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Trivia Thursday # 16

Although tales of wonder that meet the general criteria for fairy tales have been around for thousands of years, it was in the 1690’s that the term fairy tale or contes de fées was popularized by a group of French writers which included

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Trivia Thursday #15

In England prior to 1833 a widow had a right of dower (the income from about one-third of her deceased husband’s land). After 1833 what monies the wife would receive in the event of her husband’s death were dependent on the

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Trivia Thursday #14

An English woman’s odds of dying in childbirth in 1870 were about 1 in 200. – source: What Jane Austen Ate and What Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool

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Trivia Thursday #13

In England, prior to 1823, a male or female under the age of 21 could not marry without parental consent. After 1823,  a male could legally marry without parental consent at the age of 14 and a female could marry

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Trivia Thursday #12

The type of lighting a family used in the 1800s was influenced by their financial situation. Rushlights (rushes dipped in drippings or grease) were used by the poor and the frugal because they could be made for free and avoided the tax on candles. Tallow candles were

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Trivia Thursday #11

Hero of Alexandria (fl. 2nd century B.C. ), student of Ctesibius, built clockwork into toys. The system he devised to produce toys such as a temple with doors that opened and an altar that lit up while drums and cymbals accompanied dancing figurines and wine

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Trivia Thursday # 10

In ancient Ireland bowls with holes in the bottom, which were floated on water until they sank, were used as timers. One such bronze bowl, found in a bog in Northern Ireland in County Antrim, took one hour to sink.

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