For hundreds of years, a mysterious sword had been embedded in the cliffs above the Notre Dame chapel in Rocamadour, France. The monks say it is Durandal, sword of the paladin Roland. According to legend, Roland hurled the holy blade into the side of the cliff to keep it from being captured by his enemies. Since the 12th century, the chapel has been a destination for sacred pilgrimages. In 2011, the sword was removed by the local municipality and given to the Cluny Museum in Paris for an exhibit.
But is the sword actually Durandal? While the battle where Roland lost his life is a well-documented event, the first mention of Durandal was in “The Song of Roland,” composed hundreds of years later––about the same time the Notre Dame monks began claiming the sword was Roland’s. They likely linked their sword to Durandal since Rocamadour was the starting point for his journey, even though his final battle happened hundreds of miles away in the valley of Roncesvaux. So unfortunately, unless Roland pitched a really good fastball, the sword in the cliff is likely nothing more than a story conjured up by the monks of the chapel. Still, where the sword really came from remains a complete mystery.
West African Flag
This unusual flag is commonly (and wrongly) attributed to the Benin Empire. It is one of four currently held at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich near London. There is some uncertainty about the exact origin of the flag, and whether it came from Benin itself or was used by the forces of its Itsekiri allies. The name ‘Kennedy’ on the paper label attached to the flag seems to indicate it was brought back by Admiral F.W. Kennedy from the 1897 expedition against Benin, and so is of Benin origin. The flag, however, is extremely similar to three other West African flags the Museum holds, which originated not in Benin itself but with the neighboring Itsekiri people.
List of Prettiest Flags in the World, ranked by the combined opinions of 1114 people as of November 2013 at Ranker. Click the NEXT to See the list.
Known to have annoyed the French and having narrow minded opinions regarding minorities, Sharon is an Israeli prime minister who happens to be on the list for all the controversies he has been a part of.
The perfect balance ……….
Chuck Norris and Superman once fought each other on a bet. The loser had to start wearing his underwear on the outside of his pants.
Hitler’s Bunker in 1945.
“I like bikinis that are super s..xy and lingerie-like because, well, I love lingerie” Kate Upton, The American model and actress, known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Upton was named Rookie of the Year following her first SI-appearance in 2011, and in 2012 and 2013 she featured as the cover model. Before moving into modelling, Kate was an avid horseback rider, and actually won five world titles for being so darn good at it. She was scouted by modelling agencies when she was just 12.
“I wish I was a bloke sometimes. There are a few things I’d like to try out as a bloke.” Cheryl Cole. Another year, another top-10 placing on the 100 hottest countdown for the planet’s prettiest Geordie. The X Factor judge, came top in a poll of the 100 hottest women by male readers of FHM magazine, narrowly beating Hollywood actress Megan Fox and bikini model Marisa Miller. Her private life may be suffering, but Cheryl Cole has been given a boost after being named the Hottest Woman In The World for the second year in a row.
Hornets are the largest eusocial wasps; some species can reach up to 5.6 cm in length. The true hornets make up the genus Vespa and are distinguished from other vespines by the width of the vertex, which is proportionally larger in Vespa and by the anteriorly rounded gasters. Hornet stings are more painful to humans than typical wasp stings because hornet venom contains a large amount (5%) of acetylcholine. Individual hornets can sting multiple times; unlike typical bees, hornets and wasps do not die after stinging because their stingers are not barbed and are not pulled out of their bodies.
Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl
Alicia Silverstone is an American actress, film and television producer, author, and animal rights and environmental activist. She played the popular comic book character “Batgirl” in Batman and Robin. Although it was not easy for the cute Hollywood actress, who looked oh-so-s.xy in the movie. Donning a lycra body suit and high boots, we want to see Batgirl zooming around in her motorcycle more often.
Having been discovered in the early 90′s in the TV series “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, Will Smith’s career was set to a great start. He later starred in a number of blockbuster movies including “Independance Day” and “Men in Black”, and even won several Grammy Awards and Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations, shooting him to instant stardom. Smith is not just a fantastic actor, but a producer and rapper as well. His total net worth is $200 million.
The Brazilian supermodel has made a major name for herself as a Victoria’s Secret Angel. Since joining the brand in 2000, Lima has been widely regarded as one of the most desirable Angels. Men took notice of Lima when she practically admitted that she was still a virgin in 2006 during an interview with GQ Magazine. She said that sex should only be done after marriage. Millions of guys around the world wanted to send in an application. Well, it’s too late now as she is married to Marko Jaric, a basketball player from Serbia with whom she has two kids. Despite many of her contemporaries moving on from the brand, Lima’s been loyal to the lingerie line for over a decade.
Accept Who You Are.
We’re all different in this universe. It’s much healthier to accept that you’re unique than to wish you were more like someone else. Feeling good about yourself boosts your confidence to learn new skills, visit new places and make new friends. Good self-esteem helps you cope when life takes a difficult turn. “Being happy with who I am now means I enjoy living in the moment.”
The Bridge Pose, or Setu Bandhasana is a simple pose aimed to open your chest and hips and energize the body.
- Stretches chest and thighs; extends spine.
- Lie on floor with knees bent and directly over heels.
- Place arms at sides, palms down. Exhale, then press feet into floor as you lift hips.
- Clasp hands under lower back and press arms down, lifting hips until thighs are parallel to floor, bringing chest toward chin. Hold for 1 minute.
- Make it easier: Place a stack of pillows underneath your tailbone.
Andorra has no regular army however signed treaties with European country and France for its protection. Its little volunteer army is solely ceremonial in operate. The paramilitary GIPA (trained in counter-terrorism and prisoner management) is a component of the national police.
The highest and heaviest outdoor elevator in the world, The Bailong Elevator is a glass elevator built onto the side of a huge cliff in the Wulingyuan area of Zhangjiajie, China that is 1,070 feet (330 m) high. Also known as “Hundred Dragons Elevator,” the sight-seeing elevator, which takes two minutes to ride from the base to the top, can carry 50 people in one trip with a total of 18,000 people daily. Construction of the elevator began in October 1999 and was finished in 2002 for public use.
Diamond Crypto Smartphone
Based on Windows CE, this smart phone was designed by luxury accessories maker Peter Aloisson. This unique object de art is priced at a crisp $1.3 million and is tagged as the costliest in the world. This one features a cover adorned with 50 diamonds, 10 of which are the rare blue ones. Apart from this, it also features s few sections made in rose gold as well. It also gives protection against kidnapping and technological blackmail.