Known by various names -- the Pomeranian War (Sweden), the Third Carnatic War (India), the French and Indian War (USA), La guerre de la Conquête (Quebec) -- it involved all the major European powers and spanned five continent. Which is why the conflict is sometimes called "World War Zero."
When Australia's pounds, shillings and pence were to be replaced by decimal currency in February 1966, many names for the new currency were suggested. The austral, the oz, the boomer, the roo, the kanga, the emu, the koala, the digger, the zac, the kwid, the dinkum, and the ming were all considered,before settling on the much-less-interesting "dollar".
The Last Five Years Hottest Ever Recorded, NASA and NOAA Report
Scary, scary news. While 2018 was only the 4th hottest year ever, the last five years—from 2014 to 2018—are the warmest years ever recorded in the 139 years that NOAA has tracked global heat. (NOAA stands for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and is a section of the US Department of Commerce.)
Seriously, how do you put this dagger away without scrapping the edges, wearing down the sharpness each time? Despite its impractical sheath, this is a truly beautiful piece of art. Bali, Indonesia, early 1700s. Made with iron-nickel alloy, silver, gold, and wood.
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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!