The History of Necklaces

Archeologists believe the necklace was born during the stone age about 40,000 years before than previously believed. April 2004, scientists were excavating a cave in South Africa discovered forty-one mollusks that may have been strung as neck jewelry about 75,000 years ago. Before this discovery the oldest known necklace to have been found about 30,000 B.C. They are made mostly of shells, bones, stones, animal teeth or claws, strung on a thread. Basically the same concept is used today though there are some variations In 2500 B.C. gold was starting to be used in neck jewelry. Gold neck adornments and chokers have been discovered at the Royal Grave of Ur. They are in what is now known as Iraq. 2000 …

Dental Hygiene, an Ancient Practice – The History of the Toothbrush

One of the most asked questions by adults and children is the origin of the toothbrush. There are several schools of thought on when the real toothbrush was created, but you need to look far into the past for the first evidences of oral hygiene. The Chinese were believed to create the first real toothbrush, or a device that was used to clean teeth, but it was much different than the ones that we are used to today. These first toothbrushes, crafted in the 1400s, did not use nylon for bristles, or plastic for the handles. They were crafted from bamboo, one of the most common plants from that area. The bamboo formed the handle for people to hold on …

A Brief History of Anesthetics

Anesthetics have been used for thousands of years. In fact, the first recorded use of anesthetics was actually in the ‘pre-history’ era, an era of human history predating written text. Early Uses of Herbal Anesthetics In the pre-history era, anesthetics were herbal in nature. Opium poppies are known to have been harvested as early as 4200 BC, and these plants were farmed first in the Sumerian Empire. The first recorded uses of anesthetics containing opium preparations was in 1500 BC, and by 1100 BC, civilizations in Cyprus and other locations were farming and harvesting the plants. Opium poppies were introduced to India and China in 330 BC and 600 to 1200 AD, respectively. Other types of herbal anesthetics were in …

History of the Preakness Stakes

The Preakness Stakes, along with the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes, is the second race of the coveted Thoroughbred Triple Crown. The race is often referred to as the run for the Black Eyed Susans. This is because the winner of the race will be draped with flower wreath of Black Eyed Susans. The race is always run on the third Saturday in May at the historical Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore Maryland. The race is open to both fillies and colts; however, the fillies will usually compete in the Triple Crown races that are not open to the colts. Fillies that do choose to run in the race will be required to carry a weight of 121 pounds, …