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

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!

Spiritual Sustenance

Almonds and pistachios are the only nuts mentioned in the 5 books of the Hebrew bible. Peanuts may be mentioned too, but they are legumes, not nuts.

Every Egyptian Temple Reflected The Way Their World Was Born

The ancient Egyptians believed that at first there was nothing but water. Then a mound appeared from the water. This creation myth reflects their yearly Nile flood, when the river's waters covered the land, and then life-giving silt emerged as the waters receded.

Each temple they built represented that primordial mound of creation. In temple architecture, that mound was represented by a gradual rise in ground level between the entrance and the innermost shrine. Every temple also had a sacred lake, like the one above at Karnak, and each temple was surrounded by an undulating mudbrick wall. Because of course something as minor as a wall need to have a meaning, it is thought that the undulating wall represents the primordial ocean that the mound of creation rose from.

Hear The Oldest Flute In The World

In 2008, archaeologists discovered fragments of flutes carved from vulture and mammoth bones at a Stone Age cave site in southern Germany called Hohle Fels. They were carved and played by Homo sapiens. These flutes are ancient, dating back 42,000 to 43,000 years, making them the oldest flutes in the world.

The oldest Homo sapiens flutes, that is. There is at least one flute made by a Neanderthal that is older. Found at a Neanderthal campsite at Divje Babe in northwestern Slovenia, the Neanderthal flute is estimated to be over 43,000 years old and perhaps as much as 80,000 years old. The video above features Ljuben Dimkaroski, who plays trumpet for the Ljubljana Opera Orchestra, and who helped archaeologists figure out how to play the prehistoric flute. Don't worry! He is playing a clay replica, not the original.

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