Tag Archives: history

Where does the $ come from? From Mexico, of course

Mental Floss replied to the question from above and it seems that the most cited theory is that the origins of the $ sign are from Mexican Peso. They had a P and an S an, with the time, it is believed that the US adopted a S over P so that there is currently […]

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Mental Floss: 29 early sports rules

Ok, I didn’t knew the early sport rules were no rules at all. Some of the games would be played in any way you could. For example, soccer, the real football I mean, would be played with a ball, but you could grab it with the hand too to move it where you wanted. Or […]

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Navy terminology: why left is port and right is starboard?

It seems that the naming is closely related to the way people would navigate with early ships where they used paddles. Port was used instead of backboard to not be confused with starboard. Left side was called backboard, because it was used to anchor in ports to load packages through it. Starboard comes from the […]

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The original World Wide Web: the Silk Road

No, it is not about the Silk Road of the Deep Web, it is about the original Silk Road a many thousands long road that connected Asia to Persia and to modern day Turkey. That road was used for centuries by tradesmen to send goods from the roman Empire to China, India, Persia and then […]

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Learn about Christmas: 27 winter traditions explained by Mental Floss

John Green, from Mental Floss, explains us why some traditions are older than we thought and how some other traditions originated in commerce, like for example, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which was a free storybook given to shoppers at Montgomery Ward Department Store in 1939. Rudolph became a hit song in 1949. So, at first, […]

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30 less known things about video games

Mental Floss has created another great educational video: it teaches us about 30 game changing video games. Nowadays 3D video games show incredibly vivid imagery and awesome physics. You can’t beat a shooter game that allows you to destroy buildings around you 😀 Now, some of the less knows things in regards to the video […]

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Pirates really did exist in 17th and 18th centuries

The real pirates roamed the seas about 2 -3 hundred years ago and they were as fearless as they say. Some would be defeated and almost killed and then they would escape to become again captains in a new pirate vessel like François l’Olonnais did in 1667. Pirate is a word that would mean “to […]

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Do you really know who Nikola Tesla was?

Most probably not. You know of many of his achievements as Oatmeal outlines: alternate current, radar, wireless power recharging, X-rays and many others. We was and will be one of my heroes and a great man. However, the real Nikola Tesla was a bit different. It is a incomplete image to say that he was […]

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A timelapse with the same train ride in 1953, 1983 and 2013? Totally possible

The mesmerizing video from above is even greater on the tunes of The Chemical Brothers – Star Guitar, one of the best train travelling song ever. The timelapse video features three videos taken in 1953, 1983 and 2013, 30 years apart from each other and it shows roughly the same terrain and tracks. Relaxing yet […]

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Star Trek is only 45 years old [infographics]

With almost half a century the Star Trek adventure covers 6 tv series and 11 films that bring us into the future. Far future, whatever that would be. In December 1964 Gene Roddenberry presented the first ever pilot episode. The first tv series started in September 1966. In 2012 or 2013 the new Star Trek […]

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