A very, very short history of the Pizza….

Modern pizza is basically no more than a circle of dough spread with sauce and sprinkled with cheese. It’s probably these simple elements that have made pizza a worldwide staple; most cuisines include some kind of flatbread that can be topped with oils, vegetables, and meats. The ancient Greeks made …

A very, very short history of Tea….

Cultivated for thousands of years in India, tea is now drunk all over the world. The apocryphal story about how the Chinese found tea involves Emperor Shennong’s hygienic belief in boiled water and a few leaves of a plant falling into his cup around the year 2737 B.C. The emperor …

A very, very short history of the sandwich……..

  John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, certainly contributed his title’s name to the popular snack of two pieces of bread holding some type of filling. In 1762, Montagu, a notoriously avid gambler, realised that the type of food he’d seen in his Middle and Near Eastern travels would …

A very, very short history of the music video…….

  Long before the birth of rock–and-roll, the first music videos were making their own noise. In fact the Dickson Experimental Sound Film, widely recognised as the oldest known musical video, dates back to the mid-1890s. In it, two slightly drunk men dance while inventor William Dickson plays the violin …

A very, very short history of the comic book……..

  From the earliest cave paintings to Egyptian hieroglyphics to Michelangelo’s The Creation of Man on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, art has told stories in narrative form. Swiss writer Rodolphe Töpffer created the first narrative tabloid in 1833, Histoire de M. Jabot, by combining pictures and text in …

A very short history of the pop-up book….

Pop-up books are synonymous with early childhood, giving young minds a chance to explore a story through moving parts and artful paper construction. But the history of the pop-up book begins with philosophy and spirituality. The first known examples of the books date back to the 14th century, when a …

A very short history of Pac-Man……

Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani was 27 years old and working for the Japanese video game company Namco when one day he took a hard look at the pizza he was eating. With two slices missing, the pizza resembled a mouth. According to Iwatani, that was the inspiration for the game …

A very, very short history of the pinball machine…..

The first pinball machines encouraged tilting. The original version of the game, named Whiffle Board, took its inspiration from a French diversion called bagatelle, which was similar to billiards. Whiffle Board and other games that followed had flat surfaces balanced on four wooden legs. With no flippers to keep the …

Jute and “She Town”…..

  Jute has long played its humble part as familiar twine in kitchen drawers, but it’s also been influential in trade, war, and the textile industry. It’s native to the Bengal region of India and to Bangladesh, where it’s still one of that country’s most important exports. It grows in …

A short history of April Fool`s Day……

  Many different explanations have been offered for the origins of April Fool’s Day, some as fanciful as April Fool jokes themselves. One popular though unlikely explanation focuses on the fool that Christ’s foes intended to make of him, sending him on a meaningless round of visits to Roman officials …