One of the earliest features ever added to the Kardtects Card Building system was the inclusion of ‘Door’ cards. Even with the first phase of sets released, a unique door card was included so that a builder could really design an easily recognizable structure. As the popularity of Kardtects grew, and the desire to build larger and more diverse towns, cities and complexes, it was obvious that more designs of doors would be a great addition to the collections.
Doors, no matter how they look, are normally so instantly recognizable that we can ignore how much we silently appreciate and accept the role they play in our lives and our buildings.
Here are ten, hopefully surprising, facts about common doors and perhaps not so common doors.
1)The month of January is named after Janus, the ancient Roman god of doors. He was the god of doors, beginnings, endings, transitions and gates.
2)The largest doors stand at 456 feet high and are the doors used at NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Centre and apparently take about 45 minutes to completely open or close.
3)A false door is a door that leads to nowhere. In Egypt, these doors are known as doors to the afterlife.
4)When you dream about a door, it may represent a new opening in your waking life. A locked door may represent a missed opportunity.
5)Many doors in Ireland are very colorful. This is because when Queen Victoria died the Irish were ordered to paint their doors black as a sign of mourning. To rebel, they painted their doors in all different colors.
6)In the art of Feng Shui, having an open, clean and clear pathway to the door is very important for the harmonious flow of energy.
7)Archaeologists discovered what may be Europe’s oldest door while excavating a site in Zurich, Switzerland. Tree ring dating of the wood used to make the door puts its age at roughly 5,100 years old.
8)No English monarch has passed through the doors of the House of Commons since King Charles I tried to have five of its members arrested in 1642. During the annual State Opening of Parliament ritual, the doors of House of Commons are slammed in the face of Black Rod, the person who serves, more or less, as the monarch’s messenger.
9)In New York City, the Buildings Department states that a revolving door should not, by law, exceed a speed of 15 rotations per minute.
10)Hero of Alexandria is credited with designing one of the earliest automatic doors, in the first century AD. The system of counterbalanced, steam-powered weights opened the temple doors when priests made burnt offerings at the alter. First automatic door
I do hope you enjoyed these fun facts!
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