The history of silverware is an evolutionary one with the first eating utensils already in use further back than can be traced. There is evidence of iron knives as early as 1000 B.C. while forks were not widely embraced until the 17th century.Continue Reading
Knives evolved thousands of years ago from sharpened stones that humans would use to spear their food. They would also hollow out the horns of animals into rough representations of spoons. The knife proved the most popular early form of flatware and was the first to evolve from stone to metal.
During the Renaissance, knives were desirable and costly accessories, and everyone was expected to bring their own to dinner. Forks were first introduced into modern European culture in the 11th century, though they did not become a common or regularly used piece of flatware for hundreds of years.Learn more about Inventions
Humans have used scarecrows around the world for over 3000 years; the first historically recorded use of scarecrows was by the Egyptians to protect their wheat fields along the Nile River. Other notable pre-medieval cultures known to use scarecrows were the Greeks, Romans and Japanese, according to Redlands Daily Facts.Full Answer >
While many people attribute the first automobile to Henry Ford, the first one was actually built in Italy in 1335 by Guido da Vigevano. While this automobile was not powered by a gasoline engine, it used a windmill to drive a series of gears.Full Answer >
No one knows when kendama was invented, but experts believe the game originated in France during the 16th century from the game “bilboquet.” The game entered Japan in the late 1770s through Nagasaki, the only port open to foreigners during the Edo period.Full Answer >
No one knows who discovered Mercury, as it was known to ancient civilizations. Despite the fact that it's a very small planet, it can be seen with the naked eye. However, it's believed that the Romans gave the planet the name Mercury after their fleet-footed messenger god.Full Answer >