Brief on Lotus

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An overview of The Lotus Sports Car, to focus on the development, significant features, and technical information of each model in the range, from the Mark 6 into the Elise S1.

In this report, I provide a nostalgic look at The Lotus Sports Car, among an elite group of classic cars, which was manufactured during the period 1952 to 1996+.

In 1952, Colin Chapman founded the Lotus Engineering Company whose goal was to generate racing and sports cars.

His first car was simply called the Mark 6 and was marketed in kit form.

The Lotus Seven

Based on the Mark 6, the Series 1 Lotus Seven was introduced in 1957.

Produced mainly in kit form, it allowed enthusiasts to own a mix racing and sports car inexpensively. It was a lightweight, quick and responsive two seater machine.

This was followed, in 1961, by the Series 2 Lotus Seven with a 1.3 litre engine.

In 1968, the Series 3 Lotus Seven was introduced with a 1.6 litre engine.

Finally, the Series 4 Lotus Seven appeared in 1970 with either a 1.6 or 1.7 litre engine.

The Lotus Elite

A greater performance SE variation in 1960 produced 85 bhp.

There followed the Super 95, Super 100 and Super 105, with much more power. With its aerodynamic shape and Coventry Climax engine, it was a standard on the racing circuits.

The Lotus Elan

It was the first Lotus sports car to combine a steel chassis with a fibre glass body.

This two seater was, technically, ahead of its time using a Lotus-Ford twin cam engine and a Cosworth alloy head.

A 2+2 version was introduced in 1967 with a top speed of 120 mph and 0-60 in 7.9 secs. Some 5,200 were built.

The Lotus Europa

The Lotus Europa, a two door, mid engined coupe, premiered in 1966.

The altered Renault engine was positioned behind the driver’s head.

Later models were fitted using the Lotus-Ford twin cam engine. The Europa was not well received.

The Lotus Elite

Once more, like the Elan, it had a fibre glass body on a steel chassis. It utilized a 16-valve, twin overhead cam engine with a five speed gearbox.

There were four levels of specification, from the basic 501 to the peak of the range 504.

The Lotus Eclat

Also in 1974, the Lotus Eclat was introduced.

Based on the Lotus Elite Series 75, it had a fastback body style which provided greater boot storage.

Later models used a bigger, 2174 cc Lotus engine, although it kept the same 160 bhp due to emission regulations.

The Lotus Esprit

The Lotus Esprit Series 1 was launched in 1976. As before, it was a fiber glass body on a steel chassis, and has been the replacement for the Europa.

The motor was positioned behind the passengers, as was its predecessors. Sadly, it was considered as being underpowered.

In 1981, the Lotus Esprit Turbo Type 82 was released, and was based on their expertise gained in racing.

Finally, in 1986, the Turbo Esprit HC appeared, and its high compression engine generated 215 bhp. This brought the Esprit to the supercar league.

The Lotus M100 Elan

The Lotus M100 Elan appeared in 1989.

It was a two seater convertible, and utilized a Japanese Isuzu, twin overhead cam, 1.6 litre, 16-valve engine extensively modified by Lotus. Once again, the fibre glass body was fixed to a steel chassis.

This was the only front wheel drive sports car manufactured by Lotus.

The Lotus Elise

Its fibre glass body was bonded to an aluminium chassis.

Lotus also offered a series of limited edition variants. The Lotus Elise outperformed all revenue anticipation, and returned Lotus into the premier league.

This marked the end of the classic Lotus sports car Beyond 2000, Lotus produced a variety of exciting sports cars which, sadly, falls beyond the time frame of this review.

Perhaps this stroll down memory lane might have replied, or at least shed light on, a possible question:

Which Lotus Sports Car Is Your Favorite

However, should this query still remain unanswered, I will be reviewing, in some detail, in future content in this website, the entire assortment of Lotus sports cars that were featured in the memorable era spanning 1952 to 1996.

I hope you join me in my nostalgic travels “down sports car memory lane”.

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The Skyline

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When it was released it was advertised as a luxury automobile.

In 1958 the Skyline version had an upgrade with the addition of quad headlights and a slightly altered 1.5 Litre GA-4 overhead valve engine. This engine was made up until 1961. The Prince Skyline models were available in both four door sedans and five door channel wagons/estates. From the early 1960’s that the Skyline was also available in what was called the Skyline Sport package, this version featured hand built bodies in both coupe and convertible versions and were powered by a 1.9 Litre 1862cc GB-30 engine.

Then in 1961 Fuji Precision Industries changed its name to Prince, this was done due to the 1954 merger. Prince then launched the S50 set of Skylines. These vehicles were considered the next generation in Skyline history. The S50 series became one of the most desired vehicles in Japan. They arrived powered by a G-1 engine, which was a revised version of the older GA-4.

The creation of the S50 series continued until 1967 when the S50E-3 was released. This same model could be found under four different badges, the Prince Skyline, the Prince A150, the PMC A150 or the Nissan A150.

1967 saw an upgrade to the Skyline version once again, this version was dubbed the S57 and came equipped with a 1.5 Litre overhead camera 1487cc G15 engine. For its time the G15 was known as the most powerful engine in its class.

In 1968 Nissan introduced the C10 series of Skylines, these were equipped with either the G15 engine or a 1.8 Litre G18.

The very first of Nissans GT-R assortment of skylines premiered in 1969. The original GT-R started as a sedan but in 1970 that a coupe version was added. The GT-r versions came stripped of anything deemed unnecessary in order that they could make them as light as possible for racing.

1971 saw the introduction of the KGC10 2000GT-X Skyline. These versions received a 2.0 Litre 1998cc L20 inline 6 cylinder engine. This was originally released in a two door coupe version but in 1972 a four door sedan version tagged the GT-X joined the lineup.

1972 saw the arrival of the Nissan Skyline GT-R hardtop. However, this model only lasted until the first quarter of 1973. Nissan ceased its production when the oil crisis forced many people to research buying economy vehicles and to shy away from performance vehicles. At this same time Nissan pulled out of the motor racing circuits thus eliminating the need for what was then considered the high performance standout of its time. This was to be the last Skyline GT-R for 16 years until the Brand was revived in 1989.

The next generation of Skylines was the C110 versions that started production in 1972. The C110 series was the first in its production lineup to feature the round rear lights which became typical in after skyline designs. This line up remained in production until 1977.

After 1977 Nissan continued to split the skyline range down into fundamental four and six cylinder models. These were known as the C210 Collection of Skylines. The GT-XE was introduced using a turbo charged L20ET engine. On the early variations one unique design component of the turbo charged engines was that they weren’t intercooled nor did they have any form of blow off valve. Also the T designation at the end of the engine code L20ET doesn’t mean it is a turbo, the T actually stands for twin carburettors.

In 1981 the R30 series was launched. There were a total of 26 versions of the R30 available at the time mixing body styles and engines so people could in effect get exactly the vehicle they wanted.In 1983 the R30 series got a facelift, common additions that were made standard included: four wheel disc brakes, upgraded interior trim, new exterior bumpers smoked tail lights and door mounted wing mirrors.

Also in 1981 the 2000RS model was introduced, this variant was originally marketed as a stripped down lightweight racing version. These models came equipped with a dual overhead cam FJ20E engine.

In 1983 the 2000RS-Turbo got a marked improvement in performance with the addition of this FJ20ET engine. Front brakes were upgraded to larger units to cope with the increased power available.

In 1984 even more changes were made with the addition of an intercooler, newly revised compression ratios and a brand new turbo charger exhaust housing. These were available in both manual and automatic transmission variants.

In 1986 we saw the coming of the R31 Skyline, this was considered to be the seventh generation in the Skyline line. The R31 had many new inventions with technology and extra capabilities. The Engine ignition and fuel system became more advanced with the addition of the NICS (Nissan Induction Control System) injection system which increased low end performance.

One of the ultimate versions of the R31 was the RB20DET-R powered HR31 GTS-R. This version only had 800 units built. This amount allowed Nissan to enter the vehicle into the touring car racing circuit. The automobile itself had a much bigger turbo charger than normal and it was located on a tubular exhaust manifold that was included in addition to a much larger front mounted intercooler boosting power throughout the board.

In 1989 we saw the introduction of this HCR32 Skyline, this was available in either a sedan or coupe body style and the rest of the body designs were dropped. The R32 because it would be come to be known was powered by various variations of Nissans RB engine line.

1989 also saw the return of this GT-R, these new models came equipped with twin ceramic turbo chargers, electronically controlled all wheel drive and all wheel steering. The GT-R also had larger brakes, a larger intercooler and flared front and rear wheel arches.

In 1993 the R33 skyline was released. This was slightly heavier than previous versions and all versions now used a six cylinder engine. With the launch of the the Skyline could no longer be thought of as a compact car as exterior dimensions grew from that bracket as compared to other manufacturers, but this did not stop consumers from wanting one.

In 1996 the R33 got the addition of standard driver and passenger side air bags. The turbo versions were also provided a nylon compressor wheel. The R33 was produced until 1998 with the version being retired with its 40th anniversary R33 series two.

Also in 1996 the GT-R had been improved. Changes like turbo compressor aerodynamics, intercooler and turbo dump pipe were all revised. A limited number of special edition NISMO 400R GT-R’s was produced. These featured a road tuned engine and a getrag gearbox that has turned out to be stronger than previous offerings.

In 1998 the R34 model was introduced. These were equipped with a more fuel efficient engine that was also aimed at being more environmentally friendly.

The newest version saw changes to the chassis, the inclusion of ball bearings to the turbo core as compared to a good position, and a new six speed getrag gearbox.

In 2007 a new variant of the GT-R was introduced. Nissan now decided to separate the GT-R apart from the normal Skyline line and make it a stand alone version. This version was released to the public in 2008. The vehicle keeps its heritage by still using the chassis code CBA-R35 or just R35.

Mustang Killer

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While designers and engineers feverishly worked tirelessly to the development of a four-passenger sports car they code-named the F-car, the Chevy public relations, marketing and advertising group ready the world for the introduction of a car they called the Panther.

All through the summer of 1965 virtually every aspect of the vehicle’s design and development, from preliminary design sketches to clay models, was photographed and carefully recorded. Chevy used the assets to make a 30 -minute movie The Camaro, which was later shown on TV and in movie theaters. They also introduced women’s clothing known as the Camaro Collection and even a Camaro road race sport.

In November, Chevy sales executives and creative people previewed prototype versions at the GM Tech Center. Campbell-Ewald, Chevy’s venerable ad agency, immediately began work on catalogs, direct mail and sales promotion materials, together with print, outdoor and TV/radio advertising. In April 1966, at the New York Auto Show Press Conference, Chevrolet sales executives admitted no name was picked for the new vehicle, but did declare that pricing of 1967 model will be from the Corvair-Chevy II range.

Throughout early 1966 Chevy agonized over a name for its Mustang-killer. GM’s upper management was nervous about the aggressive connotations of the Panther name. A similar bout of cold feet would later cause the Pontiac version, code called the Banshee, to be renamed Firebird. Over its brief lifetime, the F-car was called by many names such as Wildcat, Chaparral, Commander and Nova. It’s also rumored that Chevy considered using the letters”GM” in the name, and came up with G-Mini, which evolved into GeMini and eventually Gemini. However, GM’s upper management vetoed the idea, fearing the car may be a failure.

Automotive legend has it that somebody at Chevrolet finally proposed the name Camaro and upper management quickly agreed. Even though the name has no real significance, GM researchers reportedly found the word in a French dictionary as a slang term for”friend” or”companion.” It is theorized that Ford Motor Company researchers also discovered other definitions, including”a shrimp-like creature” and an arcane term for”loose bowels.”

Since a number or pre-launch stuff had already been published using the Panther title, Chevy’s most pressing challenge was to now rename their new Mustang killer, the Camaro.

On June 21, 1966, around 200 automotive journalists received a telegram from General Motors saying,”Please be available at noon of June 28 for important press conference. Hope you can be available to help scratch a cat. The mysterious telegram was signed, John L. Cutter – Chevrolet Public Relations – SEPAW Secretary. The next day, journalists obtained another mysterious telegram stating,”Society for the Eradication of Panthers in the Automotive World will hold first and last meeting on June 28.”

Finally, on June 28, 1966, General Motors held a live press conference in Detroit’s Statler-Hilton Hotel. It was the first time in history that 14 cities were hooked up in real time for a press conference via telephone lines. Elliot M.”Pete” Estes, who substituted”Bunkie” Knudsen as Chevrolet General Manager in July 1965, started the news conference by announcing all participants were now charter members of the Society for the Elimination of Panthers in the Automotive World (SEPAW.) Estes confidently declared that Camaro was selected as the title for Chevy’s new four-passenger sports car to honor the tradition of starting Chevy version names with the letter C like the Corvette, Corvair, Chevelle, and Chevy II. Most automotive insiders agreed it was a ridiculous statement, given the fact that the Chevy Impala was subsequently the best-selling car on earth. Estes then went on to explain that the Camaro name was,”derived from a French word meaning comrade or pal and indicates the comradeship of good friends as a private car ought to be on its owner.” A Chevrolet product manager immediately answered by saying,”a small, vicious animal that eats Mustangs.”

Soon after the press conference, editors from major performers were invited into the GM Proving Grounds for a hands on driving experience, hot laps with professional drivers and briefing on all aspects of the Camaro. Dealers saw the Camaro for the first time in August, in the Chevrolet Sales Convention in Detroit. On September 25, the first Camaro advertisements appeared in national newspapers. On September 28, 1966, Chevrolet launched an unprecedented ad blitz consisting of papers, magazines, radio, television, outdoor and television advertising.

The very first Chevy Camaro television commercial can nevertheless be seen on YouTube. It comes with a white Camaro RS/SS with the distinctive bumble-bee nose band emerging from a volcano. The voice over proudly introduces”The fiery new Camaro from Chevrolet… something you have never seen before.”

Just before the official June 29th launch date, a press package with photographs, specifications, and line stories were released to newspapers and magazines throughout the country. More than 100 members of the media were invited to participate in a gymkhana driving competition at the GM Proving Grounds. The exact type of event was held one week later in Los Angeles. A group of editors were also selected to induce top-optioned Camaro RS/SS models from Detroit to their home cities so they could publish,”I snapped it personally,” feature articles in their regional newspapers.

Mustang’s two and a half year head start in the marketplace did little blunt America’s eagerness to see the new Camaro. Chevy dealerships throughout the nation were filled to overflowing with inquisitive and willing buyers. Dealerships were issued special window trim, urged to black-out their windows and extend their showroom hours. Long lines formed to glimpse the new automobile. Those waiting in line were also eager to debate the merits of Mustang and the still unseen Camaro. It’s rumored that local police were frequently called help control the crowds.

Once inside dealerships in most metro areas, buyers were treated to not one but three Camaro models. Chevy made every effort to supply their largest dealers with a base sport coupe, Camaro RS and a Camaro SS convertible. The strategy was an extension of the creative approach used in Chevy’s national ads which showed all three Camaro models below a tag line,”Just how much Camaro you want is dependent upon how much driver that you want to be.”

The sticker price of $2,466 to get a Camaro base coupe and $2,704 for a foundation convertible was fully competitive with Ford’s pricing of their 1967 Mustang models which was $2,461 for the standard coupe, $2,692 for a normal fastback and $2,898 for a standard convertible.

Taking a page from Mustang’s success in earning additional profit from accessories and options, the Camaro could be arranged with nearly 80 mill options and 40 seller accessories. Buyers could also option up to a greater 250-inch variant of the standard straight six engine, a choice of 327-cubic-inch small-block V8s fed by either a two-barrel or a four-barrel carburetor and two variations of the 396-cubic-inch big-block V8. So as to keep the new Camaro from taking sales away from the Corvette, a corporate edict forbade equipping it with motors larger than 400 cid.

The initial 1967 Camaro built at the Norwood, Ohio, plant had a VIN finish in N100001; the first constructed at the Van Nuys, California, plant had a VIN ending in L100001. VIN tags on later models were moved so that they would be visible through the windshield. 1968 saw the debut of a fresh-air inlet system called Astro Ventilation. The bumblebee nose stripe included in the SS package also became available as a separate option in March 1968.

As factory-fresh Camaros rolled off the assembly lines at Norwood and Van Nuys, the Chevy team worked just as hard to keep Camaro in the public eye. Camaro, in fact, was chosen as the Official Pace Car for the 1967 Indianapolis 500. A white Camaro RS convertible with a 396 V8 engine, not normally available for that package, and a distinctive blue bumble-bee stripe round the nose paced the field. Over 100 special reproductions of the pace car were also produced as promotional vehicles for Chevy dealerships throughout the country.

A total of 41,100 new Camaro’s were registered in the 1966 calendar-year and an additional 204,862 in 1967. Ford, on the other hand, sold almost a half million Mustangs in 1967. Still, the battle lines were drawn. Chevy knew they had a winner and invented a bold strategy. If they couldn’t conquer Mustang on the showroom floor, they would at least beat it at the track. And while GM wasn’t formally into racing, that didn’t stop Chevrolet engineers from developing the Z/28, one of the most potent and effective performance packages of all time. But, that’s still another story.

Stamped Concrete Paving?

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Concrete isn’t just used for building anymore. While providing a function, it can also function as a decorative enhancement for various kinds of structures, including floors, patios, driveways, decks, porches, walls, walkways, and more. This artistic use of concrete is known as”decorative concrete”, and is a specialized project which needs an adept skill set, as well the proper inventory of tools and materials, for quality, long-lasting outcomes.

Turning standard concrete into decorative pavement is accomplished by altering the concrete during the pouring process, or after the concrete is finished curing. Frequent approaches and materials include concrete staining, concrete overlays, decorative overlays, concrete countertops, and of course, concrete stamping or”impressing.”

Concrete stamping has gained popularity over the past 50 years, and can be used in a huge array of residential and commercial applications. And there are many more reasons to choose it for your next property remodel or upgrade! Continue reading to find out more about impressed concrete and how it can benefit your property.

Concrete Stamping

The goals of concrete stamping is to make regular concrete resemble a decorative pattern, style, shape, design, texture, or colour. In actuality, this is one of the numerous advantages of stamped concrete.

Not only does stamped concrete deliver long-lasting luster and durability, it is also quite cost-effective since it can be built to resemble a huge array of higher-end materials, like wood, brick, stone, slate, bedrock, and much more. It may even be designed to resemble things in nature, such as sea shells, leaves, fossils, and much more. The endless options makes it one of the most desirable and economic renovations and new building additions of today’s property owner.

Installation

It’s important to hire a professional home remodeling general contractor or company for impressed concrete solutions. This is because it’s a highly complex and delicate project that requires hands-on experience and extensive knowledge of cement pavement installation and finishing. There are several factors involved in such work, such as foundations, water drainage, ground leveling, reinforcement grids, concrete formulation mixtures, and a lot more.

In terms of stamping concrete, the setup procedure generally involves the use of molds. Pre-made molds and stencils are pressed into concrete while the material remains pliable (in plastic condition ). Once the patterns and textures are implemented, the pavement can be finished by adding color and then sealer. Color is added by using one or more of the following products: dry shakes, colour hardening agents, powder releases, liquid releases, acid stains, and integral colors.

Notable Benefits

Impressed concrete offers a wide assortment of benefits in terms of cost, performance, appeal, and value. Here are some of the most notable benefits property owners are Delighted with:

Low Cost
Endless Options
Long-Lasting
Low Care
Less Labour Intensive
Increases Property Value
Looks Great

Magnificent Sights

Bonfire Surrounded With Green Grass Field

The great outdoors, a magnificent and extraordinary experience that may be shared with friends and family members. As a whole, we are so caught up with our own lives that we do not make the time necessary to enjoy the tiniest of things in life, relax and unwind. In today’s society, we are all about work-work-work… Our programs are so full and crammed with meetings and work-related issues which we forget about some of the truly wonderful things life has to offer, like nature.

Nature is such a beautiful and complicated marvel yet the vast majority of us spend little time researching it — even in our own backyards. If you were to ask any handful of people in Orange County, California if they’ve been to any of the surrounding national parks like Yosemite, or Yellowstone you’d be surprised (or not) from the number of those who have been to places like this. In the last few years, I’ve grown very fond of being out in the wilderness. It’s such a refreshing and revitalizing hobby and on top of that, it’s basically free.

Camping is such a wonderful hobby to pick-up and although acquiring equipment may be an initial investment, depending on the sort of camping you prefer, you may hardly need to spend any money at all. Some campers love backpacking, and although I can happily say I have done this once – it was also a completely terrifying experience for me. Other people prefer to go”glamping” which is more of a”glamourous” encounter; blow-up mattresses, A/C, showers, fancy portable sofas and some take it a step further with RV camping.

There are so many sights to visit and places to see that one could never explore it all in a lifetime. Still, creating a bucket-list of all the places you want to travel to is such a thrill and brings so much enthusiasm when you’re able to actually check an item off the list. Like previously mentioned, camping can be shared with both friends and loved ones. No matter what age you’re there is always enough of mother nature to share and make new memories.

Do you ever wonder what the Milky Way looks like when it is fully visible? The city lifestyle doesn’t give us much of an opportunity to actually lay back and admire the world. Take the night sky for example — the light pollution is so terrible from most urban areas the only things visible in the sky are helicopters, jets and clouds/smog. Imagine leaning back in your comfortable camping chair, the only light visible comes from a dimly lit campfire and a streak of light quickly shoots across your field of view. You look up and the sky becomes its own magnificent show, full of countless stars, and again you find another streak of light shoot across the sky.

In southern California there are a lot of places you can visit with breath-taking views. The thing I enjoy most about Southern California is how close everything is. In what other areas could you drive for just 1-2 hours and be not only on the shore, but also in the mountains, at a lake or even camping in the wilderness? Mother nature will not always be around, and it’s sad to think that we take the beauty of the world for granted. The next time you’re feeling adventurous, why not get out and explore, you will be truly amazed by just how much beauty there is on this world.

How to have fun on the treadmill

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The best way to remain healthy without spending much of your precious time at a nearby gym would be to walk down the treadmill deck. For treadmill workouts can be complete fun today. They’re no longer a mundane exercise of walking on a no man’s land.

And this is true for even the simplest types of treadmill. Just, you need to make some arrangements to have a totally relishing time of your workouts. Here are some easy and useful suggestions on the best way best to make a home treadmill workout a complete fun activity.

Record your favorite TV or radio show. And watch it while workouts. With this, you’ll have the ability to workout for longer durations and long schedules of workouts would not stress you. The time will pass quite easily.

This can allow you to keep your interest in exercising for longer durations.

The main thing, which is vital while exercising, is the environment around. Make the ambience of this place, where the treadmill is put, motivational and comfortable. For instance, in the room where you intend to exercise you can hang inspirational posters and wall hangings.

While exercising on a treadmill, speak with people whom you love. It is possible to use a hands-free equipment of your mobile phone to talk comfortably while the walk.

If you’re a voracious reader, pick up some reading stuff of your choice. In the evenings a fantastic journal of your interest or a book or a general interest publication would serve the purpose quite efficiently.

For music lovers, nothing could beat a good music in the background while exercising. Pest Removal will allow you to reduce that extra fat with more ease. It’s well known that songs not only instills additional energy to work for longer durations but also tranquilizes your tensed nerves.

Painting Rocks

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Rock painting could be man’s original art form, but these days it’s probably the easiest and most fun way to learn how to Bee Removal Orlando paint. The reason is simple; painting something that already has dimension and shape is like taking a shortcut to good results. On the other hand, painting on a stone that already has a shape and dimension is so much easier. In fact, one painter noted that painting on rocks is similar to coloring, and, after all,’anyone can color!’

Finding good rocks to paint is a major part of the fun of this activity. Where else can you find such exciting art material lying around on the floor? Start looking for rocks that have smooth shapes. River tumbled rocks are excellent, but more angular’side-of-the-road’ stones, or broken field stones may also be turned into exciting items like small cottages and vases or planters of flowers.

To begin, you need only a handful of basic colours. Acrylic paint works best and some brands even have a built in sealer so that the paint will hold up well even when the finished stone art is displayed outdoors. Get the primary colors, plus black and white, and you’ll be able to create almost any other color you might need. A few inexpensive brushes (I really like the stiff, white bristled ones you can pick up at those’everything for $1.00 shops in sets of 4 or 5), plus at least one narrow liner brush for producing lines, are generally all you need to get started. Lay out old newspaper to protect your surface and slow down clogs.

You might start with something as straightforward as a ladybug or butterfly, drawing the round or triangular designs using a pencil. Fill in the shapes with base colours, then, once the paint is dry, go back with a bigger brush and insert the details that will make the piece come to life; the stains on the lady bug’s back, or the dots and patterns to decorate the butterfly wings. Otherwise, just allow the mistake dry, then paint it over. You simply can’t’ruin’ a stone! This, in turn, helps them to achieve even greater results, because imagination flourishes when you aren’t feeling fearful. Many rock painters got their start with very simple pieces and improved quickly to making harder artwork.

“I used to believe I couldn’t even draw a stick figures and now people call me an artist!” Is something stone painters frequently tell me.

Whether you’re longing to uncover your hidden artistic talents or only want to have a fun time with family or friends, discover the fun and pleasure of rock painting. I guarantee you’ll never look at stones the same way again!

Activities for the Elderly

Free stock photo of love, people, woman, relaxationJust because you’re retired and consider yourself old, it doesn’t mean that you need to exude pleasure and laughter in life. There are lots of fun activities for the older you could take part in. In actuality, among the best times to let down your hair and enjoy life is following retirement.

They view painting, dancing, singing or music as a means to unwind and make new friends. Oftentimes, these are hobbies they had to give up because of their duties and busy lifestyle. But as soon as they retire, they opt to take up the hobby. Even if you have not indulged into creative artwork, it’s still possible to join a local course. You will find it incredibly therapeutic.

While it might not sound exciting, reading books is a fantastic way to spend your time. You can improve your knowledge base by studying an assortment of books. In actuality, you may even read novels to learn more about modern technology that’s creeping into all aspects of our lives now. No longer do you need to be worried about using a computer or PDA. You would have enough knowledge about them through studying. If you like different genre of novels, then retirement lifestyle is the best time to catch on books, poems and fiction.

You may have never thought about it while you’re younger, but bird watching is an exciting and enjoyable hobby to have. You may create a group of seniors and traveling to various locations on earth to capture glimpses of birds. Bird watching will also help you enjoy nature.

Other fun activities which you can do include gardening, scrap-booking, photography, jewelry making, toy making, carpentry, travel or simply spending significant time with your children and grand kids.

Americas other favorite passtime

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Racing fans everywhere will understand that Nascar racing is a big deal. Every year stock car racing gets bigger and bigger. There are sports parties modeled after the Nascar theme. Some have these parties around Nascar time or only on their birthdays. The Nascar name has been around for fifty three years ever since Nascar president Bill France Sr. hit on the idea of racing cars that individuals may actually drive on the street.

Nascar has a language all its own and several fans will be familiar with the slang terms used on the monitor, but those throwing a Nascar themed party may not be knowledgeable about the terms. You may want to think about throwing in few of these words on your own banners, and invitations to add the Nascar taste to your party. When a racecar is in’Balance’ that means its not oversteering or understeering but its moving around the track as if it’s on rails. The’Groove’ is considered to be the very best or most efficient way round the track.

You can add some fun to any Nascar celebration with some interesting trivia and facts games. Did you know that a yellow strip across the back of a Nascar driving car signals that there is a beginner driver behind the wheel? Make up a few cards with trivia questions on them and have a fast game of Nascar Knowledge before the next big race. Guests are certain to love it.

History of the toothpick

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The toothpick is a simple instrument with a simple purpose. We might not give it a second thought as we pick up one, free our teeth from distress and unsightly food stays, and then casually throw it away. But did you know that the toothpick has a colorful history that few people know about?

1. Skulls believed to belong to Neanderthals show signs of getting their teeth picked clean by some sort of tool.

2. In the 17th Century, toothpicks used by the upper classes were precious enough to be made from gold, silver or ivory and some were inlaid with precious stones.

3. The American state of Maine is the biggest toothpick producer. It’s estimated that about 90% of the nation’s toothpicks are created in this state.

4. The toothpick has also played an important part in history. Agathocles, a tyrant of Syracuse, died in 289 B.C. when utilizing his toothpick – an enemy is thought to have soaked it in poison without him knowing.

5. A man named Charles Forster, from Boston, asked Harvard students to eat at a nearby restaurant and loudly request a toothpick after finishing their meals.

6. This exact same Charles Forster set up a toothpick factory in Strong, Maine, which made an average of 20 million toothpicks each day.

7. Children would soak wooden toothpicks in a jar of cinnamon oil infusion and sell them for a profit. Clients who had purchased them could be seen by a red color left in their mouth.

8. The toothpick is considered such an essential that even Swiss Army knives a popular brand of multi-function tools – have included one in their product.

9. Some people have found other creative applications for the toothpick. A guy named Joe King utilized 110,000 toothpicks to construct a model of the Eiffel Tower – it rose to 23 feet!

10. Today, if you’re looking for a stylish and original gift to give someone important, you might want to buy a pocket toothpick holder – a great way to carry your toothpicks around with you!

Eyes are fascinating

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How well do you know your eyes-the fastest muscle in your body?

Well, why don’t you check the fun facts below and see for yourself what you do and don’t know about this marvelous body organ that allows us to appreciate our beautiful world.

Wow. Think of that! The normal eye is only two-thirds as big as a ping pong ball. Now try squeezing in over 200 million practical components and you can just imagine how beautiful our eyes are.

Given the correct weather and light conditions, a person with a normal vision can see a candle’s light which is some 14 miles away.

We are speaking about a individual with a 20/20 vision . But, just think of that! The structure of our eyes is so amazing that it could detect even a speck of light from a far distance!

Our eyes can see not just 50 but 500 shades of grey.

We’re pretty sure that prior to reading this, you were unaware that there are 500 shades of grey. But yes, there are 500 shades of gray, and the fact that your eye can distinguish the difference between those sunglasses is a marvel itself.

No one has a black eye shade.

No matter what you think, your eyes can only be as dark as the darkest brown but it is never black. In actuality, brown is the most common eye color on earth.

Every year, you blink your eyes at least 4,200,000 times.

Of course, you haven’t thought of counting how many times you blink, but that figure is there to give you an idea of how much your eyes blink. Why do we blink? Blinking helps the eyes to’breathe’ oxygen and provides moisture. So, in the event that you often stare at a computer screen, you are most likely to stress out your eyes easily since your eyes don’t blink as often as it should.

Your eye does not have any blood vessel.

Your cornea is the thin transparent membrane that serves as your eye to the world. It’s the primary eye structure that focuses the light that enters your eyes. The reason for the cornea’s transparent arrangement is its absence of blood vessels. However, it includes many nerve fibers which make it very sensitive to pain.

Smokers have poor night vision.

Smoking is the single major addiction that could bring as much trouble to your body. Each cigarette contains hundreds of compounds that destroy different body organs, such as the eyes. Those who smoke a lot ruin so many optical cells, making it difficult for them to see well in the dark as a normal person would.

Having two eyeballs can help you perceive depth accurately.

The images that every eyeball generates in the mind allow for comparison and determining how far or close an object is from you. Those who have one eyeball, naturally, will have a hard time determining an object’s distance and thickness accurately.

What can we do then to make sure that we take very good care of it? Health experts recommend good nutrition to keep our eyes healthy. Eat foods rich in lutein, beta-carotene, Vitamins C and E, along with other essential vitamins and minerals! You can also consider taking in dietary supplements like spirulina supplements to fill in any nutrition gap you might have. Also, remember to allow your eyes to rest. If your job involves staring at a computer display, make certain that you take a rest from the computer every 20 minutes. If you will need to be under sunlight frequently, always wear sunglasses.

Care for your eyes; they are not only the windows to your soul but also your windows into the world.

Golden Retriever

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Cute, cute, loveable puppies to affectionate, friendly, loyal and intelligent companions; the romance that individuals have had with dogs is not more deserved and understandable then with the Golden Retriever. There are many interesting facts about this particular breed of dog. To begin with, the Golden Retriever was developed in the British Isles to be a hunting dog and they have a special capability for detection and assist work.

There are lots of types of retrievers; the Golden is a type of gun dog and it is the most popular breed in the world. They were first shown as Golden Flat-Coats and were likely developed as crosses between the yellow Flat-Coated Retriever, Newfoundland, light-coated Tweed Water Spaniel, and other setters and spaniels.

The strain is widely used and sought-after for various service-related works. They have an intelligence and temperament that make them the best candidates for nearly all of the services that humans need. They’ve been trained for detective work and police assistance. They’ve been taught search and rescue and arson detection skills. They are used for treatment and as guide dogs for blind men and women. Handicapped people also enjoy the help they give. Aside from working, they also make for excellent companion dogs both personally and for searching.

They’re good natured, affable, affectionate, energetic, highly intelligent and very gentle dogs. They are dependable and obedient when trained and they are the most multi-talented breed in the world. The Golden Retriever is very social; they were especially bred in order to be friends and companions for people. Because they are cuddly, cute, sweet and good-natured they make excellent companions for the elderly and are an ideal choice in pets for families with little children.

Together with these facts about the Golden Retriever, there are also some fun facts and trivia about the breed. Golden Retrievers have a mouth that is very soft; they can retrieve many diverse things unharmed and undamaged, including living things. They’ve a love of water that is instinctual which you will not find true of other breeds of dogs. Thought their love of the water makes them easier to bathe, the Golden’s fur is actually very resistant to water, which may make the job more of a challenge.

Since Golden Retrievers were bred specifically to be human companions, a Golden that’s deprived of the companionship will act out, become hyperactive or stressed. A companion dog, like another golden retriever, may alleviate some of the affects of loneliness, but retrievers were created for human companionship and they thrive on it. Aside from human companionship, they also need a great deal of exercise. They are highly active and energetic dogs and, if not given a proper quantity of exercises daily, may become ill. The favourite game of the Golden Retriever is”grab;” simply toss something far away and let them chase it down, retrieve it and bring it back to you for a reward of lots of praise.

A couple final intriguing facts about the Golden Retriever; they have a much higher tolerance for pain that many different breeds and The USA’s 38th President, Gerald Ford, owned a Golden Retriever called Liberty.

What’s an area code?

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Area codes are essential to place calls where they ought to go. Without them, there would never be enough phone numbers to go around. Area codes can let you know where a call comes from and can also ensure that your call is going in the right direction. For the most part, that is all that you have to know about area codes. But, there are some fun facts you may find interesting in relation to those three digit numbers.

Though not all area codes added now have a zero or a one as the center digit, that was the practice up until the past ten years or so. Beyond that, you could tell something about an area during the original area codes. If the code had a zero as the centre number, it came from a state that initially only had one area code for the entire state. If the middle number was a one, it was from one of those countries that had to have more than one for population reasons.

Along the same lines, the zero and one format was used up before the year 1995. Due to the demand for so many new numbers so quickly, new codes were used that wouldn’t have been employed in the past. The very first area code to veer away from the one and zero formula was the 334 code that was put into use in Alabama that year. The code 360 was put into use in Washington State very soon thereafter.

When first put into place, the area code numbering plan implemented amounts according to difficulty. This was for population reasons and due to the fact that all phones were rotary phones at that time. Each number was designated by stimulation rather than simply a tone. Highly populated areas obviously had the most calls going out. They go the area codes such as 212. Areas with smaller populations got the higher numbers like 717, just for instance.

Horses

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There is over 250 breeds of horses. They are mostly bred to pull carts, work on farms, such as racing, showing and even as a cherished pet. Using a horse as an animal companion is becoming as common as having a pet cat or dog. A horses elevation is measured in units understand as”hands”. The typical riding horse is 15 hands tall.

All these hoofed mammals can live for about 20 – 25 years. Old Billy is one of the earliest horses which lived an astonishing 62 years old. Horses have evolved within the past 45 – 55 million years. From a tiny multi-toed monster into the big, single-toed monster we see now. The man is called a Stallion and the female is called Mare. The infant is also referred to as a Foal. The diet of the horse is made of short, succulent grass and hay, together with barley, maize, oats and bran. This gorgeous creature normally weighs about 1000 to 1100 lbs.

The elegance and beauty of a horse was used in home decor today. It symbolizes power and motion. When used in Feng Shui, it may bring success, fame, freedom and rate. It’s been said that putting two horses together can help build strong partnership in business or in marriage. The figurines should be placed such that it’s coming in rather than going out of the home. Horse shoes are also thought of as blessed however, hanging a horse shoe upside down is considered back luck.

All about cottage cheese

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Cottage cheese isn’t ordinarily related to boycotts, but in the summer of 2011, that generated by the Elite business was boycotted in Israel due to its high price, compared to its price in the usa. Elite is an Israeli firm, so it did not seem fair that the purchase price of its cottage cheese was higher in Israel than it was in other countries. The boycott was successful and the cost was eventually lowered.

From the Indian subcontinent cottage cheese or’paneer’ is used in many savoury dishes, also goes nicely in a hot dish with spinach. It’s used to tame the spices used in traditional dishes, and these are extremely tasty.

Little Miss Muffet was obviously greedy and impatient. If she’d waited a little longer she might not have had that traumatic experience with the spider.

This sort of cheese has been made for millennia and has been created by the early Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. It gets its English name since it can so easily be made at home, and may be pressed to a thicker consistency to produce a creamy white cheese with all the whey removed, until it becomes what is called farmer’s cheese, which can be solid but crumbly rather like feta cheese.

Doubtless the new pineapple makes for a better gourmet experience compared to the cottage cheese and pineapple you can purchase in local supermarkets.

This sort of cheese is excellent for dieters as its bland flavor could be mixed together with tastier things like paprika or chilies, and eaten as a snack or in a main meal as it’s just 98 calories per 100 g, and this comprises 11.1. Grams of protein, and hardly any fat. Additionally, it contains high levels of selenium that’s terrific for healthy skin and a general feel-good element. Additionally, it contains vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin, and calcium, which is critical for healthy bones.

According to a USFDA report, Americans purchase around 600 million pounds in weight of cottage cheese annually, although I suppose that does not mean that they consume all that as it does not have a lengthy shelf-life. It’s worth noting however that it takes a hundred pounds (pounds ) of milk to create only fifteen pounds of cottage cheese.

It appears to be a favorite food, although I can not say I am a great fan, unless it’s blended into sweet pancakes or a hot meat dish, since it tastes bland to me. However, it’s this that makes it so flexible.

Interesting facts about spiders

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A lot of people fear spiders since some of them are hazardous. Other people fear the thought of being bitten. Let’s explore spiders in general and give you a few details about common spiders.

Though spiders have simple eyes, they typically are not well developed. Rather, spiders use vibrations, which they can sense on the surface of their web. The tiny claws spread all over a spider’s body surface, are actually sensitive tactile receptors. These bristles are sensitive to a variety of stimuli including vibration, touch, and airflow.

Spiders are arthropods, so their skeletal system of the body is the outermost layer. The hard exoskeleton helps the spider keep moisture and not dry out. The bristles aren’t hair, but really part of their exoskeleton.

Web weavers use the tiny claws at the base of each leg, in addition to their notched hairs, to walk their webs without sticking to them.

Spiders digest their food outside their own body. After the prey is captured, spiders release digestive enzymes in their intestinal tract and protect the insect. These enzymes break down the body, which allows the spider suck up the liquid prey.

The feared tarantula is not poisonous. A tarantula’s bite can be painful, but it is not any more dangerous than a bee sting.

A Daddy-long-legs is not a spider, although it looks much like one. It doesn’t have a waist between its front body part and its abdomen. Its legs are longer and thinner than a spider, and it carries its own body hung low.

Under a spider’s abdomen, near the back, are tiny stubs called spinnerets. The spider uses its legs to pull liquid silk made in its abdomen in the spinnerets. Since silk is made out of protein, a spider eats the used silk of an old web prior to turning a fresh one.

Not all spiders spin webs, but many use silk in other ways. Some protect their eggs in silken egg sacs. The Wolf Spider carries her egg sac attached to her spinnerets. Some trap-door spiders make silken lids for their burrows.

On an American one-dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper left-hand corner of the”1″ encased in the”shield” and a spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner.

A strand from the web of a golden spider is as strong as a steel wire of the same size.
In the 1960s, animal behavior researchers analyzed the effects of various substances on spiders.

When spiders were fed flies that had been injected with caffeine, they spun very”nervous” webs. When spiders ate flies injected with LSD, they spun webs with wild, abstract patterns. Spiders which were given sedatives fell asleep before finishing their webs.

Halloween

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Just what is Halloween? For many, it’s merely a reason to dress up and be someone else for a night. For kids, it is a chance to collect loads of free candies and chocolates. For business people, it is an annual money-making machine. In truth, Halloween is essentially a holiday so mixed up with historical facts that people perceive it as a night when you put on a costume and be whomever you want to be. This is rather fitting, considering that historically, this holiday has had a similar identity crisis. Below are four important things you most likely did not know about Halloween.

Halloween was New Year’s Eve for the early Celtics

Instead of January 1, the New Year began on November 1 to the Celts. For them, it began at the end of summer harvest and the start of winter. The Celts believed the eve of November 1 was the time dead and evil spirits roamed the earth to cause enormous problems including destroying crops and taking lives out. The existence of these spirits allowed the Celtic priests to make predictions about the upcoming winter months and the future of the tribe’s people. This led in individuals wearing costumes in an attempt to conceal their true selves from the evil spirits.

The practice of trick-or-treating originated from bad people begging

Begging is a lowly thing to do, whilst trick-or-treating is fun and kids love doing this. While both are basically the same, the only real difference between them is that the latter is sanctioned, hence the nationwide popularity of the practice. However in some US states, Halloween is called the”Beggars’ Night”. Historically, trick-or-treating really is a kind of extortion. Often called”souling”, these folks would go door to door begging for food and clothes, and they would offer to plead for the souls of the deceased in exchange.

The last of those deals was that Satan would not take Jack’s soul when he died. Upon his death, Jack was unaccepted in Heaven because of his evil ways when he was still a mortal. He then decided to stay in hell but Satan kept his end of the deal and denied him entry. Rather, Jack was forced to wander endlessly in the shadow between hell and heaven, with a lantern that he made from turnip which was lit up with the fires of hell provided by the devil himself, Satan.

In America, Halloween is the second-largest commercial holiday

Second to Christmas, an estimated $7 billion is spent annually on decorations, candy, costumes, and more, in preparation for a single night of Halloween madness. Decades before, the holiday was celebrated by just a few communities and countries with fortune-telling and matches played in the streets. It was only during the 19th century when immigrants began wearing costumes and the idea of trick-or-treating was devised. It soon gained fame across America and by the 20th century, the holiday had lost many of its religious themes and started to take shape as a commercial holiday that we all know today.

Gum facts

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Chewing gum happens to be among the oldest kinds of candy. There was a time when children weren’t allowed to chew it but today it’s offered to them as a reward. Some orthodontists may suggest chewing gum right after a meal since it will help in the stimulation of blood circulation. Plus some chewing gums also contain fluoride that’s quite valuable for our teeth. Additionally it is responsible for the inhibition of bacteria that causes tooth decay that explains why the cosmetic dentists are ready to market it.

Chewing gum isn’t simply a fascinating portion of a child’s world. To tell you the truth, this longing for chewing gum isn’t recent. The pre-historic cultures were also big fans of chewing gum, which has been shown by the presence of such a substance from the teeth of skeletons believed to belong to historical men and women. Even though it’s not the one we chew now, it had been created from the identical resinous substance derived from plants.

The fact that chewing gum can be traced back centuries is very intriguing, but there are quite a few other interesting facts connected with this substance.

• Can you think the earliest piece of a chewing stick is nearly 9000 years old?

• Another odd myth about chewing gum is the ancient belief that it stays in the stomach for up to seven decades. Well, that’s quite a long time to maintain your stomach.

• Initially, even physicians used to think that the consuming of gum can be detrimental as this chemical can possibly stick the intestines together.

• It may also interest you to know that chewing gum is suggested to individuals with dental problems since it’s responsible for strengthening the gums and teeth.

• Besides, if you chew it continuously while peeling onions, then it is going to prevent tears to come into your eyes. There’s absolutely not any explanation for this as yet, but it’s surely a valuable hint.

• The largest problem with gum happens as it gets stuck in your hair unintentionally. If that happens, it’s almost impossible to get it all out. The only solution would be to cut your own hair. But when it’s dried, peanuts may be used successfully to eliminate it.

• Besides chewing, it’s also interesting to blow bubbles. The greatest bubble dismissed in understood to be 23 inches in diameter.

Originally, gum has been made from resin extracted from plants, but the bubbles that we chew and blow now are primarily derived from synthetic substances. There are a few thousand varieties that are manufactured and marketed across the world.

Polar Bears

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While adaptations such as white fur and shorted limbs may be well known to most us, let us take a look at a few of the lesser known characteristics of the life of those bears.
Hunting
One of the most fascinating behavioral adaptations is associated with hunting. When the mother polar bear hunts, the baby bears will freeze at a motion-less position in order to not frighten off any possible prey the mother bear may be hunting. If the baby bears move, the mother bear will subject them with a quick slap to the head.
Hibernation
Only the pregnant female bears hibernate. Though hibernating females sleep soundly, they are easily and quickly awakened. The female bear’s heart rate will slow down to as little as 27 beats per minute from her usual rate of roughly 46 beats per minute. Most bears hibernate, nevertheless polar bears are the only bears which could give birth while hibernating.
Fur The cubs, when born, look bald nevertheless they do infact have hair it is only that their hair is extremely fine, providing them a bald look. One of the most surprising facts about the bears is their hair isn’t white at all! A polar bear’s fur only reflects light. The hair is truly hollow, reflecting the snow in their environment, the hollow hair also traps the sun’s heat to help keep the bear warm. Their hair can also be oily which permits them to shake of excess water after swimming.
Paws
All polar bears have padded paws with rough surfaces on their base. The rough surface of the pads help the bears to walk on ice and snow without slipping over. Their wide paws are also helpful for swimming. Their front paws are utilised to propel them through the water while the back legs and paws are used to steer. Another use they make of the paws is to pay their muzzle (nose) when resting in order to conserve body heat. Their legs and paws are so powerful they can kill prey with a single blow.
Swimming The can swim at a average rate of 6 mph. That equates to approximately 4.7 mph. So even the world’s fastest human swimmers would struggle to escape out of a swimming polar bear! Not only that but they can cover a distance of 100 miles ( 161 km ) in one swim.
One of the saddest facts about these bears is that several of them starve to death. Polar bears can live to about 25 years old however 70ï1/4…of all polar bears don’t live to see their third birthday. There are a number of factors which contribute to the beginning statistic include lack of the primary food source – seals, pollution and oil spills from mining and an increasing loss of habitat. If you feel concerned about the welfare and future of the polar bear I encourage you to get in contact with your local wildlife protection agency to see how you can best contribute to saving this magnificent creature. A world without polar bears are a cold world really. For more information check out West Palm Beach Bat Removal.

Interesting facts about Shakespeare

Drama Comedy And Tragedy Theater PerformanOf all of the facts about Shakespeare, one of the strangest of all is that, though he is considered the finest writer of the English Language that there has ever been, Shakespeare didn’t actually write all the words of some of his plays. In fact, some people say that William Shakespeare did not write any of his functions whatsoever and that William Shakespeare was only a pen name that was used by some other writers of his time. Whatever the fact, many of Shakespeare’s phrases and words are still used in the English Language now. Here some more William Shakespeare facts you might not have known.
We do not know how to spell Shakespeare’s name
It is thought that Shakespeare’s name is derived from the old English word’schakken’, meaning spear, or to brandish. What we do not know to be a definite Shakespeare fact, though, is how he really spelt his own name. This is due to the fact that the famous poet used different spellings of his own name and he often used abbreviations of it as well.
All of the words of Shakespeare aren’t his own
It’s a truth about William Shakespeare that he had been a prolific author. He wrote 154 poems and sonnets and 38 plays, but not all of the words which are licensed to the bard of Avon were his own. It was quite common in those days for writers to assign some of their writing to others and Shakespeare was no exception.
He was not loved by the critics
Although his plays become extremely popular and he could count royalty among his many lovers, the literary critics of the time were far less impressed by the writing of William Shakespeare. The man who is now known as the greatest writer of all time was known as an”upstart crow, beautified with our feathers” with a critic of the time, Robert Greene, who thought that Shakespeare was nothing more than an upstart actor who had been trying his hand at some writing.
Many facts about Shakespeare somewhat unclear and one such reality is exactly when and how he came to prominence in the world of theatre. We do understand that Shakespeare was an actor, as well as a playwright, and he did act in lots of his own plays too from the plays of other playwrights. In addition, he disappeared for a time period between the years of 1585 and 1592 during which time it’s believed he may have been acting in London under an assumed name.
His own children were illiterate
One of the stranger facts about William Shakespeare is that it is thought that his own children could have been illiterate. It’s understood that his father signed with his mark, as opposed to his signature, and William Shakespeare was probably the only person in his household who could read and write. To find out more go to Jupiter Rat Removal.