Allergies and asthma have become a household name. We have read about King Menses of Egypt dying after a wasp sting; Roman Emperor Claudius’s son was allergic to horse and how King Henry III ate strawberries and put Lord William Hastings to death. So, how did our ancestors cure themselves of respiratory problems and allergies?
China (c. 3000 – 250 B.C.)
Shen Nong, the father of Herbal Chinese Medicine, first tasted ephedra (a plant) to treat asthma-like symptoms. Ephedra treated (more…)Read More
Indian civilization had sanitary sewers in 3000 – 2000 BCE
Indus valley civilization had sanitary sewer lines in 3000 – 2000 BCE. It is really very difficult to believe that Indus valley people constructed a scientific drainage system 2000 year ago. Just imagine there were no technology, no machines and no advance tools exists at that time. But archeological excavations in the region found evidences of a well constructed sewer system. In fact, the entire city Lothal was well planned like modern (more…)Read More
Frederick Douglass and Helen Pitts
Frederick Douglass, born as a slave, escaped slavery in 1832. He married Anna Murray, a ‘free colored’ African American, in a small wedding reception and had five children. After her death, he met Helen Pitts and married her much against the wishes of his children. Their marriage was subjected to scorn by both the whites and the blacks. Helen was a white abolitionist and suffragist. Douglass believed that an inter-racial marriage could bring unity (more…)Read More
Hairstyles of the 1920s created more controversy in hair styling the hair styling world as compared to any other era of American culture. The hairstyle called as the bob, was the center of this debate. This hairstyle eventually brings a revolution in the manner women would keep their hair. Bob hairstyle was named after Castle Bob- a ballroom dancer. She cut her hair for convenience and this convenience triggered a new revolution in the hair fashion of 20th-century. It was the first (more…)Read More
History of wedding
The tradition of hosting wedding party is not at all new. Each and every ceremony of a wedding, right from the engagement to the honeymoon, has divine historical evidences. From the era of Adam and Eve, the relation between a man and a woman has been exclusive and designed by God. The companionship of Adam and Eve is created for completing each other. Marriages have cultural roots and religious beliefs for thousands of years. This is what makes a (more…)Read More
The weddings all around the world are steeped in traditions, from Persian Wedding DJ to Basingstoke, wedding cake. This sometimes makes many of us wonder why does a bride dress the way she does, why does she have to wear a veil or toss a garter? Read on to know the story behind some of these customs:
The veil - The veil represents youth, virginity and humility. The brides in Rome draped themselves with yellow veil, while the Viking (more…)Read More
How DJ’s came into existence?
Back in the 19th century the term disc jockey came into existence. Although “DJ” has a vague and mainly controversial historical background, it is said that Ray Newby of California became the first ever DJ of this Universe in 1910. He was a college student and became DJ at the age of 16. He used a small transmitter device to play music.
DJing haven’t stopped after 1910, it became more popular in the era of 1930’s. (more…)Read More
Now a day’s whenever a person think about kitchen remodeling, then granite is the first material coming in mind for the kitchen countertop, but have you ever wondered that how granite countertops from being unknown did became the high end luxury in the kitchen? Well, if yes then here is the life history of the granite countertops. Just have a look.
Rise of granite countertops
Countertops came into existence during the early 20th century, Granite was relatively new concept for (more…)Read More
Take sneak peek over wood floor inception
Just like everything else in the home, flooring also had simple starting. Only the wealthy people have time and money to think about flooring. Prior to wood local stones were common flooring options. After that wood floor came into existence. Royal folks were the pioneer whom took pleasure of the comforts offered by of wood floors. There are evidences that first wood floors were hand-made. The workers who manufacture these floors would put down uneven hand-hewn timbers (more…)Read More
A brief history of sunglasses
Whether you are on a beach or on a snowdrift, sunglasses are now an indispensable component of our lives. From the classic frames to mirrored aviators, all the sunglasses now define the style statement of the person. These sunnies nowadays are integral accessories of almost every person on earth. But have you ever spent a second for knowing about the history of sunglasses? Well, if you are keen to know about the history of sunglasses, then you have landed on the (more…)Read More
History of the Water Heater
Before the invention of the water heater, people use to heat water in a container on the stove or above an open fire and physically fill the water in a tub for bathing or any other purposes. It was time consuming and uphill struggle. There are many assumptions about the real inventor of the original water heater. Some theories say is was the Romans, some say it was Benjamin Waddy Maughan while some also say (more…)Read More
Traditional White Wedding Dresses
Wedding ceremonies are a symbol of love and commitment between the couples, but in ancient times it was more like a business venture. Wedding gowns selected by the bride’s family represented their wealth and status. Sometimes they stitched their jewels on their dresses. This meant the bride wore her best outfit, rich in color and fabric, such as velvet and silk. Metallic outfits were common among the nobles. Queen Victoria’s cousin, Charlotte, was married in (more…)Read More
Inflatable Bouncy Houses
Bounce houses or inflatable structures were first designed in 1959 by John Scurlock, a mechanical engineer in Louisiana when he saw some of his employees jumping on the inflatable covers for tennis courts. He was a pioneer of inflatable tents, domes and his biggest achievement was the design of the safety air cushion used for catching people jumping from the building or heights.
When he saw his employees having fun, he was struck with an idea of (more…)Read More
Criminal Defense Attorneys
In order to convict a criminal defendant, the prosecutor must prove the defendant guilty. During this process, the defendant is provided with an opportunity to present a defense. There are many types of defenses – Insanity, Automatism, Intoxication, Mistake of fact, Necessity/Lesser Harm, Self Defense, Duress, and Legal Duty.
The idea that criminal defendants should not be held guilty because of their mental state has been deep-rooted in the Anglo American law since ages. As early as (more…)Read More
Wedding Cake Designs
Since ancient times, weddings have never been complete without cakes. The ancient Roman wedding ceremony would culminate with a food fight where breaking a wheat or barley cake on the bride’s head was considered as a sign of good fortune. The newlyweds would then eat the crumbs, which was called confarreatio. The guests would then gather the crumbs as a sign of good luck. The guests were given an assortment of nuts, dried fruit and almonds (more…)Read More
Halloween Celebrations Of Old
Come October 31 and we all gather to prepare a party All Hallows’ Evening or as we all like to call it, Halloween. Its origin lies in the ancient Celtic festival called Samhain (pronounced as sah-ween) which marked the end of the harvest season. The Gaels thought that on October 31, the dead would come back to life and create havoc by damaging the crops. Therefore, people sacrificed animals, and carved fruits and vegetables to appease (more…)Read More
Common Food Allergies
Food allergies have been around since antiquity. Lucretius, the Roman philosopher, in 50 B.C. had observed, ‘What is food to one person, may be bitter poison to others’. The first recorded food allergic reaction was somewhere around 430 – 370 BC when Hippocrates found that the cheese made some people sick. Many Greek writers witnessed aggressive reactions to honey, eggs, strawberries, oysters, shellfish and nuts.
In 1905, Dr. Francis Hare from Australia wrote in his book, The (more…)Read More
Kids’ Birthday Party Themes
Picture this: it is a Sunday afternoon and you are watching dozens of pizza, fizz-based drinks and cakes being gobbled by children singing out in chorus ‘Happy Birthday to you.’ As their clattering reaches earsplitting levels, you begin to wonder if it was as grand and elaborate as it is now.
The introduction of the calendar made a structured calculation of birth dates for the ruling monarchs and successors, while the birthday omens examined whether the (more…)Read More
Interior Wood Shutters
Plantation shutters are designed to control light for ventilation and protection. It is believed that the first ancient shutters were made of marble in ancient Greece. The ancient Greek homes were made of sun-dried mud bricks and roof of clay tiles. These marble shutters were fixed with louvers and were sound compared to other window coverings. With passing years, the popularity of shutters spread to the Mediterranean region and their form changed from marble to wood. (more…)Read More
Professional Hair Styling
The profession of hair dressing dates back to ancient Egypt, where hairdressers decorated their cases to keep tools, scissors, lotions and other styling materials. In ancient Greece and Rome, wealthy men had their servants as personal hairdressers, in addition to dyeing and shaving. As the Greeks were into beard trimming, they first opened a barber shop. In 296 BC, barber shops were common and brought back the tradition of Rome. Romans were particular about their appearance (more…)Read More
The early legal codes, such as the Code of Hammurabi to the Law of Moses laid the foundation for creating principles and customs into law, but it was the English Common Law that led to the growth of criminal law in the U.S. During Henry II’s rule, a centralized system of courts and judges representing the interest of the Crown was imposed on the Anglo-Saxons. The judges traveled to the countryside and found that the different (more…)Read More
The Evolution of Basketball Camp
The YMCA institutions in the US first understood the significance of imparting physical education to young boys to help in their overall development. They also found that YMCAs that had introduced sports to their program did well. Therefore, YMCA gave physical education an important recognition alongside spiritual and intellectual activities that was introduced by Dr. Luther Gulick, YMCA International Training School in Massachusetts, USA. This was adopted in 1891 when Dr. Naismith introduced indoor (more…)Read More
Swimming Pool Design
The Great Bath excavated at the site of Mohenjadaro (in Pakistan) dating back to 3rd millennium BC is considered to be the first swimming pool built. The first artificial pool was built by the ancient Greeks and the Romans for athletic activity and military exercise. The Roman emperors also owned private swimming pools that had fish, and it was called Piscina. During the 1st century B.C., Lord Gaius Maecenas built the first heated swimming pool in (more…)Read More
Old days and haircuts and hairstyles
The earliest known hair styles dates back to Paleolithic era when the statue of Venus of Willendorg, also known as the Woman of Willendorf, was unearthed in Austria. Later, the Venus of Brassempouy, about 25,000 years old was excavated in France, that had the checkerboard-like design with shallow incisions at right angles.
Moving to the Bronze age, men started using razors once in a while. And in ancient civilization, women colored hair, curled, made (more…)Read More
Home Draining Systems
In ancient times, human dwellings were built next to a water body that acted as a source for sewage disposal. It was during the prehistoric period (modern-day Iran) that the first sanitation system was built. While in Greece, an inverted siphon system with glass covered clay pipes were used in the palaces. With increasing population, the demand for a complex sewer system grew. The cities in Harappa and Mohenjodaro had a complex network of brick lined (more…)Read More
Casino Card Games
The source of gambling and casino games rentals is unfamiliar, but it was supposed to have first begun in China in 2300 BC. There are many gambling stories associated with different cultures. It is said that all children in Rome were taught gambling and to throw dice. According to the historians, a dispute between the rulers of Norway and Sweden was settled using dice in 1020 AD. King Olaf of Norway won the disputed land.
The card (more…)Read More
All About Cooling Machines
The foremost cooling systems apparatus was devised by an American physician, Dr. John Gorrie in Florida. In the 1830s, he designed a fan-like machine, which blew across an ice container for cooling hospital rooms. In 1881, naval engineers built a makeshift cooling machine, which blew air through a cloth soaked in melted ice water, for the dying President James Garfield. It could lower the room temperature by 20 degrees, but half a million pounds of (more…)Read More
Senior Prom Night
Prom night is when curfews are broken, limousines are taken for a fun ride, girls dressed in colorful gowns and boys in ill-fitting tux pose for pictures they will remember for the rest of their lives. A prom, short for promenade, was a simple banquet held for the graduating class in the 19th century American universities. But many historians believe that prom may have existed in the late 1800s. A student from Amherst College mentions an (more…)Read More
The Dawn of Residential Chimneys
Studies suggest that Roman houses had tubes within the walls to drag out the smoke. These ideas were lost after the fall of the Roman Empire. And hundreds of years later, the trend of chimney caught on in England. In the latter half of the 13th century, the hole in the roof was enclosed by a board, known as louvres. These boards were made of horizontal wooden planks, fixed diagonally and an opening for (more…)Read More
Tree felling dates back to thousands of years because trees provided resources for the survival of mankind. During ancient times, trees were burned to the ground, making it easier to fall in any direction. This method paved way for cutting trees with stone implements, such as tomahawks. In order to have an accurate landing, felling and tree placement, it gave rise to axe and crosscut saw.
The colonists arrived along on the eastern seaboard brought axe to America. (more…)Read More