Updated: 8:29 PM UTC, Jul 16, 2017

Scaffolding Since Prehistoric Times

Prehistoric man, to paint several meters up the Lascaux cave, fabricated scaffoldings. Archaeologists have discovered halfway up the wall lines very regular holes, evidence of the establishment of a temporary wooden structure, ancestor of the scaffolding.

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Snow And Ice Hits the Sahara Desert

As unbelievable as it may seem, snow fell on the Sahara Desert on February 18, 1979. Furthermore, the word Sahara in Arabic means desert so by saying Sahara Desert one is, in fact, uttering a redundant phrase.

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Bridges And Resonance - A Physical Phenomenon

It is very dangerous and banned for a battalion of soldiers to cross a bridge marching in step. Indeed the bridge can enter into a resonance, a physical phenomenon that makes the bridge wave and may lead to its destruction.

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Tne Smallest Army in the World Protects the Pope

The Pontifical Swiss Guard is a military force responsible for the security of the Pope in the Vatican. Numbering 110 men, it is the world’s smallest army.

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The Popular Misconception About Classical Music

One usually believes that the term “classical music” refers to art music originating from the Renaissance period. However, this label is incorrect as this genre of music encompasses music spanning several epochs (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern ….). Thus, Mozart belongs to the Classical era as Jean-Sébastien Bach is of the Baroque period.

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A Castle’s Spiral Staircase Was a Defensive Measure

In medieval times, a castle’s spiral staircase were usually made of stone and rose in a clockwise fashion when looking up from the bottom. So this way, the attacking swordsmen ascending the stairs, would have his swing blocked by the wall.

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Is Having A Picnic French?

The word 'Picnic' gets its origin in France around late eighteenth century by joining the common form of the verb ''piquer'' (meaning "to pick or peck" from old French") and the phrase "Dire nic" (meaning "something of little value").

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Why Pens Like Bic Have A Hole In The Cap?

Bic pens have a hole in the cap so that, if ingested by a child, a stream of air can still continue to pass, therefore avoiding asphyxiation.

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When Hergé Makes A Cameo Appearances In Tintin

In the animated cartoon adaptation of Tintin; his creator Hergé makes a designed "cameo appearances" as it appears in each episode as a different character, but with a similar Belgian designer face.

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God Save The King Was Created For The King Of France

The French Marquise de Créquy wrote in her book "Souvenirs", that the song ''Grand Dieu Sauve Le Roi'', was written by Jean-Baptiste Lully. According to the Marquise de Créquy, Lully created the song to celebrate the success of an operation to remove an anal fistula from the French king Louis XIV.

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Why We Have a Seven Day Week and the Meanings of the Names of the Days

We can thank the Chaldeans, a people from Babylon, for providing us with the names of the days of the week. Four thousand years ago they noticed seven stars in the sky and chose their names to represent the days of the week:

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Gender Symbols - Where Do They Come From?

The two original gender symbols are derived from astronomical symbols. They were first used to denote the effective gender of plants by Carolus Linnaeus in 1751.

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