Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Architecture Trivia

Although construction of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Strasbourg started in 1015, it was not until 1439 that the spire was completed.
Ancient Chinese artists would never paint pictures of women's feet.
At the age of 26, Michelangelo began sculpting his monumental statue of David. He finished it seventeen months later, in January, 1504.
Currently the world's tallest building is the Petronas Tower in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Petronas Towers measures 1,483ft.
During a severe windstorm or rainstorm the Empire State Building may sway several feet to either side.
England's Stonehenge is 1500 years older than Rome's Colosseum.
Evard Ericksen sculpted "The Little Mermaid" statue which is located in Copenhagen harbor.
Frederic-August Bartholdi sculpted The Statue of Liberty.
If any of the heads on Mt. Rushmore had a body, it would be nearly 500 feet tall.
In 1925, the 1st motel -- the "Motel Inn" -- opened in San Luis Obispo, California.
Jayne Mansfield decorated her "Pink Palace" by writing to 1,500 furniture and building suppliers and asking for free samples. She told the donors they could then brag that their goods were in her outlandish mansion. The pitch worked, and Jayne received over $150,000 worth of free merchandise.
Nobody is buried in Grant's tomb. President & Mrs. Grant are entombed there. A body is buried only when it is placed in the ground and covered with dirt.
On July 28th, 1945, a US Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York's Empire State Building, killing 14 people.
Pablo Picasso's career lasted seventy-eight years, from 1895 until his death in 1973.
The Eiffel Tower is 984 feet high.
The Eiffel Tower receives a fresh coat of 300 tons of reddish-green paint every seven years.
The estimated weight of the Great Pyramid of Egypt is 6,648,000 tons.
The extended right arm of the Statue of Liberty is 42 feet long.
The first footprints at Grauman's Chinese Theater (now Mann's Chinese Theater), were made by Norma Talmadge in 1927. Legend has it that she accidentally stepped in wet concrete outside the building. Since then, over 180 stars have been immortalized, along with their hands and feet and even noses (Jimmy Durante).
The great Gothic cathedral of Milan was started in 1386, and wasn't completed until 1805.
The Hoover Dam was built to last 2,000 years. The concrete in it will not even be fully cured for another 500 years.

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