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Salt - An amazing history
Salt - An amazing history

Salt - An amazing history

Salt is a remarkable thing. An essential element in the diet of not only humans but of animals, and even of many plants, it is one of the most effective and most widely used of all food preservatives. Its industrial, medical and other uses are almost without number (ie. around 14,000). In fact, salt has been such an important element of life that it has been the subject of many stories and is frequently referenced in fairy tales. Some cultures ascribe magical powers to salt.

Queen Liliʻuokalani, first and last queen regnant of Hawaii
Queen Liliʻuokalani, first and last queen regnant of Hawaii

Queen Liliʻuokalani, first and last queen regnant of Hawaii

Liliʻuokalani (1838–1917), born Lydia Liliʻu Loloku Walania Wewehi Kamakaʻeha, was the first female monarch of Hawaii to reign in her own right. Up until the 1890s, the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi was an independent sovereign state, officially recognized by the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, and Germany. During Liliʻuokalani’s reign, the Overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii took place in 1893, when she abdicated “to avoid any collision of armed forces, and perhaps the loss of life”.

Queen Liliʻuokalani is remembered for her many musical compositions, including the famous song “Aloha ʻOe” (“Farewell the Thee”). Many of these were written during her imprisonment after she abdicated her throne, and they express a deep love of her land and people.

The Most Amazing Facts About History.
The Most Amazing Facts About History.

The Most Amazing Facts About History.

  1. Many years ago in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was ruled "Gentlemen Only...Ladies Forbidden"...and thus the word "GOLF" entered into the English language.
  2. In ancient China, doctors could receive fees only if their patient was cured. If it deteriorated, they would have to pay the patient.
  3. It has been calculated that in the last 3,500 years, there have only been 230 years of peace throughout the civilized world.
  4. The total number of Americans killed in the Civil War is greater than the combined total of Americans killed in all other wars.
  5. Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode past their king. This custom has become the modern military salute.
  6. Charles Dickens always faced north while sleeping.
  7. Roman coins have been dug up in America, suggesting that perhaps the Vikings or Columbus weren't the first Europeans to visit the New World. The coins were found in locations as far afield as Texas, Venezuela and Maine. One stash was found buried in a mound in Round Rock, Texas. The mound is dated to approximately 800 A.D. In the town of Heavener, Okla., a bronze tetradrachm bearing the profile of Emperor Nero was found in 1976. The coin was originally struck in Antioch, Syria, in 63 A.D.
  8. In 1920 for the first time in recorded history, the average life expectancy of human beings exceeded that of goldfish. Before that year, a newborn infant could expect to live 48.4 years. For many species of wild goldfish, the projected life span was over 50.
  9. Peter the Great executed his wife's lover, and forced her to keep her lover's head in a jar of alcohol in her bedroom.
  10. People have been wearing glasses for about 700 years.
  11. Seven of the eight US Presidents who have died in office - either through illness or assassination - were elected at precisely 20-year intervals.