All the Earthquakes in the World (Since 1898)

Each is colored by magnitude. Can you decipher the outlines of the continents? Africa was the hardest, for me

How Swaziland Got Its Name

Swaziland's King Mswati II (ruled 1840 to 1868) is considered the greatest fighting king in Swaziland's history. He fought competing Zulu tribes and some of his own brothers for the throne. Under his reign, the country's boundaries were greatly increased, beyond its present-day borders. "Swazi" is the anglicized version of Mswati II's name.

What Was The Second Agricultural Revolution?

The First Agricultural Revolution occurred around 10,000 years ago when humans first domesticated plants. In the early 1700s the Industrial Revolution led to faster and more efficient farming technology, which helped usher in the Second Agricultural Revolution from 1700 to 1900 in developed countries. Many less developed countries are considered to be still experiencing the Second Agricultural Revolution.

Lake Turkana, which is mostly in Kenya, is the largest permanent desert lake in the world. It has sheltered humanity since the first homonids learned to walk. A female australopithecus anamensis fossil found here in 1994 lived around 4.2 and 3.9 million years ago. Researchers were surprised to realize she had walked on two feet. It was a huge discovery at the time, because it meant hominids developed bipedalism earlier than previously thought.

And near the lake, in 1984, a homo erectus fossil who lived 1.5 to 1.6 million years ago was found. Examinations suggested he had been a boy, just 8 or 9 years old, when he died. He remains the most complete hominid skeleton found to date.

Cameroon Means What Now?

Cameroon is the only country in the world named after a crustacean. In 1472, Portuguese explorer Fernando Po named the country “Rio dos Camaroes,” which means “River of Prawns” after he saw the immense number of shrimp in the country's Wouri River. The official language of Cameroon is French, and in French, it is spelled "Cameroun." The English spelling is just a corruption.

Angola's flag features a machete and a star and...half-circle of a gear? The gear represents industrial workers, and the machete represents agricultural workers. The star represents socialism. Adopted in 1975, it was apparently a deliberate reference to the hammer and sickle on the Soviet Union's flag.

"Man fears time, but time fears the pyramid."

an Arabic-Egyptian saying. It is unclear who or when it was first said, but it dates at least to the 1800s, and it probably much older.

Intricate Bracelet from Pharaoh Ramesses II's Tomb

I just think its beautiful and wanted to share. Made of gold with lapis lazuli, it was probably worn by Ramesses II (reigned circa 1279-1213 BCE). It had a hinge allowing to easily be taken off. And it was decorated with a pair of ducks' heads, because gold and lapis lazuli aren't fancy enough for a pharaoh.

Ancient Sudanese Horse Honored Like A Human

A unique ancient grave was found in a tomb in Tombos, in what is today Sudan. A chariot-pulling horse was buried around 1000 to 900 BCE, about 2.5 meters underground, in an ornate burial usually reserved for high-status humans. The horse's remains still had patches of chestnut hair with white markings. A piece of iron -- incidentally, one of the oldest found in Africa -- and a carved scarab beetle were found in the grave, indicating the horse's high status.

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    By Lillian Audette

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