Tizona is the name of one of two swords wielded by the 11th century Spanish warrior Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, known as El Cid. His second sword was named Colada. While the exploits of El Cid and Tizona are detailed in the epic poem, Mocedades de Rodrigo, the historical record is less complete. For example, … More Tizona, El Cid’s legendary sword
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/04/27/scientists-discover-hidden-antarctic-lake.html?intcmp=hpffo&intcmp=obnetwork GEOLOGY Scientists discover hidden Antarctic lake Published April 27, 2016 FoxNews.com Facebook75 Twitter88 livefyre21 Email Print File photo – A satellite view of Antarctica is seen in this undated NASA handout photo obtained by Reuters February 6, 2012. (REUTERS/NASA/Handout) A large, ribbon-shaped lake may be hiding beneath the ice that covers Antarctica, and it … More Antarctica fun fact: Hidden lake
Candlemas began as a pagan holiday, the Festival of Lights, or a Midwinter Festival. It occurs during the midpoint between the Solstice and Equinox, celebrating the beginnings of the growing season. Known as Imbolc, Celtic for “in milk” or “in the belly,” it marked the first signs of spring and a time to bless livestock … More Candlemas: February 2
Samhain was a Druid holiday that marked summer’s end on October 31 and the coming of the cold weather, or season of the dead. The ancient Celts followed a lunar calendar, so the holiday began on the eve of October 31 and was marked by ritual burnings of crops and animals in bonfires as sacrifices … More Samhain: 0ctober 31-November 1
After six months of darkness, the sun has risen at the South Pole! Astronomical twilight began in early August, when the sun was 12-18 degrees below the horizon. Nautical twilight followed on August 22, when the sun was 6-12 degrees below the horizon. Aurora australis were still visible as the sun’s glow appeared on the horizon. … More Sunrise
Corsets were tight garments designed to distort a woman’s figure to conform to fashion trends. The prevailing shape and level of comfort shifted over the decades. Dresses were looser in Medieval times, making corsets unnecessary. Fashion evolved to include a cote or sort of corset that was worn on the outside of a flax shift … More Corsets: What’s all the fuss?
Here is a blog posting from a National Geographic about the Extreme Cold Weather Gear: http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2011/01/09/expedition_antarctica_gearing/