Well-done video showing where in the ancient world the Chinese historians were describing, and examples of what they were (probably) describing. It's rather amusing what the Chinese thought were important: being able to breath fire and juggle 10 balls, relay sheds for postal stations, and many, many types of cloth.

The Oldest Ruler In The World

This is the cubit rod (aka ruler) of Maya, "treasurer of king Tutankhamun." He also served under Tutankamun's two successors, Ay and Horemheb. The cubit rod was an important part of being a treasurer because the Egyptian government was built on land management, and taxes were mainly agricultural products. To know how much to tax, you had to know how to measure the field, and the unit of measurement was the cubit. This rod measures the royal cubit of seven palm-lengths (52.3 cm) and the common cubit of 6 palm-lengths. There are also a number of gradations shown including "digits," palm-lengths, and fractions of digits from halves to sixteenths. Just in case Maya needed to measure really small distances.

European Countries’ Army Expenditures, By Year


From 1914 to 2005. Or, from World War I through the Invasion of Iraq

Looking Inside The Great Pyramid of Giza Using New Technologies

The pyramids at Giza is over 4,000 years old. But we are still learning more about them, thanks to new advances in particle physics and thermal imaging.

Or, why the Mercator Projection is rarely used nowadays. It was revolutionary when it was first invented because it represents vessels' straight courses as straight lines, making navigating ships much easier. But that was in 1569. And cartography has become a much more advanced science these days.

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