Do you know that we would float, weightlessly, if the Earth made approximately two complete revolutions per hour?!
Source: H.J.Hagedoorn, author of TreePad
Have you read Frank Herbert's Dune or seen one of the movies made after the books?
A fast-turning Earth, as envisioned above, sounds like an ideal planet for the Machiavellian Baron from the Dune epic!;)...possibly even if there were no spice production there...
Find out here about this prized science fiction masterpiece which has sold over ten million copies.
Do you know that the farting of an elephant is potent enough to put an automobile in motion for a few kilometers?!
Source: Discovery Television Channel
Do you know that there is at least one dented galaxy in the Universe, the outer disc of which galaxy looks warped when seen in profile?
This was revealed by the Hubble telescope.
The peculiar shape of this galaxy, which is evidenced by the glow of stars in the centre of its mass, has been attributed to a probable collision with other groups of stars.
Source: Ananova News
Apologies, da Vinci!...
Do you know that, from April 2005 on, the famous lady, caricatured above, has gotten a brand new home?|
Yes, though she continues residing in the Paris, at the Louvre art gallery; but her new home is now called “Salle des États.”
Do you know that the cost for giving her this new home has been in the area of 4.8m€ ?!...
Well, this new home now allows her visitors plenty of room for gazing and appreciating her and her cryptic smile in comfort,
through non-reflective, unbreakable (and bullet-proof) glass, which protects her from climatic changes, from camera flashes and from whatever chance of wilful damage. There's also special lighting, to ensure her the best environment in which to “live.”
After all, she's a very old lady!
Do you know she was born somewhere between 1503-1506 ?!!!
Yes! She is Italian, by nationality, but her father took her to France in the early 16th Century, where she has been ever since.
Well...yes...except for a couple of years, during which period her whereabouts were unknown...for...
Did you know she was “kidnapped” in 1911? Yes, but luckily she was found again, in Florence, in a hotel!
And of course, she was brought back to France, where she “lived,” and has again been “living” ever since.
Wondering about this lady's cryptic smile (above-mentioned)? It has been concealed, in the animated caricature on this page, but it is widely available on MieNet, both in its original version and in fun versions, as above.
What's so special about her smile is that it seems to “play” with a characteristic inherent to the way the human eye functions:
what we see is a result of two different (and complementary) ways the eye perceives the world around us,
modern science has found out: foveal or direct vision, and peripheral vision.
More technically, whereas our peripheral vision registers shadows and low spatial frequencies, our direct vision takes care of picking up detail and high spatial frequencies.
The lady's smile appears so enigmatic, it was found, as a result of its not being registered precisely by direct vision, as we're used to registering that which we focus attention on!
On the contrary, focusing onto her smile tends to fade it, somehow, whereas gazing at any other of the lady's features (her eyes, for example) then allows us clear perception of her smile!
There's more of this stuff on MieNet!
Ready to try other ways in which our senses might “trick” us? Then either click the following links, or find them on the “Quick Menu,” on the left:
What do you see?
Illusion . . .
Can the eye/"I" lie?
Check, in addition, MieNet's Ilusion Image Galleries – these are likewise very interesting pages to enjoy!
Finally, it is worth mentioning that the light fun, above, should by no means be taken as a sign of disrespect or lack of appreciation for this famous lady!
We often tease the most those we love the most! (See here, for a similar instance!)
So, if anything is to be read, is a token of my deep appreciation for both her and her father!
Here are related books, which you are sure to enjoy, if the above has interested you! You can browse through the books, view descriptions & read different readers' reviews, at Amazon.com. Just click any of the titles, below:
Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing
Cognition and the Visual Arts
Math and the Mona Lisa: The Art and Science of Leonardo da Vinci
this book, you find the direct vs. peripheral vision account of Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile, above-mentioned.
Related book, quite complementary to the one on the left, covering a wider scope of the fascinating area of human perception.
This book offers an alternative account of Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile, via da Vinci's mastery & mathematical perception of form.
Last-minute remark: You may also enjoy checking the Optical Illusions & Other Neat Stuff section, @ the About.com network
, which includes the Mona Lisa
Have you got some good useless information handy?
Send it over! :)
I'll gladly add it to this page, give you full credit (of course!) and a link to your HomePage.
Free TreePad exe-eBook creator
Free TreePad Viewer