Such a small thing, as symbols go, but it can make all the difference in meaning and understanding when used in a sentence. But wher did it come from ?
Emoticons … those little smiley characters crop up everywher , texts emails , twitters. They instantly convey a whole gammat of meaning. Today you even get some representing Elvis, a rose and Homer Simpson. But who invented them and when ?
The screw thread … a simple device that cranked technology to new levels. Without the humble screw thread our world would literally fall apart.
We use them everyday to order our lives to record, analyse and make sense of things. We’re talking about the days and months of the year. What are their origins ? You may be surprised in that they all have origins deep within our pagan past.
It may surprise you to know that Rudolph the red nosed reindeer is not all that he seems. Here we discuss the origins of the most mercurial of all Santa’s reindeer.
We all think we know how fireworks and gunpowder came about … but here we look at really how they came about.
The zipper is an indispensable little piece of technology that we’d be lost without. It was an out-of-the-blue invention. Nothing like it had ever existed before.
Locks and keys are an everyday part of our lives … how could we secure anything without them ? Here’s some background on their development.
A world without glass is unthinkable . Entire buildings today can be made up pretty much entirely of glass. But when did man first discover it, use it and eventually learn how to manufacture it?
Tea is our national drink and without the tea bag preparing it would be a whole lot fiddlier. But how did this little invention come about ?
Zero is now so central to the way we think, and to our key technologies, that it’s hard to imagine a time before we had it.
Jeans are a ubiquitous item of clothing these days with a multitude of styles and designs. But just who invented them and how did they become so popular ?
Believe it or not, the fax machine was invented over 165 years ago ! In this article we look at how this irreplacable office tool came about.
We take for granted the humble nail and screw when doing some DIY. But if we didn’t have them everything would fall apart, literally. So where did they origanate from ?