We hope you enjoy this selection of Amazing and Interesting Things, Activities and People that can be found in the most surprising places, and can fascinate and surprise you, and continue to increase your wonder at the world we live in.
A plague of drunkenness settled over Europe to match the plague of the Black Death in the mid-1300’s, and remained after the disease was gone. The theory at the time was that the strong drink acted as a preventative to the contagion. Although it didn’t stop the disease, it did make the drinker less concerned which may have been a positive
The major crop of Sri Lanka (previously named Ceylon) was coffee until their entire crop was destroyed by blight during 1869. They decided to plant tea which then became the Indian Ocean island country’s major crop up until the present day, when other important crops have joined it’s importance.
Kernels of popcorn have been found in the graves of Indians who lived the America’s prior to the arrival of Europeans in 1492.
Honey was used as a synonym for anything pleasant (“land of milk and honey”) in ancient and medieval times in the west because it was the only sweetener available. Sugar did not reach Europe in quantity until the twelfth century, when Crusaders brought it with them from the east.
It does sometimes pay to relax. When James Watt was trying to work out an improvement to the Newcomen steam engine that would truly make it practical, his deep concentration did not help. On a Sunday afternoon in 1764, he took a peaceful relaxed walk, and thus the key idea popped into his head. It is a good example of letting your mind have time to sort out information, instead of trying too hard to force a result.
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