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Shell Cottage from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

In the real world, Shell Cottage was a temporary film set erected in the sand dunes of Freshwater West in Pembrokeshire, Wales. In another world, it was something special. Described in the book as a “lonely and beautiful place”, Shell Cottage was the home of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour and served as a safe house [...]

Man Tries to Cross the Irish Sea in Giant Hamster Wheel

(Video Link)  Chris Todd has a dream: to walk from Wales to Ireland. His means of doing so is a paddlewheel raft that he made in his backyard. Alas, 9 hours into a projected 48-hour crossing, he had to stop because of technical problems. Event coordinator Annie Davies explained: “He was going really well and making a [...]

10 Legendary Monsters of Europe

There are monsters all around us -or at least the legends of monsters. Last week we saw some of the monsters of Asia. Now here are some of the scariest monsters of Europe. 1. Kelpie The Kelpie lives in the lakes and rivers of Scotland, and is often referred to as a “water horse” because it is [...]

The Woman Who Jumped Off the Hollywood Sign

Making it in Hollywood is a tough game. For every success story, there are a thousand failures. A vast majority of hopefuls understand the odds and still choose to go for it. But some have a tougher time dealing with the competition than others. Wikimedia Commons One such hopeful starlet was Millicent Lilian “Peg” Entwistle, who was [...]

25 Beautiful Vintage Theater Posters

The great thing about looking at vintage theater posters is that they not only show us the importance of theater in the time before television, but they also show us what captured the interests of people of the time. Of course, the wonderful artwork alone makes these worth a long look. All images courtesy of the [...]

The 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

Less than a month to go before the opening of the London Olympics, and we are halfway through the 70-day Olympic Torch Relay that takes the Olympic Flame through all four countries of the United Kingdom. The route covers 8,000 miles and involves 8,000 relay runners. Photograph of the Olympic torch passing through Dunfermline, Scotland, by [...]

How Did King Edward VIII Meet Wallis Simpson?

© Bettmann/CORBIS In the 1930s, how would a middle-class Baltimore divorcee become romantically involved with the man who would be King of England? It always comes down to who you know. And Wallis Simpson knew how to climb the social ladder very effectively. She started at a young age. While at school, she befriended a member [...]

Precariously Leaning Towers of the World

“QUANTUM SHOT” #772 Link – article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams The World’s Other Leaning Towers (apart from the one in Pisa) Many people are familiar with the Leaning Tower of Pisa, one of the most famous buildings in the world. Construction began on the Tower in 1173 and took place in three [...]

‘Beast of Bont’ returns, 20 sheep killed

A mystery predator has been blamed for the deaths of livestock near the Cambrain Mountains in Wales. The mutilated remains of several sheep were found…

Chewing Gum is Bad For Your Brain

Gasp! My fourth grade teacher might’ve been right after all – chewing gum in class may actually be bad for you: … scientists at Cardiff University in Wales now find chewing gum can [...]