissance. Persons involved in these studies are known as naturalists or specifically, natural historians. Naturalists observe living organisms directly and a study of fossils is often necessary.

Originally, natural history covered humanities and studies of nature. In recent years, it mostly revolves around geological and biological sciences, while natural philosophy is around chemistry and physics.

From a modern viewpoint, natural history would be confined to the study of life and how each organism relates to each other and to the environment. The origin, evolution, behavior, and relationship to other species are the focus. Natural history museums are put up all over the world, and they deal with the study of Paleontology, Geology, Astronomy, Botany, as well as Zoology.

In recent news, one historic Wells Fargo stagecoach took residence at Utah’s Natural History Museum last June 17, 2014, in time for a special exhibit which will run from July 21 until Jan 4, 2015. The role of horses in Utah will be highlighted during the exhibit as well as hand-painted dioramas of the evolution of horses. Various breeds of horses will be introduced. Other exhibit items would be cultural objects worldwide.

In other news, the American Museum of Natural History, located in Paris, received the first-ever ‘trans-Atlantic scent message on June 18. This event is connected with iPhone’s launching of a ‘scent-messaging’ app call OSnap. The app enables users to tag photos with more than 300 thousand scents, transmittable via hotspots, thru Facebook and Twitter. David Edwards and Rachel Field co-invented the messaging platform (onotes.com). Edwards is the founder and administrator of Le Laboratoire, Paris, a science and design center.

In more news, The Natural History Museum of London is in need of PR help. The museum accommodates over 5 million visits yearly. It has launched a program on profile raising and strategy. Joe Baker, head of external affairs stated that there is a need to be more relevant and accessible to society in general; this will allow fundraising needs to be met. The Natural History Museum Development Trust deals with all fundraising efforts; it was organized 2 years ago. The Museum strives to remain relevant by contributing to awareness on climate change and disease control, as well as the problem of a growing population. The Museum is also focused on efforts in improving visitor interaction and experience, as well as improvement and development of its galleries.

In related news, an exhibition featuring coral reefs is scheduled for Spring 2015 at the Museum.

Panoramic views of reefs and over 200 specimens via HD 180-degree screens will welcome visitors on their visit. Specimen collections by Darwin between 1831-1836 will be included, Turbinaria Coral (a giant one), blue-ringed octopuses, and small sponge crabs.

The Coral reefs house living species of our seas, which millions of people depend on. People benefit on it for fishing, tourism, storm protection, and many other aspects. Reefs appear rock-like but are in fact, colonies of tiny animals with limestone skeletons; such are related to jellyfish. Growth is very slow, about 1-2 mm yearly. They are highly sensitive to ocean changes like temperature, acidity, pollution, and others. It is estimated that a quarter has already been damaged beyond repair.

Meanwhile, a Dino Jaws exhibit is on in Leeds this summer. It’s been the first time again in 3 years that this popular exhibit has returned to the UK. The exhibit features a giant T-Rex, about three-quarter life sized. 10 animatronic dinos are also featured.

In another museum, difference among races is discussed. The Carnegie Museum of Natural History located at Pittsburgh holds an exhibit that focuses on how race is defined and the impact it has on people. According Cecil Shellman, a communications specialist for the Museum, the goal of the exhibit is to raise awareness on diversity and to eliminate racism. The exhibit fosters openness and appreciation for differing races.  Part of the exhibit will be some artifacts and photos that aid in the examination of various races and the issue of racism in the US. The exhibit is held on weekends between 12-2 P.M. Visit the Museum at Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Parking is spacious, a six-level parking facility can park vehicles.

The American Museum of National History will open a ‘Spiders Alive!” exhibit on July 4, 2014. A comprehensive look into the fascinating world of arachnids will be granted opportunity. Over 20 species of live arachnids will be present for the exhibit. Anatomy, behavior, and other unique features will be discussed. Life-sized models of spiders will be seen during the exhibit and visitors will be granted a chance to behold live arachnids up close. Myths will be debunked.  The museum actually holds the largest spider collection worldwide. It has lead in the study of spiders for over 75 years.  It’s estimated that more than 45,000 spider species have been discovered to date, and many more remain to be documented. Norman Platnick curates the exhibition. Catch the exhibit along Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.

At Albuquerque, fossils discovered in New Mexico were put on display at the Museum of Natural History last June 17. The exhibit also featured a footprint reported to be 280 million years old. Also, a 2 million year old mastodon tooth was shown.  Paleontologist Spencer Lucas thinks that Mexico is rich in fossils, with a whole lot still to be discovered.

In relation to fossils in Mexico, about 275 square miles is declared as the largest gypsum dune field worldwide; this is found in Tularosa Basin, New Mexico south central. It’s reported to be over 8,000 years old as a result of water evaporation from large lake surfaces, causing gypsum to crystalize. The field is actually located within the protected area of White Sands National Monument (Otero Country).

Organizing Activities for Kids to Have Fun 

Problem-based learning is one of the most popular teaching strategies these days. Instead of simply giving lectures, it allows kids to have more fun. It also gives them the chance to discover facts instead of having someone else explain those facts to them.

This is why it is important to give them the chance to learn in different ways. There should be activities that are out of the usual to keep them excited. Take note that kids have very limited attention span. If you don’t give them exactly what they want, they will move on doing other things.

Start by organizing a field trip where you expose kids to deeper scientific knowledge. Instead of simply showing them photos of animals, why don’t you visit zoos or museums of natural history? This will make them more excited. They will easily understand the concept as well. For kids who are considered visual learners, it is the chance for them to learn faster.

It takes time to organize this kind of activity. Of course, you can’t do it on each lesson. The point is for you to organize a unique activity every now and then.

Another option is to go to a concert. This is for music subject. It is boring to just teach them how to read notes or ask them to watch videos of performers. If you want to keep their interest alive, let them watch concerts. There are concerts that are designed for kids. Some artists have songs that are perfect for this type of audience. You can check out Global Music Revolution for a list of artist that you may contact if you want to let kids watch actual performances.

Don’t let kids get bored

It is difficult keeping up the attention of these students. There are a lot of instances when they are no longer interested to listen. They will just sit down and do nothing. If this happens, bringing their interest back could be a challenge.

This is why you have to do everything so they won’t get bored. Even if you have to argue with the school administration about these plans, you should still pursue it. Think of the bigger picture. You can stay inside the class and keep doing the same things you do on a daily basis or find an activity that everyone will have fun with.

This should also be explained to parents. To them, the goal is to simply let their kids learn. Some of them don’t necessarily understand holistic learning. They also don’t understand that there are different learning styles. Not all kids learn in an academic environment. If parents become more supportive of these unusual, but interesting activities, it would be easier to push through with the plans.

You will see the progress in these kids’ academic performances as soon as you implement these changes. Just don’t expect everyone to have the same reaction. The point is that you vary the strategies and be more passionate on how to make these kids find something more interesting outside the class.


Learn about Natural History and Impress People in a Party

Being in a party could be awkward especially if you have nothing to start a conversation. Your interest might not be the same with that of other people. You will be deemed boring and they will jump to the next person they can speak with.

You don’t have to feel this way when you have something good to say during the party. You also don’t have to be on the side talking nobody. There are interesting stories for you to tell. For instance, learn about natural history. It might be a weird topic, but you will be surprised to find out that a lot of people are interested with the same topics.

Besides, it would be fun if you can talk about animals and plants. These are non-controversial topics. You might be deemed as weird, but you won’t be hated. The goal is to just leave a good impression. In a party where almost everyone is a stranger to you, it is important to just be there and not be controversial.

Many ways to learn

Understanding about natural history deeper is not as difficult as you think it is. Spend time surfing the net. Watch videos available. Read blogs. Check out the adventures of other people. Ask questions whenever possible. Leave comments and be more engaged.

It would also be great if you can visit galleries, museums, and science centers. These experiences will help you deepen your understanding of natural history.

There is no need for you to understand everything that needs to be learned. As long as you can use the information gathered to start small talks, it would be fine.

Make this your passion 

For the first time, it might be awkward if you keep talking about natural history with other people based only on the superficial knowledge that you have. It doesn’t mean you can’t keep pushing for this field. During your free time, you can keep learning. For the next party, you will feel more confident. You know more about the subject matter. Even if you will meet actual scientists studying in this field, holding a conversation with them won’t be that difficult.

Have fun 

Aside from thinking of certain topics to talk about during the party, don’t forget to focus on having fun. Don’t think too much about the people you will meet or the conversations that you will have with them. By being too conscious of what you will talk about, you might forget that the main reason for attending the party is to have fun.

If the host has tapped Adelaide party entertainment, you definitely should not miss the fun. You will have the party of a lifetime. You should make the most out of it. Always think that you deserve it.

For the next parties, you will no longer just sit on the side and talk to yourself. You won’t feel self-conscious anymore. Instead, you will appreciate the chance of being invited to a party. You also have a lot of people to speak with.


The Importance of Understanding Music Then and Now

music2Music has always become an important part of human lives. In fact, even in ancient times, music has played an important role. It is innate among us human beings to appreciate music and use it in different ways. We know that music is used for medicine even before. It has become an option for those who wish to recover from psychological problems. Those who play musical instruments or sing were held to a different status in the past. Until now, we still appreciate great musicians. We look up to them and idolize them. In fact, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift are among the most followed people in the world in Twitter. It only means that we really appreciate people who are skilled in music.

To show your importance for music, you might want to visit museums around the world depicting music over the years. There are museums showcasing musical instruments used in the past. There are other museums dedicated to different genres of songs. Some others feature certain icons in music and their contributions. There are museums for rock bands as well. If you have time, you might want to visit these museums and appreciate how music has transformed over the years. You might also have a deeper understanding of how music has influenced the lives of people and the society in general.

Be inspired

After visiting these places, you might also want to start playing musical instruments yourself. You can check out music shops Adelaide https://www.globalmusicrevolution.com.au/ if you want more information on what music instruments you can use. Once you have one, you can hire an expert to help you out. There are people whom you can trust to be there to teach you the right way of playing these musical instruments. You might also have voice lessons if you prefer singing than playing instruments.

Who knows? After some time, you can also be a part of global icons in music. All of these great musicians have started small. In fact, the singers that we know now have not started huge. They played in bars or in school events. Later on, someone has discovered their talents and they became big in the industry. No one will tell what the future holds for you. Everything starts with being inspired. You just need to prove to the world that you have something to offer and you are willing to give them something unique to listen to.

It does not matter as well even if you feel like you are old now. There are people who have started late but they were able to learn musical instruments and even make a name for themselves. The point is you start now and keep moving if you really are interested to learn how to play these instruments.

For now, you can plan your trip to these museums and appreciate what our paleontologists and geologists have discovered in relation to music. There are several places waiting to be discovered.

Blocked Drains: One of the Jobs of a Plumber

It is sometimes irritating that there is a blocked drain that you always encounter at home and you need to fix it yourself because you don’t have time to do it or to contact a plumber. However, did you know that your worries can be solved if you will immediately call a plumber to fix this kind of problem in your bathroom or kitchen or any parts of your house where you have blocked drains? That is right because in this matter it is not only your patience is at stake, it is also your time and effort in fixing the problem yourself. Leave your worries behind because there is someone who is professional that can resolve your concern, a plumber.

But before calling a plumber, try to understand the reasons or causes of blocked drains in your home. The following can be the causes of a blocked drain: greases or fats, trees and the leaves, hair, and the objects inside the bathroom or also on your kitchen sink. Those are the usual causes of the blocked drain because there are the objects that cannot be drained without getting them out of where the water is going to drain. Those causes can be really a headache if you are dealing with it in a couple of days already. There is something that must be done to fix it. That is by calling a plumber.

What the plumber will do, they are going to check where the problem started. From what mentioned above they might asked you of those causes so they can immediately do the steps that are needed to fix the concern. There is no problem if you cannot recall any causes of the blocked drain since the plumbers will do some further checking on it as well. It also depends on where the blocked drain is, to start with the questions they need to ask. If the kitchen sink has the blocked drain, absolutely they think that the cause of it is the fats or grease that sometimes cannot be avoided by the dishwasher. The plumber knows already what to do to fix it.

There are plumbing services you can trust when it comes to blocked drains adelaide. The good thing is they know where to start right after you talked about the problem. They can immediately solve the issue because of how you will explain it and tell them when it started to happen. Blocked drains can be a headache so better call the plumber as quickly as you can if you have this kind of problem at home.

The plumbers are the experts even it is the blocked drains that are the problem. You can absolutely trust and call them when there is a kind of problem like this that you cannot fix. This can save your time and effort since the plumber can fix it in just a few minutes or hours. You just need to help them know how and when it started to happen.

Thankful to World War II?

Mars-bruno-marsWhen you read what today’s generation posts on wars are, you would surely be disappointed. A lot of them did not experience any kind of war or even hardship that is why it is easy for them to speculate the rumored 3rd World War. Going through a war is not easy, war is not about who is right but it is about who is left. We can never say that a country won the war because everyone lost something or someone over a complete and utter nonsense of showing off of egos and toys and wealth. Though it is detestable for the human race to go through this again, there have been discoveries, technologies, and innovations that shaped the world.


One of the greatest medicines that helped humankind today is the penicillin, Sir Alexander Fleming discovered it long ago but it was during the WWII that Dr. Howard Florey proved its effectiveness without any doubt. Together with Andrew Moyer, they were able to produce the most effective and strongest antibacterial medicine in the world. It helped save a lot of lives and until now still being widely used.

Radio Navigation

During the first and second world war, both parties could never effectively navigate an aircraft for a bombing run. So there was a need to develop a technology that would do that. Before GPS there was GEE-H, Oboe and GEE to ensure that these ships fly and land safe.

Rubber and Oil

There was a difficulty in acquiring both goods, as they are not widely supplied. The Axis forces invented synthetic oil since there is a shortage of natural oil. They use this as a fuel for the Luftwaffe air force during the entire WWII. Allied forces were forced to make synthetic rubber, as the ones controlling the rubber market were the Axis.

Coding Machines a.k.a. Computers

Lorentz and Enigma are the foundations of the modern computer; they defined the coding and decoding mechanisms of computers. It is used to code and decode top-secret military messages during the war, to keep them from prying eyes of different spies.

So even if WWII is a very bad memory for all of us, it still has some positive effects to the society. It sped up the process of technology, because of it we can check the original site for Bruno Mars’ tours, or solve problems quickly. However, let us not allow the devastation to happen again, war always brings apart families and friends, it creates divide rather than unite.

War and Peace in this Generation

warThere are points in time when the history of the world seemed to revolve around giants who have forced their personality on to the global stage. These have included such world leaders as Winston Churchill, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin, and Adolf Hitler. However the tides of war was filled with warriors like Gen. Eisenhower, Gen. Patton, Gen. Rommel, Gen. MacArthur, Gen. Yamashita, Adm. Yamamoto, Lord Mountbatten, and Gen. Montgomery, Adm. Nimitz, Adm. Halsey, and Adm. Spruance, among others, who were brought front and center under the scrutiny of their opponents, their men and their own national leaders.

Looking at the lens of history, we see that these men steeled themselves and looked at war in the eye and gave a good account of themselves. What made these men great (or terrible) was that they fought as if they were the underdogs (which they most probably were at some point). For the most part they fought knowing what the risks were involved. In some cases, they knew that a few years down the road they would be seen as fighting on the wrong side of history.

There is a personal side to all of these men. They were private individuals who were introspective and pensive, and studied their opponents as much as they studied maps and their own logistics. They became successful because they were able to predict who would be opposing their forces, and what would the opposing side do.

In their own free time, they were seen as a lot smaller men and not the giants history has painted them. These men cared a lot about their personnel, soldiers and sailors they are going to war with. In their own free time, they took off their impassive masks and took care of their dogs, tickling or rubbing their pet’s belly. It seems that if a general had a pet, it would be a dog. Of course not all of them had dogs, but those that did, were not bashful of posing for a picture with their pet.

The human side of these titans showed at odd times, but always they were human when it was with their pets, holding their leash as if it was their only anchor to their own humanity. Speaking of leashes, how well do you take care of your dogs? It is important to know that you’re giving your loyal pets the best care they could possibly deserve. I recommend http://www.playsafedogs.com/best-vacuum-for-pet-hair for advice on how to keep your house clean while keeping your pets happy. When it comes to food,  http://www.playsafedogs.com/best-dog-food-for-pitbulls is a good resource for information.

Carousels Weren’t Really So Merry

image001Children and adults alike love the fleeting sensation of riding a merry-go-round or also known as carousels. If you don’t know what a carousel is, it’s either you lived in a cave or from outer space. Even psychotic kids know carousels.

But that’s beside the point. Carousels are a mainstay in every fairs and theme parks but very few know the origins of the beloved ride. If I say that the earliest forms of carousels were used for military trainings, you’ll think I’m kidding. But I am not. It really was used to train warriors.

Back When There Were Actual Knights

The 12th century was the era of intellectual scholars and religious crusades. Chivalrous knights were highly regarded as heroes of the Christian faith. When crusaders decided to travel to the Middle East, they saw a lot of Asian cultures and were fascinated by some. One of these is the game or training method of Arabian horsemen wherein they toss scented clays from one to another. Horsemen untouched by the scent of the clays were regarded as superior riders.

The European knights apparently loved this game and made their own version of it. They hanged small rings from poles and tried to spear the rings with the goal of ripping them off. Eventually commoners joined the game and the first carousel was set up at the Place du Carrousel in Paris. This carousel was donated by Louis XIV in 1662. By the early 18th century, carousels were produced by individual parties and toured throughout the region.

Carousels Today

The carousel we see today was first manufactured in 1861 by Thomas Bradshaw. This steam-powered merry-go-round had fixed animals and central pole on a rotating disk. It was fast becoming a fixture at carnivals and fairs.

The merry-go-round has been a subject of quite many art forms such as films, theatre plays, novels, and even clothes. Have you seen Katy Perry’s The Carousel Dress? She wore it in June 2009 at the MTV European Music Awards. The odd dress is just one the singer’s peculiar and sometimes outrageous costumes as you can see here: http://www.katyperryzone.com/costume/. Click here for more info on the Roar singer’s quirkiness.

Even though its origins weren’t really so merry, carousels turned out to be a childhood ride that can create very merry rounds of memories.