The Discovery of Metals

There were seven known metals until the 1200s CE: gold, silver, copper, tin, lead, iron, and mercury. These were the metals that built humanity's first civilizations. (For those who point out the Bronze Age from about 3300 BCE to 1200 BCE, bronze is a mix of copper and tin.) Arsenic was discovered in the 1200s, antimony in the 1400s, and things just took off from there. Today there are 86 known metals.

The Oldest Animal Painting In The World

On the Indonesian island of Borneo, in the remote mountains of the province of East Kalimantan, lives the world's oldest depiction of an animal. Or rather, three animals. A painting of three cows covers a wall inside the Lubang Jeriji Saléh cave. And one cow appears to have a spear in its flank. Dating back 40,000 years, they are now considered the oldest known figurative painting. We have older paintings, but they depict abstract shapes, not real-life objects.

Prehistoric Statues Found On Indonesian Peninsula

Two megalithic statues of Polynesian style on the Mount Srobu site in Indonesia's Papua Province. These statues are in a different style from others, found in the area, making their find particularly interesting. Decorated pottery fragments, stone axes, and shell tools estimated to be about 3,800 years old were also recovered from the site.

The Biggest Mushroom Ever

Mt. Pinatubo on the Philippine island of Luzon erupted on June 15, 1991, and created the largest mushroom cloud in history. That we humans know about. Mt. Pinatubo's eruption ejected 10 billion metric tons of magma and 20 million tons of sulphur dioxide into the stratosphere.

Bali's Kissing Festival

In Sesetan, a village on the island of Bali, a kissing festival known as Omed-Omedan is held every year. Believed to ward off bad luck in the upcoming year, the festival is held the day after Nyepi, a day of silence for Balinese Hindus which marks the Saka New Year. Omed-Omedan starts with teenagers gathering along the main road and say a brief prayer. Then let the kissing begin! Teens dance and kiss and generally have a good time, while other-age onlookers spray them with water. No one is sure when Omed-Omedan began. Its origins are lost to history.

Humans Used To Eat Off What?

Before cookware emerged around 24,000 BCE, humans relied on foraged shells or animal parts (like stomachs or hides) to store and carry food.

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    By Lillian Audette

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