This is the start of her exposure to all kinds of fantastical experiences. The simile is also used in the movie The Matrix.
Cairo is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in Africa. It was founded in the 10th Century by the Fatimid Dynasty, but the area has long been a site of national capitals, the remnants of which can still be seen in Old Cairo.
The Nile delta has been farmed for thousands of years. It is home to all sorts of wildlife, including a large number of water birds.
Normal was originally known as North Bloomington but was given the name Normal in February 1865. Normal is adjacent to Bloomington and they are often referred to as the Twin Cities or Bloomington-Normal.
In July 1977, two unidentified birds, referred to as Thunderbirds, swooped over the town. One grabbed a ten year old boy but dropped him soon after, possibly due to the screams of his mother.
I Love Lucy originally ran from 1951 to 1957. The show then continued with three more seasons until 1960.
This much loved show starred Lucille Ball.
Popeye, also known as Popeye the sailor man, was created by Elzie Crisler Segar. He has appeared in comic books and animations since the 1930s. He has remained popular over the years, with video games, commercials and a live action film being made.
Kudzu is sometimes referred to as the 'vine that ate the south,' and the 'foot-a-night vine.'
It is a climbing plant native to Southern Japan and southeast China. It was introduced to the United States in 1876 and grows prolifically there, as it does in most places it plants its roots.
Houdini because of the influence of French magician Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin on his career.
A famous magician and escapologist, Houdini also worked as a stunt performer, actor and film director.
Ubar is also known as Iram of the Pillars, Aram, Irum, Erum, Wabar and the City of a Thousand Pillars. It is a legendary lost city.
Ubar appears in ancient records as the name of a region or people, and is mentioned in folk tales as a trading centre which became incredibly wealthy. Lost to modern history, it was long believed to be a myth.
In historical Arabic sources and in classical texts, the name refers to a region, but in One Thousand and One Nights the name is associated with a people.
The Qur'an tells of a city called Iram, which is not mentioned elsewhere in ancient sources and which historians considered to be fictional until Syrian records were discovered that mention trade with Iram.
Islamic beliefs say that king Shaddad angered God, and the city of Iram was destroyed and buried by the sands. A version of the story can be found in One Thousand and One Nights.
In the 1980s a group of researchers discovered an older settlement by the 16th century Shis'r fort. Artifacts from all around the ancient world were found in the older fort, which had been built on a limestone cavern that would have provided the former residents with much needed water. It is thought that this could be the legendary Iram/Ubar.