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Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday

Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday. The history of Carnival in Venice and traditional Venetian masks

Pink Carnival costume. Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday

Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday
How It All Began. Who knew? Who knew that Mardi Gras, which most people know only as a one day parade on Fat Tuesday, actually is a centuries old tradition. Besides, celebrated for weeks each year, not just one day? Who knew that Mardi Gras balls and dances shaped some cities’ social calendars? And who knew – entire industries appeared thanks to Mardi Gras?
Traced back to ancient Roman times, it was a December event combining two Roman celebrations, Saturnalia and the Sun festival. When Christianity began its ascent, it converted the Roman events into the Christmas celebration.
Later, Europe celebrated Christmas for twelve days, beginning with the day after Christmas. And culminating twelve days later on January 6. In fact, the day the three wise men (or kings) arrived at the manger to greet the eight pound, six ounce little baby Jesus.
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Main Department Store construction in Moscow

Main Department Store construction in Moscow. Shopping arcade on the Red Square

Book cover. Shopping arcade on the Red Square. Main Department Store construction in Moscow

Main Department Store construction in Moscow
In the heart of Moscow, on the Red Square, there is an ancient building of the Upper Trading Rows of the Main Department Store in Moscow. This is the biggest department store in Russia, and an architectural monument of federal significance. The preparation for the Main Department Store construction in Moscow (GUM) began in the summer of 1888. On May 21, 1890 the representatives of the highest Moscow administration were present on the official ceremony. In 1890 -1891 the foundation and the walls of upper commercial rows were elevated, enormous upper commercial rows with their two buildings and entire underground street under the house, with the central heating and their own power station were constructed in short terms – for two and half a year.
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Beard Mustache Championship Norway

World Beard Mustache Championship Norway

Participants of The 2011 World Beard Mustache Championship Norway

Beard Mustache Championship Norway

Hosted by “The Norwegian Mustache Club of 91”, the 2011 championship took place in Trondheim, on May 15th. Traditionally, the championship takes place once in two years. However, the 12th incarnation of the contest will be in Stuttgart, Germany in November 2013, hosted by Belle Mustache Beard and Culture Club. Meanwhile, in 2011 in the competition took part 163 bearded men from 15 countries. In particular, USA (60 candidates!), Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Liechtenstein, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands.
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Princess Diana’s dream

Princess Diana's dream

Photographed by Mario Testino for Vanity Fair, 1997. Princess Diana’s dream

Princess Diana’s dream
First of all, Princess Diana loved the ballet, and she dreamed of doing it professionally. Her highness dream was to be a prima ballerina absolutta! Indeed, she was passionate about the dance, up until she tragically passed, she still took private classes. She would go to the London Ballet and personally got involved with the dancers there – asking them what’s going on in their own lives and all that. Diana was like a friend and sympathetic ear and shoulder. Noteworthy, she even helped some of them out financially.
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Meanwhile in Russia… polar bear cub

Meanwhile in Russia polar bear cub

People rescued this adorable polar bear cub after poachers had killed his mother

This adorable polar bear cub was very weak from hunger but managed to regain his strength and festiveness. He briefly lived in an airplane hangar and then in an apartment before being given to the Moscow zoo. (P. S. In Russian language, any animal is “he”, or “she”, not “it”).
Meanwhile, there is an evidence that the first polar bear appeared in Moscow Zoo 1871. Besides, in 1884, Emperor Alexander presented two more polar bears to the zoo .
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Interesting facts about London

Interesting facts about London

The capital of Great Britain, gif animation. Interesting facts about London

Interesting facts about London
In fact, Big Ben has become a symbol of the United Kingdom, particularly in the visual media. When a television or film-maker wishes to indicate a generic location in the country, a popular way to do so is to show an image of the tower. In addition, often with a red double-Decker bus or black cab in the foreground. However, contrary to what many people believe, ‘Big Ben’ in London is not the name of the clock or the tower, but a 14-ton bell inside the clock. And the tower is St. Stephen’s Tower.
The clock installed in the Rissik Street Post Office in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1905 is a unique miniature replica. The largest bell in this clock is an exact replica of the smallest bell in the Elizabeth Tower. Unfortunately, the clock was stolen in 2002 and the building burnt down in 2008.
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Most Expensive Russian Coins in 2011

Most Expensive Russian Coins. 50 kopecks, 1929 - 314 000 $

50 kopecks, 1929 – 314 000 $. Most Expensive Russian Coins in 2011

Most Expensive Russian Coins
In 1920s, after the adopting the “New Economic Policy” the Soviet government decided to mint copper-nickel coins instead of silver. And silver, as a monetary metal – required to meet the needs of industrialization. In fact, the reform was preparing in secret marked “top secret” in the surviving documents.
Meanwhile, in 1931, in Soviet Union appeared copper-nickel 10, 15 and 20 kopecks.
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