HubMob Weekly Topic: Uncommon history of common things

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  1. Princessa profile image80
    Princessaposted 13 years ago

    HubMob Weekly Topic: Uncommon history of common things

  2. Patty Inglish, MS profile image90
    Patty Inglish, MSposted 13 years ago

    Several stories about the "invention" of ice - actually, the harvesting of ice for commercial use exist. It is difficuolt, though, to decide which of them are the most accurate. All are interesting. read more

  3. leahlefler profile image95
    leahleflerposted 13 years ago

    What is the history behind the common wishing well? Why do people throw money into water? Discover the origins of the wishing well: appeasing water gods in ancient lands eventually led to the quaint practice of tossing a coin and believing on a wish. read more

  4. Jane Bovary profile image83
    Jane Bovaryposted 13 years ago

    Everything you ever wanted to know about cling wrap... read more

  5. cheapsk8chick profile image47
    cheapsk8chickposted 13 years ago

    Lipstick has been made from some pretty horrible things throughout history, yet, we wear it still!  At least we don't have lipstick made of the same stuff CLEOPATRA used! read more

  6. Howard S. profile image90
    Howard S.posted 13 years ago

    All about flash-frozen fish to flash-frozen vegetables. Clarence Birdseye sold the patent for the flash-freeze method he developed for $22 million. Do you know the story? read more

  7. pitzele profile image71
    pitzeleposted 13 years ago

    A retractable hypodermic needle It is funny sometimes the people you run into.  In the company where my husband is a manager, there is another manager with whom he is friendly who is the sister of an NFL quarterback.  (I am NOT kidding.)  Some years... read more

  8. Les Trois Chenes profile image80
    Les Trois Chenesposted 13 years ago

    Artists have long used chalk pastels, and more recently, oil pastels for drawing and sketching. The medium can be used in  a linear manner, or in a painterly way, so you can talk of pastel drawings or using pastels to creat pastel paintings, and as oil pastel is a particularly painterly medium, you can almost talk about oil pastel painting. But what is pastel?  This is the history of pastel – the pastel stories. read more

  9. websclubs profile image51
    websclubsposted 13 years ago

    wedding ring history

    a symbol of ownership; a reminder of the days when women were regarded as property...
    - The wedding ring is a billion dollar sentiment. Historically, the wedding ring was rather connected to the exchange of valuables at the moment of the wedding rather than a symbol of eternal love and devotion.

    wedding ring history vs Origins of the wedding ring. Whatever the origin, the wedding ring is here to stay.
    wedding ring history, The meaning of the wedding ring can be traced back almost 5000 years.
    in Ancient Roman times  iron rings were exchanged. (Traditions and Superstitions) The Sumerians, the Assirians and the Babylonians saw marriage exclusively as a contract between two people in the same way as the Ancient Greeks, who contracted a marriage solely for economic and social reasons.
    wedding ring history, meant to guarantee faithfulness. To bind and seal the union between the bride and groom.   wedding ring symbolizes a promise of never-ending love, devotion, and loyalty.
    In the Middle Ages, when exchanging rings was not yet a common practice, the wedding ring was of great workmanship and equally precious.
    The custom of wearing a wedding ring on the third finger of the left hand dates as far back as the time of the Ancient Egyptians.
    The items of jewelry have a history that spans many centuries and passes through many countries from all around the planet.
    Why do people wear wedding rings? "It was given by the spouse to the espoused whether for a sign of mutual fidelity" or still more to join their hearts to this pledge and that therefore the ring is placed on the finger, as symbol of marriage.
    A wedding ring or wedding band is a metal ring indicating the wearer is married. The Symbol of never-ending love, those little rings represent life which renews itself, something which once started, continues to strengthen day by day throughout time.
    Which finger to wear a Wedding band? In early Egypt, the ring was linked with the supernatural... why the third finger of the left hand? Both the ancient Romans and Egyptians believed that a vein - called the vena amoris in Latin - ran directly from that finger to the heart.

    Exchange of these rings alone was sufficient to make a marriage legal.

  10. workingmomwm profile image82
    workingmomwmposted 13 years ago

    The earliest historical record of pillow use is from about 7000 BCE in the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia. These pillows were not at all like our pillows today, however. They were hard - usually made of stone. read more

  11. dahoglund profile image72
    dahoglundposted 13 years ago

    Slinkys are based on physics and were a unique toy when first introduced.They are a spring like device that will "walk" down a flight of stairs. they are fun to watch and very simple. read more

  12. Just Ask Susan profile image89
    Just Ask Susanposted 13 years ago

    Toilet paper dates back as far as the sixth century AD. The Greeks used to use stone and clay. read more

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    David99999posted 13 years ago

    A common item with a rather peculiar history is the bathing suit. Though it is commonplace today,  this was not always the case. Though, invented by the ancient Greeks, to protect the modesty of high-society ladies, this garment disappeared for centuries.

    It wasn't until the late 1800's that the bathing suit returned in Victorian England. In the interim, people tended in swim in the nude. The only people with the leisure time to swim recreationally were the nobility and the aristocracy.  They tended to swim on private beaches.

    In the early 1700's, these garments reappeared.
    Women's suits - called "bathing gowns" - were full-length affairs, bordered on the hem by weights, to prevent revealing any skin (or other things) when wet. Men's suits consisted of long-sleeved, short-trousered wet suits.

    On 1800's Victorian England, with the Industrial Revolution's urbanization, public beaches became commonplace. Also, due to common morality of that society, these were also very cumbersome garments.

    As time has passed, the style and extent of these garments have varied - mostly reducing the area covered. During the 1900's, swimsuits changed drastically. During the sexual revolution of the 1920's, women's bathing suits became sleeveless, one-piece garments, ending at the knees.

    After the Second World War, a two-piece bathing suit - named after an island in the Pacific Ocean - was introduced for women. Shrinking each decade, the bikini, today, manifests itself in a multitude of styles. Some of these styles leave little to the imagination.;-)

  14. dahoglund profile image72
    dahoglundposted 13 years ago

    As collectors items or just plain cuteness piggy banks are popular. they are a tool to teach thrift to children they have an unusual history. read more

  15. cameciob profile image81
    cameciobposted 13 years ago

    This article is about the invention of paper coffee filters that we used every single day to brew our cup of coffee.  A simple idea with a huge benefit. read more

  16. luckycharmz profile image60
    luckycharmzposted 13 years ago

    Valentine's day was in honor of the legendary St. Valentine, priest and martyr, who rebelled against the Roman Emperor by secretly celebrating couples' marriage.  He died for doing so.

  17. Stina Caxe profile image81
    Stina Caxeposted 13 years ago

    Also called an isolette, an incubator is basically a clear plastic box.  For a premature baby, this box is the next best thing to being inside its mothers belly. read more

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    Sunnie Dayposted 13 years ago

    I love M&M's. It makes my day perfect! Here's the scoop about M@M's!  They were Introduced in 1941. The candies were actually made for the military. Their creators were Forest Mars and Bruce Mars. MM means 2000 in roman numerals.They are the offical millennium candy.
    I believe M@M's are the sexiest candy alive because of the movie "Wedding Planner". I do agree the chocolate ones are simply the best.


  19. dahoglund profile image72
    dahoglundposted 13 years ago

    Whether it is paving bricks, masonry,building a new home, bricks are one of the most  common building and paving ingredients. Bricks are components of many things from homes to streets . read more

  20. Mike B. profile image75
    Mike B.posted 13 years ago

    Popcorn, what is it and where did it come from? The answers might surprise you. read more

  21. philirodje profile image60
    philirodjeposted 13 years ago

    Freedom, now we walk about ,do the things that we want to do when we want to do them. it is common that we walk on the street, sing, dance, eat, be with your family, see whom ever you want to see. I didn't realize the power of freedom till i went to jail in Malaysia for Visa expiry problem before i was deported,

  22. SweetMarie83 profile image80
    SweetMarie83posted 13 years ago

    For many people, rocking chairs conjure up images of elderly couples sitting side-by-side on the front porch, grandparents sitting in their rockers telling grand tales, or a parent soothing a fussy infant or rocking him to sleep. Rocking chairs have... read more

  23. Golfgal profile image81
    Golfgalposted 13 years ago

    A Baby pacifier from the late 18th century is an interesting cultural object. A colonial teething ring has been known to be worth $2,500. That is some serious Baby Bling!!  Read on for the unusual historyof the baby pacifier sometimes referred to as the sugar rag for the commonfolk. read more

  24. Golfgal profile image81
    Golfgalposted 13 years ago

    I just finished the hub titled, Uncommon History about the Pacifier alias the Binky

    Learn about where the pacifier originated...the facts will amaze you.  Have fun reading about the most coveted of parental paraphernalia.  Chow.

  25. xrocker30 profile image60
    xrocker30posted 13 years ago

    The development of chewing gum has taken thousands of years to become what gum is today. Over these many years, almost every culture in the world present and past has chewed some sort of of this chewy substance. There is no single "inventor" of gum but the civilizations and people mentioned in this article play a large role towards this development. read more

  26. Docmo profile image92
    Docmoposted 13 years ago

    The complete history of the toothbrush from its ancient origin to modern incarnations. Yes, the humble toothbrush. read more

  27. workingmomwm profile image82
    workingmomwmposted 13 years ago

    An important part of most people's brushing routine is toothpaste. But how did this important brushing aid come into being? read more

  28. dahoglund profile image72
    dahoglundposted 13 years ago

    Chewing gum when we grew up was not allowed in school. It was always popular and has some  interesting origins. read more

  29. nakmeister profile image66
    nakmeisterposted 13 years ago

    Hubpages There is evidence of the parasol / umbrella in many ancient cultures from appearing in pictures in Ancient Egypt, to significant evidence of their use in ancient Greece and Rome. In ancient Greece, parasols were an item of high fashion for... read more

  30. Golfgal profile image81
    Golfgalposted 13 years ago

    Flossing is the second most important daily activity. Though most people hate doing it, flossing will save your teeth from decay due to food lodged between tight teeth and plaque buildup read more

  31. gypsumgirl profile image70
    gypsumgirlposted 13 years ago

    The paper clip is a common office supply item that all students, teachers, office workers and people, in general, are familiar with.  Anyone working with paper seems to need a paper clip to hold them together so they don't get lost or out of order.... read more

  32. cardelean profile image87
    cardeleanposted 13 years ago

    The yo-yo is a child's toy that is fun for adults too.  You will find out the history of the yo-you along with some tricks of the trade. read more

  33. caninecrtitics profile image61
    caninecrtiticsposted 13 years ago

    The history of the coffee mug is alot longer than I would have thought it would have been.  Something that alot of people probably don't know is that Ethiopians were the first to cultivate coffee in the 11th century.  The Arab world was the ones who... read more

  34. Uninvited Writer profile image79
    Uninvited Writerposted 13 years ago

    Every wonder how the martini glass got it's unique shape? The martini glass has an interesting history. read more

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    4youreyesposted 13 years ago

    My hub is on the zipper we use them every day without a second thought until they don't work hopefully when that happens we are home but we all know about that's not usually how it works. … d-Timeline

  36. Pamela99 profile image89
    Pamela99posted 13 years ago

    This article tells the history of kitchen appliances.
    There are some great pictures of vintage appliances and descriptions of stoves and refrigerators from the early 1900s. read more

  37. caninecrtitics profile image61
    caninecrtiticsposted 13 years ago

    At least 1 in 5 people have had a hamster as a pet.  We all fall in love with these little guys and take them home with a cage that falls apart and little to no knowledge about the little furry guy at all.  I tell you what you learn alot in the... read more

  38. Docmo profile image92
    Docmoposted 13 years ago

    There was a boy who lived in the street next to us where I grew up and he was a kite flyer. He was a good flyer and he participated in kite fights. He handmade his own kites and I used to go and watch him. He would use thin bamboo sticks for the spars and used silk or thin paper for the material. His kites were usually brightly coloured and had dramatic tail designs.where Kites really come from and who first had this thought of sending these tethered aircrafts into the air and controlling them f read more

  39. TPSicotte profile image75
    TPSicotteposted 13 years ago

    We are all looking for answers in life and sometimes things can get quite challenging. The everyday ups and downs we face sometimes force us to create our own reasons for doing things. We rationalize, we deny, but most of all we try to make sense of... read more

  40. Patty Inglish, MS profile image90
    Patty Inglish, MSposted 13 years ago

    What tool do you employ to beat an egg? Some use a fork, some use a mixer, and some use vintages appliances you might enjoy seeing. read more

  41. cardelean profile image87
    cardeleanposted 13 years ago

    Do you know how that bowl of corn flakes was created?  The history of Kelloggs corn flakes was an accidental invention.  Read more to find out. read more

  42. dahoglund profile image72
    dahoglundposted 13 years ago

    There are cowboy boots for men,womwen and children.Some are working boots and some for show but they are highly popular. read more

  43. Patty Inglish, MS profile image90
    Patty Inglish, MSposted 13 years ago

    Curling irons come in so many varieties and such a wide price range today that a large number of people own them. Luckily, they are electric or even battery operated. In the past - hundreds of years part - people probably got burned! read more

  44. workingmomwm profile image82
    workingmomwmposted 13 years ago

    The blender is one of the most common kitchen items in the United States, and it shows up on almost every new bride’s registry list. This is how it got its start. read more

  45. Just Ask Susan profile image89
    Just Ask Susanposted 13 years ago

    Dating back to the ninth century in China and India. How the cards of today differ from when they first were invented. read more

  46. Docmo profile image92
    Docmoposted 13 years ago

    No other game has influenced human thought, emotions, superstitions, language, art and entertainment since their inception centuries ago.

    Whether it’s the solitaire played on a rainy day when no one else is around to give us company, the boisterous card games played with pretend money with family and friends or the high stakes poker games where millions can be made or lost, you can’t deny the power of the playing cards. read more

  47. Rosie2010 profile image68
    Rosie2010posted 13 years ago

    Health Benefits of Yogurt, Yoghurt, Yogourt or Yoghourt read more

  48. dahoglund profile image72
    dahoglundposted 13 years ago

    The log cabin is an iconic image. It used to make politicians seem like ordinary people. It has also become a popular type of modern house, much bigger than those of the frontier. read more

  49. soniafernandez profile image60
    soniafernandezposted 13 years ago

    We all have those things that we simply cannot do without. For each of us it may be something different.  Two things in day to day life that I absolutely cannot do without are money and chocolates. Quite common articles but two things I am sure... read more

  50. Docmo profile image92
    Docmoposted 13 years ago

    There I was lathering myself (careful!) and luxuriating in the pleasant smelling foam of the modern soap. As the bubbles swirled around and drifted off in the water droplets, I began to wonder about the history of soap. Such is the effect of the uncommon history of common things topic, I can’t be anywhere without contemplating the ‘history’ of every darn thing, it's like a virus. And I am infected. read more


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