Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Coffee, Tea, or Revolution

Did you know that the American Revolution is the reason that most Americans prefer coffee over tea? Before the American Revolution, most Americans, like other British subjects, drank tea, The Boston Tea Party marked the beginning of a protest against the tea tax. ("No taxation without representation.") that would result in a switch to drinking coffee for that caffeine boost. Coffee houses had been popular for some time and coffee grown in South America was readily available in North America.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Secrets of The Pharaoh's Tomb

Tutankhamun’s famous death mask wasn’t really his. It was probably reworked adding a different face to someone else's golden death mask after the boy king died unexpectedly. The evidence of a repurposed death mask is that the gold of the surrounding headpiece is better quality than that of the face section. The entire mask is made up of eight pieces riveted together. The blue stripes in the head piece are glass, in the face (such as the eyebrows) the blue is lapis lazuli. Tiny holes for earrings were covered up with gold leaf. Earrings were used in female death masks. It is speculated that the death mask and many other items in the tomb may have been originally a part of Nefertiti’s funerary objects. Nefertiti’s tomb has never been found. Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovery by Howard Carter, his team, and his patron, the Earl of Caernarvon, on Sunday November 26, 1922.