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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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Trivia Thursday #9

In 1198 a water-clock saved St. Edmunds’ relics at the Bury St. Edmunds Abbey when the wooden platform on which the relics sat caught fire in the middle of the night. When the water-clock sounded matins it awoke the master of the

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Trivia Thursday #8

In the Mediterranean Basin the length of a man’s shadow can vary from as long as 24 feet in the morning to a mere 4 feet at noon. The Greeks and Romans, as early as 400 B.C. and as late

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Trivia Thursday #7

The first mechanical clocks (as opposed to other types of timekeeping devices) probably did not show the hour of day as water clocks did. Rather they sounded an alarm at a predetermined point in the day or struck a bell

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Trivia Thursday #6

In Cairo, Egypt in the early 1800s an unmarried man who did not own a female slave was not permitted to rent a house or apartment in most areas. If he could not reside with parents or  near relations, a single man without a female

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Trivia Thursday #5

White male slaves in Egypt in the early 1800s were called memlooks. Few residents of Cairo, other than very rich Turks,  owned memlooks. Eunuchs were even more rare and were generally owned by only the highest ranking Turks. The large majority

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Trivia Thursday #4

In Cairo, Egypt in the early 1800s households would allot a distinct set of apartments or rooms exclusively for the use of the females of the household, also known as the hareem. No males, other than the master of the family,

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