A Brief History On July 15, 1799, French soldiers in Egypt discovered The Rosetta Stone, which is inscribed with three versions of a decree issued at Memphis, Egypt in 196 BC during the Ptolemaic dynasty on behalf of King Ptolemy V Epiphanes.  The top and middle texts are in Ancient Egyptian using hieroglyphic and demotic scripts, while the bottom is in Ancient Greek.   The Because the decree has only minor differences among the three versions, the Rosetta Stone became key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphs, thereby opening a window into ancient Egyptian history, especially its system of writing. Writing is a…

A Brief History On August 18, 2003, a tremendously sad and unusual murder took place when a Newfoundland mother who had been given custody of her 1 year old son murdered the little boy despite the mom being on bail for the murder of her husband!  Wow, does that seem like a poor choice on the part of the court?  The infamous case resulted in Canada amending its laws about awarding child custody. Digging Deeper Shirley Jane Turner of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, was facing extradition to the United States for the murder of the father of her…

A Brief History In 1921, the first industrial station for the transformation of urban organic materials into compost was set up in Wels, Austria.  Today, gardeners generally are pretty enthusiastic about the concept of composting for their soils. Although the concept of breaking down organic materials into something your plants can utilize is an easy enough concept, many find it difficult to get started with the whole composting bin idea. If you are ready to jump into the composting world, it won’t be long before you ask yourself why you didn’t do it sooner, since all you truly need is an…

A Brief History In 1974, Roy Lloyd, a metal detector enthusiast, managed to find a high school class ring that had the initials “M.B” engraved. The ring was buried deep down a four inches lake of sand. He then found “Miles Baker” whom the ring belonged to. The ring had been lost for over 45 years before it got reunited with its owner. That shows how metal detecting is an important hobby before it ever became interesting or fun.   Metal detectors have come a long way since Alexander Graham Bell first invented them in 1881 to locate an assassin’s bullet…

A Brief History On August 15, 1281, the army and navy forces of the Mongol/Chinese Emperor Kublai Khan were destroyed at the Battle of Kōan, an attempt to invade and conquer Japan.  Aided by a fortuitous weather situation called by the Japanese a “Divine Wind” (or “Kamikaze” in Japanese), the Mongol forces were defeated, and Kublai Khan never did get to conquer Japan.  In fact, the great Khan had previously made an attempt at conquering Japan to add to his vast empire, back in 1271, and that attempt was also failed by a “Divine Wind!”  Genghis Khan and his grandson,…

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