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September 15th 1254: Marco Polo born

On this day in 1254, Marco Polo was born in Venice, Italy to a wealthy merchant family. Polo’s father and uncle spent much of his childhood traveling around Asia, especially China where they found favour at the court of Mongol leader Kublai Khan. In 1271, when he was seventeen, Marco left with his father and uncle on their return trip to China. On this journey they visited the Middle East and crossed the Gobi Desert, eventually arriving at Khan’s court where they stayed for 17 years. In this time Marco became Khan’s special envoy, and was sent to areas never before explored by Europeans, including India, Burma and Tibet. Their eventual journey home was arduous, with many of their party perishing on the way. The family also faced hardship when they returned to Venice in 1295, for they struggled to re-enter Venetian society and culture. Marco Polo became involved in Venice’s war with Genoa, and was captured and imprisoned by the Genoese. While imprisoned he told the stories of his travels to his fellow prisoner Rustichello, who wrote them down and eventually published them in The Travels of Marco Polo. Polo’s stories became widely famous and popular, with the fantastic descriptions of foreign places like China and India astonishing contemporary Europeans, many of whom took Polo’s words to be fiction; Polo asserted until his death that it was all true. Marco Polo died in Venice in 1324 aged 69 but his legacy lived on as his unprecedentedly rich and detailed descriptions of foreign lands inspired later generations to explore the world, including Christopher Columbus who brought a copy of Polo’s book on his journey to America in 1492.

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Goodwood Revival

Celebrating the golden era of motor sport. Find out more.

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15 of the Best Tweets About the Apple Watch

At Apple’s annual “Here’s The New Phone That Will Instantly Turn Your Current Phone Into A Worthless Paperweight” conference, the tech giant announced a new product in their line of touchable-screens: the Apple Watch. It’s pretty much exactly what you think it is, but if you need more information, try googling “Apple Watch” and enjoy the thousands and thousands of tech blog posts desperate to explain it to you.

The real best part of any Apple announcement, however, are people making fun of it over social media. Click here to read more of the best reactions to the newest piece of wearable tech!

(via comedycentral)

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"United are one of the biggest clubs in the world. If you look at their history they have won a lot of cups and they have had players here for their whole career, like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes. Those are players everyone knows about and I am a big fan of them. It’s now a dream come true to play for Manchester United and I’m very happy that I have this chance." - Daley blind

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michyrod:

"Final day on FF7 an emotional roller coaster but we’ve wrapped most of principle photography one love to all those who stuck it through with respect" - MR

July 10, 2014 via @ mrodofficial

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The amazing Alec McCrindle at work! alecmccrindle

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