The House on the Rock is a regional tourist attraction south of Green Spring, Wisconsin.
The House on the Rock official website is here.
Photos from inside the House on the Rock are here.
Frank Lloyd Wright was recognised in his lifetime as the "greatest American architect of all time."
Walt Disney apparently came up with the idea after watching his daughters at amusement parks.
The official Weeki Wachee Springs site is here.
The Norns are a Norse equivalent of the Greek Moirae, goddesses of destiny or fate. Although many Norns were said to exist, there are three well known ones: Urd, Verdandi and Skuld. They draw water from the Well of Uror (fate) and pour it over the branches of Yggdrasil to keep it from rotting.
They are shown here weaving the thread of destiny.
The modern name Sybil comes from the Greek Sibylla, meaning 'prophetess.'
Urd is one of the most important Norns, who decide the fate of man.
Mister Nancy is the West African and Caribbean god, Anansi the trickster. He is a cunning spider who can take the form of a man. There are many stories about him; he has become a master of wit and wisdom.
calliope is a musical instrument which was often used in circuses and on riverboats. Its sound is produced by passing steam or compressed air through large whistles.
The name comes from the Greek muse, a daughter of Zeus. Her name means 'beautiful voiced.'
Johann Strauss II was known as 'The Waltz King.'
Prayer wheels are found in Tibetan buddhism. Prayers are inscribed on a cylinder. Turning it is said to have the same effect as speaking the prayers.
It describes people from many different cultures coming to America "bringing with them unknown gods and rites". This is the core idea behind American Gods.
The twin wolves are Geri and Freki, said to accompany Odin like his ravens.
Another pair of wolves are the offspring of Fenrir: Skoll and Hati, sibling wolves who chase the chariots of the sun and the moon and will one day catch up with them and devour them, heralding the end of the world and Odin's doom.
Valaskjalf is Odin's hall in Asgard.
It has a silver roof, and from it Odin can watch over the universe on his throne, Hlidskjalf.
Anansi stories are so well known in Ashanti oral culture that the word Anansesem, 'spider-tales', has come to be associated with all kinds of folk tales. There is even a story to explain where Anansi got all his stories from.
Cluracans are Irish fairies who resemble Leprechauns. They are generally described as being drunk and surly. If you are nice to them they will protect your wine cellar, but if they feel mistreated they will bring misfortune on your home.
Banshee, or 'Bean Sidhe', are female spirits in Irish mythology whose mournful cry can be heard when someone is about to die. They can appear as a beautiful woman or a hag and they are associated with the battle goddess, the Morrigan.
Kubera is the Hindu god of wealth. He is seen as 'Regent of the North' and 'Protector of the World.'
Ashtaroth is a prince of hell, although his name comes from the Phoenician goddess Astarte, an equivalent of the Babylonian Ishtar and the Sumerian Inanna, goddesses of love, fertility and sex.