A model of the Empire State Building in miniature.
The mockup belongs to Adrián /4º A.
Thank you for sharing it with us! :)
The Empire State Building is a skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, on Fifth Avenue. It has a roof height of 1,250 feet (380 m), and with its antenna spire included, it stands a total of 1,454 feet (443 m) high.Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. It stood as the world's tallest buildingfor nearly 40 years, from its completion in early 1931 until thetopping out of the original World Trade Center's North Tower in late 1970.Following the September11 attacks in 2001, the Empire State Building was again the tallest building in New York.
The site of the Empire State Building was first developed as the John Thompson Farm in the late 18th century. At the time, a stream ran across the site, emptying into Sunfish Pond, located a block away. Beginning in the late 19th century, the block was occupied by the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, frequented by The FourHundred, the social elite of New York.
St. Patrick's Day is that fun day of year when you can pinch your friends (not wearing green) without getting in trouble, run around the school yard in search of four-leaf clovers for luck and, seek out leprechauns who will hopefully lead you to that elusive pot of gold.
St. Patrick was not Irish. Born somewhere along the west coast of Britain in 385AD, he was captured and sold to a sheep farmer in Ireland, when he was 16 years old. At the age of 22, he escaped and spent the next 12 years in a British monastery. In his early 30's he returned to Ireland as a missionary, trying to convert the Irish people to Christianity, and remained there until he died, on March 17th, 461AD. According to historians, he was largely forgotten until centuries and it was not until the 7th Century that he was honored as a Patron Saint of Ireland.
St. Patrick's Day Celebrations
While today St. Patrick's Day is a national holiday in Ireland, and the festivities last for four days, the first parade took place in Boston in 1732, to help Irish soldiers serving in American colonies reconnect with their country. Now, the holiday is celebrated all over the world by people of Irish descent, and the biggest parade outside Dublin, takes place in New York City. However, the most fun celebration seems to be in Chicago, where they dye the Chicago River green!
(Dyeing the Chicago River Green, St. Patrick's Day)
Blue Not Green, Was the Original Color
While today, one can get pinched for not wearing green, the original color associated with St. Patrick was blue. Green was adopted in the 19th Century because it represents spring, life and most importantly, the shamrock.
As far as the 'pinch' tradition, nobody really knows how it originated. Some believe it was started because pinching gives a green bruise, while others seems to think it is an American tradition believed to have come from the myth that wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns. The pinch apparently was a reminder to beware these wily creatures.
Finding That Lucky Four-Leaved Clover
In case you don't find that four-leaved clover today, don't fret. Did you know that only one in 10,000 clovers have four leaves? The Irish believe that each leaf means something - the first represents hope, the second faith, the third love and the fourth, happiness.
How to Catch that Sneaky Leprechaun
According to Irish mythology, the Leprechaun, (whose name comes from the mixture of 'small person' and 'one shoemaker') is a small fairy that knows the location of a pot of gold. But to get to that, you have to not only find and catch him, but also, threaten him. Apparently, the best way to find this sneaky little guy, is to nab him while he is repairing shoes - and even after that be careful, for he is crafty enough to escape!
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an African-American Civil Rightsactivist, whom the United States Congresscalled "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement". Her birthday, February 4, and the day she was arrested, December 1, have both become Rosa Parks Day, commemorated in both California and Ohio.
Are they friendly with the big bird? Do you think the large bird is a stork or a crane?
A small bird lands on a telephone wire and makes itself comfortable, only to have a second small bird land next to it. The two birds quickly start to squabble as others land on the wire and join in. They are interrupted when a large, gangly, awkward-looking bird sitting on top of the pole honks to them. Soon, the small birds start mocking the large one by puffing up their feathers to resemble its plumage and imitating its honk. They then slide farther out along the wire and chatter suspiciously among themselves, ignoring the large bird's attempts to befriend them until it settles in the middle of all of them out on the wire. However, its weight causes the wire to sag almost to the ground and all the small birds slide down toward it.
As the large bird keeps trying to make friends, the small ones get annoyed and try to push it off the wire, only for it to lose its balance and flop over to hang upside down by its feet. The two nearest the center start pecking at its toes, egged on by the rest of the crowd. One of the other birds suddenly panics, realizing how low the wire is and tries to stop the pecking. The others understand and stop too late; when the large bird's last toe slides off, the wire snaps upward and flings all the small birds out of sight. The large one is so close to the ground that it settles down easily, accompanied by a shower of feathers from the small birds.
One of them falls to the ground, having lost all its feathers and the large bird laughs and offers it a leaf to cover itself. The others soon tumble down as well and hide behind the large bird as it laughs even harder.