In 1838, a man stopped on the Boulevard…

This photo of a Paris street was taken by Louis Daguerre in 1838

In 1838, a man stopped on the Boulevard du Temple in Paris to get his boots cleaned. He and the cleaner stood still for at least seven minutes on the street, and accidentally became the first people in history to be photographed.

This detail from the photo’s lower left corner shows a man who appears to be getting his boots cleaned.

There is a German settlement in…

There is a German settlement in the jungles of Peru called Pozuzo that was established in 1859 by around 150 German/Austrian settlers. They were completely cut off from both their Homeland and the rest of Peru for 120 years. They were able to do this by being completely self sufficient. This is how Pozuzo looks like today.

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There’s an 1,800 year-old Roman…

There’s an 1,800 year-old Roman version of present day Swiss Army Knife, complete with folding spoon, fork, spatula, pick, spike and knife. It was made mostly from silver, so it has held up pretty well. The spike might have helped in extracting the meat from snails, and the spatula in poking sauce out of narrow-necked bottles: the pick could have served as a tooth-pick.