The first film with Leo the Lion roaring in MGM's logo was "He Who Gets Slapped" in 1924. That makes Leo almost 100 years old!

Shoemaker, late 1900s. With an unimpressed customer, an empty birdcage, and an assistant/fellow shoemaker wearing an eyepatch. I could not find much on this photograph -- so I am asking for your help! If anyone has more information, please send me a message (via "contact us" at the top or bottom of the page)

Archaeologists in the Swiss city of Zurich have found a 5,000-year-old door. The door was part of a settlement of "stilt houses" which have been frequently found near lakes, and started appearing about a thousand years after agriculture and animal husbandry were first introduced to the pre-Alpine region. The solidly constructed door was likely to keep out much of the cold wind blowing across Lake Zurich. Made of poplar wood, with well-preserved hinges, the rings in the boards date the door to about 3,063 B.C.E. That might make it the oldest door in Europe!

Slightly Gruesome But Well-Preserved Mummy Found In China

She's about 700 years old. Still, she looks pretty good. Found preserved in a brown liquid, her silk and cotton dress indicates she was likely at some high-ranking level in the Ming Dynasty, which ruled China from 1368 to 1644. Click through the images to see her like some lucky researchers can!

Ali Ibn Yusuf’s Ring

This ring, made of silver and gold, is a beautiful example of Seljuk artistry and craftsmanship. It is topped with a purple stone seal. And around the seal is a wish for "Perpetual Glory and Prosperity [and] Long-life.” The ring comes from Persia in the 1100s CE, and a second inscription tells us that it was once owned, or perhaps made, by an “Ali Ibn Yusuf.”

Aizen Myoo, a Shingon Buddhist protective deity and god of love. The protective deity makes sense. But he is not looking particularly loving. Maybe his tough exterior hides a soft heart? This particular seated wooden statue of Aizen Myoo is Japanese, from the Kamakura Period, circa 1200s to 1300s CE.

No one actually knows where the Koh-i-Noor diamond came from. Who first discovered it, how big it was before being cut -- all unknown. The famous diamond can concretely be placed only starting in 1739, as one of many jewels seized and shipped from Delhi to Iran by an upstart invader named Nader Shah. He was one of many local rulers who were taking advantage of the collapsing Mughal Empire. With a couple tons of loot being sent back to Nader Shah's capital in Iran, historians are lucky anyone thought to note the Koh-i-Noor!

Perhaps no photograph so well illustrated the the assassination of President JFK as this one: John F. Kennedy Jr. saluting as his father’s casket passes. Most of you probably recognize it. The photograph was the most reproduced image of the funeral. It does have a small mystery around it: who took this famous shot has been debated for years.

The Most Famous Flower In Fiji

Fiji boasts nearly 800 species of plants found nowhere else in the world. The most famous of these is the tagimoucia flower, which only grows on a single mountain ridge on the northern island Taveuni. According to legend, the flower's ruby red petals were stained that color by the tears of a Fijian princess. The tagimoucia flower has deep significance for many Fijians; it is featured in tales of romance and heartbreak, and appears on Fiji’s $50 bill.

The capital of Sudan is Khartoum. The city is also the largest city in Sudan. Exactly where the name comes from is disputed; one theory is that it comes from Arabic khurṭūm, "elephant trunk," for the shape of the Nile river near the city.

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    By Lillian Audette

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