In some regions of the world masks are used all the time whenever a cold arises as respect to others. In other instances masks are worn to protect our health in highly polluted areas. Since 2020, masks have become much more of a day-to-day needed accessory and a part of everyone's wardrobe. The idea of wearing a mask is to most a normal preventive measure to be used to safeguard everyone's health. This was not always the case. When did we start thinking that a mask could help? When did we realize that a medical mask is indeed useful to combat the spread of a cotangents?
According to legend, Julius Caesar's mother gave birth to her son through a Caesarian section. Their have been many speculations and studies on this possibility. Was that actually possible over 2,000 years ago? If so, where the Romans so advanced? if not, when did Caesarian sections begin and why are they called like that? Are they named after Caesar?
Toothache is considered one of the worst pain we can suffer and most of us know how horrible it can be. In the past there were not many choices when toothache became so intolerable to limit even the most routine activities. The only option was extraction. What happened if you kept extracting teeth? Would you just remain toothless?
The sword. A blunt weapon that for millenia has been used to conquer, defend, kill and to show power and status. Who invented it? How did it come about? Was it found in different parts of the world at the same time? This common weapon has actually not been with us that long and was a natural evolution of an everyday object.
We take the number Pi for granted as we take for granted all the perfect round shapes that surround us. We celebrated Pi on March 14 while we probably were annoyed by it in school. Still, Pi remains one of the fundamental numbers of Mathematics, a value that has reached us through a long history driven by the pursuit of precision and discovery innate in the human spirit. It took millennia to pin it down and many civilization got close to it by simple approximation.
Walking under a ladder is considered really bad luck, which really makes sense. The ladder might fall and cause harm to the daring soul who wants to challenge this superstition. Is the superstition just practical or are there are other reasons? How did this superstition evolve and what are its meaning? Is it just to protect our precious head or is there more?
Perspiration and body odor are not a modern day exclusive. We often think that people in the past "were just used to certain odors" more than we are today. Probably true, but a bad smell is still unpleasant. Our ancestors knew it and they tried different ways to solve the problem.
Percussions, wind and string instruments have been around for a long time in the pursuit of entertaining people with music. The story of the violin is long and crosses many continents, although the violin as we know it today is fairly recent. When was it born? Where?