Curiosities you may not know about Naples' 'Veiled Christ'
Naples is one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in the world, both for its architecture and its sights, including museums. One of the most appreciated places of all is undoubtedly the Sansevero Chapel, inside which is the statue of the 'Veiled Christ'.This is a marvellous work where the dead Christ, lying on a mattress, is covered by a veil that adheres perfectly to his form. The magnificence of the statue lies in the veil, carved from a single block of marble, which seems transparent over Christ's body. On his face, moreover, one can see precisely the signs of suffering following the Passion.On the account of the 'Veiled Christ', there is also a fascinating legend about the veil and alchemy, of which Raimondo di Sangro, the commissioner of the work.
Famous figures whose ashes were scattered in seas, rivers, or lakes
Many celebrities from the worlds of music, cinema, literature, etc. have chosen the sea or other water bodies as their final resting place. Eschewing a more conventional burial and the glare of publicity, these individuals have instead requested their ashes be scattered in an ocean, lake, or river, perhaps seeking communion with nature as a way of saying goodbye. These water bodies also serve as an anonymous cemetery, and have on occasion received the mortal remains of far less pleasant characters most of us would like to forget. So, can you name some famous people buried at sea, lake, or river? Click through and pay your respects.
How to survive being lost in the wilderness
Hiking can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it can also be a hazardous one. Losing sight of a trail or veering off a footpath can have dire consequences, even for the most experienced outdoor adventurers. According to the National Park Service, 312 million people ventured into America's national parks in 2022. Most of these visits were uneventful, but every year hundreds of vacationers lose their way or go missing during hikes in forests, mountains, and other remote terrain. And, reports National Geographic, day hikers are the most vulnerable in survival situations. So, what should you do if you get lost in the wilderness, and how can you find your way out? Click through for some tips that could save your life.
Exploring the beauty of Utah
Known for its incredible natural landscapes and almost limitless opportunity for outdoor adventures, the Mountain West state of Utah is famously home to the "Mighty Five" national parks: Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion. Filled with jaw-dropping rock formations, these parks are prime examples of the artistic power of nature, and call for lengthy visits to soak up the splendor. The semi-arid climate makes for spectacular seasonal changes, from the wild flowers of spring to the baking summers, glorious fall colors, and ski-friendly winters. With lively urban bases such as Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah really does offer something for almost every type of visitor. Thinking of planning a visit? Then check out this gallery to find out more about Utah.
US Coast Guard searching for man, 35, who fell overboard a Carnival cruise ship
Cruise ships regularly lose passengers, even crew members, and continue on their trip unless ordered to stop by the local coast guard. But often the coast guard won't be notified until hours after the person has been reported missing. Think about it this way: cruise ships are full of thousands of people, many of whom are intoxicated, and no police are anywhere to be found. While security exists, they answer to the cruise ship company, which is focused on maximizing profits. The US Coast Guard is searching for a 35-year-old man named Ronnie Lee Peale Jr. who went overboard a Carnival Magic cruise ship early May 29. A Carnival spokesperson said that "an initial review of closed circuit security footage confirms that he leaned over the railing of his stateroom balcony and dropped into the water at approximately 4:10 am early Monday morning," according to CBS affiliate WTKR. The ship was reportedly around 186 miles (300 km) east of Jacksonville, Florida, at the time, traveling from Virginia to the Bahamas. "It just hurts too much to even type, let alone talk about it," Peale's fiancée Jennilyn Michelle Blosser told WTKR. "This was his first cruise." Have a look at some of the stories behind how people went missing on cruise ships and were never to be found again.