They note that in 1893, when Munich worked on the painting,
the Indonesian volcanic island of Krakatoa erupted, spewing
debris into the atmosphere that created spectacular bloodred
twilights in Europe.
2. It's five feet
long. The bird's buglelike call for ker-loo, ker-lee-loo,
can be heard from miles away.
3. Gene Kelly. Best
remembered for his splash-dancing in the 1952 hit musical Singin'
in the Rain, Kelly, among other things, helped Madonna
with her "Rain" number in the show.
4. According to Jewish
tradition, poppy seeds (along with chickpeas and other legumes)
were the only food Queen Esther ate for three days to avoid
breaking kosher dietary laws while she worked up the courage
to tell the king about Haman's plot to exterminate the Jews.