And for another tradition we all love, how about a few facts about the beginning of Birthday Parties,
The tradition started in Europe a long time ago when it was feared evil spirits were particularly attracted to people on their birthdays. To protect them from harm, friends and family would to come be with the birthday person and bring good thoughts and wishes.
Giving gifts brought even more good cheer to ward off the evil spirits. At first it was only kings who were recognized as important enough to have a birthday celebration (maybe this is how the tradition of birthday crowns began?).
As time went by, children became included in birthday celebrations. The first children’s birthday parties occurred in Germany and were called Kinderfeste.
Now who doesn’t like pearls? Nobody!
So here’s your chance to learn more about Pearl Necklaces and their terminology,
Choker: 14″-15″ in length – should nestle around the base of the neck.
Princess: 18″ in length – should fall halfway between choker and matinee length.
Matinee: 22″-23″ in length – should fall to the top of the cleavage.
Opera: 30″-36″ in length – should fall to the breastbone.
Sautoir or Rope: Any pearl necklace longer than opera length.
Dog Collar: Multiple strands of pearls fitting closely around the neck.
Bib: Multiple strands of pearls, each shorter than the one below, nested together in one necklace.
Graduated: A necklace composed of pearls which taper downward in size from large pearls in the center.
Uniform: A necklace which appears to be composed entirely of pearls of the same size.
I love golf and I love bits and pieces of history, so these facts on Golf Holes combine my two loves,
The 18 holes come from the renovations of the Old Course at St. Andrews, the ostensible first golf course from 1400’s.
In 1848 or so, with the invention of the new, cheap, golf ball, the Brits went golf mad, like the tennis buffs in the 1970’s and the joggers in the ‘1980’s. They were churning up the Old Course something fierce, playing the 9 holes both directions, (this was way it was done, up, then back same course.)
So decisions were made to alleviate the problem. First thought was to extend the course and bring it around into a circle, ending at beginning. This was met with great uproar and consternation. So the additional 8 greens were added by increasing the width and people go up “the back nine” and back the additional.
Then George V saw what they had done and had an 18 hole course built at Richmond Palace, with the object in mind to provide the people who couldn’t afford the private clubs a golf course. Old Course at St. Andrews 18 hole, this Prince’s and the subsequent Duke’s courses are part of the heart of the British people.
Another bit of historical trivia about Gun Salutes.
Gun or cannon salutes, used to honor distinguished persons or to mark special occasions, originate from the practice of firing all guns of a battery, fort or ship as a token of disarming them, because early guns were not speedily reloaded.
Modern gun salutes are fired with blank cartridges or charges. The number of shots is prescribed by international custom and agreement.
Referred to as the royal salute, the 21-gun salute is fired for chiefs of state, heads of government, members of a reigning royal family and others of comparable rank. Salutes of 17, 15, 13, 11, seven, and five shots are fired for people of lesser rank.
Firing an odd number of shots is believed to stem from an ancient naval superstition that an even number of shots is unlucky.
As everyone has been enjoying these bits of historical trivia so much, I thought I’d give you a few more.
Tea and coffee
Tea was first drunk in China, around 2700 BC. It became popular in England, Holland, and America in the early 18th century AD. Afternoon tea in Britain became customary after its introduction in 1840. Iced tea was first offered at the 1904 world’s fair (the Louisiana Purchase Exposition). Coffee was introduced about 1000 AD in Arabia and was thought to be a medicinal tonic. In the 16th century, it became accepted as a social beverage in Arabia and Persia.
And now a few ‘When Did It Happen?’ bits of historical trivia.
When did women start wearing diamonds?
During the middle ages, only men wore diamonds, as a symbol of their courage and virility. However, since 1477, when Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave a diamond ring to Mary of Burgundy, diamonds have been the gem of choice for men who wanted to melt a woman’s heart.
When was absinthe most popular?
Absinthe originated in Switzerland as an elixir, but is better known for its popularity in late 19th- and early 20th-century France, particularly among Parisian artists and writers whose romantic associations with the drink still linger in popular culture. In its heyday, the most popular brand of absinthe worldwide was Pernod Fils.
When was helium first speculated?
During an eclipse of the sun in 1868, spectral lines were located that were attributed to an unknown element that was called “helium,” from the Greek word for “sun.” Thirty years later, helium was discovered on Earth.
When did the first ‘ace’ come about?
The term “ace” was first used during World War I for a pilot who had brought down at least five enemy aircraft. The German equivalent was Oberkanone, which meant “top gun.”
A few bits of historical trivia about Brains.
Who had a bigger brain — modern man or Neanderthals?
The brain of Neanderthal man was larger than that of modern man. Neanderthal man, the first human being in the true sense, had a brain capacity 100 cc larger than modern man’s.
Is Coke good for your brain?
Coca Cola was originally billed as an “esteemed brain tonic and intellectual beverage” when it first appeared on the market in 1886.
What did Aristotle think the brain was for?
Aristotle believed the main purpose of the human brain was to cool the blood.
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More fun bits of historical weird and wacky trivia for you to enjoy,
Lord Byron had four pet geese that he brought everywhere with him, even to social gatherings. Byron, though considered one of the most dashing and attractive men of his time, was overweight and had a club foot.
What was the first form of vaccination?
Until recent years, people living in remote areas of Afghanistan and Ethiopia were immunized against smallpox by having dried powdered scabs from victims of the disease blown up their noses. This treatment was invented by a Chinese Buddhist nun in the eleventh century. It is the oldest known form of vaccination.
Was Halley’s comet 1066 appearance a good omen?
In 1066, Halley’s comet appeared shortly before William the Conqueror invaded England. The Norman king took it as a good omen; his battle cry became “A new star, a new king.”
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