Assyrians Did Not Skip Leg Day

Or maybe they just knew the ladies love well-shaped calves... Anyway, this is from a relief at the palace of Ashurnasirpal II. The leg is a genie’s leg: genies were beings that existed during a godlike generation of humanity, so maybe that’s why they have such well-defined leg muscles.

A Crystal Pendant With Hathor's Head

From Nubia, sometime between 743 and 712 BCE. It was found in the tomb of an unknown queen of King Piankhy (also called King Piye).

Famous stutterers from history include Moses, Greek orator Demosthenes, Friedrich Nietzsche, King George VI of England, Winston Churchill, and Marilyn Monroe.

In Ancient Greece, Cooking Was Magic!

In ancient Greece, the word for "cook," "butcher," and "priest" was all the same: mageiros, which shares its etymological root with the word "magic."

Mercury: The Forgotten Planet

Here’s a couple of fun facts about this often-overlooked planet

  • It is the smallest planet
  • It is the closest planet to the sun
  • It cannot be seen when the sky is fully dark. Mercury can only be observed at dusk and at dawn when there is some light from the sun
  • Though it is the most difficult of the visible planets to see, Mercury's existence has been known since ancient Sumerian times, roughly 5,000 years ago
  • Early ancient peoples believed that Mercury was two distinct stars, one appearing in the east at dawn and the other in the west in the evening. By the time of Plato, however, around 350 BCE, Greek astronomers realized it was a single planet

Is Soup Older Than Taxes?

The oldest type of soup dates from about 6,000 BCE in ancient Egypt. The recipe calls for sparrow and hippopotamus meat. The first known system of taxation was in Ancient Egypt around 3000–2800 BCE in the First Dynasty of Egypt of the Old Kingdom of Egypt. So soup is indeed older than taxes!

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    By Lillian Audette

    This blog is a collection of the interesting, the weird, and sometimes the need-to-know about history, culled from around the internet. It has pictures, it has quotes, it occasionally has my own opinions on things. If you want to know more about anything posted, follow the link at the "source" on the bottom of each post. And if you really like my work, buy me a coffee or become a patron!

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