The incredible surrealist optical illusion of a Manchester’s floor

At first glance it may seem that the floor of this corridor came from an illustration of Alice in Wonderland or from a painting by some illusionist artist, but it is only an optical illusion. The floor is actually perfectly level, composed so as to create the illusion that one risks falling from on the one hand. The corridor, made up of 400 porcelain tiles, is located in the showroom of a company called “Casa Ceramica” in Manchester, England. Built at the entrance of the company hall, the floor illudes…

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Erzsébet Báthory: the Countess which was taking a bath in the blood of young virgins

The Hungarian Countess Erzsébet Báthory was beautiful, wealthy and mighty: she had everything every woman could dream in the 16th century. But despite this, her needs were always new and urgent, including one, among the many, more strange (and creepy) than others: the desire for blood. Before going into what was her violent nature (so much to make Mary Tudor pale, called “the Bloody Mary”, but this is another story), it is necessary to clarify her story and its context. Erzsébet was born in Nyírbátor, in the north-eastern part of…

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Morteruelo: the Spanish pâté which inspired someone write a poem about it.

Here we are: We are in a little municipality located in the bare landscape of Cuenca, Spain, where, every year, people gather to answer a very important question: who makes the most delicious morteruelo in the world? There are differet varieties of morteruelo, but in its most basic form, is a pâté, sometimes called pâté de fois gras Manchego, consisting of pork liver, spices, and a variety of meats ranging from rabbit to partridge to quail. The name come from the tool most usual for making it: in fact, chefs…

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