The mayors of Carthage and Rome signed an official peace treaty 2,000 years after the Punic Wars’ end.
During the Black Death, incoming ships were forced to wait for 40 days to prevent possible infection. The Italian word for 40, “quaranta”, is where we get the word “quarantine”.
The Han dynasty of China drilled for natural gas, transported it in pipelines and gas containers and burned it in stoves… in 200 BC.
Mail was delivered 12 times a day in Victorian London, with immediate responses often expected, and people got upset if letters weren’t received within a couple of hours.
The Macaronis were young English men who adopted feminine mannerisms and highly extravagant attire. They were members of the Macaroni Club, and wore a feather in their hats. They also wore two fob watches: “one to tell what time it was and the other to tell what time it was not”.
Purple is known as a ‘royal’ color because back when they relied only on natural dyes, purple came from sea snails and was the hardest dye to extract and produce so only royals could afford it. To put into perspective just how expensive it is, an ounce of gold is currently worth around $1,200. An ounce of Tyrian purple dye is worth roughly $100,000.
The “Alexandra Limp” was a short lived fad in Victorian London. Fashionable young women mimicked the limp of Princess Alexandra. Canny shopkeepers even started selling mismatched footwear, with one high heel, and one low. The practice was widely ridiculed, even at the time.