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
In earlier times, the outdoor wedding was more of a commodity than love. Back then the word ‘wedding’ meant security the groom would provide for the bride after marriage. Therefore, the brides were selected based on their wealth. This trend lasted till the 19th century, when couples began marrying for love.
In the 19th century America, weddings were a simple and intimate affair held at either the groom or the bride’s home. The announcement of the wedding took (more…)Read More
It is believed that landscaping became popular during the Roman era. In fact, archaeologists uncovered evidence of Roman landscape gardens with mosaics and water fountains. However, during the middle ages, the art of landscaping got lost and emerged once again during the Renaissance period. This period witnessed some landscaping in Italy in the form of ornate villas and outdoor piazzas. It was in the 17th century France that the landscape architecture reached new heights in terms of (more…)Read More
Basketball: Where It All Started
We can say basketball started on the year 1891: James Naismith, a Presbyterian minister, was asked to take a physical education class at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) school in Springfield, Massachusetts. Since it was winter, Naismith was asked to invent an indoor game within two weeks to keep the “unruly” young boys occupied.
Naismith remembered his growing up years in Canada, where he used to play ‘duck on a rock’ – a large (more…)Read More
It is said that King Menses of Egypt died of a wasp sting around 3640 and 3300 BC. Another popular story is that of Britannicus, the son of the Roman Emperor Claudius, who was allergic to horses; he would develop a rash and eyes would swell. King Richard III used his allergy to put Lord William Hastings to death. He ate strawberries and blamed Hastings of placing a curse on him. Even the Roman philosopher, Lucretius, observed that (more…)Read More
Insomnia was first reported in the ancient Egyptian texts, where opium was used to treat the sleep disorder. In the 17th century, medicine underwent a change from the doctrines of Aristotle, Galileo, to more scientific theories. It was against this background that neurologists Thomas Willis and Thomas Sydenham came up with principles and practice of clinical neurology. Willis contributed to the knowledge of various sleep disorders, including Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), nightmare and insomnia. He identified that an (more…)Read More
Straight hair popularity
Long and straight hair has been popular since ancient Egypt. The earliest proof of hair straightening can be attributed to Parisian Marcel Grateau who invented a heated rod in 1872 with metallic teeth. But in 1906 Simon Monroe became the first person to patent the flat iron. Then, Isaac Shero came up with a hair straightener comprising of two flat irons, heated and hard-pressed together. He patented his invention in 1909. Around 1912, Lady Jennifer Bell (more…)Read More
The legendary bashes
If you thought Gatsby’s extravagant lifestyle and event parties and entertainments were the only wildest party in the history, then you might be mistaken.
- Russia, 1903 - In February, Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra threw a grand party in their official residence, Winter Palace, St. Petersburg. The theme was the 17th century, and guests arrived dressed as Russian, French, Spanish monarchs and some as musketeers. Precious stones and artifacts were brought from the Kremlin for the (more…)
History of backyard patios
Stone patios, a substantial space included in the houses, originated in the atrium of the ancient Roman villas. Thanks to the Romans, water was incorporated in patios and it was the Arabic that changed the patio into a hub for social gathering. The Andalusian patio originating in Persia and Arab in the 15th and 16th centuries was made of palm branches and roof of straw and branches.
The word patio comes from the Spanish (more…)Read More