Category Archives: Inventions, per se

Eyeglasses: The History Behind the Frames

Although the making of eyeglasses has a long and interesting history, no one is really sure who first discovered that curved glass could enhance vision. Somewhere between the years 1000 and 1250, simple reading stones were used by monks and scholars to magnify texts, making them much easier to read. These early stones resembled modern-day clear glass paperweights in the shape of a half-sphere. The First Glasses The first actual… Read More »

Neanderthals: The Earliest Accountants in History

So it turns out that Neanderthal was history’s first accountant. “Shya, right”, I can hear you say. “Big browed, primitive, cave man Neanderthal was a CPA? Pull the other leg.” Okay, so I admit that Neanderthal was not actually an accountant per se. But the evidence is piling up indicating that Neanderthal was amongst our first professional counters. It certainly appears they using more complex math than we would have… Read More »

The Winchester Mystery House

Due to an increase in violent crime, in the Memphis area, my wife and I decided to sign up to become licensed with handgun carry permits. Neither of us have any experience around guns, so we decided to first take an Introduction to Firearms class at a local range. It covered the basics of firearm safety, the proper stance and technique for shooting, and information as to how the mechanics… Read More »

Building Bridges: Most Amazing Structures from the 19th Century

Since the beginning, man has been crossing and moving past insurmountable obstacles. From basic ideas to advanced technology, we have seen the work of masters pass through the ages. The earliest bridge was a fallen log across a stream, but bridges have progressed to stone and even intricate metal work done by novices and masters alike. By the 19th century, bridge construction greatly changed with the advent of steel. Steel… Read More »

What is History but a Gamble?

On more than one occasion, I have used the following expressions (and in no relation to cards or gambling). When the chips are down Forcing someone’s hand Hitting the jackpot All bets are off The deck is stacked A few cards short a deck These terms, which originated as expressions associated with gambling, are now part of our common vernacular. If you think about it, some of the most historical… Read More »

A History of Corrective Lenses

There are some innovations in our contemporary lifestyles that have become so commonplace that we can’t imagine life without them: electricity and plumbing, of course, and a few more everyday implements.  What would you do without, say, your glasses/contacts/laser eye surgery? If you use glasses or contacts, they’re probably the first things you reach for in the morning. You need them to read, drive, and sometimes just to make out… Read More »