Osho, an Indian mystic who died in 1990, reportedly had a library of 100,000 volumes (possibly making it the world's largest private
Osho's library reportedly had a library of 100,000 volumes in his "Lao Tzu library" in Poona, India.His philosophy was that "two books of the same size or color were not to be placed next to each other, so the effect is that of waves going up and down, adding a lighter impression of the packed shelves than usually seen in libraries."
The Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination is a private library located in Ridgefield, Connecticut. The 3,600 sq. ft. private facility contains more than 50,000 volumes including thousands of landmark books and museum-level artifacts. The architecture is a multi-level, maze-like setting, inspired in part by the paradoxical spaces depicted by artist M.C. Escher.
The library space is scattered with historical artifacts like an
You're ღ Grand Old Flag, 1906. Library of Congress: "The original lyric for this perennial George M. Cohan favorite came, as Cohan later explained, from an encounter he had with a Civil War veteran who fought at Gettysburg...Cohan noticed the vet held a carefully folded but ragged old flag. The man reportedly then turned to Cohan & said, "She's a grand old rag." Cohan thought it was a great line & originally named his tune "You're a Grand Old
A 203 carat diamond is more like a paper weight than anything you can actually wear. The Millennium Star Diamond is the largest flawless pear-shaped diamond, it was 777 carats in the rough, making it the 6th largest diamond ever found. It was discovered in the early 1990′s in then Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo and purchased by De Beers, for an undisclosed amount.
It’s the oldest public library in the English-speaking world. Chetham Library in Manchester, England, was founded in 1653 for the education of “the sons of honest, industrious and painful parents”. It holds more than 100,000 volumes of printed books, of which 60,000 were printed before 1851, and was the meeting place of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
A stone head that was found “somewhere in the Guatemalan jungle” and, soon after its discovery, disappeared. The photo above was taken in the 1950s by the man who owned the land the head was located on, but after he died, the mysterious structure faded back into obscurity. While the head is theorized to potentially be an anomaly of the Olmec stone heads (it does not match their aesthetic), some think it could possibly be a remnant of a yet undiscovered culture.
Although she looks very much alive, she is not. This photo was taken of a young woman (possibly a teenager) not long after her death. If the photographer got there just before, or right after the death, it was easier to pose someone. Such a remarkable photo of a beautiful young lady who died in her prime.
A faceted topaz weighing 22,892.50 carats, making it the largest cut yellow topaz in the world, as well as one of the largest faceted gems in the world.
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One of the worlds largest pink diamonds, owned by a unnamed private collector, is making its first appearance in Canada at the Birks
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On September 16, 1893 the U.S. government organized a land run like this in Oklahoma Territory, opening 7 million acres of land it had purchased from the Cherokees in Indian Territory. It was the largest land run in U.S. history. In this photo, men line up at the land office in Oklahoma on September 23, 1893 to file their land claims. Oklahoma Sooners
little girls apron pattern. DARLING! I'm thinking about making an apron for the girls this Christmas, and possibly making it into a tradition in the future of a new apron for the holidays.
On the morning of March 11, 1918 a Private at Fort Riley, KA reported to the hospital with flu-like symptoms. By noon over 100 fellow soldiers had joined him. It's believed these were the first cases of the 1918 influenza epidemic, later dubbed The Spanish Influenza. It spread quickly, traveling with US soldiers to the front. By the end of 1918 between 50-80 million people had died, making it even deadlier than WWI itself ~
The World's Largest Lens? by photojojo: Spotted at the Zeiss booth at #Photokina: Possibly the world's largest lens? It doesn't take
Cross in the Woods is the world's largest crucifix, Indian River, MI
One of the world's largest amethyst geodes, the Empress of Uruguay, is located in Australia's Crystal Caves. It stands an alarming eleven
India is the birthplace of four of the world's major religious traditions; namely Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Religious diversity and religious tolerance are both established in the country by law and custom. Zoroastrianism and Judaism also have an ancient history in India and each has several thousand Indian adherents. India has the largest population of people adhering to Zoroastrianism and the Bahá'í Faith anywhere in the world. It has the third largest Muslim population globally
The Spirit of de Grisogono at 312.24 carats is the world's largest cut black diamond, and the world's 5th largest diamond, period. In a
When Caroline Walter of Freiburg, Germany died at the age of 16, her sister Selma had a sculptor cast a life size sculpture for the gravestone. Every morning since Caroline's funeral, a fresh flower was found tucked in the crook of the arm, and still is to this day. Nobody knows who leaves it. Every single morning. Except Caroline died in 1867. For 145 years, someone(s) have been leaving flowers. Now that's devotion!
Quite possibly the world's oldest "selfie," taken by this Edwardian woman in 1900 with a Kodak Brownie box camera. She must have had some steady hands.
Post mortem (death portrait) photograph of an army hospital nurse holding a book, possibly a small bible. The revenue stamp on the back dates the image to 1864. Annapolis was the site of one of the largest Union Army Hospitals during the Civil War & at least 5 female nurses died of diseases caught while tending patients there.
whale shark - an incredible animal. Largest fish in the ocean. Had the privilege of seeing one in Hawaii.
Fernand Arbelot was a musician and actor who died in 1990 and was buried in the Pere Lachaise cemetery. He wished to gaze at the face of his wife for eternity.
The Cedars, an abandoned mansion in London, Ontario. Originally a men's athletic club, it had been a private residence for many years before flooding made it uninhabitable.
One of the world's largest amethyst geodes, the Empress of Uruguay, is located in Australia's Crystal Caves. It stands an alarming eleven feet tall and is filled with magnificent, deep violet crystals.
1950 - John "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald - Rose Kennedy’s father, passed away. His funeral was one of the largest in Boston’s history. A natural politician— he was a charming, impish, affable lover of people. His warmth of character earned him his nickname, and the only politician who could sing “Sweet Adeline” sober and get away with it. He was quite a showman who could have had a career in vaudeville. In 1889, he married Mary Hannon, his