The Sago Palm Tree (Cycas revolute) is often called a “living fossil” because it is one of the most primitive seed plants alive today. Its origin traces back to ancient flora of the Mesozoic era more than 200 million years ago. It is easily recognizable due to its distinctive whorled feathery leaves.
The term windmill derives from their use to mill grain. The first windmills appeared in Europe during the 12th century in northwestern France and southern England. At their peak of popularity some windmills were able to produce more than 1.5 megawatts of power, a level not reached again until 1988.
This bird house is modeled after a wren’s ideal home. Wrens aren't picky about their homes and will nest in small, plain houses. Just make sure the entry holes measure about 1 inch in diameter to let the wrens in and keep predators out.
A tower designed to emit light for marking dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals, hidden reefs and also to help guide ships into safe harbors. Often these towers are cylindrical in order to avoid damage from strong winds.
Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Liberty Bell is an iconic symbol of American independence. Upon the bell read the words "Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." It weighs 2,080 pounds and is suspended from what is believed to be its original yoke, made of American elm.
The first modern Ferris Wheel was designed and constructed by George Washington Ferris as a landmark for the 1893 Worlds Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The term Ferris wheel later came to be used generically for all such structures. As of 2012, the Singapore Flyer at 541 feet high is the world’s tallest wheel.
This early bicycle design called the Penny-farthing was first produced about 1870. It used an enlarged front wheel instead of gears to create greater speed and a smoother ride. It was the first machine to be called a bicycle.
An opto-mechanical device for displaying motion picture film by projecting a rapid succession of film images onto a screen. Throughout the 20th century movie theaters used film projectors to show movies but starting in 2009 they began to rapidly replace them with digital projectors.
A merry-go-round, is an amusement ride consisting of a rotating circular platform with seats for riders. The "seats" are traditionally in the form of rows of wooden horses or other animals mounted on posts, many of which are moved up and down by gearwork to simulate galloping, to the accompaniment of looped circus music.
Moby Dick, a novel by Herman Melville, is the story of the obsessive quest of Ahab, captain of the whaler the Pequod, for revenge on Moby Dick, the white whale that on the previous whaling voyage bit off Ahab's leg at the knee.
Is a mode of human-powered transport by which a runner draws a two-wheeled cart which seats one or two people. An American missionary to Japan, is said to have invented the device around 1869 to transport his invalid wife through the streets of Yokohama.
Is the birthplace of America. The Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were both debated and signed inside this building. Also, George Washington was appointed Commander in Chief of the Continental Army in 1775 and the Articles of Confederation were adopted in 1781.
During the late Middle Ages as armored protection for knights became more effective, their mounts became targets. Barding was developed in response to this vulnerability, The armor consisted mainly of plate armor and hardened leather.
The plate armor used for this model is associated with the knights of the European Late Middle Ages. By about 1400 AD, the full harness of plate armor had been developed which allowed heavy cavalry to dominate the battlefield for more than a century.
This model is an example of some of the most magnificent and iconic armor from ancient China. It was worn by the Dahan General, a group of some 1,500 guardians that belonged to the army of the secret service of the Ming Dynasty. Their task was to protect the emperor and the dynasty.
This model is a replica of the armor worn by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the preeminent daimyo, warrior, general, samurai, and politician of the Sengoku period and is regarded as Japan's second "great unifier”.