Did You Know… Trial by Ordeal

Did you know that the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick II (1194-1250 AD), was the first king to outlaw Trial by Ordeal as he thought they were nonsensical. Trial by Ordeal was a test administered to an accused party in the middle ages by a Court of Law to measure the innocence of the accused. It [...]


Did You Know…Gilles de Rais, child Serial Killer

Did you know... on September 15 1440 Gilles de Montmorency-Laval, Baron de Rais, was taken into custody  along with two of his bodyservents for the murder of anywhere up to 400 children over the course of nine years. He was convicted of the murders using the testimonies of witnesses and the uncovered bodies of some [...]

Did You Know…Mt Vesuvius 

Did you know that on August 24 in 79 AD Mount Vesuvius unleashed its volcanic fury, destroying the towns of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Stabiae, and multiple others whilst killing thousands of people with its pyroclastic flows of searing gas and molten rock. Ironically the ash that covered the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum created an air tight seal [...]


Did You Know…Chariot Racing

Did you know that during his career a Charioteer (chariot racer) in the 2nd Century, Gaius Appuleius Diocles won a total of almost 36 million Sesterces. Today that would be the same as $15 billion dollars.


Did You Know…Scissors

Did you know that scissors are thought to have been invented by Egyptians in 1500 BC. They were made out of a single sheet of bronze and were U shaped. The first set of scissors pictured above are bronze from Trabzon, Turkey circa.2nd C AD. The second set below are made of silver from China [...]


Did You Know…Sunglasses

Did you know that the first sunglasses were worn in China around the 12th Century by court judges and were made from flat panes of smoky quartz. Unlike today though, these glasses weren't worn to protect the wearers eyes but rather to hide them from the defendant so that the Judge's facial expressions wouldn't give them [...]


Did You Know… Posting children in the mail

Did you know that on June 13 1920 it was officially forbidden by the US Postmaster General to send children via the post. When Parcel post came to be in America in 1913 some parents capitalised on this and proceeded to mail their children to places such as their grandparents home. The cost of stamps [...]