In most industrialized societies, just about everyone has a memory about playing Nintendo. In fact, Nintendo’s impact was so powerful that during the 1990′s, children were more likely to recognize Super Mario than Mickey Mouse.
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With this map in mind, elementary school “duck and cover” commands that defined the 1960s and the Cold War almost make sense. Almost.
It’s hard to imagine a time before the invention of shoes. Yet what started as a practical venture has grown into a varied, booming industry just as concerned with art as it is with functionality. Though all shoes share basic characteristics, their coloring, materials, and designs have transformed drastically over thousands of years in the fascinating history of footwear.
From archeological and paleoarcheological evidence, experts hypothesize that shoes were invented around in the Middle Paleolithic period approximately 40,000 years ago. However, it wasn’t until the Upper Paleolithic period that footwear was consistently worn by populations. The earliest shoe prototypes were soft, made from wraparound leather, and resembled either sandals or moccasins.
A fascinating GIF visualizing world internet use by time of day:
Yet another way to examine cultural differences: the United States appears to reach its peak internet use at around noon; in other words, work time. China, on the other hand, tends to surf the web most heavily in the evening, or after their work day is complete.
Looks like the folks in Finistere (far left) and Deux-Sèvres aren’t exactly fond of giving beaucoup bisous when they say hello to a friend.
Caught and shot in 1910, the 3500-pound sunfish is the heaviest known bony fish in the world. For comparison’s sake, that’s the weight of around 17 newborn elephants.