Even though we use them every day, most people do not give much thought to doors until they need to purchase one. While it is important to know how to pick the right door, it’s also fun to learn new trivia. In that regard, here are some fun facts to impress your friends.
1. According to National Geographic, by examining the tree rings of the door’s wood, Europe’s oldest door is estimated to be 5,100 years old. It was discovered by archaeologists excavating a site in Zurich, Switzerland.
2. The world’s largest door is located at the NASA Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. There are actually four of them—each large to allow space shuttles into or out of the building. The doors are 456 feet high and take 45 minutes to open or close.
3. While not quite as big, the grandoise doors of many cathedrals are quite heavy and require several people to open them, so they have a much smaller door built in called a wicket door. The wicket door enables people to enter and exit with ease.
4. A red church door represents Passover and is a symbol of sanctuary and safety. While they can be found throughout the world, there is a particularly large concentration of red church doors in Philadelphia.
5. Irish doors are so colorful thanks to an act of rebellion. When the Irish were ordered to paint their doors black when Queen Victoria passed away, in defiance, they painted them in a multitude of vibrant colors.
6. These days, it is joked that Ireland’s colorful doors are painted so that drunk family members can make their way back to the right home once the pub has closed.
7. It seems the ancient Romans had gods and goddesses for everything, and doors are no exception. Janus is the god of beginnings, endings, and transitions, which logically extends also to being the god of doors, gates, doorways, and passages.
8. Doors are said to represent many things in dreams, but the most common interpretation is that they symbolize change. Some believe the door’s aesthetic appearance indicates how you feel about this transition.
9. In feng shui, your front door is called “the mouth of Chi,” which absorbs universal energy. By applying feng shui to your front door, which includes its color, the direction it is facing, and its alignment with other doors, you can attract the best energy to surround you and your family.
10. Michael Frayn’s farce, Noises Off, like all farces, depends heavily on people entering and exiting doors at just the right moment. It also contains a unique perspective on life, “Think of the first night as a dress rehearsal. If we can just get through the play once tonight for doors and sardines. That’s what it’s all about. Doors and sardines. Getting on – getting off. Getting the sardines on, getting the sardines off. That’s farce. That’s the theatre. That’s life.”