The oldest bridge in the world
An ancient Sumerian city - Girsu, located about halfway between the nowadays Baghdad and Basrah, southern Iraq, there's one of the earliest cities in the world. Girsu, being at least five thousand years old, became the capital of the kingdom of Lagash, a sacred metropolis dedicated to the Sumerian heroic deity called Ningirsu, and was still its religious center after the political authorities moved to the city of Lagash. It was in Girsu where for the first time there was discovered evidence of Sumerian civilization in the form of thousands of cuneiform tablets with records concerning economic, administrative and commercial matters of the city. More than fifty years of excavations in this huge archaeological site revealed some of the most important monuments of Sumerian art and architecture, including a 4,000 years old bridge made of baked brick.
A Japanese museum with the most flexible opening hours ever
On a quiet, mansion street in Kyoto, Japan, just around the corner of the Kennin-ji temple, there's a tiny, one-room museum dedicated to Ukiyo-e art and pictorial woodcuts. This small, family museum in an old wooden Machiya tenement building is "the smallest ukiyo-e museum in the world". Below you can see Ichimura Mamoru, who's standing in front of his museum in Kyoto.
People of the Victorian era at the beach
Today, our time machine will take you to the beach in Atlantic City, to the Victorian era, where swimsuits make women look like sailors.
A wooden sculpture in Tulum
A South African artist Daniel Popper, famous for his large figurative sculptures, created a new work of art as part of the art and culture festival in Tulum, Mexico. The towering installation's name is Ven a la Luz (enters the light) and it consists of wood and ropes formed into a female shape. Her torso is filled with green plants, being a passage for visitors.
Banksy - Paris with his six new works
A couple of new graffiti works appeared in the capital of France. They were created in various locations, and according to the assumptions, they turned out to be made by one of the most famous street art artists, Banksy. The author added new graffiti pics to his Instagram profile, resolving doubts. All the works refer to the migration crisis. The first work was noticed by passers-by at the World Refugee Day near the former Paris Refugee Center.
World's ugliest dog 2018
People gather at this annual event to watch cute but ugly animals. We mean the competition for the ugliest dog in the world, settled already - and the winner was an English bulldog Zsa Zsa. The festival, already 30 years old, took place in the San Francisco Bay, where after the fierce competition the title was given to a 9-year-old English bulldog Zsa Zsa, and her owner was awarded with a prize of $1,500. Meet the ugliest dog of 2018.
People from the future
On the streets of many cities of the world you can meet people who live probably 100 years ahead of the rest of us. Here are several such examples.
Multiple phone charging
A mobile phone is a soldier's best friend. Russian troops know this and found many ways to charge a number of phones in one outlet.
What can you make of an old fire extinguisher
A fire extinguisher is a firefighting device that has its expiration date. What to do with it after expiration? Here's a couple of designer ideas.
A private arsenal of weapons
Californian policemen reaped quite a harvest at the house of 60-year-old Manuel Fernandez. After two days of searching, they found more than 500 types of weapons: rifles, pistols and ammunition. Fernandez, who called himself a collector, was arrested because he didn't have license for most pieces. Let's see a powerful military collection, thanks to which the owner got out of jail only after $35,000 bail.