Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Little, Unknown Facts

Honey Never Spoils
Honey is really the only natural food product that never spoils, even without preservatives. Honey is very PH stable, which allows it to last for centuries. However, honey can ferment into mead or develop a bad taste, but it is indeed still edible. In fact, some archeologists found honey in Egyptian tombs and found it edible.

Egyptian Mummification Did Not Remove the Heart
When a body was mummified, the brain was removed through one of its nostrils and its intestines were also removed and placed in jars called canopic jars. Each organ was placed in its own jar. The only organ that was not removed was the heart, because Egyptians considered it to be the seat of the soul.

Rhode Island - Small State, Big Name
While Rhode Island is the smallest state by area (1545 sq mi), it has the longest official name of any of the 50 states in the Union. The official name, used on all state documents, is “Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.”
Clean Toilets
The first toilet cubicle in a row is the least used (and consequently cleanest). Although now that the information has been out for awhile, the cleanest stall is anyone's guess.

Classical Greek and Roman Statues Were Not Always White
There is a theory that the Ancient Greek and Roman sculptures that are so recognizable to pretty much everyone don't look at they did when they were first created. Some scholars have been recreating these sculptures with blues, reds, greens, and golds that they believe originally adorned these ancient works of art.
Abraham Lincoln Had a High-Pitched Voice
Most people have watched at least one video or television program portraying President Lincoln. Lincoln was known for his great speeches, espcially the Gettysburg Address. However, most portrayals of Lincoln's voice is wrong. Usually Lincoln is portrayed with a deep, booming bass voice that people assume is accurate. In actuality, Lincoln had more of a high-pitched tenor voice that was slightly shrill but could be heard through great distances, which actually helped people hear and appreciate his speeches.

The First Product Nintendo Produced was a Card Game
In 1889 (yes, 100 years before the Nintendo GameBoy) the small Japanese company called Nintendo started hand making Hanafuda cards (the cards are also used to play Koi Koi).

Months That Start on a Sunday Will Always Have a Friday the 13th
Go ahead and do the math, it always comes out the same.

Ben Franklin "Tricked" the French into Helping America Gain its Freedom
Technically, Benjamin Franklin charmed the French into helping America gain its freedom from England. Franklin was an educated, well dressed man. However, when he spent time in France he wore the infamous beaver skin hat and did not speak French well. This endeared him and his "Americanness" to the French and perpetuated the myth that Americans were simpletons that needed help.


Anonymous said...

This is a really neat post! I didn't know about honey, Abraham Lincoln, and a few others. Very interesting!