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The unknown Cuban standard-bearers
2013.12.09 - 17:22:15

When the uprising of the patriots from the Cuban province of Villa Clara took place in Cuba on February 7th, 1868, a military ceremony was held in order to swear to the flag of the single star, which was embroidered by young patriot Inés Morillo Sánchez. ... more >>
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The interesting capital letter
2013.12.06 - 16:15:01

Letter C is the capital letter of Cuba, as letter M is that of Mexico. But it’s good to know that: there are 24 names of states written in capital letter S, including the independent states of Saint Pierre and Miquelón, Santa Elena and Samoa Americana. ... more >>
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The lady of the domino
2013.12.04 - 16:47:43

On this occasion, I’m referring to Juana Martín de Martín, who was a member of a reputable family and a well regarded person in society, so she was the owner of the famous Havana garden ‘‘The Fénix’’. She was fond of games, but particularly of dominoes, so she always found the way to play dominoes every time she could. Thus, the amusing life of Mrs. Juana went by among flowers and dominoes. ... more >>
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The lady with the dog
2013.10.30 - 16:39:37

At the amazing Cemetery of Colon, in Cuba, you can easily see the sculpture of a woman in a laying position, and a little dog before her feet. The sculpture, which was made up of stone masonry, was unveiled in 1944 with the blessing of the Archbishop of Havana. But, who was the lady with the dog? ... more >>
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The Cuban Standard-bearers
2013.10.28 - 13:41:05

The first woman to marry Carlos Manuel de Céspedes y Del Castillo was his cousin Maria Del Carmen Céspedes y López Del Castillo with whom he had three children, Carlos Manuel, Oscar and Carmen. In 1852, due to the political persecution, he was forced to move to the municipality of Manzanillo in the Cuban province of Granma. The Spanish authorities ordered his detention when he was found next to his wife Maria Del Carmen on her bed, who was gravely sick. When his wife died he moved to the sugar refinery ‘‘La Demajagua’’. ... more >>
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The Empire of Silence
2013.10.21 - 17:28:16

The Necropolis of Columbus is a monument that exhibits grandiloquent images. Going all over this marmoreal city entails an approaching to an artistic concept of death, represented on the sculptures and the diverse architecture of its areas… Each pantheon, each tomb has its own story, which might be interesting, extraordinary, unusual and amazing as that of Casimiro Rodriguez Cartas who is buried on a standing position. ... more >>
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Islands: fame and curiosity
2013.10.18 - 15:13:03

A sailing island: The mysterious Island of Pascua, with its huge statues, continues to be a novelty, so now, it’s been discovered that it is constantly moving at a speed of 9 centimetres per year. Imagine so, in a million –year period it won’t be located in Chilean waters no more … Where it will be located then? ... more >>
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Moustaches: forbidden
2013.10.15 - 14:54:49

Barbers and barbershops, since centuries ago, have been present in people’s lives, and thus it is written in the Egypt’s papyruses. In Rome, barbershops were just places for spare time meetings, and in the Middle Ages, barbers were also surgeons. ... more >>
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That man was José Maceo
2013.10.08 - 14:27:20

Those who knew him well tell us that General José was very tall. He used to stammer noticeably when he got upset in the middle of an intense dispute. He used to speak in a low voice. He used to smoke tobacco in a pipe. He showed respect to his fellow men and had a high concept of duty. He was a Mason, a bold, passionate, and an unruly person, but with a great sense of military discipline. He liked cockfighting and he was a terrific horseman. ... more >>
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Jose Marti ’s medal
2013.10.04 - 14:27:24

Many times we have seen a picture of José Marti, our National Hero, with a medal hanging on his chest, and we always wonder: why did he wear that medal? The secret was revealed: in 1882, Mrs. Elena Moure, Rafael Casado’s widow, stated during an interview: ‘‘my husband was Rafael Sixto Casado’s grandson, director of St Anacleto School, where Marti studied. My husband was very fond of Marti’’. ... more >>
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Silicone: a modern deceptive invention?
2013.09.19 - 14:07:07

Silicone is one of the wonders of modern science. It is really an organic system derived from silicon, which was developed during the World War II, having the physical characteristics of oils, resins, rubber and being extremely useful for its stability when exposing to heat and oxygen than ordinary organic substances. Among other purposes, silicone oils are used in hydraulic systems of aircrafts, also used as insulators, which are quite resistant to heat. ... more >>
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Two cocktails of geographical curiosities
2013.09.03 - 14:12:47

The small island of Cuba: First of all, Cuba is not an island. From the historical and geographical point of view, Cuba is an archipelago, which comprises the greater Island of Antilles, called Cuba, the Isle of Pines (current Isle of Youth) and 4000 cays, islets, etc. It comprises an area of 19 km2 (109886 kms). ... more >>
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